13 – 14 September 2021

DIREC seminar


The purpose is to give the participants in DIREC the opportunity to get to know each other, both professionally and personally / socially and thus create new networks across the universities and the Alexandra Institute.

We hope this will lead to the identification of new research issues, including grand challenges for digital technologies, collaboration across workstreams, and new projects with companies and the public sector.

Target group

Workstream managers, participants from other universities in DIREC workstreams, DIREC project participants including PhDs and postdocs, as well as others who are professionally interested in participating in a DIREC workstream.

Monday 13 September

9.30   Arrival, croissants and coffee

10.00   Workshops part I

Responsible: Mads Nielsen, University of Copenhagen

Responsible: Christian S. Jensen, Aalborg University

Responsible: Rasmus Pagh, University of Copenhagen

Responsible: Susanne Bødker, Aarhus University and Louise Barkhuus, IT University of Copenhagen

Responsible: Jan Madsen, Technical University of Denmark

Responsible: Kim Guldstrand Larsen, Aalborg University

Responsible: Claudio Orlandi, Aarhus University

Responsible: Helle Zinner Henriksen, Copenhagen Business School

Responsible: Mark Bernhard Riis, Technical University of Denmark

12.30  Lunch

13.00  Workshops part II

15.00  Coffee break

15.30  Workshops across workstreams

17.30  Drinks and get-together

19.00  Dinner

Tuesday 14 September

8.00  Breakfast

9.00  1-2 Keynote speakers – in plenary

10.30  Break

11.00  Parallel Birds of a Feather sessions

12.30  Lunch

13.30  Education / Birds of a Feather sessions

Responsible: Thomas Hildebrandt, University of Copenhagen

  • Introduction to the Master Training Network, Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard, SDU
  • Presentations of results from DIREC education projects by project managers
  • Panel debate: Educating more people within digital technologies – what national initiatives do we need?

Responsible: Mikkel Baun Kjærgaard, University of Southern Denmark

14.30  Management meeting

16.00  End of seminar


The following types of activities are planned:

  • Workshops in the individual workstreams
  • Workshops across workstreams
  • 2-3 invited talks with people from outside
  • Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions – smaller sessions where researchers can meet on a specific theme or discuss upcoming project proposals including SciTech projects. teaching, PhD, entrepreneurship, spin-out, etc.

We expect on average approx. 20 participants per workstream, but this may vary from workstream to workstream. 

Each university and the Alexandra Institute will pay for their own participants. This is partly due to the fact that the DIREC funds are allocated to projects and activities of the participating partners. We currently expect an approx. price of DKK 3,400 for Early bird which includes conference location, accommodation, meals incl. dinner.