​​​​​6th NTNU European Conference​​

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


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


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



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

​​​​​​​Marilyn Fiaschi BusinessScience CEO

Maryline Fiaschi
CEO, ScienceBusiness

​​​​​​​Gianpiero Lotito

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


Daria Krivonos
CEO, Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies




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

Patrick Waldemar
Vice President, Head of Technology, Telenor


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,

​​​​​​​Siri Granum Carson

Siri Granum
Director Oceans,



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


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

Torbjørn Karl Svendsen
Professor, NTNU


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


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


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​​​​​​​


Mary Ann Lundteigen​​​​​
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 



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​​​​​​​


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


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

Conference Programme


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

Tor Grande, Pro-Rector for Research and Dissemination, 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


Room: Ballroom (main room)


09:45 – 10:45 Panel Debate  


Roberto Viola
Director General, EC DG CNECT 

Torbjørn Karl Svendsen
Professor, NTNU

Ingrid Schjølberg
Dean IV Faculty, NTNU

Ana Garcia Robles
Secretary General, BDVA/DAIRO

Odej Kao
Chairman, Einstein Center Digital Future 


Room: Ballroom (main room)

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

Parallel Sessions: 10:45 – 12.15

10:45 – 12:15 Parallel Sessions

Parallel Session 1 - Fueling the green shipping transition: Can we reduce emissions while ensuring a secure energy supply? 

Chair: Olav Bolland, NTNU

Nearly 3% of global final energy demand is consumed by ships – mainly in international cargo shipping – and the fuel consumption similarly accounts for roughly 3% of global CO2 emissions, in addition to a significant share of global SOX and NOX emissions. 

Presently the potential for electrification remains limited, and a massive fuel switch to energy carriers such as ammonia, bioenergy and natural gas is needed in the short to medium term to reduce harmful emissions. Both for this switch, and for the future switch to fully sustainable fuel systems, Europe needs strong political leadership, increased investments in new infrastructure, and rapid development of new technologies. 

This parallel session will address questions such as
•    What is the current status of sustainable shipping?
•    How quickly can we move?
•    How will future fuel systems affect energy security?
•    What does the R&I and education community need from Europe’s political leaders, and vice versa?

Speakers and Keynote Titles:  

Annika Kroon, Head of Unit Maritime Transport and Logistics, European Commission

"EU ambitions in decarbonizing shipping and recent policy developments"

Anders Strømman, Professor & Member of IPCC WG3, NTNU

"Mitigation of Climate Change: Shipping"

Chris Waddington, Technical Director International Chamber of Shipping

Decarbonisation of shipping, key challenges, opportunities and actions

Jaap Gebraad, Secretary General of Waterborne Technology Platform

Sverre Steen, Head of Departement Marine Technology, NTNU


10:45 - 11:30 : Keynote Presentations


11:30 - 12:15 : Panel Debate

Room: Passage

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

Chair: Knut Marthinsen - NTNU

Wind turbines, solar panels, batteries for electric cars, technologies for digitalisation, drones for defence – all require critical raw materials (CRM). The demand for raw materials increases drastically in Europe and it has a high importance for the EU economy.

The war in Ukraine has intensified the raw material market around the globe and a possible supply shortage in Europe is likely.

In addition, there is an increasing need of skilled people in areas related to the energy transition and digitalization in Europe. How should we address these challenges to achieve a climate neutral Europe by 2050?


Speakers and Keynote Titles:  

Peter Handley, Head of Unit, Energy Intensive Industries - Raw Materials, European Commission

"Raw Materials – time for the EU to Act"

Kurt Aasly, Associate Professor NTNU

“NTNU and European Universities role in Critical Raw Materials”

Thomas Garabetian, Research and Innovation Manager, SolarPower Europe

“Solar PV innovation to solve the materials challenge of the energy transition”

Markus A. Reuter, Chief Expert and Professor at SMS groups in Düsseldorf

“The criticality of a robust metallurgical infrastructure in the EU to enable the circular economy” 


10:45 - 11:30 : Keynote Presentations


11:30 - 12:15 : Panel Debate

Room: Maelbeek



Parallel Session 3 - Wellbeing Economy: Co-creating a Fair and Inclusive 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 well-being economies in Europe where no one is left behind. 


Speakers and Keynote Titles:  

Katja Iversen, Sentral Policy Advisor to the WEF, WHO and World Leaders

Thriving, not just surviving – why the wellbeing economy needs to take center stage.

