Humanitarian innovation and design seminar

Date/Time: 10/03/2015  09:00 - 16:00

Location: Department of Product Design, NTNU

The number of disasters worldwide is expected to multiply in coming years. For humanitarian actors working to meet the needs of disaster struck communities, this development increases the pressure to adapt proportionally. Humanitarian innovation, better collaboration with private enterprises in the emergency context, and information-sharing between grassroots and decision makers are considered as requirements for addressing these challenges. Fulfilling such requirements may lead to a so-called paradigm shift in the way humanitarian action is executed. This further includes challenges and opportunities for product, service and systems design, and demands cross-disciplinary approaches.

As part of this debate – consisting of multiple interests and colliding agendas –we initiate a critical discussion on these issues in order to map out how NTNU, the Norwegian Center for Humanitarian Studies (NCHS) and PRIO can play a key role in creating arenas for purposeful and applicable research. The seminar brings together different disciplines and projects at NTNU.

This is the second seminar where the Department of Product Design at NTNU, NCHS and PRIO invite researchers invested in this thematic to present and discuss common grounds for the future of humanitarian innovation within Norwegian academia. At the previous seminar, participants included NTNU, PRIO, NRC, Innovation Norway, NFR and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

09:00 – 09:30 Coffee
09:30 – 09:45 Introduction and welcome
09:45 – 12:00 Brief presentations with questions and discussion
12:00 – 12:45 Lunch and tour of the department
12:45 – 14:00 Brief presentation
14:00 – 16:00 Further discussion about common interests and collaboration possibilities for research and research and education objectives.

Following the seminar, there will be an opportunity to continue discussions at an informal dinner for those who wish to participate.


The seminar will be held in English.

For further information and registration to the seminar, please contact:

Brita Nielsen,, telephone: +47 954 24 055.

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