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​​​​​6th NTNU European Conference​​

Tuesday, 7 December 2021 |  Renaissance Brussels Hotel | Hybrid event

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About the Conference

​​“We have a Faustian bargain with technology. Technology gives and technology takes!”  Neil Postman

The current health and economic crisis has contributed to accelerating the digital transformation process. On the one hand this is good news as it led to a quantum leap in effectiveness and efficiency as well, when developing “smart solutions”. On the other hand, is there a price we pay for these benefits?

​​​​The NTNU European Conference will explore this double edge of digitalization around various issues:

  • Which future are we creating according to the designed strategies and priorities?
  • How will enhanced digitalisation impact people's daily lives, products, and services? ​​​​​​
  • What will be the role and contribution that Education and Research can provide to develop the needed amount of Innovation to fulfil the targeted objectives?

These and other questions will be addressed during the conference starting with a peek into the future and covering specific case studies. A final panel will discuss the role of the involved stakeholders and the tools that will contribute to achieving the digital transformation objectives. More about the conference

Speakers

Anne Borg ​​​​​​​Rector, NTNU


Anne Borg
​​​​​​​Rector, NTNU

Roberto Viola Director General of DG CONNECT ​​​​​​​

Roberto Viola
Director General,
EC DG CNECT ​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​Isidro Laso Ballesteros  Cabinet Expert, EC Commissioner Gabriel Cabinet for Innovation, Resarch, Education, Culture, and Youth


Isidro Laso Ballesteros 
Cabinet Expert, EC Commissioner Gabriel Cabinet for Innovation, Research, Education, Culture, and Youth

​​​​​​​Ana Garcia Robles Secretary General, BDVA/DAIRO


Ana Garcia Robles
Secretary General, BDVA/DAIRO

 

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​​​​​​​Tor Grande
​​​​​​​Pro-Rector for Research and Dissemination, NTNU

​​​​​​​Marilyn Fiaschi BusinessScience CEO


Marilyn Fiaschi
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CEO, ScienceBusiness

​​​​​​​Gianpiero Lotito

​​​​​​​Gianpiero Lotito
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CEO, Facility live

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Daria Krivonos
CEO, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies

 

 

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​​​​​​​Eddy Hartog
Head of Technologies for Smart Communities Unit, EC DG CNECT

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Gemma Carolillo Deputy Head of Next Generation Internet Unit, EC DG CNECT


Gemma Carolillo
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Deputy Head of Next Generation Internet Unit, EC DG CNECT


Patrick Waldemar
Vice President, Head of Technology, Telenor

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Ingrid Schjølberg
Dean and professor, NTNU

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Odej Kao Professor Technische Universität Berlin

​​​​​​​Odej Kao
Chairman,  Einstein Center Digital Future

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Monique Calisti CEO, Martel Innovate


Monique Calisti
CEO, Martel Innovate

​​​​​​​Martin Übelhör Head of sector, Cybersecurity, Industry and Innovation, EC DG CNECT

​​​​​​​Martin Übelhör
Head of sector, Cybersecurity, Industry and Innovation,
EC DG CNECT

​​​​​​​Siri Granum Carson


Siri Granum
Director Oceans,
​​​​​​​NTNU 

 

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Rune Torhaug
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​​​​​​​Director, European Affairs, DNV ​​​​​​​

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Trym Holter
Director,​​​​​​​Norwegian Open AI Lab, NTNU


Torbjørn Karl Svendsen
Professor, NTNU

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Dina Margrethe Aspen
​​​​​​​Assc. Proffessor, NTNU

 

​​​​​​Sokrates Katsikas Professor, NTNU

​​​​​​​Sokrates Katsikas
Professor Director, Norwegian Center for Cybersecurity in Critical Sectors (NORCICS), NTNU​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Andrew Perkins Professor, NTNU


Andrew Perkis
Professor and Scientific BM in DARIAH-EU,NEM and WAN-IFRA GAMI, NTNU

