Special Session I

Special Session I “European Trends for Driving Innovation and Project/Grant Management”

14th November 2017, 10:15 – 11:45

Dealing with EU projects comes along with complex requirements to consortia: how to manage such projects, how to develop mitigation scenarios of all scopes and levels? What is efficient innovation management and how to drive innovations to bring results closer to the market? And what are the recent topics and EU policies according to the new work programme (2018-2020) and beyond? The challenge of participation in or even coordination of an H2020 project: is it really worth it – and why? Let’s find out the opportunities and about the future perspectives for your EU projects.


Georg Schirrmacher

Head of Science Network Management
Session Chair
Georg Schirrmacher is Head of Science Network Management at Clariant Produkte (Deutschland) GmbH. He is responsible for the scientific network of Clariant, coordinates technology related cooperation and all topics related to public funding. He is chair of the BIC Programming Working Group, an industry expert group dedicated to Bioeconomy in Brussels. Before joining industry in 2009 he was personal advisor on strategy and industry cooperation for Prof. Dr. W.A. Herrmann, president of Technische Universität München. Georg Schirrmacher is Dipl.-Ing. agr. (Univ.) by education and holds a doctor’s degree from Technische Universität München.

Yasmin Dolak-Struss

Unit for Life Science, ERC and Marie Skłodowska-Curie
Yasmin Dolak-Struss graduated in Physics at the Vienna University of Technology, where she also obtained her PhD in Mathematical Biology. After doing research as a Post-Doc at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and the University of Vienna, she joined the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) in 2007. She has worked at FFG as an expert for different European programmes, since 2013 for the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Dolan-Struss has been actively involved in several European projects and is certified as trainer for adult education.

Kathrin Prebeck

Senior Project Manager
Kathrin Prebeck is a Senior Project Manager at CMAST bvba in Belgium, with a clear focus in grant consulting and project management from FP7 to H2020, as well as IMI JU. She started her career about 10 years ago with a number of smaller grants, expanding her expertise in grant consulting and the implementation of projects over the years, thus supporting a great number of successful consortia of various sizes and research missions.

Stephen Webb

Chief Executive Officer & Founder
Stephen Webb is founder and CEO of RTDS Group, specialised in the development and implementation of EU funded projects, supporting the full “research to market” process. He began his EU project career in FP4, worked in automotive sector in FP5 (with AVL List) before establishing his own company in the beginning of FP6. By the end of FP7, RTDS was the No. 1 Austrian SME and EU consulting company with 15 project participations including 3 coordination roles. They now have three H2020 / BBI projects running. Stephen has a PhD in environmental risk management, an MBA in marketing and innovation and an LL.M in IPR.