Svein Berg | Topic

Mr. Svein Berg joined Nordic Innovation in March 2017 when he was appointed Managing Director. The 10 years prior to this he was with Innovation Norway. He was Executive Vice President for 4 years with the overall responsibility for the organizations activity in more than 30 countries. Then he became regional director in Norway for the same organization before he became regional Director for North and South America in 2012. Mr. Berg has former been the Managing Director of The Norwegian Seafood Council, Director in Aker Seafoods and Executive Vice President in The Norwegian Industrial and Regional Development Fund. He has also been Advisor in Ministry for Local Government and Regional Development. Mr. Berg holds a Master’s degree in Economics from University of Oslo. He was an exchange student to the US where he graduated from Senior High School. Mr. Berg has been an officer in The Norwegian Armed Forces where he served for three years.

Marie-Valentine Florin | Addressing the Tensions Between Precaution and Innovation

Marie-Valentine Florin is the executive director of the International Risk Governance Center at EPFL ( She organises IRGC collaborative activities, focusing in particular on the role of IRGC as a multi-stakeholder platform and a convening place at the interface between science and policy, to address complex risk matters involved in technology, when benefits and risks are interconnected. Before joining EPFL she was managing director of the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC) She spent the first part of her career (1984-1999) in an international socio-cultural research and marketing consulting firm. From 2000-2006, she worked for local authorities, helping them develop and implement strategies for sustainable development, and for philanthropic and humanitarian organisations. Marie-Valentine graduated from Science Po in Paris (public policy and management), and then earned post-graduate diplomas in marketing strategy, sustainable development and environmental diplomacy.

Maja Horst | Responsible Innovation Communication

Maja Horst is a professor and the Head of the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication at the University of Copenhagen since 2011. Among other responsibilities, she is a member of the Danish Council for Research and Innovation Policy, and member of the editorial board of the Journal for Responsible Innovation. From 2013 until 2017, she was the Associate director of the Virtual Institute of Responsible Innovation (VIRI), funded by the NSF and hosted in the Arizona State University.

Prof. M. Horst has been awarded several grants and prizes for her scientific research, including the BioSYNergy project of the University of Copenhagen's Excellence Programme for Interdisciplinary Research (2013-2017), and the Science Communication Prize from the Danish Minister for Science, Technology and Innovation (2009). Her research focuses on the relationship between science and society, with particular emphasis on public communication about science and technology. Her research interests include the following areas: Science and Technology Studies, Science Communication and Sociology of Innovation, currently working, among others, on the Scientific Social Responsibility. Throughout her career, she has contributed to numerous scientific publications including the "Responsible Innovation in the US, UK and Denmark: Governance Landscapes".

Robert J. Taylor | Innovation Failures and How to Avoid Them

Mr. Taylor has been working as a risk and safety analyst for about 50 years. First, started in 1972 as a risk researcher at Risø National Laboratory, Denmark. His significant advances were development of methods for automated hazard identification, action error analysis for process plant operator errors risk assessment, and automated software fault tree analysis. Starting from 1984 he was working in Danish engineering consulting companies and his own. He has had many international assignments, in the field of oil, gas, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, military command and control systems and space applications. New developments included sneak path analysis, now a European Space Agency standard; practical industrial application of automated hazards analysis; development of an extended database of major hazards data based on US experience; development of methods for automated design review and methods for integrated human-computer-hardware analysis for command and control systems. Besides this, he has researched in design error and the quality and completeness of risk assessment.

Mr. Taylor joined the Systems Engineering group at DTU in 2015 as research fellow. The work has focussed on development of risk analysis methods for the very wide range of engineering disciplines represented by the department’s students. Current work is on design error in autonomous vehicles, organisational failure and emergent hazards in complex systems.

He is the author of 5 books, numerous reports and journal papers as well as conference contributions.