Annual Conference 2016


This year together with the Annual Conference 2016, EIRMA will celebrate its 50th Anniversary on 12 and 13 May at the OECD headquarters in Paris.

Challenges and opportunities for the European R&D community

PDF Programme and Registration form available here


An Industrial revolution is a rapid major change in an economy marked by the general introduction of new tools or by an important change in the prevailing types and methods of use of such tools. An Industrial Revolution is driven by 3 breakthroughs: a new communication system, a new energy source and a new financial system.

The fourth industrial revolution is about integrating data from sensors and machines with the physical processes in production, in other words, integration of all the processes from supply chain, production to final products and customers. It is the production counterpart of the consumer’s Internet of Things, where everything from cars to dishwashers are connected to the internet. The name Industry 4.0 was launched by a German industrial initiative in 2011.

The EIRMA Annual Conference 2016 will be organised around three main themes:

  • This industrial revolution has and will have major impacts on the job market and the day to day life of everybody. Phenomena like 3D printing, massification of R&D capability, the impact of Millennium Generation, garage innovation in corporate world change the way we manage research and innovation.
    The world is getting digital. The Internet of Things, Big Data, Open access to knowledge have a massive impact on the way we do R&D. Data owners are the new oil magnates, industrial robots is more and more a reality, Cyber-Physical Systems redefine manufacturing.
    New economic and financial models appear, like circular economy or crowd sourcing. We are now aware of resources scarcity and we need to adapt to it. Sometimes, local sourcing is more efficient, sustainable and responsible than the system of global supply chain. On the other hand, technologies convergence and multidisciplinary tends to be the new norm. What is the impact of the changing energy and resource scarcity on RD management?

Issues addressed

  • What does the fourth industrial revolution look like?
    What major investments must be established to embrace Industry 4.0?
    How can we adapt the job market?
    Where should we seek our resources and energy?
    Which new global industries will emerge?

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 and to spread the word among non-member companies that you would consider as potential candidates for EIRMA membership. This would enable them to experience the benefits and networking opportunities that they could gain by joining the Association. 


Carlos Härtel, EIRMA President, CEO, GE Germany & Austria and Director GE Global Research Europe

Keynote speakers 

For its 50th Anniversary, EIRMA participants will have the chance to listen to three special guests, Navi Radjou, Corinne Vigreux and Mérouanne Debbah. They will each launch one of the three blocks of our Annual Conference with a TEDx-Talk style speech.  


Navi RadjouNavi Radjou is a Silicon Valley-based innovation and leadership advisor. A TED speaker and winner of the 2013 Thinkers50 Innovation Award he is the coauthor (with Jaideep Prabhu and Simone Ahuja) of Jugaad Innovation (Wiley 2012).  His latest book (with Jaideep Prabhu) is Frugal Innovation (The Economist in association with Profile Books and Public Affairs, 2015).

You can listen to him on TED talk here, Creative problem-solving in the face of extreme limits. 

Here you can find the trailer of his book, Frugal Innovation: How To Do More With less

Navi just published an article on Harvard Business Review, Tackling Big Global Challenges with Low-Cost Innovation

Corinne Vigreux
Corinne Vigreux
 is one of the four TomTom founders and has been Managing Director of its Consumer Business Unit since 2008. She has played an integral role in the creation and development of the company by leading its growth from a small organization into a global player. Her key responsibilities have focused on several areas, including the definition and development of the overall commercial strategy; the geographic expansion of the company; the creation and evolution of the consumer brand and the supervision of product innovation.

A native of France, born in Lyon, Vigreux resides in the Netherlands and has previously lived in France, Germany and the UK. She speaks French, English, Dutch and German. 

You can listen to Corinne's TEDx Women Talk here, Follow your passion

Merouanne DebbahMérouane Debbah is VP France R&D Center  and Director of Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab at Huawei Technologies France. 

