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EARTO Annual Conference 2015
Infrastructures and Resources Sharing between Industry & RTOs in Europe
Luxembourg, April 28th-29th

The 2015 EARTO-EIRMA joint Annual Conference was held in Luxembourg on 28-29 April 2015. The event, jointly hosted by EARTO member LIST welcomed some 250 participants to discuss "Infrastructures and Resources Sharing between Industry & RTOs in Europe". Highlights of the conference included a video address by EU Commissioner for R&I Mr Carlos Moedas recognizing the key role of RTOs in EU innovation ecosystems as well as keynote speeches by, among others, Luxembourg Secretaries of State on Research and on Economy and EC Directors Ms Charlina Vitcheva (DG REGIO) and Mr Peter Dröll (DG R&I).

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Wednesday 29 April


Session chaired by Marc Lemmer, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Part 1 - How to construct an appropriate ecosystem to support infrastructures and resources sharing between industry & RTOs in Europe?

Discussion moderated by Maria Khorsand, President of EARTO and CEO, SP

Part 2 - How is “smart specialisation” a reality?
4 Parallel Sessions

Session 1
Regional specialisation: what does it mean in a global competitive market?

Moderator EIRMA: Léopold Demiddeleer, Honorary President of EIRMA, Formerly Solvay
Rapporteur EARTO: Ragnar Heldt Nielsen, Director, GTS – Advanced Technology Group

Session 2
How important are shared infrastructures for the transfer of technology between industry & RTOs?

Moderator EIRMA: David Brown, Chair ProFactor Pharma. Ex Global Head of Drug Discovery, Hoffman La Roche
Rapporteur EARTO: Marc Lemmer, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST)

Session 3
Shared infrastructures - lessons learned

Moderator EARTO: Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, Executive Vice President, CTO, VTT Technical Research Centre
Rapporteur EIRMA: Christopher Shilling, Innovation Agent, EIRMA Individual Member

Session 4
Mapping research and technology infrastructures: what type of tools are available?

Moderator EARTO: Frank Treppe, Director Corporate Strategy and International Affairs, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
Rapporteur EIRMA: Falk Wottawah, Head of Visioning & Scouting, Siemens

Plenary Session
Four short reports on parallel sessions by rapporteurs: session 1, session 2, session 3, session 4.

Discussion moderated by Carlos Härtel, EIRMA President and Director GE Global Research Europe

Closing by EARTO & EIRMA Presidents


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