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Plotting the course: maritime industry-research collaboration

Date and time

Thursday 9. December 2021 at 09:00 to 16:00

Registration Deadline

Thursday 2. December 2021 at 12:00


J. Lauritzen, Tuborg Havnevej 15, 2900 Hellerup J. Lauritzen
Tuborg Havnevej 15
2900 Hellerup

Plotting the course: maritime industry-research collaboration

Event Description

Over the next decade, the maritime sector is facing several interconnected challenges including green transition, automation, and digitalization. Solutions to these challenges will require increased collaboration between industry stakeholders, universities, research institutions, and maritime academies etc.

On 9 December 2021, the Maritime Research Alliance invites maritime stakeholders and researchers to a one-day conference on industry-research collaboration in the maritime sector.

The mentioned challenges will affect stakeholders in different parts of the maritime sector in different ways. The aim of the conference is to investigate how collaboration with maritime research and educational institutions may help turn these specific challenges into opportunities.

At the conference, leading experts from shipping companies, the maritime supply industry, ports, maritime authorities, universities, maritime academies, research centers, NGO’s and other maritime stakeholders will share their insights on the specific challenges and opportunities through a mix of presentations and workshop discussions.



8:30-9:00           Registration and light breakfast

9:00-9:10           Welcome by Thomas Roslyng Olesen (Project Manager,                                  Maritime Research Alliance)

9:10-9:20           Welcome by Niels Josefsen (CEO, Lauritzen Bulkers)

9:20-9:30           Maritime Research Alliance - the fund perspective by Jenny 
                          Braat (Board member, the Danish Maritime Fund and CEO 
                          Danish Maritime)

9:30-9:50           Keynote 1:        Bo Cerup-Simonsen (CEO, Mærsk Center                                                         for Zero Carbon Shipping)

9.50-10.10:        Keynote 2:        Andreas Nordseth (Director General, Danish                                                     Maritime Authorities)

10.10-10.20      Q&A


Session 1: Decarbonization and sustainable ocean economy

10:20-10:40     Speaker 1:        Andrew Stephens (Executive Director, the                                                         Sustainable Shipping Initiative)

11:40-11:00     Speaker 2:        René Taudal Poulsen (Associate Professor,                                                       Copenhagen Business School)

11:00-11:10     Q&A

11:10-11:30    Coffee break and networking


Session 2: Digitalization

11:30-11:50      Speaker 1:        Lars Riisberg (CEO, RINA Digital Solutions)

11:50-12:10      Speaker 2:        Rune Møller Jensen (Associate Professor, IT                                                    University Copenhagen)

12:10-12:20      Q&A

12:20-13:10      Lunch and networking


Session 3: Automation

13:10-13:30     Speaker 1         Dennis Kögeböhn (Partner, Hamburg Port                                                          Consulting)   

13:30-13:50      Speaker 2        Stig Eriksen (Associate Professor, SIMAC)

13:50-14:10      Speaker 3        Mogens Blanke (Professor, Technical                                                                University of Denmark)

14:10-14:20      Q&A


14:20-14:30     ShippingLab by Magnus Gary (Project Director, ShippingLab)

14:30-15:30     Breakout sessions: Industry-academia research collaboration

15:30-15:50     Presentations by session chairs

15:50-16:00     Wrap up by Thomas Roslyng Olesen (Project Manager,                                     Maritime Research Alliance)


On the Maritime Research Alliance (MRA)

Maritime Research Alliance was established in 2018 as a non-profit network organization that works to further the collaboration between maritime researchers at the Danish Universities and Maritime Academies.

Specifically, Maritime Research Alliance works to:

  • Coordinate maritime research and education at the Danish Universities and Maritime Academies.
  • Facilitate collaboration between maritime researchers and other stakeholders from the maritime community
  • Make Danish maritime research and education visible in Denmark and abroad.

Today the alliance connects maritime researchers from Aalborg University, Aarhus University, Copenhagen Business School, Danish Institute for International Studies, IT-University, MARTEC, Roskilde University, SIMAC, Technical University of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, and University of Southern Denmark.

Maritime Research Alliance is kindly funded by the Danish Maritime Fund.

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Organizer Contact Information

Maritime Research Alliance (CBS)
Phone: +45 3815 3974

Organizer Contact Information

Maritime Research Alliance (CBS)
Phone: +45 3815 3974