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51st annual meeting and conference

NORDTEK 2023 – 51st annual meeting and conference

The theme of this year’s meeting and conference was SUSTAINABILITY- How do we educate engineers for a sustainable future?

In a world where resources are becoming scarce, we rely on engineers to come up with sustainable solutions. Therefore, the theme of the NORDTEK Conference 2023, with a focus on UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Through contributions from Nordic experts in education, research, industry and politics, the meeting and conference acquired and exchanged inspiration and specific methods for how to incorporate sustainability into engineering education and research in a way that is both relevant and forward-looking.

During the conference, we focused on questions such as “which sustainability-related challenges are we facing across different sectors of the industry and in society as a whole?” “How do we strategically support the development of relevant solutions to these challenges in our educational institutions?” “How do we keep producing engineers who are equipped to solve the problems of tomorrow?”

The conference included interactive presentations, debates, roundtables and panels. It wasbe held at Aarhus University, Denmark on Thursday, August 17th 2023

Thursday 17th of August - Program

Time Title Speaker
9.00 - 9.05 Welcome Finn Borchenius, Vice-dean of education, TECH, Aarhus University
9.05 - 9.35 A more sustainable future – challenges and opportunities with the green transition Mads Bendixen, Director of Outreach, The Novo Nordisk Foundation CO2 Research Center, Aarhus University
9.35 - 10.05 COMPETENCES FOR A SUSTAINABLE FUTURE - Future skill and workforce requirements for engineers working with climate technologies in the Nordics Laura Klitgaard, Chairperson of The Danish Society of Engineers
10.05 - 10.25 Engineering Education for Sustainability Aldert Kamp, Aldert Kamp Advices
10.25 - 10.45 Coffee and networking YOU
10.45 - 11.15 What would I liked to have learnt about sustainability in my engineering education? Lasse Louis Svendsen, Engineer
11.15 - 11.45 Hurdles for sustainability in engineering educationResults of the discussion Jens Bennedsen, Professor, Head of section, Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Aarhus University
11.45 - 12.15 The energy storage systems as the element of the secure and sustainable future energy system Saulius Gudžius Professor, Head of Department of Electrical Power Systems, Kaunas University of Technology and Joans Vaicys,
12.15 - 13.15 Lunch YOU
13.15 - 13.45 Experiences with sustainable engineering and student-centered learning for 1 000+ students Johan Berg Pettersen, Associate Professor, Department of Energy and Process Engineering, NTNU
13.45 - 14.15 Biomass – availability and alternatives for use Anna Sundberg, Senior University Lecturer, Laboratory of Natural Materials Technology, Åbo Akademi University
14.15 - 14.45 Green skills: just another bubble in the education system or foundation for green transition? Helen Sooväli-Seppin, Vice-Rector for Green Transition, Tallinn University of Technology
14.45 - 15.15 Coffee and networking YOU
15.15 - 15.45 A viewpoint on the necessary skills and research to make buildings regenerative (slides not avaliable) Frank Jensen, Owner and chairman Søren Jensen A/S
15.45 - 16.30 Panel: where do we go from here? Frank Jensen, Maarja Kruusmaa, Finn Borchenius, Student (TBC)
16.30 - 17.00 Walk to the greenhouses and the botanical garden YOU
17.00 - 17.45 Pre-dinner drinks and talk:"How to make a greenhouse sustainable?" Frank Jensen, Owner and chairman Søren Jensen A/S
17.45 - 19.00 move to the dinner, time to stop by your hotel to change dress if needed YOU
19.00 - ?? Conference dinner Navitas

Practical Information

Erasmus Grant

You might be eligible to apply for a grant via the ERASMUS + STAFF MOBILITY FOR TRAINING. Please check with your home university regarding this.

The conference is over


The Conference Centre, Aarhus University.
Building 1423, room 111 - "Stakladen"
The address is Fredrik Nielsens Vej 2-4, 8000 Aarhus C


Registration fee for the 51st annual meeting and conference

The registration fee is 2.327,60 DKr (approxemately 300 EUR).