ICN2 Workshop on Research, Strategy and Innovation

ICN2 Workshop on Research, Strategy and Innovation

Date: 4-5 October 2018
Venue: Hotel Rey Don Jaime Castelldefels (Barcelona)

This workshop aims to provide training and networking opportunities in key areas of interest in the management of research institutions, such as the development and implementation of strategic operational and research policies; performance management; lean and efficient research support services; public and private funding strategies; innovation strategy; the principles of RRI, incl. ethics, gender, diversity, public engagement and social impact; Open Science; and Horizon Europe.


  • To address the above topics through a series of lectures by leading experts
  • To provide an enriching space for the useful exchange of experiences, best practices and success stories
  • To explore the possibility of joint proposals for European funding instruments like ERASMUS+
  • To further the development of projects by EARMA Working Groups

Target audience: European experts and professional counterparts with strategic roles in research management. EARMA alumni. Key local agents.

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Endorsed by the EARMA alumni:



Thursday, 4 October
09:00 Registration

Jose A. Garrido - ICN2 - ICREA

Head of Strategy Development Office

Welcome and introduction


Pablo Ordejón - ICN2


ICN2 Strategy presentation


Gabriel M. Silberman - Barcelona Institute of Science and Technology (BIST)

General Director

Excellent Science to Build a Better World


Wolfgang Kniesky - INI-Novation GmbH

Managing Director

Taylormade technology transfer processes for European tech innovations

11:30 Networking coffee break

Tina Lewis - University of Copenhagen

Head of the Office of Research and Innovation
Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Change and leadership in research administration – how can the principles of “Lean” come into play?

13:00 Networking lunch

Anna-Karin Larsson - Örebro University

Senior research advisor in Grants Office

RRI: Gender and diversity in research and projects


Guillermo Orts-Gil

Science relations and communications

Multisectorial science engagement: from school to parliament

16:00 Networking coffee break
16:30 Working groups
20:30 Dinner at Casanova Beach Club (by reservation only)
Friday, 5 October

Lluís Rovira - CERCA


Catalan research strategy


Sean McCarthy - Hyperion


Getting ready for Horizon Europe

+ Networking coffee break


John Westensee - Aarhus University

Director of Research Support and External Relations

Combining strategy and operations for increased success in Horizon 2020

13:00 Networking lunch

Success stories and best practices

Laura Kitti - Natural Resources Insitute Finland (luke)

Head of the Project Centre

Grant’ Office’s multi-professional support model for H2020 applications

Andrew R. Jackson - Durham University

Director of Research and Innovation Services

Building capacity for challenge-led and mission-oriented research through integrated research and innovation support

Peter Scott - University College Dublin

Senior Manager: Research Partners

Picking your path to strategy

Susie Cullinane - Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT, Ireland)

Projects Manager

Olga Roig - Research, Innovation and Knowledge Transfer in Terrestrial Ecology (CREAF, Catalonia)

International Projects Manager

EARMA Certificate in Research Management: the good, the bad and the ugly

16:00 Networking coffee break
16:30 Working groups