Kunnskapsparken Helgeland


Kunnskapsparken Helgeland is a regional innovation company, with the aim of being a driving force for innovation, value creation and growth in Helgeland, Norway. The organisation works closely with business, public enterprises, research and educational environments. Their expertise is in competence, innovation, business establishment/incubation, clusters and networks. The organisation’s motto is “Interaction creates growth”.

Role in project

Kunnskapsparken Helgeland is the TCL host for the Transition Coastal Lab in Norway. They are responsible for the everyday running of the TCL, communication with the coastal communities and the wider region, and the organisation of local workshops (WP2, WP3, WP4 and WP6). They are also responsible for the Ocean Literacy capacity building in the Norwegian TCL (WP6).

The Team


Torbjørn Aag

Project Manager and Business Developer

Torbjørn works in the areas of developing competence initiatives for business and connecting companies to public funding agencies, instrument apparatus and R&D. On the coast of Helgeland, there are scattered settlements, but great values are created which are important for local communities, the region and the world. He is particularly concerned with the tourism and culture industry and is involved in projects as a facilitator for innovation and competence development.

Ida G. Jørgensen

Project Manager

Ida focuses on regional development and the qualities of a place that contribute to its attractiveness. Her fields of interest are innovation and entrepreneurship in rural areas, mobilization of competence, communication, organizational structures and psychology, and business strategy. Her Master’s thesis was focused on strengthened rural innovation capacity through knowledge mobility and mobilization of competence.

Karin Kristensen

Senior EU Advisor

Karin has worked as Senior Advisor for Nordland County Municipality for more than 12 years. She has developed the region's R&D strategy and led Nordland's collaboration with the Research Council through the “VRI program”. Nordland County was the first Norwegian region to develop a regional strategy for business development under the EU scheme for smart specialization. Karin’s main focus has been mobilizing for increased cooperation between R&D and the region's business community as part of implementation of Nordland`s Innovation strategy. She has a Cand. Polit. degree in Social Anthropology from University of Oslo.