Conference: Crossroads and transitions

Monday 5 December 2022 09:00-17:00,
Folken, Løkkeveien 24.

The conference "Crossroads and transitions" is a meeting arena for students and professionals to discuss the complexity regarding energy, environment and society.

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The conference takes place at Folken and is arranged by the students at the master program Energy, Environment and Society.

The conference is free, but the number of participants is limited. You must sign up here in order to be guaranteed a spot. Everyone is encouraged to join the mingling and networking session from 3 to 5 pm.


  • 9 am: Door opens
    • Coffee and tea served
  • 9:30–9:40 am: Opening remarks: Crossroads and transitions
    • Daniel Wetzel, head of tracking sustainable transitions unit, International Energy Agency (online)
  • 9.45–10.40 am: Session 1: The climate crisis and the global response
    • Moderator: Oluf Langhelle, Head of Department, Department of Media and Social Sciences, UiS
    • Steffen Kallbekken, research director, CICERO (online)
    • Dolly and Finn Arne Jørgensen, professors in environmental historians, University of Stavanger Department of Cultural Studies and Languages
  • 10.45–11.25 am: Session 2: Energy technologies: barriers and solutions
    • Moderator: Helleik Syse, PhD-Fellow, University of Stavanger Future Energy Hub
    • Øystein Arild, head of department, University of Stavanger Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering
    • Mohsen Assadi, Professor in Gas Technology, University of Stavanger Department of Energy and Petroleum Engineering
    • Alexander Rothkopf, professor in physics, University of Stavanger Department of Mathematics and Physics
    • Brage Johansen, ex-Zaptec, ex-Heimdall, current Chairman of Baseline Energy
  • 11.30–12.00:  Lunch served
  • 11.45 am–12.25 pm: Lunch talk: how to reach carbon neutrality?
    • Klaus Mohn, rector, University of Stavanger/member, Norwegian Government’s 2050 Climate Change Committee
    • Kjell Roland, former director, Norfund (Norwegian Investment Fund for Developing Countries)/member, Norwegian Government’s Energy Commission
  • 12.30–1.25 pm: Session 3: Energy transition in a risky world
    • Moderator: Hilde Øvrebekk, commentator, Stavanger Aftenblad
    • Geir Westgaard, senior adviser of geopolitics and energy, Equinor 
    • Grethe Meisingset, partner, Hitecvision
    • Paal Brimsø Rogdeberg, senior Associate, Nysnø
  • 1.30–2 pm: Session 4: Lykkeland 2.0: Rogaland’s role in making the future
    • Moderator: Inger Johanne Stenberg, Communication Director, ONS
    • Anne Woie, Head of Economic Development and International Affairs, Stavanger kommune
    • Kristian Gautesen, CEO, Endra
    • Gunnar Birkeland, CEO, Source Galileo
    • Geir Voster, sales director, Beyonder
  • 2.05–3 pm: Session 5: Ripple Effects: Societal perspectives 
    • Moderator: Poppy Kalesi, International relations coordinator, Rogaland Fylkeskommune
    • Siddhart Sareen, Associate Professor in Energy and Environment, University of Stavanger Department of Media and Social Sciences
    • Anders Riel Müller, Associate Professor, University of Stavanger Department of Safety, Economics and Planning
    • Two students
  • 3–5 pm: Mingling and networking