Last conference details are ready!

THE 2ND CONFERENCE OF THE ÉCONOMUSÉE NETWORK is only a week away and the last details are ready. We are looking forward to welcome you all to Bergen.  

The conference is Monday and Tuesday in Bergen, but for some it already starts on Sunday with a visit to the ÉCONOMUSÉE Arven, Oselvarverkstaden, Fjordtønna and Tønnegården. Arven is located in the middle of Bergen center, and the other ÉCONOMUSÉE are in the outskirt of Hordaland county. You will get a typical homemade Norwegian lunch at Fjordtønna and a lovely dinner at Tønnegården. This day the Project steering group will start its meeting while the other participants travel back to Bergen by bus.

Monday and Tuesday are conference days. We will start at Hotel Terminus 08:30 with coffee and networking, one of the main objectives is to wash away borders and get closer together. During the first conference day we will hear from Carl-Éric Guertin, Director general, ÉCONOMUSÉE Network Society, about what has been achieved since the beginning in 2012. We will get examples from how artisans can collaborate from three different artisans and how we can build a stronger network. There will also be a speed-date session to bring artisans closer. After lunch we’ll have two exciting speeches from Susanne Poulsson about creative tourism, and the director of The Historical Hotels in Norway, Nils Henrik Geitle. They will also be part in the panel with artisans KGB Jan Zakrisson from Sweden and Don Sheehan from Atlantic Canada. In the end of day one we will divide the participant into eight groups and have a fruitful discussion.

In the evening (16:30) we will go by bus to ÉCONOMUSÉE Hillesvåg and then to ÉCONOMUSÉE Oleana, where we also will have our dinner.

Conference day two starts with a speaker Jason Bent from Tourism Cluster Magdalen Island. This day will also have plenty of time for networking, breakout groups and discussions. You have all answered a questionnaire about making the network stronger, and the result will be presented by Helen Conneely.
After lunch on the second conference day we will put focus on circular economy. We will get different speakers emphasizing this topic. At the very last session Project leader Kari Clausen and Carl-Éric Guertin will sum up and talk about further development.

It will be an optimal tour to ÉCONOMUSÉE Glassblower Stine Hoff, or free time to do some shopping or exploring a little bit of Bergen. In the evening we will go by the famous funicular to Fløyen, to have a look at Bergen at night. We close the conference with an informal and nice dinner in Tollbodallmenningen.

Wednesday and Thursday will there be a special tour to Sogn area visiting more ÉCONOMUSÉE, Aurland shoemaker and Cider House.

About the weather in Bergen – in this time of year we can expect everything… At you can have a look at the forecasts, but, today it is sunny abhorrent to what claims, so, it is not 100 % trustable. We hope for sun, but be prepared for rain and a bit chilly weather.

We are all looking forward seeing you in Bergen and wish you all a good journey!

Program in detail follow below. 

The Conference Team
Terje Inderhaug, Carl-Éric Guertin, Kåre Spissøy, Asbjørn Stavland and Marit Gjerstad



SUNDAY OCTOBER 15                                                                                                          

09.00     Guided walk from the Hotel to Bryggen and Arven Economusee                            

(09.30   Alternative bus from the hotel to Arven)                                                                        

10.00     Guided visit to Arven Economusee                                                                                  

10.45     Bus from Arven to Oselvar boat builder Economusee                                                

11.15     Guided visit Oselvaren boat builder                                                                                 

12.00     Bus to Fjordtynna Economusee – small barrel maker Economusee.                       

12.45     Guided visit and lunch– one group for lunch and one group for guiding               

14.10     Bus to Holdhus church                                                                                         

14.45     Arrival church and visit w/local guide                                                                             

15.30     Bus to Tønnegarden Economusee                                                                                   

16.00     Arrival Tønnegarden – welcome by Lord Mayor Fusa Municipality                         

Dinner at Tønnegarden                                                                                         

(PSG stay behind at Tønnegarden for first part of the steering group meeting)                  

18.15     Travel by bus to hotel                                                                                           

19.00     Arrival at hotel Terminus                                                                                                    



MONDAY OCTOBER 16                                                                                                       

8.30 - 9.00          Registration                                                                                               

9.00 - 9.30          Icebreaker - Coffee time and informal meeting between participants                    

9.30       Building a stronger Network                                                                                              

               Session Moderator : Carl-Éric Guertin, Director general, ECONOMUSEE Network Society

9.30 - 10.00        Welcoming remarks                                                                                              

  1. MS. Beate Husa, Concillor, Hordaland County                                                                                        
  2. Mr. Claude Dubé, Board member of the ENS                                                                           
  3. Ms. Kari Clausen, Director of Development, The Royal Norwegian Society for Development, Norges Vel                                                                                                   
  4. Ms. Helen Connely, artisan representative, Ireland                                                               

10.00 - 10.20     Economusée Network - update and what has been achieved since 2012                             

                Carl-Éric Guertin                                                                                                     

10.20 - 10.50     Presentation of collaborations / projects between artisans from the Network    

  1. Michael Scullions, Scullions Hurls, Northern Ireland                                                              
  2. Mette Bakketun, Aurlandsskoen, Norway                                                                                
  3. Carl-Éric Guertin, Québec Canada                                                                                               

