Norsi Research School Conference 2020

The 2020 NORSI Research School Conference takes place 27-28 January 2020. 

You are invited! Norsi invites anyone interested in the latest within innovation research, friends and networks partners of NORSI to attend. The student presentations give interdisciplinary perspectives to a wide range of topics within Innovation Studies.

A big NORSI spalsh and celebration:
At this conference we delebrate that NORSI is in its 8th year as a research school and we will look back at the developments and achivments since NORSI’s commencement in 2012 until 2020. NORSI is in its last year of the current funding period, and we are on our way to starting a new NORSI phase – a Nordic NORSI!

GEOINNO2020: The NORSI conference will be held in conjunction with the 5th Geography of Innovation conference that will be held in Stavanger right after the NORSI conference. The dates for the GEOINNO conference are 29-31 January 2020. More information here. NORSI students that would like to attend GEOINNO should contact Birte for more info regarding accommodation and registration fee.

Present your research and receive the best comments! The Norsi conferences are known for opponents giving well prepared, insightful, and in-depth comments to all the Norsi student presenters. Only NORSI PhD students may present.

Conference aim
The goal is to provide a comfortable and open environment for Norsi students to presents their research in progress, findings so far, and to receive feedback and support from peers.


Work in progress: This is intended to be a platform for all students and not just those whom are near completion.

Research education: Taking part in the conference is seen as an important part of the research education for students that are part of NORSI.  We encourage all NORSI students and supervisors to participate.

Junior Discussants: NORSI students whom opt to not present are encouraged to attend. NORSI students attending will be asked to be junior opponents. Even if you do not present, we might ask you to be a junior discussant on a paper.

Key Notes and Alumni Talk

Key Note: Shiri M. Breznitz
Associate Professor Shiri Breznitz, Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at University of Toronto will giv a key note lecture titled “Entrepreneurship Education and Firm Creation.”

Breznitz research focus: Shiri M. Breznitz is an economic geographer that specializes in innovation, technology commercialization, and regional economic development. Her research is at the critical intersection of theory and policy to fit the new realities of globalization. Dr. Breznitz’s work has informed policymaking at the local, national, and international levels. She has advised on the role of universities in the larger story of innovation, on the economic impact of biotechnology, and on the role of clusters in driving innovation. In addition, Dr. Breznitz is one of the section editors for Economic Geography at the Geography Compass Journal. Current projects include the role of STEM and non-STEM education and migration on entrepreneurship, the geography of crowdfunding, and ecosystems of innovation.

Breznitz’s book, “The Fountain of Knowledge” with Stanford University Press (July 2014), analyzes universities’ relationships with government and industry, focusing on the biotechnology industry as a case study. She has also, co-edited the book “University Technology Transfer: The Globalization of Academic Innovation,” with Routledge Press (September 2015). In 2018, Dr. Breznitz co-led the University of Toronto’s first Alumni Impact surveys.

Key Note – Alumni: Marte C. W. Solheim
Marte C. W. Solheim a postdoctor at University of Stavanger and NORSI alumni will share her insighs about research dissemination. She will touch on the importance of how to get the courage and the when and where its appropriate to share research findings. Solheim has presented several lectures on this topic at various research seminars and has written about it extensively. She recently had a blog entry at the London School of Economics and Politcial Science Impact Blog about the topic.

Solheim Research focus: Solheim studies the nexus between various forms of diversity and different types of innovation, and has particularly focused on the role of foreign-born workers and innovation & export, experience-based diversity and innovation, diversity management and global business.

Solheim is actively engaged in the public debate on migration-and innovation- related issues in Norway and is invited to speak at national diversity conferences as well as to national policy makers, political spheres and other institutions.

Solheim has written pieces for national newspapers in Norway, such as Aftenposten, VG, Dagbladet, Aftenposten Viten as well as for regional newspapers: Stavanger Aftenblad, Bergens Tidende, and Magazines: Innomag, Ukeavisen Ledelse to mention some. Solheim has appeared on national television (NRK), national radio and on local television (TV VEST) on several occasions discussing her research as well as written pieces for international magazines, such as for regions. Reference: UiS web

Key Note: TBA

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 Registration and Deadlines

Please note – The registration deadline for the NORSI Conference 2020 is this year much earlier than previous years as the conference is held at Clarion Hotel Energy in Stavanger. In order to avoid extra costs we need to know your attendance and accommodation needs ealier than previous years.

Registration form: To register please complete in this form. You will not receive a registration receipt.
Registration Deadline: The registration deadline is Wednesday, 1 December 2019.
Abstract deadline: 18 December 2019 – submit by email to Birte (unless you have submitted it in the registration form).
Full paper deadline: Monday, 13 January 2020 – send to Birte by email

NORSI students – you may register for the conference as a presenter (send in abstract) or only as an attendee. We encourage all students to present.


Key Note



2 day conference: The conference is a 2 day long event. Please check for updates to the program before the conference as there may be slight unavoidable changes due to absences etc. Please discuss this event with your supervisors to make the most of this opportunity. There will be an tapas-dinner reception after the presentations on Monday evening.

Preliminary Overview Schedule

Program: A preliminary program schedule and a detailed program with abstracts, times, and juniorand senior discussants will be published as we get closer to the dates.

Information about Full paper, presentations and feed-back info:
Full paper: Deadline TBA. Submit to
Each presentation will receive prepared feed-back from both a senior and junior opponent. Each student will be given 30 min.; 15 min. presentation and 15 min for feed-back/questions. The paper to be submitted before the conference does not have to be a complete work, and can be in progress. Max. length should be about 8000 words, however shorter papers in draft versions are also acceptable. All abstracts will be made availble online.

Travel and Accommodation

Travel and accommodation will be covered for all NORSI students, alumni, supervisors and representatives.
Travel Refund: All travel expences (economy) will be refunded after the conference.

Contact Us

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact Birte M. Horn-Hanssen/

Date & Location

26-28 January 2020
Clarion Energy Hotel, Stavanger