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Collaboration x Innovation


The conference gathered some of the world’s leading science and innovation entrepreneurs who spoke about their big ideas in relation to research, innovation and collaboration and in particular how Denmark could do better in these areas as a way to stimulate growth.

Collaboration x Innovation thus offered a forum to meet, network and share ideas about the emerging ecosystem of collaborative innovation between science, business and society.

The conference was held by the Carlsberg Foundation in collaboration with the Innovation Fund Denmark.




The conference took place June 30, 2016 at the Carlsberg Academy, Copenhagen

COLLABORATION X INNOVATION was a one-day conference at the historic Carlsberg Academy. The conference intended to stimulate experimentation with new ideas about innovation and collaboration and display how future collaborative efforts can drive innovation through the development of new offerings, products and technologies. Through a series of presentations from some of the world’s leading science and innovation entrepreneurs, the conference highlighted and critically debated the prospects of open innovation and how new forms of openness and collaboration will change the innovation ecosystem of tomorrow.

Participation was by invitation only. The conference was held in English.

Keynote speakers

Professor Flemming Besenbacher

Flemming Besenbacher is Chairman of the Supervisory Boards of the Carlsberg Foundation and Carlsberg A/S and professor at the Interdisciplinary Nanoscience Center and the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Aarhus University. 

Slides Presentation



Ulla Tørnæs

Mrs. Tørnæs was appointed Minister for Higher Education and Science in February 2016. She first became Member of Parliament for the Liberal Party in 2007. She has also functioned as Minister for Development Cooperation and Minister of Education. Mrs. Tørnæs was Member of the European Parliament from 2014 to 2016.  

Presentation Interview



Carlos Moedas

Mr. Moedas has been the European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation since 2014.  He was the formerly Secretary of State to the Prime Minister of Portugal from 2011-2014. In 2008-2011 he founded the Crimson Investment Management. He has previously been a Consultant on mergers and acquisitions at Deutsche Bank and Eurohypo Investment Bank from 2002-2004. He received his MBA at Harvard Business School, and he is the co-author of the book The New Paradigm of Real-Estate investment (O Novo Paradigma Do Investimento Imobiliário). 

Speech Presentation Interview



Jim Hagemann Snabe

Mr. Snabe is the Chairman of World Economic Forum USA. He received his Master's in Operational Research from Aarhus School of Business, Denmark. He has been the Consulting Manager of SAP, Denmark, and the Practice Leader of IBM Denmark, and Former Member of the Board of Danske Bank. He is a Member of the Board of SAP, Siemens, Allianz, and AP Moller Maersk.

Slides Interview



Doctor Thomas R. Insel

Dr. Thomas R. lnsel is a neuroscientist and psychiatrist, and has served as Director of Clinical Neuroscience at Verily (formerly Google) Life Sciences since December 2015. Previously he was the Director of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Insel has previously been Professor of Psychiatry at Emory University where he was founding director of the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience and director of the Yerkes Regional Primate Center in Atlanta.



Professor Cameron Neylon

Cameron Neylon is Professor of Research Communication at the Centre for Culture and Technology at Curtin University and an advocate of open research practice who has always worked in interdisciplinary areas of research. He has previously been Advocacy Director at PLOS (the Public Library of Science), a Senior Scientist at the STFC Isis Neutron and Muon Facility and tenured faculty at the University of Southampton. 

Slides Presentation Interview



Doctor Joanne Kamens

Dr. Kamens has been the Executive Director of Addgene since 2011. Addgene was founded in 2004 as a mission driven, nonprofit dedicated to helping scientists around the world enhance collaboration by facilitating the sharing of useful research materials and information. She received her PhD in Genetics from Harvard Medical School then spent 15 years in Pharma at BASF/Abbott working on both small molecule and antibody therapies for immune disease. 

Slides Presentation Interview



Salim Ismail

Salim Ismail is the best-selling author of Exponential Organizations, a sought-after technology strategist, and a renowned entrepreneur with ties to Yahoo!, Google, and Singularity University. He consults with governments and the world’s top Fortune 500 companies on innovation and growth, and his work has been featured in premier media outlets like the New York Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, WIRED, Vogue, and the BBC.

Slides Interview



Panel Discussion

Panel discussion with Lene Skole, CEO of the Lundbeck Foundation; Mads Krogsgaard Thomsen, Executive Vice President and Chief Science Officer at Novo Nordisk; Salim Ismail, Executive Director, Global Ambassador for Singularity University; and Flemming Besenbacher, Chairman of the Carlsberg Foundation.