Annual Conference 2018


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 2018

Evolution and Disruption in R&D Management

31 May & 1st June 2018, Lyon, France

.PDF  Full Programme available here


The world is changing, R&D management needs to change with it.

THe EIRMA Annual Conference 2018 will focus on Evolutions and Disruptions in R&D Management. We will in particular tackle the following topics:.

  • News ways of capturing innovation, such as gamification and the challenge method (New R&D strategies)
    Consequences for talent recruitment and management (human factor)
    The implications and impact of change for your R&D culture, particularly Digitalisation, Sustainability and Responsible Innovation.

The goal of the 2018 Annual Conference is to inspire European R&D leaders to create new ways to work and innovate tomorrow, providing an opportunity to examine cutting edge strategies that have been developed to adapt to, and benefit from, changes in society.

Issues addressed

  • What does the evolution of culture in managing R&D mean for your R&D leaders?
  • What leadership approaches can help your teams in disruptive and break through environments?
  • What are the future challenges in running an R&D organisation?
  • How to find, recruit and keep talent able to tackle those challenges?
  • How do we manage the different expectations of entrepreneurial employees and generation Y and Z?
  • What are the new ways to “capture innovation” and how do they impact R&D management? How to embrace the new ways to unlock the potential of innovation?

Bring your experience and your questioning to Lyon. Let’s exchange between practionners and create the future together!

At the end of Day 1 (31 May) participants will have the opportunity to visit Solvay’s biggest research site worldwide, Lyon Research & Innovation Center (RIC Lyon)

The Day 2 (1st June) session will be hosted by Total - Centre de Recherche de Solaize (CreS).

For security reasons and at the request of Total and Solvay, the participants are required to provide us with a copy of their ID card, they will have this same ID card in their possession during the visit of Solvay and the Day 2 session.

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.


Ernst Lutz, EIRMA President, Group Executive Vice President, Business Development, Grundfos

With special thanks to

To Register

PDF  Full Programme available here

To book your room in the Hotel Métropole Lyon at the special group rates please sent the completed reservation form directly to the hotel   ( Group rates are secured until 30 April 2018.

Room reservation 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 21 May 2018.

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 29, 30 and 31 May 2018 has been made at the price of 150€/night (170€/night double room) breakfast and VAT included.
To book your room please complete the attached room registration form and sent it directly to the hotel.
To enjoy the EIRMA Group Rate please make your room reservation before 30 April 2018, after this date the special rates are no more secured.

For security reasons and at the request of Total and Solvay, with their registration participants are required to provide us with a copy of their ID card, they will have this same ID card in their possession during the visit of Solvay and the Day 2 session. This requirement is also valid for your accompanying person (for the visit of Solvay).

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

Early bird fee (valid until 20 April 2018) : 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: 150,00 € (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium - 181,50 € (VAT included) for Belgian members. The accompanying partner's fee covers the visit of Solvay, the Welcome Dinner and the Conference Dinner, not the meeting.

We prefer payment by bank transfer but can also accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). 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

For payment by card, if not yet done, please communicate your card number, security code and expiry date to EIRMA in advance of the meeting.

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 4 May 2018. Between 4 May and 11 May 2018 50% will be refunded. After 11 May 2018 due to all engaged costs no refund will be made.

Names may be substituted at any time without charge.

Any specific diet, food requirements....


  • Dr Peter Alberius (RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden)
  • Dr Anne-Christine Ayed (Tarkett)
  • Prof Peter Bentley (University College London)
  • Dr Javier Bilbao de Mendizabal (Melexis)
  • Prof Gian-Luca Bona (Empa)
  • Dr Lidia Borrell-Damian (European University Association)
  • Ms Agnes Bosmans (VITO)
  • Mr Sybolt Brouwer (Umicore)
  • Mr David Carrera Perez (Barcelona Supercomputing Center)
  • Ms Mériam Chebre (Total)
  • Mr Luke Collins (Independent)
  • Dr René Cotting (ABB)
  • Dr Nicolas De Abajo (ArcelorMittal)
  • Dr Léopold Demiddeleer (TechBridgeOne S.P.R.L)
  • Mr Laurent Germanaud (Total)
  • Ms Anne Goldberg (Solvay)
  • Ms Agnès Grattepanche (EIRMA)
  • Mr Michael Gude (Unilever)
  • Dr Carlos Härtel (GE)
  • Mr Chandler Hatton (Arthur D Little)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Mr Philippe Jacques (Solvay)
  • Mr Daniel Michel Judkiewicz (Independent)
  • Mr Petersloth Karlsen (Grundfos)
  • Dr Iee Hwan Kim (KOITA (Korea Industrial Technology Association))
  • Mr Carel Kleemans (Tata Steel)
  • Dr Bernd Korves (Siemens)
  • Dr Petr Krupansky (ComAp a.s.)
  • Dr Stefan Lammens (SKF)
  • Mr Olivier Letessier (Air Liquide)
  • Mr Mark Lostak (Air Liquide)
  • Dr Ernst Lutz (Grundfos)
  • Mr Changwhan Ma (KOITA (Korea Industrial Technology Association))
  • Mr Romain Müller (CERN)
  • Dr Cormac Neeson (Crown Holdings, Inc)
  • Mr Marek Novotny (ComAp a.s.)
  • Mr Klaus Ohlig (Linde Gas & Engineering)
  • Dr Jarkko Partinen (Outotec)
  • Mr Mathias Rauch (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft)
  • Mr Régis Reau (Air Liquide)
  • Dr Lutz Ruwisch (Umicore)
  • Dr Heinrich Schäperkötter (Schaeffler Technologies)
  • Dr Sophie Schneider (Elkem)
  • Ms Monica Schofield (TuTech Innovation Gmbh)
  • Ms Carine Ternest (EIRMA)
  • Dr Joachim von Heimburg (Independent)
  • Dr Louis Vovelle (Elkem)
  • Mr Tomas Vydra (ComAp a.s.)
  • Mr Eric Weiland (Armines)
  • Dr Dorothea Wiesmann (IBM)
  • Dr Daniel Witthaut (Evonik Industries AG)


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