NUAS Faculty Administration Workshop

Continuous transformation – how do we embrace it? Trends in higher education, AI, Diversity, Work Environment

 “Continuous transformation – how do we embrace it?   Trends in higher education, AI, Diversity, Work Environment”

The Planning group for the NUAS Faculty Administration Workshop in Bergen, Norway (May 14 – May 16, 2024) is proud to announce that registration for the conference is now open!  This year’s theme is “Continuous transformation – how do we embrace it? Trends in higher education, AI, Diversity, Work Environment”

There will be interesting speakers and fruitful round table discussions on the continuous transformation we experience in higher education through topics like the trends in higher education, artificial intelligence, diversity and inclusion and work environment. How do we embrace the changes? For more information, please see the programme.

Of course there will also be a social program opening with a welcome reception in the evening on May 14, a get-together dinner on Wednesday, time to network and mingle throughout the workshop and a visit to the award winning and recently renovated University Museum.

The target groups for the workshop are faculty level administrative directors and leaders with general administrative or service responsibilities for their organization, (e.g., directors of faculty, administrative managers, heads of administration, services managers, and equivalent, middle management in the university). Heads of administration or equivalent at department level are welcome too, as well as all other university administrators who find interest in the workshop.

We are expecting 60-70 participants from Iceland, Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The workshop format makes the event a great opportunity to gain new perspectives on working with the continuous transformation in higher education and benefit from Nordic colleagues‘ knowledge and experience.

And don’t miss the opportunity to stay on through the weekend and celebrate Norway’s National Day with Norwegians in Bergen on May 17!

We look forward to welcoming you to Bergen for our NUAS Faculty Administration 2024 Workshop!

On behalf of the NUAS Faculty Administration Group,

Elisabeth Müller Lysebo
Faculty Director
Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
University of Bergen


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Registration has started: January 10, 2024

Early Bird Registration Ends: February 1, 2024

Registration Ends: March 01, 2024


Workshop start May 14, 2024

Workshop ends May 16, 2024




NUAS Faculty Administration Workshop in Bergen 14 – 16 May 2024

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Continuous transformation – how do we embrace it?   Trends in Higher Education, AI, Diversity, Work Environment

Venue: UiB Learning Arena, Nygårdsgaten 5


Tuesday 14 May:

Reception by the City of Bergen. The reception will take place in Schøtstuene wich is part of the Hanseatic Museum at Bryggen.

Venue: Schøtstuene: Øvregaten 50

Wednesday 15 May:

 8.30-9.00: Workshop check-in/registration and coffee

9.00-9.15: Opening

  • Welcome, Rector Margareth Hagen, University of Bergen
  • Welcome to the workshop, NUAS Planning Group

 9.15-10.00: Setting the scene: Transformation Trends in Higher Education, Esa Hämäläinen

10.00-10.30: Coffee Break

10.30-11.15: Getting Employees Onboard with Change, Gwen Turner

11.15-12.00: Group discussions

12.00-13.00: Lunch


13.00-14.00: Changing the work environment – presentations and panel discussion

  • Places of learning and community – the role of a university campus? Patric Wallin
  • Un-sticky workplaces: Balancing presence and working-from-home in hybrid work settings. Peter Holdt Christensen
  • Diversity in working places. Gunhild Sundal

14.00-14.30: Group discussions

14.30-14.45: Short break

14.45-15.15: Guided tour of the premises


Free time


 Venue: The University Museum

  • Tour of the Museum
  • Aperitif and Music University Aula
  • NUAS Workshop dinner in Christie Café


Thursday 16 May:

8.45-9.00 Coffee 

9.00-9.45: Coping with stress, Pernille Pedersen

9.45-10.30: Group discussions

10.30-11.00: Coffee Break

11.00-11.45: Diversity, Nordic style: How to culturally appropriate a travelling concept, Thorgeir Kolshus

 11.45-12.30: Group discussions

12.30-13.30: Lunch

13.30-14.15: AI as seen from the IT-Director@UiO, Gard Thomassen

14.15-14.45: Group discussions

14.45-15.00: Closing of the workshop and goodbye

Opportunity: Celebrate the Norwegian National Day in Bergen on May 17


REGISTRATION is now open!


Early Bird Registration Fee 
(until February 1st) ( incl. catering NOK 2100)
NOK 6950 (inc. VAT)

Standard Registration Fee (incl. catering NOK 2100)
NOK 7400 (inc. VAT)

Please note 
There are 80 seats available – first come, first serve. The workshop is meant for member institutions only.  

