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EARTO Annual Conference 2017

Shaping Europe's Future: RTOs at the Forefront of Innovation Supporting Industry

Munich, 29-30 March 2017

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The EARTO Annual Conference 2017 was kindly hosted by EARTO member Fraunhofer on 29-30 March 2017 in Munich, Germany. This year we welcomed more than 250 participants for successful discussions.

The conference focussed on “Shaping Europe's Future: RTOs at the Forefront of Innovation Supporting Industry”. It featured high-level speakers from the European Commission and other key Institutions, as well as members of EARTO and industry representatives. 


29 March: EARTO Conference dinner

Welcome addresses by:
• Frank Treppe, President, EARTO
• Reimund Neugebauer, President, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
• Dieter Reiter, Mayor of the City of Munich

30 March: EARTO Annual Conference

• Georg Schütte, State Secretary at the Federal Ministry of Education and Research
• Reimund Neugebauer, President, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft
• Franz Josef Pschierer, State Secretary in the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology
Moderation by Frank Treppe, President, EARTO

Part 1 - RTOs as Key Drivers of European Critical Technologies Supporting Industry 
• Frank Treppe, President, EARTO
• Carlos Härtel, CTO & Chief Innovation Officer, GE Europe
• Sabine Herlitschka, CEO Infineon Technologies Austria AG
• Vladimir Šucha, Director General, Joint Research Centre, European Commission
• Antti Peltomäki, Deputy Director General, DG GROW, European Commission 
Moderation by Frank Treppe, President, EARTO

Part 2 - RTOs as Key Drivers of Innovation Hubs Supporting Industry 
• Max Lemke, Head of Unit, Technologies & Systems for Digitising Industry, DG CONNECT, European Commission
• Peter Dröll, Director, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission
• Antti Vasara, CEO, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and Vice-President, EARTO
• Alexandra Bech Gjørv, CEO & President, SINTEF
• Gabriele Fioni, Director of International Cooperation, CEA and Deputy Director of CEATech
Moderation by Pia Sandvik, CEO, RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Part 3: Supporting Future Research & Innovation Policy: H2020 Mid-Term Review towards FP9 & The European Innovation Council 
• Antonio Vicente, Head of Cabinet Moedas, DG R&I, European Commission
• Ulrich Samm, Rapporteur on H2020 mid-term evaluation, European Economic and Social Committee
• Christian Ehler, MEP, European Parliament
• Harri Kulmala, CEO, DIMECC Ltd
• Yngve Joseph Foss, Head of Office, Research Council of Norway Brussels Office 
• Jan van den Biesen, Vice-President Public R&D Programs, Philips Research
• Iñaki San Sebastián, CEO, Tecnalia
Moderation by Muriel Attané, Secretary General, EARTO

Closing by Frank Treppe, EARTO President


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