Internationalisation Prize: Seminar Working Together Successfully

We would like to invite you to discuss experiences from researchers, advisers and administrators with developing and implementing international research projects.

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In March 2015, Bjørn Hvinden, Director at NOVA, and Bettina Uhrig, Senior Adviser for Internationalisation at NOVA, received together the Internationalisation Prize 2014 from the Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences. They were honoured for their joint achievements in developing international collaboration and projects. This seminar will create the opportunity to discuss collaboration between researchers, advisers and administrators in developing and implementing international networks, research proposals and projects.


13:00 – 13:10      
Welcome and Introduction   
Bettina Uhrig, Senior Adviser for Internationalisation at HiOA NOVA

13:10 – 13:30      
Supporting researchers – experiences from Sweden, Denmark and the US
Olaf Svenningsen, Executive Officer at the University of Southern Denmark and Chair of the Danish Association of Research Managers and Administrators (DARMA)

13:30 – 13:50
Managing international collaboration and project proposals – experiences at the University of Bologna, Italy
Alessia Franchini, Senior Adviser at the University of Bologna

13:50 – 14:00       Coffee break

14:00 – 15:00      
Working Together Successfully - Panel discussion involving questions and comments from the audience

  • Ellen-Marie Forsberg, Senior Researcher and Manager at HiOA Work Research Institute (AFI), Norway
  • Alessia Franchini, Senior Adviser at the University of Bologna, Italy
  • Bjørn Hvinden, Director HiOA NOVA & Scientific Coordinator for the FP7 project DISCIT and the H2020 project NEGOTIATE, Norway
  • Olaf Svenningsen, University of Southern Denmark
  • Facilitation: Bettina Uhrig, Senior Adviser for Internationalisation, HiOA NOVA, Norway

15:00 – 16:00
Reception – all participants are welcome!


Venue: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences, P46, Room Prolab PA124

Coordination: Bettina Uhrig, Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Sciences (HiOA) - Norwegian Social Research (NOVA),, +47 4650 8801

Registration: Please send an email to, before 11 February 2016, keyword: Prize seminar

Short information about the speakers and panel members

Ellen Marie Forsberg

Ellen-Marie Forsberg is senior Researcher with a doctorate in practical ethics/philosophy focusing on methods for doing ethical evaluations of new technologies. She is the Head of Research at the WRI and leads the HiOA Research Group on Responsible Innovation and several projects in the field of responsible innovation.

Ellen-Marie Forsberg coordinated the FP7 Science in Society project EST-Frame from 2012-2014, on integrated assessment of emerging science and technologies ( and is currently the Principal Investigator for HiOA in the H2020 project PRINTEGER (Promoting Integrity as an Integral Dimension of Excellence in Research, 


Alessia Franchini 200 X 150

Alessia Franchini , PhD, is Research Adviser and Project Manager at the European Research & Innovation Office of the University of Bologna, where she coordinates the Social Sciences, Humanities and Social Innovation Unit. She is in charge of the strategic coordination of actions, networking activities and the development of multi-disciplinary research partnerships.

As Research Adviser she gives support to research groups in the design of research proposals, mostly under the H2020 programme, in particular by using methodological tools deriving from the PCM (Project Cycle Management) and LFA (Logical Framework Approach). She also acts as Project Manager, taking care of project legal and financial issues, coordinating and supporting partners, monitoring activities and results, as well as guaranteeing strong problem solving skills.


Bjørn Hvinden

Bjørn Hvinden , Director at NOVA. M.A. (1977) & PhD (1992), both in sociology & from the University of Oslo. Bjørn Hvinden has been switching between applied social research (from 2006 at NOVA) & teaching & research at universities (Univ. of Oslo 1991-92 and NTNU, Trondheim 1995-2007). Professor of Sociology since 1995, was Adjunct Professor at the UiT Artic University of Norway, Tromsø, 2012-15. Has been visiting scholar / Professor at the universities of Edinburgh, Umeå, Helsinki, Bremen, Copenhagen & Lund. Directed a Nordic project on Active Citizenship (2002-05), and a virtual Nordic Centre of Excellence on the Nordic Welfare Model (2007-13).

Currently, directing two EU-Projects, one on the conditions for Active Citizenship by persons with disabilities (DISCIT, 2013-16) and one on the young people's agency related to job insecurity in nine European countries (NEGOTIATE, 2015-18), & a project on Sustainable European Welfare Societies (2014-17), funded from Norway. Partner in H2020 project on new solidarities (SOLIDUS, 2015-18).


Olaf Svenningsen (nytt) 200 X150

Olaf Svenningsen is head of Southern Denmark Research Support, an office that provides service and advice primarily in pre-award to health sciences research at SDU and at the hospitals in the Region of Southern Denmark. Originally trained as a scientist with a PhD in geology from Lund University in Sweden, Olaf says that his knowledge of extremely slow moving and unstoppable tectonic forces and sudden, unexpected natural disasters turned out to be appropriate in research administration, too.

Olaf’s work with research administration began in 2000, when he was employed by the US National Science Foundation to be the Office Manager of the NSF-MARGINS Program, that office being located at Columbia University in New York. In 2003, Olaf moved back to his native Sweden, to Uppsala University, and the job of setting up a research support function. In 2009, he moved to Denmark and took up his present position at SDU.

Olaf is an EARMA member since 2010, member of the Board 2013-2015, and he is presently the chair of DARMA, the Danish Association of Research Managers and Administrators. He is also a long-time member of NCURA and was Global Contributing Editor for Europe for the NCURA Magazine 2013-2015.


Bettina Uhrig

Bettina Uhrig , M.A. (1982) in German Studies and Political Science from Berlin Free University. Since the early Nineties, she has been working on international projects and has been a member in international networks and consortia. She is an EARMA member since 2006. She has lived and worked in a number of European countries and has a strong track record in cooperating with different actors in successful ways.

Since 2007, Bettina Uhrig is employed as Senior Adviser for Internationalisation at NOVA. This position entails informing and supporting colleagues at all levels in developing their research proposals as well as assisting (incl. budgeting) and guiding them in making applications for funding in response to calls in international programmes, e.g. Horizon 2020. In August and September 2014, she worked for the European Commission as Evaluation Expert (evaluation of proposals on calls in Horizon 2020, SC6). In addition, she has been the Project Leader for NOVA’s Project Establishment Framework contract (PES, since 2009) and the Project Manager for the FP7 SSH collaborative research project DISCIT (2013 - 2016) and was managing the Horizon 2020 project NEGOTIATE from the beginning in 2014 till October 2015.