22 May

The Research Council's Health Conference 2019


22 May 2019 09:00 - 16:00


Sentralen, Øvre Slottsgate 3, Oslo

Type of event:


Target group:

Researchers, research managers, health service representatives, the health authorities and stakeholders from business and industry

Registration deadline:

6 May 12 PM

Register here

About the event

How should research help to meet the health challenges of tomorrow? The Research Council is inviting stakeholders from business and industry, researchers, research managers, health services and the health authorities to discuss the needs for research and innovation in Norway’s future health care system.

The conference will include presentations and discussions on:

  • global trends in health care and health research;
  • strengthening and steering research and innovation in the field of health;
  • technology and health – opportunities and challenges.

In addition, there will be an open debate with representatives of governing and opposition political parties, leaders in trade and industry, researchers and representatives of the public sector.


John-Arne Røttingen

John-Arne Røttingen

Chief ExecutiveForskningsrådet

Jeremy Farrar

Jeremy Farrar

DirectorWellcome Trust

Sylvia Schwaag Serger

Sylvia Schwaag Serger

Deputy Vice-ChancellorLund University, Sweden

Camilla Stoltenberg

Camilla Stoltenberg

Director GeneralNorwegian Institute of Public Health

Directo, HO21 Advisory Board

Lena Nymo Helli

Lena Nymo Helli

Former CEOAbbvie Norge

Markus Moe

Markus Moe

Editor-in-Chiefthe Dagens Medisin magazine

Erik Fosse

Erik Fosse

ProfessorUniversity of Oslo

Group Leader, The Intervention Center, Oslo University Hospital

Sigrid Bratlie

Sigrid Bratlie

Senior Adviserthe Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board

Lasse Pihlstrøm

Lasse Pihlstrøm

Physician and Post-Doctoral FellowOslo University Hospital


08:15 Registration starts

09:00 Welcome
John-Arne Røttingen, Chief Executive of the Research Council of Norway, welcomes participants. He will lead the conference.

09:05 Global trends in health care and health research
This session will be conducted in English.

The world is confronting many great health challenges – disease outbreaks that vaccination could have prevented, proliferation of antibiotic-resistant microbes, health threats caused by pollution and climate change, increasing prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity. Does the research and innovation system need to be more open and responsible, and involve a wider range of stakeholders, to meet these challenges?

  • Jeremy Farrar, CEO Wellcome Trust: Major future health challenges – how can research and innovation contribute to tackling them?
  • John-Arne Røttingen, Chief Executive, Research Council: How global trends affect health research and innovation systems

10:00 Strengthening and steering research and innovation in the field of health
Three introductory presentations followed by dialogue and discussion.

How can research and innovation help to meet tomorrow’s health challenges? More researcher-initiated research, or more needs-driven research? What national actions can we take to enhance the quality, relevance and societal impact of research? How can we exploit research results and new innovations more quickly?

  • Sylvia Serger, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Lund University: Research and innovation for health and care services in Norway – a view from outside
  • Camilla Stoltenberg, Director General, Norwegian Institute of Public Health (NIPH), and Director, HO21 Advisory Board: A research and innovation system for better public health. Health&Care21 and the road to 2030
  • Lena Nymo Helli, former CEO, AbbVie Norway: The Government’s policy for research and innovation in the health industry – is it ambitious enough?

11:00 Break

11:20 Dialogue and discussion
Markus Moe, Editor-in-Chief, Dagens Medisin magazine, will lead discussion and debate between political figures – both in power and in opposition – and between key research and innovation leaders in universities, health trusts, research institutes and industry.

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Technology and health
Developments in information technology and biotechnology keep unlocking new opportunities to prevent and treat disease. Many believe we are facing a paradigm shift in medicine. Can we to exploit these opportunities without compromising the goal of equitable, safe and accessible health services for all?

  • Erik Fosse, Group Leader, Oslo University Hospital Intervention Centre, and Professor, University of Oslo: Artificial intelligence is revolutionising medicine
  • Sigrid Bratlie, Senior Adviser, Norwegian Biotechnology Advisory Board: The potential of gene technology for personalising treatment and prevention
  • Lasse Pihlstrøm, Physician and Post-Doctoral Fellow, Oslo University Hospital: Health technologies of the future – a brave new world?

Questions to speakers from the audience, with and without the Slido question app.

16:00 Closing


Mari Kristine Nes