UiO:Energy forum 2017

The energy transition and the role of universities: The importance of transcisciplinarity in breaking barriers.

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Creating a low-carbon society is one of today’s greatest challenges.

UiO:Energy’s approach is interdisplinary: We believe that by bringing together expertise from law, the social sciences, the humanities, technology and the natural sciences, our researchers can contribute to better understand the ongoing energy transition and how new solutions in clean, affordable and reliable sources of energy can be achieved.

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We address these questions in three energy lectures from top international researchers. The second half of the day is devoted to round-table discussions, aiming to accelerate the research process through collaboration across disciplines.

Special emphasis will be given to the social sciences. In dialogue with private enterprise and society at large, we challenge ourselves to reach these goals. 

2017 UiO:Energy lectures, 09:00 - 11:45

  • Prof. Venkatesh Narayanamurti (Harvard): Keynote lecture: The Energy Transition - the role of the Universities and how to succeed with research, education and innovation
  • Prof. Miranda Schreurs (TU München): The global energy-climate challenge
  • Prof. Linda Steg (Uni. Groningen): The human dimensions of a sustainable energy transition

Round-table discussions, 12:30 - 16:00

The role of transdisciplinarity in working towards a sustainable society, emphasising the importance of the social sciences

  • Introductions by prof. Arild Underdal (CICERO/UiO)
  • Short presentations of future research concepts, followed by open discussion
    • Dag Harald Claes: Political Science and the Energy Transition

    • Mette Halskov Hansen: Enviromnental Humanities and the Energy Transition

    • Bård Harstad: Towards a Sustainable Society

    • Jan Fagerberg: Innovation, energy and societal change

    • Tanja Winther: Sustainable Energy and Consumption

    • Per Gunnar Røe: Energy Transition and Sustainable Societes

A complete programme (to be confirmed) is found here

Due to limited space, registration is required.


Tags: Energy, innovation
Published Mar. 24, 2017 9:43 AM - Last modified Apr. 25, 2017 8:37 AM