Torbjørn Digernes is professor in marine technology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). He was Rector of this university 2005-2013, and dean for engineering faculties 1999-2005.

He is currently engaged in the planning of laboratories and research infrastructures at his university.

He is heading a task force for Open Access and Open Data in the CESAER network (Conference of European Schools of Advanced Engineering Education and Research). He is heading the European Platform of Universities engaged in Energy Research and Education under the auspices of the European University Association (EUA), and an observer on behalf of EUA in the Executive Committee of the European Energy Research Alliance.

He has held a number of positions in research and education organizations nationally and internationally, among others chairman of the Research Policy Committee of the Norwegian Association of Higher Education Institutions, member of the Research Policy Working Group of the European University Association, chairman of NORDTEK, a network of Nordic advanced engineering education institutions.

Professor Digernes is member of the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, and president elect of the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA). He has been conferred Knight of the First Class of the Royal Norwegian Order of St Olav.