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Monday, May 4th

14:00-18:00: EARTO Working Group

  • Ex-post FP6 Audits: background, issues raised in audits, consequences for RTOs, current state of play, EARTO action to defend members' interests - presentation
  • Options for European-wide model Agreements for Contract and Collaborative Research - A study being undertaken for DG Research by Tanja Schöpke (FhG) in cooperation with the DESCA Core Group - presentation
  • Commission study on Research Performing Organisations: presentation of findings and conclusions - Etienne Magnien, Head of Unit, DG Research, European Commission - presentation





15:30-16:00: Coffee Break

  • Presentation of new member: C-Tech Innovation Ltd, Ian Dalrymple - presentation
  • Presentation of new member: The National Institute of Technology of Norway, Frode Paulsen - presentation
  • Presentation of new member: CSEM - the Swiss Center for Electronics and Microtechnology, André Perret - presentation
  • Eurostars: Experience with the programme
  • EARTO RTO Yearbook Project - Mikael Kekkonen, EARTO - presentation
  • RTO's Performance European benchmarking Pilot phase - Carlos Vivas, FEDIT - presentation
  • Young European Associated Researchers: presentation of activities - Floris Leneman - presentation





Conference Programme



Tuesday, 5th May



Opening Plenary Session 10:30-13:00


10:30-11:30: Setting the Scene

  • Welcome from EARTO, Erkki Leppävuori, President
  • Welcome from French Ministry of Economic Affairs, Industry and Employment - Mme Catherine Gras, Directrice Générale Adjointe, Direction Générale de la Compétitivité, de l'Industrie et des Services
  • How EU Cohesion Policy supports R&D and Innovation - Madeleine Mahovsky, Member of the Cabinet of European Commissioner for Regional Policy Danuta Hübner



11:30-12:00: Coffee Break

12:00-13:00: Setting the Scene (continuation)

  • Building Strategic Alliances between RTOs - Bernard Bigot, CEO, French Atomic Energy Commission (CEA)
  • Working effectively for SME’s - Philippe de Laclos, Vice President, Réseau Centres Techniques Industriels (CTI) - presentation



13:00-14:30: Lunch

Parallel Sessions 14:30-17:30

Parallel Session 1: Using Structural Funds for R&D and Innovation
Chair: Peter Oakley, TWI
Rapporteur: Marie-Dominique Troyon, CEA

  1. Research Infrastructures: Regional Dimension and European Structural Funds - Dr. Jean Moulin - Advisor General, Federal Science Policy Office - presentation
  2. Taking a Strategic View of the Use of EU Structural Funds for Research and Innovation: the Slovenian Example - Dr. Aleš Mihelič - Director General - Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (SI) - presentation
  3. Research and Industry Networking: Tecklicell a new platform concept - Gilles Lenon - Centre Technique du Papier (FR) - presentation
  4. TWI/South Yorkshire Manufacturing Park - Peter Oakley - TWI (UK) - presentation
  5. Fiber Optic Valley - Olle Persson - HNA - (SE) - presentation
  6. Platform for the Innovation and Development of a Traditional Sector in Andalusia - Olga Sanchez - CTAP (ES) - presentation



Parallel Session 2: Working Effectively for SMEs
Chair: Philippe Demigné, ASRC
Rapporteur: Mikael Kekkonen, EARTO

  1. Improving the impact of research on SMEs: new forms of "transfer" from research to SMEs - Sabine Brunswicker, Fraunhofer IAO (DE)
  2. Dutch SBIR programme - Peter de Haan, TNO (NL) - presentation
  3. Case study on Open Innovation and IP Management - Michel Carton, Cetim (FR) - presentation
  4. The EUROSTARs Programme - Michel Vanavermaete, EUREKA Secretariat - presentation


Parallel Session 3: Building Strategic Alliances between RTOs
Chair: Joachim Rams, AiCarnot
Rapporteur: Leena Savaranta, VTT

  1. CARNOT-FhG Cooperation - Alain Duprey, AiCarnot (FR) - presentation
  2. AERTOs RTO ERA-NET - Jens Neugebauer, Fraunhofer (DE) - presentation
  3. Heterogeneous Technology Alliance - André Perret CSEM (CH) - presentation
  4. European Energy Research Alliance - Ton Hoff, ECN (NL) - presentation


17:45-19:00: EARTO Executive Board Meeting


20:00: Conference Gala Dinner



Wednesday, 6th May

8:45-9:30: EARTO Annual General Meeting

Plenary Session 9:30-13:30


  • Reports from Parallel Sessions: Report from session 1, Report from session 2 and Report from session 3.
  • An Industrialist’s view of the importance of strategic partnering with RTOs - Guillaume Devauchelle, R&D Director, VALEO
  • The European Research Area and Proposals for its Further Development - Jos Leijten, Director, JIIP - Joint Institute for Innovation Policy - presentation



10:45-11:15: Coffee Break


11:15-12:30: Looking Forward: From the FP7 Mid-term Review to FP8

  • The Development of the European Research Area - Etienne Magnien, Head of Unit, DG Research, European Commission - presentation
  • Priorities of the Forthcoming Swedish EU Presidency with regard to the European Research Area - Dan Andrée, Special Advisor, Swedish Ministry of Education and Research - presentation
  • Reflections on FP7 and Proposals for FP8 - Results of EARTO Task Force - presentation and proposal for ESTARC (a European Strategic Technological and Applied Research Council)



12:30-13:30: Closing Session

  • Erkki Leppävuori, President EARTO
  • Conference 2010 - Maria Khorsand, CEO, SP Group
  • Director General of Research and Innovation, French Ministry of Higher Education and Research, Gilles Bloch



13:30: Buffet lunch


Additional Information

You can see some pictures of the conference here.

The conference website is still available here.


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