Transnational Working Days in Oslo

Political conference and a Living Lab session on 28th - 30th November 2018

On 28-30th November, the city of Oslo hosted our political conference and the Oslo Living Lab event.

The political conference was held on the 28th November at Oslo City Hall. At the political conference  high profile speakers from City of Oslo, Business Region Gothenburg, City of Hamburg, City of Aalborg and OREEC debated how cities and regions can act as drivers for innovation and the green transition. 

On the 29th November, companies were invited to meet the developers of the Oslo Living Lab - "Økern Center". During the day, the companies and developers discussed the challenges of Økern Center and afterwards, the 20 participating companies pitched their solutions to the developers and the partners of Northern Connections.

See the programme for the conference below and for the Living Lab conference here.

You can download our Recommendations for Cities and Regions as drivers for innovation.

Soon we will bring more pictures and presentations from the conference.


Watch the video from the conference below and learn more about the Living Lab part of the conference by following this link.

Program of political conference

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch Oslo City Hall

13:00 - 13:10 Welcome to Oslo by Vice Mayor of Business Development and Ownership Kjetil Lund

13:10 - 13:40 Sustainable growth in an EU perspective – The cohesion policy contribution by Policy Analyst Maud Skäringer European Commission's Directorate for Regional and Urban Policy (DG Regio).

13:40 - 14:00 Unlocking the potential for regional innovation: What works? Based on recommendations from Northern Connections, three cities will present short inspiring examples on how they have encouraged regional innovation and transnational cooperation. - Presenting from Aalborg is Mayor Thomas Kastrup-Larsen - Presenting from Gothenburg is Chairperson Business Region Gothenburg David Ljung - Presenting from Hamburg State secretary for Environment and Energy Michael Pollmann

14:15 - 15:45 Presentation of the main challenges and lessons learned in Oslo “How can a City’s Climate Budget be a driver for Clean Tech Innovation?” - International program for EGC 2019 by project manager Anita Lindahl Trosdahl - Technology for a Circular Economy by Marianne Reime OREEC/City of Oslo - The EV Capital of the world by Eric Rambech OREEC/City of Oslo

15:45 - 16:00 Break 16:00 - 16:15 Draft of policy recommendations for promoting transnational innovation. Short presentation by WP 5 Lead / CO-lead

16:15- 17:00 What can Cities and Clusters do to make it easier for companies to overcome barriers for transnational cooperation? Panel discussion with high-level representatives from the cities and cluster organizations in the Northern Connections Kjetil Lund (Vice Mayor Oslo), Jens Peter Hansen (Member of City Council in Randers), Michael Pollmann (Hamburg State secretary for Environment and Energy), David Ljung (Chairperson Business Region Gothenburg), Leon Aahave Uhd (Chief Project Manager CLEAN), Gerrit van Werven (Director Energy Valley)