EARTO Annual Conference 2014 in Vienna, Austria

How Can RTOs Support the Re-Industrialization in Europe

– Vienna, 8-9 May 2014 –

The 2014 EARTO Annual Conference, held on 8-9 May in Vienna, Austria, welcomed some 200 participants and presented keynote speeches by EU Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn and Director-General for Research and Innovation at the European Commission Robert-Jan Smits.

 Pictures of the Conference (copyright: Florian Rainer / Forschung Austria)

Thursday, 8 May 2014

Opening Ceremony
Moderator: Wolfgang Pribyl, Chairman, Programme Committee, CEO, JOANNEUM RESEARCH

Welcome notes

  • Wolfgang Pribyl, Chairman, Programme Committee, CEO, JOANNEUM RESEARCH
  • Gabriele Ambros, President, FORSCHUNG AUSTRIA, Managing Partner, BOHMANN Publishing Group, Austria
  • Maria Khorsand, EARTO Vice-President, CEO, SP, Sweden

Keynotes

  • Robert-Jan Smits, General Director, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Paul Rübig, Member of European Parliament
  • Andreas Reichhardt, General Director of the Section Innovation and Telecommunications, on behalf of Doris Bures, Minister, Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology of the Republic of Austria

Challenge of manufacturing/production in Europe

Introduction and Moderation: Maria Khorsand, EARTO Vice-President, CEO, SP,Sweden

Part 1 – Industry view presentations: “Strategy & Needs”

  • Anna Hochhauser, Secretary General, Austrian Economic Chambers (WKÖ)
  • Jean-Luc Di Paola-Galloni, Vice-President, Sustainable Development and External Affairs, Valeo, France
  • Axel Greiner, President Federation of Upper Austrian Industry, Greiner Group, Austria
  • Peter Schwab, Director R&D, voestalpine Steel Division, Austria
  • Sabine Herlitschka, CEO, Infineon Technologies Austria

Part 2 – RTOs supporting the industry

  • Wolfgang Knoll, CEO, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Wolfgang Pribyl, CEO, JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Austria
  • Frank Treppe, Director, Corporate Strategy and International Affairs, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany
  • Gabriel Crean, Vice-President for Technology and Director for European Affairs, CEA DRT, CEA, France (presentation will follow soon)
  • Marc Lemmer, CEO, CRP Henri Tudor, Luxembourg

Friday, 9 May 2014

Presentation of YEAR, Caroline Lemeire, VITO

Five Parallel Working Groups: “How can RTOs support the Re-Industrialization in Europe, what can be offered in the near future?”

01. Energy & Processing in Manufacturing

  • Moderator: Brigitte Bach, Head of Energy Department, AIT Austrian Institute of Technology, Austria
  • Rapporteur: Marco Falzetti, Responsible EU Research Affairs, CSM, Italy
  • Keynote Speaker: Doris Schröcker, Head of Unit Strategy, Directorate Industrial Technologies, DG Research & Innovation, European Commission

02. Microelectronics (“ECSEL”)

  • Moderator: Wolfgang Pribyl, CEO, JOANNEUM RESEARCH, Austria
  • Rapporteur: Egbert-Jan Sol, Director of Innovation – High-Tech Systems & Materials, TNO, the Netherlands
  • Keynote Speaker: Khalil Rouhana, Director for Components & Systems, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Keynote Speaker: Michel Catinat, Head of the Unit Key Enabling Technologies and Digital Economy, DG Enterprise and Industry, European Commission

03. Green Technologies

  • Moderator: Mario Müller, CIO, SFL Technologies, Austria
  • Rapporteur: Anne-Christine Ritschkoff, Executive Vice-President Strategic Research, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Keynote Speaker: Bernhard Puttinger, CEO, ECO WORLD STYRIA Umwelttechnik Cluster GmbH, Austria

04. Globalisation of R&D

  • Moderator: Tatu Koljonen, Vice-President, Strategic Research, Information and Communications Technology, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Rapporteur: Georges Kotrotsios, Vice-President Marketing & Business Development, CSEM, Switzerland
  • Keynote Speaker: Jens Neugebauer, Director, European Policy and Business Development, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft, Germany

05. Funding Innovation for Re-industrialization

  • Moderator: Siegfried Reich, CEO, Salzburg Research Forschungsgesellschaft, Austria
  • Rapporteur: Iñaki San Sebastian, Deputy Managing Director, Tecnalia, Spain
  • Keynote Speaker: Maria Khorsand, EARTO Vice-President, CEO, SP, Sweden
  • Keynote Speaker: Reinhard Willfort, Director, ISN – Innovation Service Network GmbH, Austria
  • EARTO TRLs Reading Paper, Egbert-Jan Sol, Director of Innovation – High-Tech Systems & Materials, TNO, The Netherlands

Keynote speech by Commissioner for Regional Policy Johannes Hahn


Panel discussion and summary
Moderator: Seán McCarthy, Managing Director, Hyperion

  • Tatu Koljonen, Vice-President, Strategic Research, Information and Communications Technology, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • Jo De Boeck, Senior Vice-President and Chief Technology Officer, imec, Belgium
  • Iñaki San Sebastián, Deputy Managing Director, Tecnalia, Spain
  • Khalil Rouhana, Director for Components & Systems, DG CONNECT, European Commission
  • Klaus Pseiner, Managing Director, Die Österreichische Forschungsförderungsgesellschaft (FFG) / The Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG)
  • Andreas Gerstenmayer, CEO, Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft, Chairman Forschungsrat Steiermark (Research Council Styria), Austria
  • Maria Khorsand, EARTO Vice-President, CEO, SP, Sweden

Article published by TUDOR on the 2014 EARTO Annual Conference (also in French here)

Article published by FEDIT on the 2014 EARTO Annual Conference (in Spanish)