HEKATE Final Conference

Building bridges between the industry and its future innovation managers.

22 September 2015 in the Norway House in Brussels, Rue Archimède 17

Programme and presentations

9:30                            Registration andwelcome coffee

Confrence participants

10:00 – 11:00             Opening Session and key note speech 

 10:00 – 10:10              Welcome and introduction,
Léopold Demiddeleer, TechBridgeOne, Honorary President of EIRMA

10:10 – 10:30             Entrepreneurship education in universities: Policy instruments in Norway to stimulate university – business cooperation,
Kjersti Gauden, Adviser, Norwegian Ministry of Research and Education and Erik F. Øverland Senior Adviser, Norwegian Ministry of Research and Education

 10:30 – 10:45             University Business Cooperation and Knowledge Alliances in Higher Education – The view of the European Commission,Solvay engages in HEI eductaion
Peter Baur, Deputy Head of Unit Higher Education, DG Education and Culture

10:45 – 11:00              Key Note Speech: “Why and How industry should engage in higher education – benefits for industry, future employees and Europe”
Anne Goldberg, New Innovation Platform Director, Solvay – member of the EIRMA Programme Planning Committee (PPC)

11:00 – 11:20             Coffee break

11:20 – 11:50             Entrepreneurship Education at HEKATE’s partner universities

11:20 – 11:35              Entrepreneurship Education at Hamburg University of Technology: How HEKATE at TUHHthe Startup Dock involves industry to support student’s startups.
Christian Lüthje, Head of Institute of Marketing and Innovation at Hamburg University of Technology, Hamburg

 11:35 – 11:50              The Entrepreneurial Ecosystems at the University of Manchester – HEKATE and nurturing “Enterprising Scientists”
Fumi Kitagawa, Lecturer at University of Manchester, Manchester Business School, Manchester

11:50 – 12:40             HEKATE experience: main learnings

11:50 – 12:10              Involving senior R&D managers in novel entrepreneurship trainings
Monica Schofield
, Director International Cooperation & EU Office at TuTech Innovation GmbH, Hamburg, initiator of HEKATE Knowledge Alliances

12:10 – 12:40  Experiences and learnings from the HEKATE workshops participants
Amina Malik, PhD candidate at Institute of Air Transportation Systems at Hamburg University of Technology (graduate perspective)
Omonigho Otanocha, Postdoc at Laser Processing Research Centre, The University of Manchester (researcher perspective)

12:40 – 13:00             Q & A session

13:00 – 14:00             Lunch

14:00 – 14:30             Knowledge Alliances experiences

Trans-national Inter-disciplinary Entrepreneurship Modules for High Education – Pedagogic Dream or Logistical Nightmare?: Lessons for High Education Institute Managersconference participants2
Rosemary Borup. Project coordinator of IDEATE-HighTech, Principal Lecturer at Staffordshire University


BIOINNO – a knowledge alliance in biotechnology proposing an innovation transfer model between Industry and Academia

Antoine Harfouche. Project coordinator of BIOINN0 Knowledge Aliiance in Biotechnology, University of Tuscia

14:30 – 14:45             Coffee Break

14:45 – 15:45             EIRMA – Building bridges to future innovation managers

Panel discussion: How to build bridges between R&D managers and academia / young researchers
Panel chair: Léopold Demiddeleer, Honorary President of EIRMA

  • Kevin de Caluwé, Innovation Manager Bekaert NV
  • Evelyne De Decker, President JADE’s Belgium (member of the European Confederation of Junior Enterprises);
  • Anne Goldberg, New Innovation Platform Director, Solvay – member of the EIRMA Programme Planning Committee (PPC);
  • Mauricio Manfrini, Senior Scientist at IMEC, Board Member of the Marie-Curie Alumni Association (MCAA);
  • Rita Morais, Project Expert at the Research and Innovation Unit of European Universities Association (EUA).

15:45 – 16:00             Launch of the new EIRMA platform to enable connection between R&D managers and academia

Concluding remarks
Michel Crispi, Secretary General EIRMA and Léopold Demiddeleer, Honorary President EIRMA

Aim of HEKATE and the conference

HEKATE (Higher Education and Enterprises: Knowledge Alliances for the Training of Entrepreneurs) is a project within the framework of the European Commission supporting University–Business Cooperation initiative.

The main aim of the initiative is to form so called “Knowledge Alliances” to encourage structured, result-driven cooperation ventures between universities and companies in the field of higher education.

PhD candidates, post docs, young professionals in industry and also some recent founders of startups used the opportunity to participate in one of the sessions of workshops organized at the Hamburg University of Technology and at the Manchester Business School.

As a partner of HEKATE, EIRMA has been working to see how EIRMA Members could actively be part of this movement and more generally how to best encourage a new generation of innovation managers with the aim of improving Europe’s effectiveness in turning research into value creating opportunity.

From the experience and learning acquired in the project HEKATE by the different participants, this final conference provided a forum for industrialists, policy makers and higher education specialists to share views on this important topic.

Target audience

Representatives of academia and business, R&D Managers, HR Managers, Business Development Managers, Knowledge Managers, any other Managers involved in Industry-University liaison, PhD candidates, early-career researchers and young professionals from industry, higher education specialists in academia, business and policy


the Norway House in Brussels, Rue Archimède 17

Full Programme and bios of speakers available here