Annual Conference 2017


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

Annual Conference 2017

Digitalisation: Friend or foe?
Impact of digitalisation on European Industry and its R&D

18 & 19 May 2017, Dublin, Ireland

PDF  Full Programme available here


Digital technology has made extraordinary advances in recent years, revolutionising business models and transforming our economy.

The question is how digitalisation will inform, enable and/or disrupt industrial R&D in the near future? The R&D community needs to embrace the deployment of this technology and approach it with a strategic mindset, in order to tackle this significant cultural change.

The EIRMA Annual Conference 2017 will be structured around three main issues:

  • The impact on R&D management of incorporating digital into new products and services, (content of R&D)
    Integrating digital tools into your R&D management, (operation of R&D)
    The impact of digital business models and platforms on R&D strategy.

This Annual Conference will focus on what impact digitalisation has on the operations and content of R&D, learning from the experience of companies in dealing with the challenges and opportunities that digitalisation brings.

Issues addressed

  • How is digitalisation disrupting traditional R&D?
  • How to maximise the benefits of digitalisation while avoiding the pitfalls?
  • How to frame and orchestrate this revolution?
  • How is digital reshaping the competitive industrial R&D landscape?
  • Understanding what is new and what previous concepts still apply
  • What R&D management needs to do to prepare for a digitalised future?
  • Managing the tension between the need for information security and the push for transparency/open-data
  • What are the first steps in digital for non IT companies?
  • Will digitalisation change your business model and impact all aspects of the innovation processes
  • Can Europe learn something from digitalisation happening in the US and Asia? 

Target Audience

EIRMA Representatives, senior industrial leaders in Research & Innovation, people working at senior and middle levels of management, within corporate and business functions that are responsible for R&D and innovation, technology or product development.
We also encourage senior delegates to come along with high-potential R&D talents 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, CTO & CIO, GE Europe

Keynote speaker 

(copyright Juliana Wiklund)

Mats Lewan,

International Keynote Speaker, Futurist, Consultant, Author and Journalist,

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

With special thanks to

To Register

PDF  Full Programme and Registration form available here

For this event, if you need a room reservation please sent exceptionally the completed reservation form to Carine Ternest ( Group rates are secured until 17 April 2017.

PDF Room reservation form


If you wish to participate to this event, please complete the registration form as soon as possible but certainly before 5 May 2017.

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 with special rates have been secured in the Gibson Hotel for the nights of 16, 17 and 18 May 2017. The rate for a single room is €195 (€210 for a double room).
To book your room please complete the attached room registration form and sent it EXCEPTIONNALLY directly to Carine Ternest ( preferably by 17 April 2017.

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

Early bird fee (valid until 7 April 2017) : 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

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 2017. Between 22 April and 28 April 2017, 50% will be refunded. After 28 April 2017 due to all engaged costs no refund will be made.

Names may be substituted at any time without charge.

Specific diet, food allergies, other information....


  • Mr Rémy Béguin (Independent)
  • Mr Luke Collins (Independent)
  • Mr Michel Crispi (EIRMA)
  • Mr Nicolas Cudre-Mauroux (Solvay)
  • Prof Martin Curley (Mastercard)
  • Dr Yves De Weerdt (VITO)
  • Dr Léopold Demiddeleer (TechBridgeOne S.P.R.L)
  • Mr Peter Dröll (European Commission)
  • Mr Richard Eagar (Arthur D Little)
  • Dr Denis Goffaux (Umicore)
  • Ms Agnès Grattepanche (EIRMA)
  • Mr Nigel Hart (Rolls-Royce)
  • Dr Carlos Härtel (GE)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Mr Young Suk Kim (KOITA (Korea Industrial Technology Association))
  • Dr Iee Hwan Kim (KOITA (Korea Industrial Technology Association))
  • Dr Kari Knuutila (Outotec)
  • Mr Pekka Koponen (Spinverse Oy Ltd)
  • Mr Mats Lewan (KTH Royal Institute of Technology)
  • Mr Mark Lostak (Air Liquide)
  • Dr Ernst Lutz (Grundfos)
  • Mr Stuart Monro (Crown Holdings, Inc)
  • Dr Laura Montagna (SKF)
  • Dr Dominique Neerinck (Total)
  • Mr Yuji Nishimori (JATES)
  • Mr Gerard Peyronne (DuPont de Nemours)
  • Mr Mathias Rauch (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft)
  • Ms Monica Schofield (TuTech Innovation Gmbh)
  • Dr Lars Sommerhäuser (Empa)
  • Mr Brieuc Spindler (ASCO Industries NV/SA)
  • Ms Carine Ternest (EIRMA)
  • Dr Dick C. Van Beelen (RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden)
  • Dr Sietse Van der Sluis (DSM)
  • Mr Pieter van Gils (Boeing)
  • Dr Joachim von Heimburg (Independent)
  • Dr Martin Wallace (GSK)
  • Dr Martin Wijsman (FrieslandCampina)


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