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Denmark’s Political Festival (Folkemødet) 2021: TECH tents to open in both Allinge and Copenhagen

What will be the role of universities in the green transition? Is 'Denmark as a test country' an opportunity or a constraint? And can we increase the supply of highly qualified labour by allowing older people to remain active on the labour market for longer? These are some of the questions on the agenda in the TECH tents at this year's Political Festival.

[Translate to English:] Grundet corona åbner Techteltet i år også på Bryggen midt i København, hvor AU Engineering i samarbejde med DTU, SDU, AAU, IDA og Engineer the Future debatterer teknologi. Foto: Jesper Bruun.

AU Engineering is once again at Denmark’s Political Festival (Folkemødet), which this year will be held on Bornholm from 17 to 19 June.

We are also arranging online debates, live-streamed directly from Kalvebod Brygge in Copenhagen, when, in collaboration with the Danish Society of Engineers (IDA), Engineer the Future, the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and Aalborg University (AAU), we also open Folkemøde at Bryggen.

Denmark's Political Festival (both in Allinge and at Bryggen in Copenhagen) will include debates on education, research, gender diversity in STEM subjects, electric cars, life at work, and the labour market; all under the technology banner and with everything that this entails of the green transition, digitalisation and innovation.

AU Engineering will be participating in the following debates

Bryggen, at 09:05 on Thursday 17 June: Denmark as a test country - an opportunity or a constraint?

The debate aims to focus on the test area, which is also part of the government's mission in its green research strategy: Climate and environmentally friendly agriculture and food production. How can test facilities help safeguard climate targets and food safety, while at the same time promoting Danish exports of food and food technology?

The debate will be attended by AU Professor and Head of Department Lars Ditlev Mørck Ottosen.

Bryggen, at 12:00 on Thursday 17 June: The hidden workforce reserve – older citizens who want to and can stay in the labour market for longer

The supply of skills and competencies available in the labour market could be increased by having more older people working for a longer period of time, for example engineers, scientists and IT specialists. How can employers retain this group of older employees in the labour market for a longer period of time?

AU Professor Klaus Ostenfeld will take part in the debate.

Bornholm, Allinge, Scene B2, at 15:15 on Friday 18 June: What role will universities have in the green transition?

Experts suggest that research, and technology research in particular, will play a crucial role in Denmark achieving its ambitious climate targets. We clearly won’t meet any targets without technology, but can technology research and development save us from global warming, or would it be more effective to introduce green taxes? Can an agro-intensive country like Denmark lead the way to a total green transformation of industry, infrastructure and society? How do we realise the technological research potential, and how do we secure the right skills and competencies? Is there political commitment?

The debate will be attended by AU Professor and Head of Department Lars Ditlev Mørck Ottosen.

Other AU debates

Aarhus University will also hold a large number of debates on 17 June, and it is also possible to follow the debates live.



Jesper Bruun
Email: bruun@au.dk
Tel.: +45 42404140