Mérouane entered the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (France) in 1996 where he received his M.Sc and Ph.D. degrees respectively. He worked for Motorola Labs (Saclay, France) from 1999-2002 and the Vienna Research Center for Telecommunications (Vienna, Austria) until 2003. From 2003 to 2007, he joined the Mobile Communications department of the Institut Eurecom (Sophia Antipolis, France) as an Assistant Professor. Since 2007, he is a Full Professor at Supelec (Gif-sur-Yvette, France). From 2007 to 2014, he was director of the Alcatel-Lucent Chair on Flexible Radio. Since 2014, he is Vice-President of the Huawei France R&D center and director of the Mathematical and Algorithmic Sciences Lab. His research interests are in information theory, signal processing and wireless communications. He is an Associate Editor in Chief of the journal Random Matrix: Theory and Applications and was an associate and senior area editor for IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing respectively in 2011-2013 and 2013-2014. Mérouane Debbah is recipient of several awards and prices. 


Here the reference of the co-written book, by two of our panel chairs. You can learn more about the frame of their analysis by reading it: 

Managing Innovation Family CoverCorporate Venturing almost sounds like a contradictio in terminis. Can Colossal, slow and inflexible dinosaurs live and work together with small, agile and entrepreunarial ventures? In this book Corina Kuiper and Fred van Ommen describe why and how Corporates can successfully use venturing to create new business that is crucial for their ling term survival. Corporate Venturing should be regarded as part of the company's innovation family, where babies and teenagers are the new business initiatives and the parents and grandparents represent the established business. The book is an 'essential reference for anyone interested in corporate venturing. It is full of helpful insights, and is illustrated with loads of great examples', according to Henry Chesbrough, professor at UC Berkeley and author of Open Innovation. 




With special thanks to




To Register

PDF Programme and Registration form available here Registration before 4 May 2016

The Group rates are secured until 11 April 2016. You need to make your own room reservation directly to Laura Marcos, Event Coordinator Hotel Mövenpick: [email protected] indicating your name, Dates of Stay, Type of Occupancy (single or double), Credit Card number with expiration date as guarantee (mandatory) as it is non-refundable.

After the 11 April 2016 the EIRMA Group rate is no more secured, room reservations have to be done directly to  Laura Marcos, Event Coordinator Hotel Mövenpick:[email protected] indicating your name, Dates of Stay, Type of Occupancy (single or double), Credit Card number with expiration date as guarantee (mandatory) as it is non-refundable.

If you wish to participate to this event, please complete the registration form as soon as possible but certainly before 4 May 2016.

In the case the paying entity has no VAT number, please indicate its Official Registration Number

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

A block booking of rooms for the nights of 11 May, 12 May and 13 May has been made at the price of 150€ (single room) / 170€ (double room) including breakfast, city tax not included.
To book your room please use the dedicated link indicated on the webpage of the event. The group rate is secured until 30 March 2016.

Event's fee: 1450,00 € (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium - 1754,50 € (VAT included) for Belgian members

Early bird fee (valid until 18 March 2016) : 1225,00 € (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium - 1482,25 € (VAT included) for Belgian members

The meeting registration fee covers the cost of meeting facilities, refreshments, visits, lunches and dinners.

Accompanying Partner's fee: 250,00 € (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium - 302,50 € (VAT included) for Belgian members.

The accompanying partner's fee covers the visits, the Welcome Dinner and the Conference Dinner, not the meeting.

Due to the amount of registration fee payment should be done by Bank Transfer .
All delegates will receive confirmation letters, including an invoice.

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

Participants are kindly requested to bring their ID card.

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 100% of the registration fee for cancellations received before 21 April 2016. Between 22 April and 28 April 2016, 50% will be refunded. After 28 April 2016 no refund due to all engaged costs.

Names may be substituted at any time without charge.

Specific diet, food allergies....