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Martin Gaedke
Dean and​​​​​​​ Director of University Computer Center, Chemnitz University of Technology (TUC)

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Arianna Guardiola
Professor, Technical University of Valencia

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Agustin Perez Professor, Technical University of Valencia

Agustin Perez
Professor, Technical University of Valencia

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Fernando Martinez​​​​​ ​​​​​​​Professor, Technical University of Valencia


​​​​​​​Fernando Martinez​​​​​
​​​​​​​Professor, Technical University of Valencia 

Päivi Haikkola Senior Ecosystem Lead, One Sea Ecosystem

Päivi Haikkola
Senior Ecosystem Lead, One Sea Ecosystem

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Emilio Fortunato Campana


​​​​​​​Emilio Fortunato Campana
 Head - Dept. Engineering, ICT and Technologies for Energy and Transport, National Research Council (CNR)

 

​​​​​​​​​​​​​Elisabet Haugsbø ​​​​​​​C4IR Ocean – Ocean Data Foundation

Elisabet Haugsbø
​​​​​​​C4IR Ocean – Ocean Data Foundation

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Craig Donlon   Head, Earth Surfaces and Interior Section (EOP-SME) Earth and Mission Science Division/ESTEC​​​​​​​


​​​​​​​Craig Donlon  
Head, Earth Surfaces and Interior Section (EOP-SME)
Earth and Mission Science Division/ESTEC​​​​​​​

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Mary Ann Lundteigen​​​​​
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Professor and Director, SFI AutoShip, NTNU

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Fabienne Jacq ​​​​​​​Programme Officer, Copernicus Expert, Earth Observation Unit, EC DG DEFIS

​​​​​​​Fabienne Jacq
​​​​​​​Programme Officer, Copernicus Expert, Earth Observation Unit, EC DG DEFIS 

 

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Ger Janssen,
Principal Scientist and ad interim, Department Head of the AI, Data Science and Digital Twin, Philips

Oddbjørn Bruland, Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTNU​​​​​​​

Oddbjørn Bruland,
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTNU​​​​​​​

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Kate Crosman,
Hoffman Fellow, Big Ocean Data, Institute of Marine Technology and World Economic Forum Ocean Action Agenda, NTNU

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Nizar Touleimat
​​​​​​​European Affairs manager, Security applications,CEA


Conference Programme


Programme

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09:00 – 09:45 Opening session

 

From Strategies to implementation: which digital future for Europe? 

In the State of the Union Address in September 2020, President Ursula Von der Leyen, announced that Europe should secure digital sovereignty with a common vision of the EU in 2030, based on clear goals and principles. This called the Commission to set our Europe’s Digital ambitions for 2030 and beyond in the context of Europe’s digital transformation. 

  • What is the state of implementation of the EU strategies?
  • Where do we expect them to lead us?
  • Which digital future should we expect and under which conditions?
  • How will technologies impact the different societal levels? 

These and other questions will be debated in the opening session of the conference. 

 


Moderator: Maryline Fiaschi, CEO ScienceBusiness

 

09:00 – 09:10: Opening Remarks

Anne Borg, Rector NTNU

09:10 – 09:25:  Shaping Europe's Digital Future: Vision and implementation status

Roberto Viola, Director General, EC DG CNECT 

09:25 – 09:45: A peek into the digital future

Daria Krivonos, CEO, Copenhagen Institute of Future Studies

 

09:45 – 10:45 Panel Debate  

 

Roberto Viola
Director General, EC DG CNECT 

Ingrid Schjølberg
Dean IV Faculty, NTNU

Ana Garcia Robles
Secretary General, BDVA/DAIRO

Odej Kao
Chairman, Einstein Center Digital Future 

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break-network possibilities  


Parallel sessions: 11.00 – 12.30

11:15 – 12:45 Parallel sessions

Parallel Session 1 - Safe and Secure AI

Chair: Trym Holter - NTNU


The ongoing evolution of digital technologies and artificial intelligence (AI) transforms the way we live, learn, interact and work. It provides us with new possibilities but may also make us more vulnerable. To ensure a successful digital transformation, AI-powered digital services must function as expected, anywhere and at all times, while preserving the security of information and contributing to the safety and security of citizens and system users.  


