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EARTO Annual Conference 2010

Sustainable RTO’s for a Sustainable Economy and Society

Wednesday, May 19th

13:30-16:00: Long-term Sustainable Cooperation among RTOs: the AERTOs ERA-NET Project

  • Overview of AERTOs Project: Objectives, Participants, Perspectives, Jens Neugebauer, Fraunhofer, AERTOs Project Coordinator - presentation
  • Presentations of first AERTOs projects and activities:
  • AERTOs pilot programme, Raoul Klingner, Fraunhofer - presentation
  • Research perspective - AERTOs project “Towards Energy-efficient City Systems”, Dietrich Schmidt, Fraunhofer-IBP - presentation
  • International Project Manager Training Programme, Leena Sarvaranta, VTT - presentation
  • Conclusions

16:00-16:30: Coffee Break

16:30-18:30: EARTO Working Group



Conference Programme

Thursday, May 20th


Opening Plenary Session 10:30-13:00

  • Welcome from EARTO, Erkki Leppävuori, President - presentation
  • Welcome from RISE Holding AB, Peter Holmstedt, CEO
  • Addressing the Grand Challenges - the Essential contribution of Research and Technology Organisations, Christopher John Hull, Secretary General, EARTO - presentation
  • EARTO Innovation Prize, Christopher John Hull, EARTO - presentation

11:15-11:45: Coffee Break

  • Message from Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, Waldemar Kütt, Expert, Cabinet of the Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science, European Commission
  • Creating a Smarter Planet, One Collaboration at a Time, Matthias Kaiserswerth, IBM Research GmbH, Zurich - presentation
  • How the Heavy Duty Industry Tackles the Environment Challenges, Hasse Johansson, Formerly R&D Director of SCANIA - presentation

13:00-14:30: Lunch

Parallel Sessions 14:30-17:30

Parallel Session 1: Building Sustainable RTOs

Chair: Per-Erik Petersson, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden
Rapporteur: Jos Leijten, Joint Institute for Innovation Policy

  • Managing Intellectual Property in an Open Innovation Environment, Varpu Lindroos/Jutta Suksi, VTT - presentation
  • RTO Business and Funding Models: Examples from Around the World, Jos Leijten, Joint Institute for Innovation Policy - presentation
  • Maintaining and Developing Staff Competence in RTOs, Riitta Tolvanen, VTT - presentation
  • Mandatory Sustainability Reporting in Swedish State-owned Companies: Perspectives and Consequences, Magnus Frostenson, PhD and Assistant Professor, Department for Business Studies, Uppsala University - presentation
  • A Public-Private Partnership Model for a Sustainable RTO, Øyvind Fylling-Jensen, Nofima - presentation

Parallel Session 2: RTOs and the Grand Challenges

Chair: Wolfgang Polt, Joanneum
Rapporteur: Laurens Hoedemaker, TNO

  • Climate KIC, Michiel Blind, Deltares - presentation
  • InnoEnergy KIC for Sustainable Energy, Juliette Cahen, CEA - presentation
  • Fraunhofer’s Approach to Sustainability and Grand Challenges, Lothar Behlau, Fraunhofer - presentation
  • Energy-efficient Buildings PPP: Achievements and Outlook, Stefano Carosio, D’Appolonia/ Energy-efficient Buildings Association - presentation
  • Governance of Transnational Research Initiatives, Wolfgang Polt, Joanneum Research - presentation


Parallel Session 3: Sustainability Issues and Case Studies

Chair: Iñaki San Sebastian, TECNALIA
Rapporteur: Claes Tullin, SP Technical Research Institute of Sweden

  • Opportunities for the Production of Fuels in the Pulp and Paper Industry, Peter Axegård, Innventia - presentation
  • Future Global Supply Chain Logistics: Coming Back Closer to Home as a Consequence of Rising Energy Costs?, Tobias Brosze, FIR - presentation
  • Food Industry Life Cycle, Ulf Sonesson, SIK - the Swedish Institute for Food and Biotechnology - presentation
  • Delivering Innovative Solutions for Sustainability, Christopher Pickering, QinetiQ - presentation
  • Ecodesign to Create Competitiveness in a Sustainable Society, Anna-Karin Jönbrink, Swerea IVF - presentation

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

20:00: Conference Gala Dinner


Video - 10 years of EARTO

Friday, May 21st

9:15-10:00: EARTO Annual General Meeting

Plenary Session 10:15-13:30

  • Reports from Parallel Sessions: Report from session 1, Report from session 2 and Report from session 3.
  • AERTOs ERA-NET Project, Jens Neugebauer, Fraunhofer, AERTOs Project Coordinator - presentation
  • The Economic and Social Impact of RTOs: the EARTO Impact Study, Erik Arnold, Chairman Technopolis Group - presentation
  • 11:00-11:30: Coffee Break
  • Representative of Swedish Ministry of Enterprise, Energy and Communications, Jöran Hägglund, State Secretary
  • RTOs and the Swedish Innovation System, Peter Holmstedt, RISE Holding AB - presentation and Sverker Sörlin, KTH Royal Institute of Technology - presentation
  • Impact Evaluation of RTOs, Mats Bergh, RISE Holding AB - presentation
  • Putting RTOs at the Heart of the EU Research and Innovation Policy: the Reinforced EARTO Communication Strategy, John Hill, CEO Pera, EARTO Board Member and Chair of the EARTO Communication Task Force - presentation

Closing Session

  • Erkki Leppävuori, President EARTO
  • Conference 2011

13:30: Buffet lunch


Additional Information

You can find some pictures from the Conference here.
The Conference website is still available here.


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