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13th R&D Autumn Conference 2019

Strategic R&D Management

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October 17/18, Giengen, Germany

The 13th R&D Autumn Conference in Giengen (Germany) will focus on success factors in strategic R&D management, like leadership, product development processes, technology strategies, technology roadmapping, continuous improvement, agile development and security concepts. Speakers from different industrial areas will share their learnings and best practices and illustrate examples from their day-to-day work.

This year our industrial partner will be B/S/H/, the world's second-largest home appliance manufacturer, well known for their brands Bosch, Siemens, Gaggenau, Neff and many others. In Giengen, B/S/H/ develops and produces its refrigeration and freezing products.

The event will start on Thursday around noon - we will hold our afternoon session in the Parkhotel Lobinger in Giengen. The 4 stars Parkhotel offers a perfect combination of tradition and state-of-the-art. For many years and five generations swabian hospitality has always been a shared and lived virtue here, including individual guest care and perfect service.

The Friday session will take place at the premises of B/S/H/. The visit will include a factory tour and will finish after lunch.

The R&D Autumn Conference has been held every year since 2007. At different places in Europe current technology and management topics have been discussed and investigated. The basic idea of the conference is to provide a forum for managers from various industries to meet peers, discuss topics of mutual interest and to share best practices.


Conference Programme


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Thursday, October 17
13:00 Get Together and Standing Lunch
14:00 Afternoon Session

Welcome & Introduction
Martin PAPING · Managing Director · Kontrapunkt Technology · Konstanz (Germany)

Understanding Customer Needs
User Story Mapping
Werner KAMPERT · Senior Project Manager · Francotyp Postalia GmbH · Berlin (Germany)

Environmental Responsibility
Sustainability As A Driver For Innovation
Daniel DROCHNER · Head of Technology BU Tobacco · Siegwerk Druckfarben · Siegburg (Germany)

New Business Generation
Success Factors In Leading An R&D Organisation Through The Teething Problems Of An Established Startup
Marcel FÜHREN · VP Research & Development · COMET AG · Flamatt (Switzerland)

Start Up Innovation
Innovation and Cooperation With an Established Brand From the Perspective of a Start-Up
Karin WEIGELT · Co-Founder · Prismade Labs GmbH · Chemnitz (Germany)

Data Security
Global R&D Collaboration: The Trade-off Between Openness And Secrecy
Christian BERG · Senior Director Global Programs · Inficon Ltd · Balzers (Liechtenstein)

Digital Transformation
Smart IoT-Parking
Gerrit BLEUMER · Director of Technology · Scheidt & Bachmann GmbH · Mönchengladbach (Germany)

Title to be announced
Diehl Ventures
Mathias GLASMACHER · Head of Corporate Technology · Diehl Ventures GmbH · Nürnberg (Germany)

18:30 End of Afternoon Session
19:30 Dinner

Friday, October 18
08:15 Transfer to B/S/H/
08:30 Welcome and Introduction in the B/S/H/ Showroom
09:30 Factory Tour
11:00 Morning Session

Strategic R&D Management
Transition From Component Oriented Engineering To Systems Engineering
Godehard Nentwig · Head of Development Giengen · BSH Hausgeräte GmbH · Giengen (Germany)

Innovation Management
The Innovation Checklist
David GRIFFIN · Senior Consultant · 42 Technology Ltd · St Ives (Great Britain)

12:15 Lunch
13:30 End of Conference

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