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VISTA Researcher Days: Research and researcher driven innovation

Researcher day 2021
Group photo of the participants of the VISTA Researcher day 2022. Photo: Ola Gamst Sæther

The Vista Researcher Days in February will explore research and researcher-driven innovation. 

The Vista Researcher Days in February will explore research and researcher-driven innovation. We have several examples that fundamental research may also contribute to innovation in industry, public sector and even the research itself. Innovation encompasses new and useful methods, technologies, and services that are not only innovative but also practical and adopted in real-world applications. Over the course of these two days, we will comprehensively cover the innovation spectrum, from the genesis of ideas to their effective commercialization.

Time: February 5 and 6 
Place: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Drammensveien 78, 0271 Oslo.
Register: By invitation.

Invitation not received?
Contact: Håkon Sandbakken, VISTA coordinator

Documents and further reading:
- Pre-read
- Innovating the Innovation System Thinking: a Systemism Mode by Kjell Olav Skjølsvik and Aristidis Kaloudis

Monday 5th February 
10:00-11:00 Registration, coffee & tea
11:00-11:15 Plan for the seminar, Inga and Asgeir
11:15-12:00 Founder stories 

12:00-12:45 Lunch
12:45-14:30 Workshop session 1: What do we mean with innovation? (Presentation download link)

Introduction to innovation terms and terminology by Kjell Olav Skjølsvik, NTNU

  • Work groups (4-6): Individual reflections and then discuss potential for innovation within own research projects
  • Identify business ideas for each group
  • Presentation in plenum

14:30-14:45 Break
14:45-15:45 Innovation processes in existing companies such as Equinor

  • Internal innovation processes within Equinor by Gunleiv Skofteland, Chief Researcher, Equinor (Presentation download link)
  • Equinor Venture looking for new opportunities by Lars Klevjer, Vice President, Equinor

15:45–16:00 Break
16:00–17:00 Workshop session 2: Intellectual property rights (IPR) (Presentation download link)

  • Introduction to what can be characterized as IP and how to secure IP by Kjell Olav Skjølsvik, NTNU
  • Work groups: Individual reflections and then discuss potential IPR within own research projects.
  • Discussion in plenum

17:00 – 19:00    Dinner and mingling

Tuesday 6th February 
08:30–09:00 Coffee & tea
09:00–10:00 Keynote by David Lane, Herriot-Watt University: Davis´s research and innovation story
10:00–10:30 Group reflections and QA to David, Asgeir
10:30–10:45 Break
10:45–11:30 Case: Pamela - a start-up company just to be borne, Andrea Faltynkova  and Arthur Zolich (Presentation download link)

  • Business idea
  • What are you struggling with?
  • QA

11:30–12:30 Lunch
12:30–13:15 Start-up and technology transfer, Kjell Olav Skjølsvik, NTNU (Presentation download link)

  • How to start up a company from universities?
  • DOFI, business plan, market survey, team composition, ..
  • Looking for money: pre-seed phase, soft money from Innovation Norway, RCN

1315-1400: Workshop session 3: Reflections and summary – Asgeir Sørensen and Inga Berre

  • Individual reflections 
  • Plenum discussions
  • Take home messages and learnings
  • AOB