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​​​​​7th NTNU European Conference​​

Thursday, 9 February 2023 |  Residence Palace | In-person event with streaming

About the Conference

​​“Happiness is not to be found in knowledge, but in the acquisition of knowledge!”  E. A. Poe

Europe is facing a set of challenges to its open strategic autonomy, which have been exacerbated by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Among the areas under pressure are energy and food supply, access to raw materials, and democratic values.

This increased urgency has prompted a reevaluation and acceleration of existing European policies, such as the launch of REPowerEU or the revision of the EU’s raw materials strategy. 

We are experiencing a wide mobilization of the European community at all levels. The research, innovation and education community is essential in navigating the current and future challenges through developing the knowledge and technologies we need.

The NTNU European conference will explore present-day challenges for our continent and, in dialogue with top Brussels policy-makers, attempt to chart a way into the future, looking at particular at four thematic areas: 

  • Energy
  • Food
  • Access to raw materials
  • Fair and inclusive society

In the opening plenary we will take the present-day view, assessing the challenges as they appear now; four subsequent parallel sessions will look into the future of select policy areas; and the closing plenary will tie the four threads together, allowing us to peek into the future.

Speakers

Speakers for the 2023 edition to be announced - below you can see the speakers who attended the 2021 edition:

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


Maryline 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

09:15 – 09:50 Opening plenary

 

The present - where does Europe stand, and what is being done? 

Climate change, an energy system under pressure, as well as difficulties in accessing raw materials and food at affordable prices, constituted a potent cocktail even prior to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. 

This has urged the EU to launch several revisions (such as the REPowerEU plan) to accelerate already existing EU policies. 

-    What is the state of play for the implementation of the new policies? Are they sufficient?
-    Which additional measures are required, and which are already being designed?
-    How have different stakeholders been impacted, and how are they coping?

 


Moderator: TBA

 

List of speakers to be updated.

 

Room: Polak room (main room)

 

09:50 – 10:30 Panel Debate  

 

Panelists to be updated.

 

Room: Polak room (main room)

10:30 – 10:45 Coffee break & network possibilities  


Parallel sessions: 10:45 – 12.15

10:45 – 12:15 Parallel sessions

Parallel Session 1 - Energy (title TBA)

Chair: Olav Bolland


Session text to be added

Speakers and panelists:  

TBA

 

10:45 - 11:30 : Keynote Presentations

Titles TBA

11:30 - 12:15 : Panel Debate
 

Room: TBA

Parallel Session 2 - Meeting the increasing demand for raw materials needed in the Green Transition: Is Europe up to the task?

Chair: Maria Wallin - NTNU


Session text to be added

Speakers and panelists:  

Peter Handley, head of unit, Energy Intensive Industries - Raw Materials, European Commission

Kurt Aasly, NTNU

10:45 - 11:30 : Keynote Presentations

Titles TBA

11:30 - 12:15 : Panel Debate
 

Room: TBA

 

 

Parallel Session 3 - Changing habits for sustainable food systems

Chair: TBA  


Session text to be added

Speakers and panelists:  

TBA

 

10:45 - 11:30 : Keynote Presentations

Titles TBA

11:30 - 12:15 : Panel Debate
 

Room: TBA

 

 

Parallel Session 4 - Co-creating fair and inclusive well-being economies in Europe

Chair: Jesper Aa. Petersen - NTNU  


We are living in turbulent times. Widening inequalities in wealth, health and wellbeing, a cost of living crisis, despair and loneliness; pandemics, war, political polarization, reduced trust in politicians and a heated planet with prospects of breakdown are just some of the problems we are facing.

There is a need for radical socio-economic transformation and making a shift towards pursuing missions where economies and societies serve the wellbeing of people and planet rather than causing social fractures and ecological breakdown. Champion cities and countries are currently paving the way forward for building a wellbeing economy.

Such a rearranging of the economy is an approach where public and private investment and resources contributes to co-creation and joint action to improve human, societal, environmental, and economic wellbeing that can be enjoyed by all, for current and future generations.

A panel of distinguished policymakers, practitioners and researchers will meet to discuss promising practices, policy responses and research initiatives across Europe: The road towards co-creating fair and inclusive wellbeing economies in Europe where no one is left behind. 

Speakers and panelists:  

TBA

 

10:45 - 11:30 : Keynote Presentations

Titles TBA

11:30 - 12:15 : Panel Debate
 

Room: TBA



 

final

12:15 – 13:45 Lunch break

 

13:45 – 15:00 Closing plenary 

 

The closing plenary will allow us to peek into the future: Where do we go from here?

A plethora of European policies is being released this spring: The critical raw materials act, the electricity market rules revision, the social economy package and the defense of democracy package, to name a few. Further, the Commission’s strategic planning is being developed as we speak.

None of these represent an end point; rather, the iterative policy process requires continuous input from the R&I and education community. What does Europe need, and how can we provide it? 
 

Session Moderator: TBA

 

13:45 - 14:00: Keynote

Speaker+title TBA

14.00 - 14:20: Input from the parallel sessions, by the session chairs

14:20 - 14:50: Panel debate

14:50 - 15:00: Closing remarks

  

Participants TBA

 

Room: Polak room (main room)


praktisk infor

Venue

Residence Palace

Venue contact: Maïcky Mohr, maicky.mohr@Residencepalace.be

  • Address: Rue de la Loi 155 19, 1040 Brussels
  • Phone: +32 2 235 21 11 (reception)
  • Map

Contact

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us via kaja.b.w.istad@ntnu.no or call us:

  • To be added 

Practical information NTNU Brussels office

COVID information

For the updated information about the covid situation in Brussels:


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. 


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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