Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

RUNIN Conference: Universities, Innovation and Regions

June 2, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 2:30 pm

Invited participants and guests, please be welcomed to a RUNIN Conference in Oslo, Norway. on Friday 2nd June 2023.

The conference will take place at Nationaltheatret Konferansesenter. Please find the preliminary programme further down on this page.


With the increasing importance of knowledge economy, universities are expected to play a pivotal role in innovation and development of regions. Meanwhile, universities have responded by enlarging their portfolio with the third mission and engaging in impactful research, education and innovation activities. However, the role of universities in regional innovation and development processes is multi-faceted and plays out differently across various institutional contexts.

The Role of Universities in Innovation and Regional Development (RUNIN) is the topic of a Horizon 2020 MSCA Innovative Training Network of 14 Early-Career Researchers across seven universities and nine regional development agencies in Europe, being active from 2016 to 2021. The 14 PhD projects include both the perspective of universities as well as that of the regions, creating a broad body of new knowledge on the relationship between them.

Even though RUNIN has officially ended, RUNIN researchers received additional funding from The Research Council of Norway to disseminate its results further in Norway. The dissemination project, titled Promoting RUNIN in Norway, invites you to a conference on 2nd June 2023 from 09:30 – 14:30, where research results from the project will be presented and discussed.

The conference will take place at Nationaltheatret Konferansesenter in Oslo from 10:00 to 14:30, with lunch at around noon. Coffee and registration from 09:30.

The conference is free of charge. Please sign up here by 26th May 2023.


09:30 –10:00Registration and coffee
10:00 –10:35Welcome speeches
10:35 –11:20Workshop 1:
What does decentralized research and higher education mean for regional development? (Moderators: David Fernández Guerrero and Maria Salomaa)
11:20 –12:05Workshop 2:
How can the universities contribute to the competence for green transition? (Moderators: Saeed Moghadam-Saman and Liliana Fonseca)
12:05 –12:45Lunch
12:45 –13:30Workshop 3:
Can the universities contribute to achieving the goal of increasing R&D in industry to 2% of GDP? (Moderators: Sergio Manrique Garzón and Kwadwo Atta-Owusu)
13:30 –14:15Workshop 4:
How can universities transform from entrepreneurial to engaged model for increased interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration? (Moderators: Rıdvan Çınar and Rhoda Ahoba Sam)
14:15 –14:30Closing Session

Click here for registration. Deadline: 26th May 2023.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Marie Sklodowska-Curie Grant Agreement No. 722295 and from The Research Council of Norway under Project No. 333184.


June 2, 2023
9:30 am - 2:30 pm


Nationaltheatret Konferansesenter
Haakon VIIs gate 9
Oslo, 0161 Norway
+ Google Map
View Venue Website


+47 92888232
View Organizer Website
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No 722295.


Sign up for our RUNIN newsletter.