Jan Dvořák
Leader of the CERIF Task Group at euroCRIS 

Session title: Research Information: The euroCRIS Context


Jan Dvořák leads the euroCRIS Task Group for CERIF, the Common European Research Information Format. euroCRIS is an international, not-for-profit association of research information management professionals that aims to advance the interoperability in the research community, with CERIF being the key technology. Jan Dvořák also serves as a member of the euroCRIS Board. He chaired the organization committee of the successful international conference CRIS 2012 in Prague.

Jan Dvořák lectures on database design, information interchange, and information technologies in general at the Institute of Information Science and Librarianship of the Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic.

Jan Dvořák is a principal consultant and information architect at InfoScience Praha. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry in the area of custom-built information solutions. He led the software and data architecture parts of the last re-iteration of the Research, Development and Innovation Information System (the national Current Research Information system of the Czech Republic); he heads the team that maintains and further develops the information system.

He received his PhD in applied mathematics and scientific computing at the Charles University of Prague. 

Abstract: The presentation covers research information. The history of research information management is outlined. One introduces CRIS (Current Research Information Systems) and CERIF (Common European Research Information Format). The information about research infrastructures – facilities, equipment, and services – is receiving particular attention. Examples of CERIF based research infrastructure tracking systems are presented. We conclude by describing euroCRIS both in its function as the standardization body, as well as a platform for sharing experience in research information management throughout Europe and beyond.


Dr. Vernon Harten-Ash
Entrepreneur and Investor in Healthcare Technology 

Session title: Academia – Industry Success: Seeking the Holy Grail


A UK-trained physician with 20 years experience of the healthcare industry in US, UK and Europe. Brings commercial and medical expertise in the provision of services and products within the pharmaceutical, biotech and medtech sectors. Skilled in company formation, due diligence, valuation of healthcare assets and support for funding proposals on behalf of venture capitalists and business angels.

Abstract: Successful collaboration between Academia and Industry is said to be desired by all key stakeholders: Industry, Universities, Academics, Governments, Entrepreneurs and Investors. It makes potent economic sense. Successful Business Clusters can be embedded on working collaborations and bring significant societal development. All can benefit? So why is it that these collaborations can be so challenging to create? What do we need to do collectively to increase the chance of this success and drive the benefits that can result?


Pieter De Jong
EU Liaison Officer at Wetsus, Centre of Excellence for Sustainable Water Technology 

Session title: Reach out and connect


Pieter de Jong has worked in the field of European policies for several years. He started in Brussel at Neth-ER, as a representative for the Dutch Education and Research sector. Before going to Brussel he worked for both government and industry. Pieter de Jong is an MSc in Environmental Science.

Abstract: Example of the Netherlands: presentation about the creation of Wetsus and the WaterCampus Leeuwarden. Explaining the Regional Innovation and Smart Specialisation Strategy with a focus on Water Technology in Friesland and the desire to reach out and connect with other regions in the EU, through ESIF and Horizon2020.


Dr. Ulf Karlsson
Professor at KTH Royal Institute of Technology 

Session title: Serving Industry Needs: KTH Case


Ulf Karlsson is full professor in Materials Physics at KTH, Royal Institute of Technology  since 1997 and the director of KTH Materials Platform since 2010. His present research areas are surface structure and electron structure research with scanning tunneling microscopy/spectroscopy and synchrotron radiation spectroscopy, time-resolved laser photoelectron spectroscopy and electron dynamics, and synthesis and characterization of functional oxides. Professor Karlsson is author or co-author in over 200 scientific articles and another 200 conference contributions on synchrotron radiation research, thin film physics and surface physics, and he has received about 100 personal invitations to conferences. Among other memberships and responsibilities, professor Karlsson is the chair of Röntgen-Ångström collaboration with Germany, and is or has been member of several national or European boards and evaluation groups relating especially to research infrastructures.