  • Dr Daniel A. Abramowicz (Crown Holdings, Inc)
  • Dr Peter Alberius (RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden)
  • Ms Anne-Christine Ayed (Tarkett)
  • Ms Ingrid Baele (Philips)
  • Mr Rémy Béguin (Independent)
  • Dr Hansjörg Berger (ABB)
  • Ms Betija Blazevica (Riga Technical university)
  • Mr Sybolt Brouwer (Umicore)
  • Mr David Brown (ProFactor Pharma)
  • Mr Christian Casse (Total)
  • Mr Pierre Castillon (Académie des Technologies)
  • Mr Luke Collins (Independent)
  • Mr Michel Crispi (EIRMA)
  • Dr Alessandro Curioni (IBM)
  • Prof Martin Curley (Mastercard)
  • Ms Claudia De Graeve ([email protected])
  • Prof Mérouane Debbah (Huawei)
  • Mr Olivier Delabroy (Air Liquide)
  • Mr Jeroen Deleu (SIRRIS)
  • Dr Léopold Demiddeleer (TechBridgeOne S.P.R.L)
  • Ms Gabriele Dobenecker (Empa)
  • Mr Michael Dupré (Océ)
  • Ms Laila Elina (Riga Technical university)
  • Dr Thomas Engel (Deere & Company)
  • Dr Heidi Fagerholm (Kemira)
  • Dr Werner Fröhling (Flooring Technologies Ltd)
  • Dr Wolf Gehrisch (Académie des Technologies)
  • Mr Ralf Gerdes (Sulzer)
  • Mr Radim Girgaš (ComAp a.s.)
  • Ms Anne Goldberg (Solvay)
  • Ms Agnès Grattepanche (EIRMA)
  • Mr Paul Greaves (Rolls-Royce)
  • Mr Thierry Gruszka (Cisco Systems, Inc.)
  • Dr Carlos Härtel (GE)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Mr Alex Jinsung Choi (SK Telecom)
  • Mr Daniel Michel Judkiewicz (Independent)
  • Dr Iee Hwan Kim (KOITA (Korea Industrial Technology Association))
  • Mr Sesung Kim (KOITA (Korea Industrial Technology Association))
  • Dr Kari Knuutila (Outotec)
  • Mr Kazuo Kobayashi (Japan Research Industries Association)
  • Ms Laura Koponen (Spinverse Oy Ltd)
  • Mr Pekka Koponen (Spinverse Oy Ltd)
  • Dr Bernd Korves (Siemens)
  • Ms Corina Kuiper (Independent)
  • Mr Kangwon Lee (SK Telecom)
  • Mr Christian Lerminiaux (ANRT)
  • Mr Olivier Letessier (Air Liquide)
  • Mr Mark Lostak (Air Liquide)
  • Dr Ernst Lutz (Grundfos)
  • Dr Jean-François Minster (Total)
  • Dr Laura Montagna (SKF)
  • Mr Clément Moreau (Sculpteo)
  • Mr Christophe Moriceau (Michelin)
  • Mr Mathieu Mottrie (Creax NV)
  • Dr Peter Nagler (Evonik Industries AG)
  • Dr Fabio Netto (ANPEI)
  • Mr Marek Novotny (ComAp a.s.)
  • Dr Dirk Pilat (OECD)
  • Dr Lucio Pinto (Pirelli)
  • Ms Maude Portigliatti (Michelin)
  • Ms Danièle Quantin (ArcelorMittal)
  • Mr Navi Radjou (Independent)
  • Mr Daniel Ricoult (Corning)
  • Mr Geert Roelens (Beaulieu International Group)
  • Ms Camille Roy (EIRMA)
  • Dr Werner Sack (Biotronik AG)
  • Dr Heinrich Schäperkötter (Schaeffler Technologies)
  • Ms Monica Schofield (TuTech Innovation Gmbh)
  • Mr Chris Shilling (Independent)
  • Mr Brieuc Spindler (ASCO Industries NV/SA)
  • Dr Marco Spinetto (Pirelli)
  • Dr Klaus-Heinrich Standke (Internationale Akademie Schloss Baruth)
  • Ms Carine Ternest (EIRMA)
  • Dr Jan van den Biesen (Philips)
  • Dr Sietse Van der Sluis (DSM)
  • Ms Wendy van Herpen (Unilever)
  • Mr Frederik van Oene (Arthur D Little)
  • Dr Fred van Ommen (Independent)
  • Ms Corinne Vigreux (TomTom)
  • Dr Joachim von Heimburg (Independent)
  • Dr Rolf Zeppenfeld (Linde Gas & Engineering)


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