Speakers NUAS workshop in Bergen May 2024

Patric Wallin

Patric Wallin is Professor in University Pedagogy at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In his research, he uses critical pedagogy as an entry point to explore how to create spaces in higher education that enable students to make meaningful contributions to research and society. He is interested in how traditional student teacher positions can be challenged through partnership and who students and teachers can transform spaces into places. By re-considering the relationship between undergraduate teaching and academic research, he wants to re-establish the university as a place for collaboration between students and academics with the common purpose to co-create knowledge and meaning.


Pernille Steen Pedersen

Dr. Pernille Steen Pedersen is an assistant professor at Copenhagen Business School (CBS). Her research focuses on identifying and understanding triggers of work-related stress and how leadership can address stress-mitigation in a day-to-day practice. She has developed research-based tools for management and employees that outline how stress may be handled and prevented, by focusing on social relations and the reduction of shame in cooperative dialogues between management and the employees.

Peter Holdt Christensen

Peter Holdt Christensen, Ph.D. and associate professor at Copenhagen Business School, focuses in his research on human behavior in work places. Specifically, he focuses on motivation, knowledge sharing, how physical spaces influence human behavior and interactions, and hybrid work. He publishes both internationally and nationally, and has recently published (in Danish): “Hybrid arbejde. Balancen mellem nye og gamle måder at arbejde på (2022)”.


Gunhild Sundal

Gunhild Sundal is a Senior Architect at the Estate and Facilities Management Division at The University of Bergen (UiB). She is a graduate architect from NTNU and has experience from both private business and the university sector, as a designing architect and project manager. Recently, she has worked mostly with early-phase planning and user processes, including in the building projects Media City Bergen (Entra), Alrek Health Cluster (UiB), Nygårdsgaten 5 (UiB), and in the Campus Development Project Nygårdshøyden South (UiB).

Throughout her career, Sundal has been concerned with issues related to good learning environments and workplace areas. Central themes are how to develop new and existing areas so that they best support the needs of the core business, and how to create attractive campuses for both employees and students.
Gunhild Sundal was a user coordinator in the Alrek Health Cluster building project. In this project there was extensive user participation, to find a new design of the workplace areas that both met the needs of the employees and supported the purpose of the cluster.



Esa Hämäläinen

Esa Hämäläinen is currently the Director of Administration and the Secretary General of the Board at the University of Helsinki. He began his career in 1989 in student politics at the Helsinki University Student Union and continued it in various administrative roles at the University of Art and Design Helsinki. Since 1998 he worked at the University of Helsinki as research policy advisor, evaluation coordinator and director of central services. He is specialized in higher education and research policy, evaluation processes, service development and organisational changes. From 2008 till 2011 he was the Director of Administration at the Theatre Academy Helsinki and led the change from state agency to an autonomous university under public law. At the University of Helsinki he has led major change process for balancing university finances and also the reorganisation and consolidation of university services. He was OECD IMHE Vice-President of the Governing Board 2011—2016 and the President of HUMANE years 2015-2021. He sits in the Board of Directors of service companies.


Gwen Turner

Gwen Turner is the Head of HR in the Institute for Public Administration in Dublin, Ireland.

With over 25 years in HR and Change Management, Gwen is a dynamic HR professional blending a background in data analytics, a degree in Mathematics and Sociology, and a current pursuit of an MSc in Organizational Behaviour. Working across diverse sectors, including universities, private and public institutions, Gwen excels in collaboratively driving organizational change initiatives. Recognized for expertise in both human and analytical dimensions – where the people meet the numbers – Gwen’s work has contributed to shaping the future of workplaces. Gwen is delighted to join the NUAS conference to share a wealth of experience and insights in HR and Change Management in a university environment.


Thorgeir Kolshus

Thorgeir Kolshus is head of the Department of social anthropology at the University of Oslo. He has worked ethnographically in the Pacific island state of Vanuatu for almost three decades, specialising in the social aspects of religious and linguistic diversity. He has previously been professor of social anthropology at Oslo Metropolitan University, where he was head of the Section for diversity studies that later evolved into DISCO Diversity Studies Centre Oslo. Kolshus has been a columnist with several national newspapers, has done research on research communication, and is a frequent contributor to public debates.


Gard Thomassen

Gard Thomassen holds a PhD in Bioinformatics, and participated in the first exome and transcriptome sequencing of tumor/normal samples in Norway in 2010. In 2012 Thomassen became project leader for building a system for storage, analysis and collection of sensitive data (TSD) at the University of Oslo (UiO). TSD is now a national eInfrastructure for research on sensitive data. In 2020 Thomassen et al was funded by the Research Council of Norway to establish the Norwegian AI Cloud. Thomassen has since 2012 become IT-Director of UiO and has approximately 350 employees delivering a wide range of services locally and (inter)nationally.

