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About the Lerchendal Conference

The Lerchendal Conference has its roots back in the 1970’s and is an annual high-level conference which aims to put the most urgent topics for business and society on the national agenda. As a platform where leading stakeholders from business, politics and research meet to discuss, strike partnerships and take initiatives, the aim is for the conference to contribute to societal change balancing the social, ecological and economic dimensions.

The participation is “by invitation only” and gathers business leaders from the largest and most important businesses in Norway as well as representatives from politics and academia.

The conference runs of over two half-days and has a permanent banquet dinner on the evening after the first day of the conference at theArchbishops’ residence in Trondheim. The conference is located in Trondheim, which popularly is referred to as “the technological capital of Norway” as it is the home of SINTEF, which is one of Europe’s largest research institutes as well as the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

The conference is organised by the Research Council of Norway, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, SINTEF, as well as the Norwegian Society of Graduate Technical and Scientific Professionals.

Lerchendal Conference 2019

In the pursuit of the new Norway – how to create new success stories

Norway faces important transformations – a digitalization wave sweeps across the country and the world, oil production is declining, platform- and sharing economics threaten established industries. How should we position ourselves to preserve the welfare state and create new industries, new jobs? What competence do we need in the future?

What does it mean for the Norwegian welfare state, our businesses and competitiveness when:

  • The classic industrial building is decreasing
  • Fewer companies are listed on the stock exchange
  • More and more young professionals start their own businesses
  • We do not have experience with new business models and markets that are being built up
  • Cyber-attacks are one of the biggest challenges Norway faces
  • Competence expires faster than we manage to rebuild it

Organizations, education sector, research actors and the public sector must adapt to the new needs, different industries should work together and learn from each other to create something new and ensure both their own and the country’s competitiveness and prosperity.

At the conference you will meet experienced executives, top politicians, young entrepreneurs, professors and skilled professionals from home and abroad.

Professional and strong knowledge environments are prerequisites for Norway to stay competitive. Research, innovation and constant building of new competences are central to promoting opportunities and meeting the challenges we face.

The organizers welcome you to the conference with an opportunity for a round table discussion.


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