Annual Conference 2013


By 2013 more than half of all companies in developped countries will face foreign competitors as their most significant challenge

EIRMA Annual Conference 2013

6 and 7 June 2013 in Warsaw, Poland

The Annual Conference provides an unparalleled opportunity for networking and cross-fertilising ideas and experiences between different industrial sectors, which is what makes EIRMA unique.

PDF Full Programme available here

PDF Registration form available here


Multilateral Innovation: How to Benefit Effectively from Globally Distributed Innovation?

European R&D companies are rethinking the role of R&D operations in other geographies and how they are introducing innovation from emerging markets to mature markets e.g. transferring technologies, in-sourcing the knowledge of internal R&D colleagues from other locations and from external partners.

An emerging concept in this arena is the practice of Frugal Innovation - driving innovation with less or very limited resources, and using adaptive approaches with existing technologies to create an improved product or service. At the same time, Reverse Innovation provides an opportunity to originate and develop innovations in lower-income, emerging markets, taking the needs of local consumers as a starting point, and then transferring, adapting, applying and distributing them in developed markets (this is a well-known approach from India, “necessity being the mother of invention”).

This 2013 Annual Conference will discuss the need for companies to proactively generate innovative business models to respond to new Developing World competitors.

We will hear from practical examples of innovators in Poland and other emerging countries that could be acting as game changers in the near future for OECD countries.

Issues addressed

  • What is the definition of the value and mission of 'local' internal R&D centres?
  • How to sustain this value in time?
  • New individual roles and behaviours required to succeed in this alternative approach to innovation
  • What specific impacts does reverse innovation have on European innovation?
  • Finding ways to engage with research sponsored in emerging markets
  • How to use diverse market perceptions to positively impact new products?

Target Audience

The Conference is intended for people working at senior and middle levels of management, within corporate and business functions that are responsible for R&D and innovation, technology and product development.

We also encourage senior delegates to come along with talented junior managers who could benefit from this unique networking opportunity.

The audience will include a broad cross-section of the European research and business community.


Dr. Léopold Demiddeleer, EIRMA President and Senior Executive Vice President, General Manager Future Businesses of Solvay

To Register

PDF Download the Full Programme here

PDF Download the Registration Form here


Please register before 27 May 2013

Early bird fee valid until 20th April 2013.

If you are not a Member of EIRMA, your registration will only be granted after agreement by EIRMA Operations Team.

Click below to expand the registration form:

On-line Registration Form

If you wish to participate to this event, please complete the registration form as soon as possible but certainly before 17 May 2013

Early bird fee valid until 20th April 2013.

Only e-mails related to this specific event will be sent to the adresses indicated.


Venue Hotel: InterContinental Warszawa
ul Emilii Plater 49
00-125 Warszawa - Poland

tel: +48 22 328 8888

Registration Fee: 1290.00€ (VAT excl for all members except Belgian)- 1560,90€ (VAT incl for Belgian members)

Early bird fee (valid until 20th April 2013): 1100,00€ (VAT excl for all members except Belgian)- 1331,00€ (VAT incl for Belgian members)

The meeting registration fee covers the cost of meeting facilities, refreshments, lunches, visit and welcome dinner.

Please indicate any specific requirement / food intolerances if any

Accommodation at InterContinental Warsaw

The room rate per night is:

630 PLN (approx 152€) on 5 June and 6 June 2013

360 PLN (approx 87€) on Friday 7 June and Saturday 8 June 2013

40 PLN (approx 10€) for additional guest (double room) per night

Breakfast included - Tax not included (approx. 8%), to be paid directly to the hotel.
EIRMA will book accommodation as required on behalf of participants.



For payment by card, please communicate your card number, security code and expiry date to EIRMA (by email or by phone call) in advance of the meeting.

We prefer payment by bank transfers but can also accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express) and cheques provided this is at no cost to the Association. All delegates will receive confirmation letters, including an invoice or receipt as appropriate.

Account N° 363-1073576-20
ING – Rond Point Robert Schuman 8 – 1040 Brussels - Belgium
IBAN: BE28 3631 0735 7620 - BIC: BBRUBEBB

EIRMA Contact

For any further information, please contact Ms. Carine Ternest at EIRMA.
Tel.: +32 (0)2 233 11 81 - Fax.: +32 (0)2 231.08.35 -

Please give as much notice as possible if you are obliged to cancel. We will refund the registration fee for cancellations received 72 hours before the meeting. Unfortunately we have no control over the hotel’s cancellation policy and you may be required to make full payment for cancelled rooms that remain unused.
Names may be substituted at any time without charge.


