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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.
  • Membership Testimonial
    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.
  • Membership Testimonial
    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
  • Membership Testimonial
    EIRMA is really where I feel I can best 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.
Forthcoming Events
  • 29.01.2015 RRT 2015

    SAVE THE DATE : 29 - 30 January 2015 More info available soon

  • 27.04.2015 EIRMA Annual Conference 2015

    SAVE THE DATE : 27-29 April 2015 More info available soon

Recent events and Related Outcomes
09.10.2014EIRMA CTO Forum 2014
“Pivot or Persevere”? Why, when and how companies reinvent themselves.
16.09.2014Mastering Innovation Management
The Mastering Innovation Management (MIM) programme is the new formula created in partnership with the Vlerick Business School. It is replacing the “Management Study Group”.
11.09.2014Big data, what does it mean for creativity?
Big data may be a big hype for some but it is certainly a big deal for many!

  • 01.12.2014EIRMA is partnering with TEDxBrussels!

    tedex 2014

    The world is complicated and full of mysteries. We need guides, manuals, maps. They show us where we should go and where we set out from. They also show us where we are relative to the things around us. Without maps we’d get lost.In a bold spirit of exploration and adventure TEDx Brussels is setting sail again on 1 December 2014 with another amazing line up of international speakers and a full day of talks. Come and join us for a journey into ideas worth sharing, bring your own compass and be prepared to throw your map away.More information and registration on TEDxBrussels.euThrough the partnership with EIRMA, TEDxBrussels offers a discount of 20% to the EIRMA members.If you wish to take advantage of the discounted tickets, please take contact with Carine Ternest (tel: +32 2 233 11 81 - email:


    Bozar -  Centre for fine Arts    Ravensteinstraat 23     Brussels, 1000 Belgium - December 1, 2014 

  • 06.11.2014WIPO Workshop - New York - 6-7 November - Special rate 25% discount

    The WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center is organizing a Mediation Workshop and an Arbitration Workshop in New York on November 6 and 7, 2014.  The WIPO Center believes these events may be of interest to the EIRMA members, and so offers special, reduced registration fees to them as detailed below.


    These practical Workshops are designed for potential parties in mediation and arbitration, and neutrals, and will take participants through the main stages of mediation and arbitration procedures, including case management techniques.  In addition to presenting the 2014 WIPO Rules that have come into effect on June 1, 2014, the events will cover drafting clauses and submission agreements for intellectual property and technology disputes, including FRAND disputes.

    Further details on each Workshop, including faculty, click here
    The Workshops are organized in cooperation with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada), and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (New York Branch).


    Special Registration Fee
    The WIPO Center is pleased to offer a 25% discount on the registration fee for each Workshop (USD 550, instead of USD 750 for one;  USD 925 instead of 1,250 for both) to you and your colleagues in your organization for the WIPO Mediation Workshop and WIPO Arbitration Workshop.
    Registration is now open click here 

    Participants will be awarded a certificate of participation.  Continuing Legal Education (CLE) or Continuing Professional Development (CPD) credit will be available. 


  • 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,

  • 17.09.2014Congratulations!

    Anne-Christine Ayed, member of the EIRMA Governing Board, is recognized for her commitment in sustainability

    Anne-Christine Ayed, VP Research&Innovation at Tarkett, won the “2014 female sustainable development prize” at the “Trophée des Femmes de l’Industrie” ceremony held in Paris, France, on September 17. Organized by the print and online magazine “L’Usine Nouvelle” for the 3rd time, this prestigious contest draws attention to the female entrepreneurs, researchers and engineers. Their career paths show that they can take up challenges and that they have more and more responsibilities.

    At Tarkett, Anne-Christine Ayed is in charge of Research, Innovation and Environment. Her main mission is to contribute to people’s health and environmental protection. Under her impulse, Tarkett has realized several major eco-innovations during the past four years, such as lowering the VOC level of its vinyl range to 10 to 100 times below the strictest standards in the world as well as developing new vinyl ranges that are based on phthalate free plasticizers.

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

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