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Opening of the Brussels Offices of NTNU, University of Bergen and SINTEF

Join senior EC officials, university deans, industry leaders and a Nobel Prize laureate to discuss international co-operation as a means to achieve research excellence, and industry co-operation in Horizon 2020. Scientific workshops on energy, oceans, sustainability and health will be held.


22 September: Opening ceremony

17:00–19:00 Formal Opening

  • Opening address: Minister of EEA and EU Affairs Vidar Helgesen, Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Key Note: Professor and Nobel Prize Laureate Edvard Moser on international cooperation as a means to achieve excellence and the use of European framework programme instruments in particulate
  • Deputy Head of Cabinet Giulia Del Brenna, Cabinet of Commissioner Moedas, European Commission
  • State secretary Bjørn Haugstad, Ministry of Education and Research, on the opening of Brussels Offices to achieve the ambitious goals in the Norwegian Government’s EU strategy
  • Dialogue: Rector Gunnar Bovim (NTNU), Rector Dag Rune Olsen (University of Bergen), CEO Unni Steinsmo (SINTEF), about internationalization and the opening of Brussels offices

Moderator: Director Christian Fossen, Communication Division, NTNU

19:00–19:20 Music, Kristoffer Lo and The Trondheim Soloists

19:20 Walking Dinner

23 September

09:00–11:00 Seminar on Academia – Industry Cooperation in Horizon 2020

Keynote: Deputy Director-General Wolfgang Burtscher, DG Research & Innovation, European commission

Short comments by:

  • Vice President Per Niederbach, Innovation Norway
  • Director Kathrine Angell-Hansen, JPI Oceans


  • Deputy Director-General Wolfgang Burtscher, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
  • CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg, Hydro and Chairman of the Board of NTNU
  • President of Research Lars Høier, Statoil
  • Vice President Per Niederbach, Innovation Norway
  • Professor Rolf Birger Pedersen, Centre for Geobiology, University of Bergen
  • Professor Ingrid Schjølberg, Director of NTNU Oceans
  • President Inge Gran, SINTEF Energy Research

Moderator: CEO Richard Hudson, Science Business

11:00 – 11:30 Break

11:30 – 17:00 Paralleled scientific workshops

  • Energy
  • Oceans
  • Sustainability
  • Health

13:00 – 13:30 Lunch