In this session we will present and discuss new possibilities enabled by AI-powered technology as well as highlight the challenge that the AI develop and deploy is both safe and secure.

Speakers and panelists:  

Rune Torhaug 
Director, European Affairs,DNV 

Sokratis Katsikas
Professor, NTNU 

Martin Übelhör 
Head of sector, Cybersecurity, Industry and Innovation, EC DG CNECT 

Nizar Touleimat
European Affairs manager, Security applications, CEA

Parallel Session 2 - Digital Twins to support Green Transition

Chair: Arianna Guardiola-Villora - UPV


Digital Twin technology is envisioned to play a key role in the digital transformation of society, both within the industrial and the public sectors. Its applications can range from planning, design and manufacturing to decision support and automation. The industry and public sector are increasingly using digital twins as tools as they continuously strive to transform their businesses.  

In this session innovative users of digital twin technology within the industry and public sector present and discuss their key takeaways for the use of Digital Twins as tools for societal and business development.  

 Speakers and panelists: 

Eddy Hartog 
Head of Unit, Technologies for Smart Communities, EC DG CNECT 

Dina Margrethe Aspen
Associate Professor, NTNU

Fernando Martinez
Professor, Technical Univeristy of Valencia

Agustin Perez
Professor, Technical University of Valencia

Ger Janssen
Principal Scientist and ad interim, Department Head of AI, Data Science and Digital Twin, Philips

Oddbjørn Bruland
Professor, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, NTNU

 

Parallel Session 3 - Digital Oceans

Chair: Siri Granum Carson - NTNU  


The oceans provide livelihoods and food for billions of people and bring trillions into the global economy. They stabilize and drive the global climate and provide a vast and largely untapped source for the development of medicines, materials, and much more. At the same time the oceans are vulnerable to pollution, overfishing and other threats from human activity.   

In this session we will exemplify and discuss how technology innovations such as autonomous systems, the Internet of Things and AI applied in ocean-based industries and research, create new opportunities to understand, exploit and preserve the resources the global society depends upon.  

Speakers and panelists:

Fabienne Jacq
Programme Officer, Copernicus Expert, Earth Observation Unit, EC DG DEFIS

Päivi Haikkola
Senior Ecosystem Lead, One Sea Ecosystem

Emilio Fortunato Campana
Head, Dept. Engineering, ICT and Technologies for Energy and Transport, National Research Council (CNR)

Elisabet Haugsbø
C4IR Ocean – Ocean Data Foundation

Mary Ann Lundteigen
Professor and Director, SFI AutoShip, NTNU

Kate Crosman
Hoffman Fellow, Big Ocean Data, Institute of Marine Technology and World Economic Forum Ocean Action Agenda, NTNU

Craig Donlon
Head, Earth Surfaces and Interior Section (EOP-SME), Earth and Mission Science Division/ESTEC

Parallel Session 4 - Next Generation Internet 

Chair: Torbjørn Karl Svendsen - NTNU  


Faster and more reliable, secure and robust: EU’s Next Generation Internet initiative aims to shape the future internet to support societal development, including the fundamental needs for trust, security, and inclusion. It encompasses a large diversity of digital technologies, such as extended reality, natural language processing, connectivity and data privacy technologies, and brings with it a wide range of new possibilities, linking research, policy and society.  

In this session we will look at how the Next Generation Internet develops and provides new opportunities for the industry, public sector and the individual.  