Abstract: The development and refinement of advanced technologies are of paramount importance for the Swedish society and industry. In particular this is true for the Material based industry which is of great importance for the Swedish economy. The KTH leadership has created the five Research Platforms, Materials, ICT, Transport, Energy, and health, which are designed to break down traditional barriers between academic disciplines and with a goal to deliver practical results that can help solve overarching global challenges. KTH’s five Research Platforms are organized to deliver focused, results-oriented study that meets the needs of governments and industries grappling with unprecedented threats — as well as promising new opportunities. The Platforms enable faculty to weave together systems, policy and technology research into visionary solutions, they seed leading-edge interdisciplinary research projects and they oversee the development of young researchers with the skills necessary to thrive in changing environments.


Claudio Arlandini
CINECA, Project Manager HPC services for industrial research

Session title: Fostering technological innovation in industry: challenges and opportunities 


Claudio Arlandini is a business developer and project manager at Cineca Interuniversity Consortium, the largest Italian computing center. He has over 10 years of experience in the IT industry in the High Performance Computing field. He worked as business manager in the area of IT infrastructure management and data center operations at CILEA Interuniversity Consortium, and since the merging of CILEA in CINECA he is involved in simulation and technology transfer services for industries.He received his PhD in astrophysics at the Ruprecht Karl University of Heidelberg.

Abstract: Cineca is a non profit Consortium, made up of 68 Italian universities, and 3 Institutions. Today it is the largest Italian computing centre, one of the most important worldwide. It operates in the technological transfer sector through high performance scientific computing, the management and development of networks and web based services, and the development of complex information systems for treating large amounts of data.

Cineca develops advanced Information Technology applications and services, acting like a trait-d'union between the academic world, the sphere of pure research and the world of industry and Public Administration.

The keynote will focus on advanced simulation and High Performance Computing services, presenting how Cineca is building a complex ecosystem to foster technological innovation in large and small Italian companies, leveraging on internal competences and resources, and funding opportunities arising from European, national or regional initiatives. A number of success stories and case studies will be presented.


Dr. Marco Kirm
Vice Rector for Research, University of Tartu 

Session title: International and national challenges for Academia in attracting Industry to perform R&D on publicly funded research infrastructures


Marco Kirm (1965) graduated University of Tartu cum laude as physicist in 1991. He obtained his PhD in the Department of Atomic Spectroscopy at Lund University in 1995 „ Spectroscopy of highly charged ions, small molecules and solids under VUV excitation“, which was supervised by Prof. Indrek Martinson. 1997-2004 he worked at Hamburg University as post-doctoral research in duties of the beam-line scientist. In 2004 he returned to Estonia and became the research director of Institute of Physics at University of Tartu. During 2009-2012 July he carried duties of the director of Institute of Physics. Since July 2012, he is a Vice Rector for Research of University of Tartu. In 2012 he was elected to be a foreign member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences
His research interests cover novel functional wide gap materials applicable as phosphors, scintillators etc. His publication list includes over 200 papers cited more than 2000 times in the TR WoK. He is Estonian representative at COST in materials science, physics and nanotechnology. He is leading work package in the Science Link Project related to organisation of calls for R&D work at large scale facilities at Baltic Sea Region.

Abstract: Research infrastructures, scientific excellence and technological competence in various fields have been built up over years in Europe. Based on advanced research performed, to ensure competitive and sustainable development of European economy Academia and Industry must operate more closely than ever. What are the challenges, prerequisites and bottlenecks of such cooperation? Results and best practices of successfully operating Science Link network involving large scale research infrastructures in Baltic Sea Region will be discussed, in order to increase R&D of SME’s and other industrial partners. Supporting activities needed to intensify Academia-Industry cooperation on national and international level will be addressed.


Gundars Berzins
Chancellor University of Latvia

Session title: Challenges in Cost Calculation of Scientific Services


Dr. Gundars Berzins has background in industry and presently works at University of Latvia as chancellor and lecturer in the field of management and strategic planning. He was in charge of developing and introducing full cost model for university, his research arias are management, strategic management.

Abstract: Presentation will explore development of decision making process at University of Latvia for providing infrastructure and scientific services to industry partners and associated challenges arising in the aria are efficiency and effectiveness, cost allocation, price setting, legal regulations, state aid and taxation. Presentation will give practical example of cost allocation scenarios and outline of linked administrative decision processes.