The Nordic Summit on Universities for Impact

The Nordic Summit on Universities for Impact. How do we innovate, co-create and colloborate over the next ten years?

Nordic Summit on Universities for Impact

Trondheim 8 June 2016

Nordic Summit on Universities for Impact

– How do we innovate, co-create and collaborate over the next ten years?

The leading technical universities in the Nordic countries (Aalto, Chalmers, DTU, KTH and NTNU) celebrate their 10th anniversary of collaboration with a high level summit in Trondheim 8 June 2016. The purpose of the summit is to establish a unique networking arena for key actors in the Nordic innovation eco-systems. Each university has therefore invited selected partners from government, industry, funding and innovation agencies, researchers and students to the summit. We all share an interest in achieving even greater impact from our investments in research, higher education and innovation, and look forward to lively discussions at the Nordic Summit on Universities for Impact.

Our aim is to:

  • develop a shared understanding of how universities contribute to societal impact

  • discuss how to turn this knowledge into effective policies and strategies

We want to facilitate mutual sharing and learning. The Summit will thus feature presentations and cases as examples for inspiration combined with rich opportunity for round table interaction and group discussions.

The Summit will take place at NTNU campus Gløshaugen.


7 June 2016 – Nordic Five Tech 10 year Anniversary Party

Join us on 7 June at 19.30 for a casual pre-summit networking event at FRAM, the student innovation centre at NTNU. We will celebrate the Nordic Five Tech 10th anniversary with a buffet dinner, drinks and entertainment.

  • Entertainment by Rohey and Ivan Blomquist, NTNU graduates and members of NTNU Jazz Ensemble
  • Anniversary toast by Tuula Teeri, President Alto University

Location:  NTNU campus Gløshaugen, Fram student innovation centre, Gamle fysikk, 3. floor, Sem Sælandsvei 5

8 June 2016 - Nordic Summit on Universities for Impact

Moderator: Paul Coyle

Registration: 08.00 – 08.30

Location: NTNU campus Gløshaugen, Hangaren, Central Building 1, main floor, Sem Sælandsvei 3


Part 1 - Workshop on Universities’ Contribution to Societal Impact

At the morning workshop, we will learn from the OECD, the Nordic countries and the UK how universities’ societal impact can be evidenced. How do we make the leap from knowing that higher education and research shapes societal development to actually being able to document the results? We invite you to share your insights and ideas on how universities should contribute to innovation and societal development in the future. Key learning points from the workshop sessions will be presented and further discussed in the afternoon.

Part 1
08.30 – 09.15

Welcome to the Nordic Summit on Universities for Impact

  • Gunnar Bovim, Rector NTNU
  • Marianne Thellersen, SVT Innovaton and Entrepreneurship DTU

Nordic countries in perspective

09.15 – 10.00 

What is impact? Three approaches

10.00 – 10.30 Coffee Break
10.30 – 12.00 Group discussions 
Facilitated by members of the N5T Industry Collaboration Network


Part 2 - Forum on Strategies and Policies for Innovation, Co-creation and Collaboration

When industry and society seeks solutions, universities can contribute considerably. In the future, innovating, co-creating and collaboration will be at the core of how universities expect to perform. The Nordic Five Tech universities are key actors in the Nordic innovation ecosystems. How should these ecosystems be further developed for the benefit of industry and society? How should we collaborate to achieve even greater impact from our investments in research, education and innovation? What can we learn from the morning session and examples of best practice from university-industry-society collaboration in terms of effective policies and strategies? We look forward to engaging discussions and the development of important take-home messages from the summit.

Part 2
12.00 – 13.00


13.00 – 13.30 

Collaborating, Co-Creating and Innovating for the Future

Setting the Scene

  • Peter Gudmundson, President KTH Royal Institute of Technology

  • Main messages from the group discussions:
    Marja Turunen (Aalto), Anders Wennberg (Chalmers), Marianne Thellersen (DTU), Margareta Norell Bergendahl (KTH), Johan E. Hustad (NTNU)

13.30 – 14.15

Clusters and Large Companies

  • E.ON Strategic Partnership (Chalmers), Lars Bierlein, E.ON Nordic's Head of Program Office in Business Innovation

  • Innovating through Multi-Partner Collaboration (NTNU), Tor Ulleberg, Chief of Innovation, Research and Technology, Statoil ASA

  • Round table and plenary interaction on strategies and policies

14.15 – 14.45 Coffee Break
14.45 – 15.45

Connecting students, start-ups, and public sector

15.45 – 16.00

Closing remarks

  • Stefan Bengtsson, President Chalmers University of Technology
  • Anders O. Bjarklev, President DTU Technical University of Denmark

The Summit is hosted by the Rectors of the Nordic Five Tech universities

Programme committee: Nordic Five Tech Industry Collaboration Network

Moderator: Paul Coyle, UK



Speakers Nordic Summit: Dominique Guellec, Pirjo Ståhle, Maria Landgren, Kristian Mørk Puggard, Paul Coyle, Rebecca Lingwood, Peter Gudmundson, Lars Bierlein, Margareta Norell Bergendahl, Myung-Gi ("MJ"), Urs Schuppli, Tor Ulleberg

Nordic five tech

Nordic five tech

The Summit is hosted by the Nordic Five Tech universities

  • Aalto University
  • Chalmers Univbersity of Technology
  • DTU - Technical University of Denmark
  • KTH Royal Institute of technology
  • NTNU - Norwegian University og Science and Technology

who are recognized as the leading technical universities and knowledge hubs in the Nordic innovation eco-system.