Caroline Costongs, Director, EuroHealthNet

"A wellbeing economy for healthy people and a healthy planet"

Terje Andreas Eikemo, NTNU

“Why reduced inequalities will create more sustainable societies” 

Frank Siebern-Thomas, Head of Unit, Fair Green and Digital Transitions, DG EMPL, European Commission

"EU policies and R&I actions for fair transitions

Sophie Howe, Future Generations Commissioner for Wales

“Protecting the interests of Future Generations - The Welsh approach”


10:45 - 11:30 : Keynote Presentations 


11:30 - 12:15 : Panel Debate

Room: Polak (main room)

Parallel Session 4 - Changing Habits for Sustainable Food Systems

Chair: Eva Falch, NTNU  

The whole food system needs changes in order to secure food for the future. The willingness to change among actors in society is increasing, but does this entail a real change of habits? What are the roles of the different actors in this transformation? 

In the meantime, world population has reached 8 billion in 2022. We continue to waste, overconsume, eat food from scarce resources and food that gives a negative climate budget. 

The Farm to Fork Strategy and its action plan deal with these issues. It sets out 27 different policy initiatives affecting the whole system and its actors. More than two years after the implementation of the strategy, some action points are implemented, while others are in the pipeline. 

Some are more challenging than others. In this session we will approach: 

  • Are we in line with the goals for sustainable food?
  • Can resources from the Ocean alleviate the food crisis?
  • What are the complicated tasks?
  • Can we expect an agreement on sustainability labelling? 
  • What is the approach for succeeding in consumer acceptance of reformulated and processed food?
  • Will we accept resources from side streams or original resources in our future food? 
  • How can the R&I and Education communities take part in this necessary change of habits? How are the food actors involved? 
  • What is the speed of change concerning consumers and other actors in the food system, and what is the needed speed? 

And finally: Will we succeed in changing our habits? 


Speakers and Keynote Titles:  

Irène Tolleret, MEP

Marleen Onwezen, Scientific Expertise Leader, Consumer Behaviour at Wageningen University & Research

“Consumers' willingness to change?”

Tom Gilbert, Professor of Palaeogenomics, Director, Center for Evolutionary Hologenomics

“The holofood project – science as a driver for change in the animal production industry” 

Laurent Bontoux, Senior Foresight for Policy Expert at European Commission Joint Research Centre

“Key challenges for the transition towards a sustainable food system”

Paolo Patruno, Deputy Secretary General CLITRAVI - European Meat Processing Association

“Perspective of the EU meat processors on food system transformation”

Hélène-Diane Dage, Deputy Head of Unit DG GROW Food, Retail, Health, European Commission

"THE EU CODE OF CONDUCT ON RESPONSIBLE FOOD BUSINESS AND MARKETING PRACTICES: A common aspirational path towards sustainable food systems"


10:45 - 11:55 : Keynote Presentations


11:55 - 12:15 : Panel Debate

Room: Salon



12:15 – 13:45 Lunch Break


13:45 – 15:15 Closing Plenary 

Session Moderator: Massimo Busuoli, Director of NTNU Brussels Office


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? 

13:45 - 14:05: Inspiration from the chairs of the parallel sessions

14:05 - 14:20: Dimitri Lorenzani, Member of Cabinet of Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight

Strategic foresight as a policymaking compass amidst the transitions and the new geopolitics

14:20 - 14:30: Tor Grande, Pro-Rector for Research and Dissemination NTNU

"Prepearing for the future in times of transition & transformation"


14:30 - 15:10: Panel discussion


Panel Participants:

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

Dimitri Lorenzani, Member of Cabinet of Maroš Šefčovič, European Commission Vice-President for Interinstitutional Relations and Foresight

Matteo Vespa, President, European Students' Union

Muriel Attané, Secretary General, EARTO


15:10 - 15:15: Closing remarks


Room: Polak room (main room)

Practical Information


Residence Palace

Venue contact: Maïcky Mohr,

! Important infromation on entering the venue: Due to extra security measures in connection to the European Summit taking place on the 9th and 10th of February, participants must enter the venue via the 'back entrance' from Chaussée d'Etterbeek.


To enter the venue: 

From Chaussée d'Etterbeek you will find the access to the venue entrance by walking up the stairs found to the left of the eatery Cherry Delicateseen (66 Chaussée d'Etterbeek).

Once you have walked up the stairs, keep an eye open for the NTNU roll-up indicating the point of entrance for the conference. 


Further details

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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