Maximising R&D Impact with Better External Validations of projects value Propositions


Maximising R&D Impact with Better External Validations of projects value Propositions 


9 November 2018, hosted by Solvay Headquarters, Brussels, Belgium


R&D projects are often initiated without quantifying non-technical fundamentals like:

  • The value chains structure,
    Its key players/influencers/profit pools/decision makers,
    The potential new business models enabled by future new offerings,
    Partners the company should work with,
    Geographies adjacent to the initial target, etc.

This issue has been shown several times to be one of the main root causes of R&D failures or under-achievements A serious external validation exercise drives better and faster decisions about the R&D effort.
In addition, R&D initiated after such a validation are better defined and key customers are identified. This usually enables faster and more effective external evaluations of prototypes, development partnerships...

Innovation is by definition a multi-functional process. R&D professionals running such a validation exercise learn the marketing and business language as well as priorities helping them better deal with these interfaces.

PDF Programme available here

Issues addressed

  • What do you have to look at in order to know if your R&D project is doable?

  • How do these non-technical innovation aspects impact the innovation output?

  • How to make sure you have the right external validation?

  • What kind of stakeholders do you need?

  • How essential the non-technical fundamentals are?

  • How to implement these processes and validations into your day-to-day team work?

Target Audience

Programme and R&D managers, Innovation managers, people responsible for creating new business within their company, Strategists, and anyone with operational responsibilities for innovation portfolio.


Nicolas Cudré-Mauroux, Head of the Group’s R&I, Solvay

To Register

PDF   Full programme 

No block booking has been done by EIRMA.
If needed, you have to contact the choosen hotel directly.

PDF  List of suggested hotels

On-line Registration Form

If you wish to participate to this event, please complete the registration form as soon as possible but certainly before 30 October 2018.

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You can find a list of suggested hotels on the webpage of the event.

Event's fee: 250,00 € (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium

                    302,50 € (VAT included) for Belgian members

The meeting registration fee covers the administrative costs, refreshments and lunch.

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
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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 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....


  • Dr Mark Been (Total)
  • Mr Luke Collins (Independent)
  • Mr Nicolas Cudre-Mauroux (Solvay)
  • Mr Lionel Debeauffort (Solvay)
  • Mr Walter Eevers (VITO)
  • Mr Nitish Gupta (University of Cambridge, UK)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Mr Mikael Jafs (Outotec)
  • Mr Marcel Kremers (Océ)
  • Mr Wouter Leten (Melexis)
  • Mr Peter Ljungstrand (RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden)
  • Dr Marie-Beatrice Madec (Solvay)
  • Dr Alfons Molenbroek (Haldor Topsoe)
  • Dr Jesper Nerlov (Haldor Topsoe)
  • Dr Thoa Nguyen (Haldor Topsoe)
  • Mr Henrik Juul Nielsen (Grundfos)
  • Mr Jeroen Oostenenk (Unilever)
  • Mr Gerard Robijn (FrieslandCampina)
  • Dr Daniel Rosenfeld (Melexis)
  • Ms Aybuke Semerci (IMEC iNTERNATIONAL)
  • Mr Guilherme Siepierski (Solvay)
  • Mr Ben Thuriaux-Aleman (Arthur D Little)
  • Mr Jean-Yves Tilquin (Carmeuse Coordination Center SA)


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