               Questions and Answers period with Carl-Éric Guertin as moderator                                     

11.00 - 12.00     Speed dating type of meeting - artisans bring samples and promotionnal tools  

12.00     Lunch                                                                                           

13.15     Reaching out to key tourism stakeholders                                                                                     

               Session Moderator: Kare Spissoy                                                                                                     

13.20 - 13.50     Susanne Poulsson, Amaze (AS)   & Ass. Professor Kristiania University College    

13.50 - 14.10     Nils Henrik Geitle, Director, The Historical Hotels and Restaurants in Norway     

14.10  - 14.30    Panels with artisans and partners :                                                                                  

  1. Sweden - Jan Zakrisson                                                                                                    
  2. Atlantic Canada - Don Sheehan                                                                                                    
  3. Susanne Poulsson and Nils Henrik                                                                                               

14.30 - 14.45     Questions and Answers period with Kare as moderator                                             

14.45 - 15.00     Break                                                                                            

15.00 - 16.00     Breakout groups / workshop                                                                                              

16.00     End of session                                                                                           

16.30     Discovering more Norwegian ECONOMUSÉES                                                                             

16.30     Bus to Hillesvåg Economusee                                                                                             

17.15     Arrival Hillesvåg Economusee and guided visit                                                                            

18.30     Bus to Oleana Economusee                                                                                                

19.00     Arrival Oleana and guided visit                                                                                          

19.45     Dinner at Oleana                                                                                                    

20.30     Bus to hotel Terminus                                                                                            

21.00     Arrival hotel                                                                                              

TUESDAY OCTOBER 17                                                                                                        

8.30       Creative tourism - bringing added value to the ECONOMUSEE Experience                          

               Session Moderator: Graham Thompson                                                                          

8.35 - 9.15          Jason Bent Tourism Cluster Magdalen Islands                                                

9.20 - 10.05        Breakout groups                                                                                                     

10.05 - 10.35     Break                                                                                            

10.35     Developing stronger relationships                                                                                                   

               Moderator: Dr Kevin Heanue, Evaluation Officer, Teagasc                                                       

10.35 - 10.55     Presentation of TEAGASC survey                                                                                       

10.55 - 11.05     Presentation of the Brand Guide by Carl-Éric                                                                

11.05 - 11.15     Phase 4 - Grham Thompson - confirmed                                                                         

11.15 - 12.00     Breakout groups                                                                                                     

12.00    Lunch                                                                                           

13.30     Introduction to the circular economy                                                                                             

               Session Moderator: Þóra Valsdóttir - confirmed                                                           

13.30 - 14.00     Prof. Ove Jakobsen, Nord University, Norway                                                               

14.00 - 14.15     Prof Geir Atle Ersland, Unesco Chair UiB. Synergi between Cultural heritage, Unesco and the Economusee network.                                                                                          

14.15 - 14:30     Prof. Claude Dube, The Unesco links to the Economusee concept                          

14.30 - 14.45     Questions and Answers period with Thora as moderator                                           

14.45 - 15.00     Break                                                                                            

15.00     Closing session - What's next                                                                                             

               Kari, Carl-Éric and Helen Connelly to present key findings / suggestions                              

               Closing remarks Kari Clausen and Carl-Éric Guertin                                                                     

16.00    End of conference – start of evening program                                                                                            

16:10     Extra for special interested - a visit to Economusee Stine Hoff, Glassblower - limited, max 20 people                                                                                          

Free time and/or shopping for the main group                                                                                          

18:15     Trip to Fløyen, walk to Tollbodallmenningen                                                                                 

20.00     Dinner at Norges Vel - Tollbodallmenningen                                                                                 





WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 18                                                                                                                

08:43 Train from Bergen arrival Myrdal Station at kl.10.51. Change of train                                      

10.58 Departure Myrdal & arrival Flåm kl. 11:55                                                                                       

12.05 Departure Flåm by bus to the Aurland shoemaker (1/2 group)                                                  

12.25 Arrival Aurland shoemaker for guided tour                                                                                     

12.05 Buffet lunch at Flåm (1/2 group)                                                                                          

Bus change around with 1st shoemaker ½ group back to Flåm for lunch and the other ½ group to Aurland shoemaker for guiding.                                                                                                 

14.00 Departure by bus over Vikafjell to Balestrand from all participants/both groups                  

16.05 Ferry from Vangsnes - expected arrival Kviknes hotel at 16.45 where we will stay overnight. 

17.30 Walk to visit the Ciderhouse Economusee. Guiding and tasting of cider.                                 

19.30 Dinner at Kviknes hotel.                                                                                           

THURSDAY OCTOBER 19                                                                                                                    

On Thursday, we take the boat from Balestrand quayside by the Kvikne hotel to Bergen.

07.50 Speed boat from Balestrand to Bergen harbor                                                                

11:50 Arrival Bergen harbour at Strandkai terminalen.                                                                            

There’s an airport bus stop nearby – buses to Flesland every 15 minutes.  (From the quayside to the airport it takes about one hour altogether).