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Triple Farewells, Generational Shifts and Global Challenges

Esben Sloth Andersen, Björn Johnson and Bengt-Åke Lundvall have worked closely together more than 40 years at Aalborg University. Now all three have decided to leave their positions and enjoy emeritus-status. This will be marked with a common event.


01.06.2018 kl. 09.30 - 17.00


“We want to use the occasion to combine inevitable backward-looking nostalgia with critical assessments of the future of the world. In the morning of the 1st of June some of our (younger) international colleagues have been invited to give short talks about major global challenges related to innovation, inequality and sustainability. In the afternoon the three of us will give short lectures and after that there will be a reception.”

(Esben, Björn and Bengt-Åke)


09.30-10:00  Morning coffee

10:00-10:15  Welcome by Birgitte Gregersen

10:15-10:45  Edward Lorenz, University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis and Aalborg University: STI/DUI Ten Years After: A Retrospective on the Notion of Doing, Using and Interacting in Innovations Systems Research

10:45-11:15  Cristina Chaminade, University of Lund: National Innovation Systems: Still useful to address current societal challenges?

11:15-11:45  Jan Fagerberg, University of Oslo: Triple Challenge for Europe

11:45-12:15  Comments

12:15-13:15  Lunch

13:15-13:30  Welcome Christian Nielsen, Head of Department

13:30-14:00  Esben Sloth Andersen: Things take time: Economic Evolution and Basic Research

14:00-14:30  Björn Johnson: Sustainable Development in the Anthropocene?

14:30-15:00  Bengt-Åke Lundvall: The Learning Economy and The Economics of Hope

15:00-17:00  Reception, Fibigerstræde 11 room 117 (Staff Kitchen)


Registration to Dorte Baymler, db@business.aau.dk, no later than May 25.

View the invitation as PDF



Department of Business and Management, Aalborg University


Fibigerstræde 10, room 0.08

Registration Deadline

25.05.2018 kl. 12.00

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