North Sea Conference 2016

Building blocks for the future was the theme of the North Sea Conference 2016, which we organised in cooperation with the North Sea Commission and the Region of Southern Denmark.

350 participants joined the conference, which took place at Hotel Legoland in Billund, Denmark. Below are some key highlights and take aways.


Video summary
This short video sums up the essence of our conferences - connecting people and ideas.



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Social media highlights
Participants engaged actively at the conference as well as on Twitter. Check our conference hashtags #NSRbuildingblocks and #shareyourridetobillund for participants' impressions and ride-share movies.



Conference kick off

Key note by Dr Irene McMaster

Workshops day 1

Priority 1 - Thinking growth: Programme perspective
Priority 2 - Eco-innovation: Programme perspectiveproject perspective and country perspective
Priority 3 - Sustainable North Sea Region: Programme perspective, project perspective and country perspective
Priority 4 - Green transport and mobility: Programme perspective, project perspective and country perspective


Study tours (to be updated)
1 - Offshore Port of Esbjerg
2 - Energy efficiency: CLEAN and District heating in Denmark
3 - Climate adaptation and tourism
4 - Health and social care innovation: Health innovation centre, CoLab Denmark and Welfare Tech
5 - Design and innovation
6 - Tourism
7 - Education and culture

Workshops day 2
Joint secretariat: Let’s get technical
Joint secretariat: How to work technically with the Joint Secretariat
Joint secretariat: 3 common problems in applications and how to avoid them
Joint secretariat: All you need to know about project results and intervention logic
Joint secretariat: Private matters - how to involve business in your project
Joint secretariat: Key financial concepts in the application
Joint secretariat: 5 tips to improve your communication work package
Joint secretariat: Programme and project co-creation through social media

Project workshop: "Coast is clear" - innovative climate adaptation against storms and flooding in coastal communities
Project workshop: Enhancing regional growth - shaping the future
Project workshop: Innovative agriculture in times of climate change
Project workshop: Autonomous/ automated transport - potential and risks
Project workshop: E-solutions for commuters - presentation of a project idea
Project workshop: Legolisation of bridges
Project workshop: Suffolk County Council partner search
Project workshop: Citizens engagement in "Young Villagelift" behavioural change through schools
Project workshop: PurePoints - An open data mapping project idea for local authorities and their citizens
Project workshop: Power2Gas=Energy4Transport - an integrated approach to Europe's energy and transport challenges
Project workshop: GRIP, Public participation in urban green infrastructure planning - how to do?

Conference programme
Workshop overview
Participants list