Networking Workshop How to involve the service sector

especially finance, retail, tourism, culture, experience and media industries in R&D&I projects to secure a sustainable growth


Date & Place: 25-26 February 2020, Oslo

Time:             lunch to lunch

Host:              The Research Council of Norway

Speaker:         Prof. Tor W. Andreassen, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), director of CSI - Centre for Service Innovation
Moderator:      Philip Lorentzen

Brief Description

In Norway, as in many other countries, the service sector has increased their share of the Norwegian economy. The companies within some of these industries, namely finance, tourism, creative industries and retail, are scarcely involved in our schemes.

We would like the opportunity to discuss their increasing importance these industries and the challenges they face, as well as how we can increase their engagement in R&D&I activities in order to secure a sustainable growth. These branches of the service sector have both diverse and overlapping challenges some of which might be eased by R&D&I involvement.

Will these sectors have a place in Horizon Europe? Are these branches' needs for R&D&I met by relevant schemes on a national level?


An introduction lecture to challenges and research will be given by professor Tor. W. Andreassen, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH).

Examples from selected schemes and activities from agencies that have special measures for engaging these industries will be presented and discussed.

All participating agencies will be asked to give a brief description of relevant national activities. 



Discuss and share thoughts, goals, experiences and challenges with involving sectors with little tradition for R&D in R&D&I activities.



  1. A better understanding of how these industries can be engaged in R&D&I activities both on a national and international level.
  2. A better understanding of barriers for R&D in these industries and the challenges that could be reduced by R&D in these industries


Learning Outcome

Participants will be familiarised with different schemes already in place in some national agencies and get a better understanding for how to meet the needs of these industries with relevant schemes.


A brief report summing up discussions and examples of good practise will be distributed after the workshop.


Who should attend

Agency employees working with national (and international) schemes for the service industries mentioned above.



For TAFTIE members and International Partners: free of charge (Travel and hotel costs have to be covered by the participant’s agency)

For non-members: please contact



Please register here.


For further information about or input regarding content please contact Lise V. Sund or Philip Lorentzen., for practical issues regarding registration etc please contact