"What do people get out of participating in EIRMA-organised activities?"

"Why would I send one of my team to these events?"

"For me EIRMA is a place where I meet colleagues that fight the daily fights very similar to mine, so  I can pick up the phone and talk to them, and that creates significant benefit behond any conference or seminar"

Ernst Lutz - EIRMA President

"In EIRMA we exchange real experiences, real chanllenges, and we explore real best practices that we can apply in our work every day"

Silvia Volponi - Electrification Business Area Patent Officer at ABB

"I am delighted to speak at EIRMA - European Industrial Research Management Association’s annual conference, with the Innovation Research Interchange, the European Commission, and many other leaders. Many thanks to Secretary General Alex Nussem for an extraordinary program, I really look forward to it, and encourage my colleagues to register and take advantage of this rare opportunity."

Amina Hamidi - Chief Technology Officer of ABB Electrification

"This was the best session I have been part of! The quality of the topics and of the speakers was well chosen. Clearly, EIRMA is on the UP!"

Michael Gude - Global Vice President R&D Foods at Unilever

"Thanks for an excellent seminar! Really good panellists, theme and questions from the audience. Thanks Alex for your mentioning of ATTRACT. I see, as I commented to you several times, a fully renewed EIRMA, with vibrant and forward looking ideas!"

Dr. Pablo Garcia Tello - CERN-European Organization for Nuclear Research EU Office, Section Head, New Projects and Initiatives

"Congrats & Thanks for all you do for EIRMA’s renewal!"

Carlos Härtel - Former EIRMA President

"I also noticed the new energy level and many good offers of EIRMA! Many thanks and congratulations to you and the team!!  Keep it going!"

Daniel Witthaut - EIRMA's Vice President

"Excellent exchange of information!"

Stellario Barbera - SKF, Department Manager

"Participating to the EIRMA Learning Group gave me some Insights in other companies' methodologies."

Maria Antonietta Solinas - ENI S.p.A., VP Research and Technological Innovation Department

"Coming to an EIRMA meeting gave me the opportunity to meet people from industries I have not met before."

Eva Niewiadomska - British American Tobacco, Information Services Manager

"EIRMA Special Interest Group on Intellectual Asset Management is the perfect stage which creates good interaction between business and patent specialist aspects"
Felix Moser - Sulzer ChemTech, Director Technology and IP

'Eirma is the best European network for sharing best practices in R&D and Innovation. Its specific Interest Groups offer the opinion to keep on learning and get connected to several sister organisations, a great value in the fast globalising world."

Rob Kirschbaum - Former VP open Innovation DSM

"Eirma is a forum to exchange and discuss experiences and best practices in R&D management. A very open and friendly atmosphere." 

Carla Hilhorst - Unilever Vice President R&D, Global Regulatory Affairs

"EIRMA not only offers first-hand exchange platforms, it  also fosters bilateral discussions and inputs. Top to introduce professionals in the management of R&D and innovation!"

Hans-Walter Schläpfer - CTO Sulzer Markets and Technology Ltd

"EIRMA is a source of inspiration for innovation: I network and benchmark with colleagues and peers."

Walter Steinlin - Swisscom Institutional Relations, President of CTI

"A major forum, where we learn by participating."

Dr Jacques Lukasik - Secretary General, former Senior VP Scientific Affairs of Lafarge

"The opportunity to compare approaches and relevance of issues and practices. Getting in contact with companies that you normally don’t deal with."

Dr Joachim von Heimburg- Former General Manager, Innovation & Corporate Program at Sabic

"It's all about learning how others approach things, being able to demonstrate that your job is being done well."

Working in a team with young people from different sectors made me realise that every day important discoveries and developments are still made."

This kind of meeting really points out the need to talk across different industries in order to learn more."

"I have a greater understanding of the way of thinking in different industries."

"We were a diverse group, even when from apparently similar sectors. This has not been a problem, as people have been willing to listen to questions and debate issues."
"Probably the most important thing for "The Next Generation" will be to keep on sharing information coming from different views, as we did in this working group."

 "I liked the way of thinking about the future in a general way, and not only in a technical way (like I do in my daily work)."
"It showed me again how important it is to stop from time to time in your daily helter-skelter to rethink and improve your long-term strategy."

 "It was stimulating to work as a group that really aimed to achieve a common goal."

"We overcame the difficulty of understanding English spoken with different accents."

"These meetings have allowed me to compare the structure and situation of my company in the context of other companies belonging to different sectors, giving me a wider perspective and a more realistic point of view."