A warm welcome to Bergen!

Bergen is located on the west coast of Norway in the heart of the fjords. As a European City of Culture, World Heritage City and UNESCO City of Gastronomy, Bergen offers world-class experiences and culture. The Bergen region has the ideal combination of nature, culture and exciting urban life all year around.As of January 2023, Bergen is labelled as Sustainable Destination. With this Bergen becomes the largest destination in the Nordics with this label.  Read more at:

Photo: Visit Bergen / –


The University of Bergen

The University of Bergen (UiB) is an internationally acclaimed research university.   For us, academic diversity and high quality are fundamental values, and our priorities are part of a national responsibility for the development of the disciplines: basic research, research training and research-based teaching.  We are proud to be able to say that UiB is the most cited university in academic journals in the whole of Norway.  There are seven faculties at UiB, and 20,820 students.   We have 4215 members of staff from 91 different nations.  The University of Bergen’s three focus areas are climate and energy transformation, marine research and global social challenges.  The University of Bergen is located in the city center of Bergen. Campus map.

Enjoy spring and the Constitution Day in Bergen

Bergen celebrates Norway’s National Day 17 May with one of Norway’s largest parades through the city centre as well as a series of celebrations in and around Bergen.

Read more about celebrating the Constitution Day the Bergen way and the program of the day here.

Photo: Bente Krossøy/UiB

Photo: Vigdis H. Olsen/UiB


The University Gardens

Spring is a fantastic time of year to visit The University Gardens | University of Bergen (  The genus Rhododendron is quite a phenomenon in Bergen, particularly during the height of flowering in May.

Rhododendrons in the cultivar collection
Photo: Bjørn Moe

The Arboretum at Milde houses living collections of trees and shrubs, especially Rhododendron and roses. Experience the rich flowering of Rhododendron in May and get to know the forest in the Arboretum.

Your stay in Bergen

We offer accommodation with discounted prices at hotels within as short walking distance from the conference venue.

To secure availability and discounts, please make your reservation by using the links/booking codes below. The hotels offer these prices from May 13th until May 19th for the NUAS workshop attendees.

Please note: secure your hotel as soon as possible if you like to stay in the city center.

Scandic Ørnen, NOK 1990,- per night incl breakfast and vat
(Booking code BUIB130524)

Scandic Byparken, NOK 1690,- per night incl breakfast and vat
(Booking code BUIB140524)

Grand Terminus, NOK 1090,- per night incl breakfast and vat
Send email to with reference number 4097377 and dates to secure your reservation.

We recommend staying on in Bergen for the special May 17th national day celebration. Bergen is renowned for its festivities, so do not miss out!

General information can be found on:


Getting To Bergen
In addition to a large selection of direct flights to Bergen, you can also arrive by ferry or by train from Oslo or by car along the scenic fjords and coast to Bergen. The Bergen Railway between Bergen and Oslo has been ranked as one of the greatest train journeys in the world.
Read more at:

How to get from Bergen Airport Flesland to Bergen city center
Bergen Airport Flesland is located 18 kilometers south of Bergen. It’s easy to reach the city center with the Airport Bus, the City Light Rail (called Bybanen in Norwegian) or by taxi. The City Light Rail line number 1, is the cheapest way to get from the airport to Bergen city.
Read more at:

Currency in Norway
The Norwegian currency is called kroner (currency code NOK).

Debit and credit cards are accepted almost everywhere, and many places also accept payment by phone, like Google Pay and Apple Pay. But it is still a good idea to have a bit of cash on you for small purchases. Foreign currency is rarely accepted, so you need Norwegian currency to get by.
You will find cash machines in towns and cities, and in most rural areas there will be at least one place where you can withdraw money, such as at a kiosk, grocery shop, or petrol station.


Emergency and Medical help
In case of emergency

113 – when there is risk of life

Emergency clinic – when it’s not life-threatening

The telephone number for the out-of-hours medical service in Norway is (+47) 116 117.
If you call this number, you will be put through to the nearest out-of-hours medical service where you are.

Healthcare benefits in Norway if you are a tourist from another EU/EEA country or Switzerland:


Tap water
Tap water is safe to drink in Bergen as well as throughout Norway. We recommend using reusable water bottle to fill up with tap water during your stay.
In the conference venues, fresh water will always be available.


Local Organizers

For questionsregarding the workshop program

Elisabeth Müller Lysebo   Email:

For questions regarding venue, and event management

Vigdis Helen Olsen  Email:


Registration and Payments

For questionsregarding registration and payments

Irmelin Grønevik  Email:


NUAS Faculty Administration Group

Elisabeth Müller Lysebo  Email: