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Join us to


  • Get unique insights from Academic leaders and policy makers about the value of collaboration and sustainability to advance innovation and economic recovery (post COVID-19)
  • Discover the European research trends and collaborations relative to the SDGs specific to the Green Deal – such as SDG 7 (affordable and clean energy), SDG 11 (sustainable cities and communities) and SDG 13 (climate action)
  • Hear Academic leaders discuss how to nurture research talent and use the European Universities Initiative to advance core aspects of the Green Deal, ERA, EEA, Horizon Europe and Erasmus+

About the Conference



This is the 2020 Edition of the NTNU European Conference, that was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions and will be online, January 2021. NTNU plans to have its 2021 edition later the same year.

Sustainability and the environment have been of primary concern for Europe for several years. The European Commission’s Green Deal and commitment towards the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are already driving European investments in research and innovation. These themes are also integrated into EU framework programs such as Horizon Europe (Research and Innovation) and ERASMUS+ (Education). 

The annual NTNU European Conference represents an opportunity to discuss the contribution that Universities provide in terms of research, innovation and education to sustainable development, and to debate on models and approaches that could be applied in the future.

The conference will be organized in two sessions. The first will focus on the role of universities in research and innovation ecosystems, discussing possible models to effectively address specific SDGs critical to the Green Deal development. The second session will discuss how the European Universities Initiative can be an efficient vehicle to increase the impact of collaborative efforts across Europe in addressing sustainability and European competitiveness. 

Photo from conference 2018

From the NTNU European Conference 2018

From left: Ricardo Migueis, Deputy Secretary General, CESAER – Bjarne Foss, Pro-Rector, NTNU – Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General, DG RTD (Research and Innovation), European Commission – Alexandre Affre, Director for Industrial Affairs, Business Europe.

26 November 2018, Renaissance Brussels Hotel, Brussels. Photo: ID/Sander de Wilde.



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