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  • Membership Testimonial
    EIRMA aims to provide Best Practices and Networking on R&D and Innovation Management for its member companies. You can view what CTOs, R&D directors and senior R&D project managers think about EIRMA...
  • Membership Testimonial
    EIRMA is a unique place for the efficient R&D manager to network, discuss and learn about latest trends and exchange experience.
  • Membership Testimonial
    Eirma is a forum to exchange and discuss experiences and best practices in R&D management. A very open and friendly atmosphere.
  • For me, EIRMA is the platform where...
    ...I can unwind and refuel. It provides the framework to exchange and benchmark the trends and expertise in Technology Management. We all sit in the same boat. But here we can define and align the direction we will be rowing.
  • EIRMA is really where I feel I can... exchange and share with my peers in Europe. It also forces me to reflect on Technology and Innovation topics that are important today but even more in tomorrow’s environment.
  • EIRMA is the best European network...
    ...for sharing best practices in R&D and Innovation. Its Specific Interest Groups offer the option to keep on learning and get connected to several sister
  • Successful innovation needs...
    ...openness for unusual ideas and partnerships. The CTO forum provides opportunities as it combines a cross-industry (cross value chain) approach and an interactive programme - both enabling innovation; that makes it attractive.
Forthcoming Events
Recent events and Related Outcomes
29.01.2015RRT 2015
Research matters... But how to sell it to your boss?
03.12.2014Responsible Partnering
Joint Event EIRMA - EARTO - EUA: Science and Business Research Collaboration in Europe Today
27.11.2014IP business models for global players:how fit is your strategy?
Two basic models: either one company owns the IP centrally for the whole group, or each legal entity owns its own IP.

  • 06.01.2015Corning SAS

    Corning SAS joined EIRMA!Welcome to our new comer on behalf of all members!

  • 15.12.2014France’s innovation on accelerating innovation

    In 2012, France has started to put in place a new system to foster innovation-led growth. Read more... This involves 14 regional SATT- sociétés pour l’accéleration du transfert technologique.In each region, the partners: Universities, Public laboratories, or Grandes Ecoles, are share-holders of the SATT. In exchange, they transfer to the “local” SATT their intellectual property and the role of commercialising their research results.These represent an innovation in several ways.First, the know how on the very complex process of going from science to business is concentrated in the SATTs.Second, the firms are endowed with powerful financial backing of one billion euros over 10 years.Finally, the SATTs cover the territory, recognizing the importance of proximity with the site of the research to be commercialised.In a recent event, the first “Convention des SATTs”, this creation was celebrated and the proceedings are available (in French) on;jsessionid=ibI!8Wg-Rjnwz8tkfxEsO3si.gl3?pg=1000182181.The website of the SATT is, which indicates that, since 2012, close to 60 start-ups have been founded.

  • 15.10.2014ComAp A.S.

    ComAp A.S. joined EIRMA!Welcome to our new comer on behalf of all members!

  • 09.10.2014The European CTO of the Year 2014 is awarded

    Prof. Richard Parker of Rolls-Royce plc and Dr. Gert-Jan Gruter of Avantium were awarded as CTO of the Year Europe 2014 representing large companies and SMEs, respectively. The award ceremony took place on October 9th at the Philips Museum (Eindhoven, Netherlands)  at the end of the EIRMA CTO meeting of 9 October 2014.      Dr Henner Wapenhans, Head of Technology               Dr. Gert-Jan Gruter of Avantium
    Strategy Rolls-Royce plc received the Award
    in the name of Prof. Richard Parker.
    The European CTO (Chief Technology Officer) of the Year award is a platform to recognise the importance of technology and innovation in Europe, given to the most innovative technology leader of a highly successful European company.The award is organised by EIRMA and Spinverse Ltd (Innovation Consultancy)), and endorsed by Robert-Jan Smits, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission.Prof. Yrjö Neuvo, the chairman of the international high-level jury and former CTO of Nokia, says that “the great number of excellent nominations received reflects the request to highlight the role of leadership in technology. The jury’s task was definitely not trivial”. In their decisions, the jury considered the features of both the persons and their companies, together with the societal impact they had achieved.Prof. Richard Parker (CBE FREng), Director of Research & Technology of Rolls-Royce plc was awarded as the winner of the large company category. The jury valued Prof. Parker’s personal leadership and long career in technology innovation, and the strong effort towards partnering to the outside world. “I am amazed, very happy, privileged and deeply honoured to be the first winner of the CTO of the Year competition. Effective investment in industrial R&D is essential for European competitiveness. I am pleased that the strength of Rolls-Royce in this area is recognised by this award”, says Prof. Parker.
    In the SME category, Dr. Gert-Jan Gruter, Chief Technology Officer of Avantium from the Netherlands was awarded based on his and the company’s impressive work, focus on innovation and strong partnerships combined with the future potential. Dr. Gruter says that “I am honoured to receive this special award and I see this as a recognition for the pioneering work of the entire Avantium team, who developed a number of truly disruptive technologies in the renewable chemicals space. This required focus, commitment and support from the people around me, but also from our partners and investors. This award is a fantastic stimulus as it marks the next era for our new polyester PEF, a material that is set to start a revolution in the plastics market.”More information on the CTO of the Year award:,
    Contact: Michel Judkiewicz, Secretary General, EIRMA, +32 2233 1183, [email protected]

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Responsible Partnering

A voluntary programme established by EIRMA and European sister organisations involving Public Research Organisations and Companies.

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