CTO Forum 2018



CTO Forum 2018

Building a 360° Innovation Ecosystem

25 October 2018, Air Liquide Paris Saclay Research Center, Paris, France


Open innovation continues to evolve as companies look to accelerate their development cycle by bringing in academics, start-ups, and customers from their ecosystem to work collaboratively on today's challenges. 

Creating a vibrant Innovation Ecosystem needs to be a strategic choice and requires a 360° approach to be most effective.  The starting point is to leverage your internal ecosystem that already has great ideas, proximity to customers and the organization to go to market.

From their building out to local and national players, and ultimately globally working with multi-nationals and key customers.  This approach presents challenges that must be addressed in order to capture the full benefits:

  • How to capture the innovation mindset of the people in the business
    How to make your R&D centers a place for innovation for the entire company
    How to attract start-ups to work with a large industrial company with a different pace for decision making
    How to collaborate with customers in mutually beneficial projects within the scope of customer/supplier relationship

The CTO Forum will focus on practical examples and allow for discussion of what has worked and pitfalls to avoid in building and fostering your Innovation Ecosystem.

Target Audience

Chief Technology Officers, Chief Scientists
This meeting is limited to 30 people.


Ernst Lutz, EIRMA President, Group Executive Vice President, Business Development, Grundfos
To book your room in the NOVOTEL PARIS SACLAY at the special group rates please sent the completed reservation form directly to the hotel attention of Ms Adelaide Cometto ([email protected]) with reference EIRMA B-00096295. Group rates are secured until 23 September 2018.

On-line Registration Form

If you wish to participate to this event, please complete the registration form as soon as possible but certainly before 10 October 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 with special rates have been secured in the Novotel Paris Saclay for the nights of 24 and 25 October 2018. The rate for a single room is €130 (breakfast incl).
To book your room please complete the attached room registration form and sent it directly to the hotel preferably by 23 September 2018 to the attention of Ms Adelaide Cometto ([email protected]) indicating the reference “reservation EIRMA B-00096295”

Event's fee: €275,00 (VAT excl for all members except Belgian) - €332,75 (VAT incl for Belgian members)

The meeting registration fee covers the administrative costs, refreshments and dinner.
The lunch of 25 October is NOT foreseen in the fee.

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, 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 - cternesteirma.org

Please give as much notice as possible if you are obliged to cancel. We will refund 50% of the registration fee for cancellation received 1 week before the meeting. 
Names may be substituted at any time without charge.

Information concerning the invoicing, specific food requirements....


  • Mr Arnaud de la Tour (Hello Tomorrow)
  • Ms Gabriele Dobenecker (Empa)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Mr Olivier Letessier (Air Liquide)
  • Dr Norbert Luetke-Entrup (Siemens)
  • Dr Ernst Lutz (Grundfos)
  • Ms Marie-Noëlle Semeria (Total)


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Share best practices of industrial R&D and innovation and enjoy the experience of networking with your peers across different industrial sectors all over Europe!