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
Introduction: • 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