Keynote speakers

Monday February 27th 2017

Professor Lene Tanggaard Department of Communication, Aalborg University

Professor Lene Tanggaard

Deputy Head of Department of Communication, Aalborg University


Learn to bring your PhD into play

Soon, many graduates with a PhD diploma in their portfolio will start finding jobs outside the university. There is no question that a PhD diploma provides a fantastic analytical depth and an ability to quickly understand complex information, but how do you use it in the real world? With a brand-new PhD diploma, you are left standing with a massive amount of knowledge about a very specific area. The real trick is to find a way to transform your knowledge in a quickly changing job market.

Based on Lene’s latest book ‘Lær—effektiv talentudvikling og innovation’ and the book ‘A Survival Guide for PhD Students and Their Supervisors,’ she will present ways to more clearly understand what you can do to bring your talents into play in new contexts. How do you seek new opportunities, and what do we know about the importance of learning cultures in organizations? How can deep knowledge be the key to flexibility? How can you learn to collaborate with specialists from other disciplines? What should you stand firm on, and what should you perhaps let go in the transition from the university to the outside world? In short, how do you get a life after your PhD?

Lene Tanggaard is Cand.Psych., PhD, Deputy Head of Department and professor at Institute for Communication, Aalborg University. Lene has a lot of experience with guiding PhD students and with collaboration with organizations outside the university.

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Tuesday February 28th 2017

CEO Kathrine Myhre



Starting up within Medical Technology

Kathrine Myhre established the cluster Oslo Medtech in 2009 and has since the start been the CEO of the organization. Oslo Medtech is today a mature cluster organization with 180 members including Medtech, eHealth and Digital health companies, R&D-institutions, hospitals and local health authorities, international companies and investors. Oslo Medtech where granted status as a Norwegian Centre of Expertise (NCE) of the Norwegian cluster program in June 2015.

After finishing her Master degree in Political Science from the University of Reading, UK in 2001, Kathrine Myhre worked with innovation strategies and business creation based on novel research from the University of Oslo (UiO) until 2008 - from 2004 until 2008 as the Director of Innovation at Birkeland Innovation (now Inven2), the technology transfer office at University of Oslo.

From 2008 she held the position as Director of Innovation at the company IT Fornebu. It was from this position the concept of Oslo Medtech was formed and launched in 2009.

From September 2012 Oslo Medtech has been organized as a separate entity, focusing on creating businesses fulfilling unmet medical needs, stimulating the development of a competitive Norwegian Medtech and eHealth industry.

Kathrine Myhre has over the years built organizations, and a broad network, both nationally and internationally. She has initiated and led numerous strategic and innovative processes and projects, within a broad spectrum: conduction of creative processes, market analysis, business creation, handling of IPR, marketing and sales and facilitating financing of key projects and businesses. Her master degree from University of Reading, UK is based on a Bachelor in Political Science from University of Oslo.

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