Capitalizing on Knowledge: Methods for cultivating, harnessing and conserving the knowledge and know-how of experts



Capitalizing on Knowledge: methods for cultivating, harnessing and conserving the knowledge and know-how of experts. 

EIRMA Special Interest Group - Knowledge Management

5&6 March 2015, Umicore Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium 

Companies are complex; their behaviour is the collective result of inter-actions between numerous individuals both within the company and with individuals in other organisations such as suppliers and customers. The expertise on which a company depends can exist anywhere within this complex network of relationships.

People are dynamic; they acquire new skills and knowledge through their own experiences and through their interactions with others. Relationships are dynamic; people change their relationship with companies and companies change their relationships with other companies. 

Against this complex and ever changing background there are numerous strategies, techniques and tools available to knowledge managers that can help companies to manage knowledge and expertise of experts. 

Both 2015 meetings of the EIRMA Special Interest Group on Knowledge Management will address the subject of Capitalising on Knowledge with specific reference to experts. The meetings will explore the following themes:  

1. How to transfer knowledge and how to motivate people to share their knowledge,

2. How to manage the career of experts

3. How to manage knowledge and expertise of experts to support innovation strategies

This March meeting will focus on the first theme of How to transfer knowledge and how to motivate people to share their knowledge

The meeting will be in a workshop format where participants are invited to use their own expertise to debate a variety of topics on  the subject. It will include presentations by external specialists and by representatives of member, companies and it will be supported by exercises and case studies.  

PDF Full Programme and Registration form available here

For this event, you need to make your own room reservation.

Issues addressed

  • What are the most effective ways of internally disseminatingthe knowledge and expertise of experts? 
  • How do you safeguard against the loss of an expert in mid-career, for example through ill health or change of employment? 
  • What are the most effective ways of capturing the knowledge and expertise of an expert at end of career?  
  • What tools and strategies are available and which are the most effective (eg mentoring, exit interviews)? 

Target Audience

R&D, Knowledge Manager in R&D, in Operations and Business Units, Managers and Team Leaders in a position to apply best knowledge-management practices and initiatives in their organizations. 
Innovation Manager, HR Manager, IT Manager, Manager involved in training and development


Rémy G. Béguin, Corporate R&D Knowledge Manager, Nestlé 

To Register

Please note that due to the meeting success, we are sorry to tell you that we can't accept more registrations so far. We will work on this for our next meetings. Thank you for your understanding. 

PDF Full Programme and Registration form available here

For this event, you need to make your own room reservation.

On-line Registration Form
If you wish to participate to this event, please complete the registration form as soon as possible but certainly before 25 February 2015.

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 night of 5 March has been made at the price of 144€ including breakfast, city tax excluded.
To book your room please complete the attached hotel registration form and sent it directly to the hotel.
To enjoy the EIRMA Group Rate please make your room reservation before 12 February 2015.

Event's fee: 580,00 € (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium - 701,80 € (VAT included) for Belgian members

Early bird fee (valid until 6 February 2015) : 495,00 € (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium - 598,95 € (VAT included) for Belgian members

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

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.

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 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.

Specific diet, food allergies,....


  • Mr Jean-Luc Abelin (LafargeHolcim)
  • Mr Benno Ackermann (Wissentransfer GmbH )
  • Mr Anthony Aerts (Umicore)
  • Mr Rémy Béguin (Independent)
  • Dr Alain Berger (Ardans)
  • Dr Pablo Bermell Garcia (Airbus)
  • Mr Bert Bouwman (VITO)
  • Mr Bora Büyük (TUSAS-Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc.)
  • Mr Colin Cadas (Rolls-Royce)
  • Dr Luc Chefneux (Independent)
  • Mr Luke Collins (Independent)
  • Mr Nicolas Dubuc (Michelin)
  • Dr Jenny Fäldt (Essity)
  • Ms Nilüfer Göksu (TUSAS-Turkish Aerospace Industries Inc.)
  • Mr Thomas Grimm (Sika Technology AG)
  • Dr Britt Hvolbæk Heilmann (Haldor Topsoe)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Mr Sven Jeanrenaud (Firmenich SA)
  • Mr Michael Ulrik Borg Jensen (Haldor Topsoe)
  • Dr Tatjana Kurashkina (LafargeHolcim)
  • Mr Ian McKenna (Celevere Ltd)
  • Mr Manuel Molina Vogelsang (Fraunhofer Gesellschaft)
  • Dr Dirk Rattat (Umicore)
  • Ms Camille Roy (EIRMA)
  • Mr Pierre Saelen (Pharma Diagnostics NV)
  • Mr Jean-Yves Simon (Tarkett)
  • Mr Mike Stoneham (Addept Computer Services Ltd )
  • Dr Philippe A. Tanguy (Total)
  • Mr Olivier Testud (Michelin)
  • Dr Erik Thiele (Chemours)
  • Dr Joris Vandenhaute (Umicore)
  • Ms Karen Vercammen (VITO)
  • Dr Martin Wijsman (FrieslandCampina)


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