  • Dr Daniel A. Abramowicz (Crown Holdings, Inc)
  • Dr Leif Ahman (Essity)
  • Dr Peter Alberius (RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden)
  • Dr Anne-Christine Ayed (Tarkett)
  • Dr Hansjörg Berger (ABB)
  • Mr Daniel Bloemers (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft)
  • Mr Christian Bruch (SGL CARBON GmbH)
  • Ms Manuela Bruder (Haceb)
  • Dr Javier Caldentey (University of Helsinki, Finland)
  • Mr Luke Collins (Independent)
  • Ms Stephanie Dalquist (Air Liquide)
  • Dr Léopold Demiddeleer (TechBridgeOne S.P.R.L)
  • Ms Virginie Dosseto (Philip Morris Products SA)
  • Dr Yves Doz (INSEAD)
  • Dr Robert Dwilinski (Ammono)
  • Mr Carlos Espina (LafargeHolcim)
  • Dr Andrea Fornara (RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden)
  • Dr Werner Fröhling (Flooring Technologies Ltd)
  • Dr Ferruccio Gadani (Philip Morris Products SA)
  • Mr Phil Giesler (Unilever)
  • Dr Daria GOLEBIOWSKA TATAJ (Warsaw University of Technology)
  • Mr Tomasz Gondek (Saule Technologies)
  • Mr Richard Granger (Independent)
  • Ms Agnès Grattepanche (EIRMA)
  • Dr Jacek Guliński (Poland)
  • Prof Georges Haour (International Institute of Management Development)
  • Dr Carlos Härtel (GE)
  • Ms Carla Hilhorst (Unilever)
  • Dr Cemil Inan (Arcelik)
  • Mr Daniel Michel Judkiewicz (Independent)
  • Dr Matthias Kaiserswerth (Hasler Stiftung)
  • Prof Jyrki Kettunen (Independent)
  • Dr Iee Hwan Kim (KOITA (Korea Industrial Technology Association))
  • Dr Kari Knuutila (Outotec)
  • Dr Tomasz Kosmider (Technology Partners Foundation)
  • Mr Cem Kural (Arcelik)
  • Ms Rita Chuanhui LI (EIRMA)
  • Dr Norbert Luetke-Entrup (Siemens)
  • Dr Ernst Lutz (Grundfos)
  • Dr Urs Mäder (Sika Technology AG)
  • Mr Jaroslaw Majka
  • Dr Mathieu Mao (Mars Petcare GmbH)
  • Dr Jean-François Minster (Total)
  • Ms Carla Monfray (LafargeHolcim)
  • Mr Christophe Moriceau (Michelin)
  • Mr Georg Overbeck (Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences)
  • Mr Dennis Philbin (Lux Research)
  • Ms Maude Portigliatti (Michelin)
  • Dr Steffen Preissler (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft)
  • Dr Ralf Raue (Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH)
  • Mr Walter Riess (IBM)
  • Mr Gerard Robijn (FrieslandCampina)
  • Ms Camille Roy (EIRMA)
  • Dr Werner Sack (Biotronik AG)
  • Mr Javier Sanchez Molino (Air Products)
  • Ms Monica Schofield (TuTech Innovation Gmbh)
  • Mr Chris Shilling (Independent)
  • Dr Lorenzo Siciliano (ENI S.p.A.)
  • Dr Jean-Christophe Simon (Groupe SEB)
  • Mr Jean-Yves Simon (Tarkett)
  • Mr Roland Sommer (AVL List)
  • Prof Jouko Suokas (VTT)
  • Ms Carine Ternest (EIRMA)
  • Prof Dietmar Theis (Independent)
  • Mr Rajnish Tiwari (Hamburg University of Technology)
  • Dr Kazuyoshi Torii (Hitachi Europe Ltd)
  • Mr Pieter Verhagen (TNO)
  • Dr Joachim von Heimburg (Independent)
  • Dr Max von Zedtwitz (Tongji University, Shanghai)
  • Mr Scott Williams (Altria)
  • Dr Falk Wottawah (Siemens)


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