Speakers and panelists:

Gemma Carolillo
Deputy Head of Next Generation Internet Unit, EC DG CNECT

Patrick Waldemar
Vice President, Head of Technology, Telenor

Martin Gaedke
Dean and Director of University Computer Center, Chemnitz University of Technology  

Andrew Perkis
Professor, and Scientific BM in DARIAH-EU, NEM and WAN-IFRA GAMI, NTNU

Monique Calisti
CEO, Martel Innovate



 

final

12:45 – 14:00 Lunch break

 

14:00 – 15:00 Final Debate 

 

The Digital Future in Europe: Realizing the High Ambitions 

The European Commission has high ambitions in making Europe fit for the digital age and empowering people with a new generation of technologies to enable Europe’s Twin Transition. This is the EU's Digital Decade, and skills, infrastructures, government, and business are the four cardinal points in the Commission's vision for digital transformation. 

Education, research and innovation are central to these ambitions that requires close collaboration between academia, businesses, the public sector and government, and citizens. 

However, how are we going to realise these ambitions? What programs, tools, funding and actions plans are in place? How will we implement them? How do we ensure coordination and synergies to realize the vision of a Europe fit for the digital age? These are the main questions to be tackled during this session.

 

Session Moderator: Maryline Fiaschi, CEO ScienceBusiness

 

14.00: Live Q&A with:

Isidro Laso Ballesteros
Cabinet Expert, EC Commissioner Gabriel Cabinet for Innovation, Resarch, Education, Culture and Youth

 

14.20: High Level Panel Debate 

  

Tor Grande
Pro-Rector for Research and Dissemination, NTNU

Isidro Laso Ballesteros
Cabinet Expert, EC Commissioner Gabriel Cabinet for Innovation, Resarch, Education, Culture and Youth

Gianpiero Lotito
CEO, Facilitylive


praktisk infor

Venue

Renaissance Brussels Hotel

Hotel contact: Catherine Luyckx, catherine.luyckx@marriott.com 

  • Address: Rue du Parnasse 19, 1050 Bruxelles  
  • Phone: +32 02 505 29 29 
  • Map

Contact

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via medya.t.fenerci@ntnu.no or call us:

  • Alexandra Angeletaki: +4793693091 
  • Medya Temelli Fenerci: +4740209518 
  • Martine Vogt : +4798613497 

Practical information NTNU Brussels office

COVID information

In line with the covid rules in Brussels, if you are participating in-person, you are asked to provide us with Covid Safe Ticket or a valid vaccination certificate at the registration desk on the day of the conference. 

For the updated information about the covid situation in Brussels:

Covid Safe Ticket (CST) 

This is proof (via a QR code) of a complete vaccination (prior to 2 weeks), a negative PCR test (less than 48 hours old) or a recovery certificate (you have been cured of the virus after testing positive more than 10 days and less than 6 months before the event).” 


About the conference

The NTNU European Conference is an event introduced in the Brussels Arena in 2016. It aims to facilitate discussions on R&I and Education policies and strategies between stakeholders. 

The conference has grown in siginificance and popularity with increasing registrations and attendance over the years, becoming an arena of interaction between policymakers and representatives of higher education, industry, research, innovation as well as the civil society. 

2021 Edition - HYBRID EVENT (in person and virtual)  


Organizing Committee

Organizing Committee

Massimo Busuoli. Photo.

 

Massimo Busuoli
Head of Office, NTNU Brussels

Twitter: @MassimoBusuoli

Alexandra Angeletaki. Photo.

 


Alexandra Angeletaki
 Senior Researcher, NTNU

Twitter: @AAleka

Patrick Reurink. Photo.

 


Patrick Reurinck
Senior Adviser, Research NTNU

Twitter: @preurink

 


Vilija Balionyte-Merle
 Digital Coordinator, NTNU


Torbjørn Karl Svendsen
Professor, Department of electronic systems, NTNU


Camilla Knudsen Tveiten
Senior Advisor, IE Faculty, NTNU

 


Medya Temelli Fenerci
 MA in European Studies,
 Trainee NTNU Brussels office 


Martine Vogt
BA in Political Science,
Trainee, NTNU Brussels office 


Bjørg Danielsen
Senior Adviser Communication Division, NTNU

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