Technology and Innovation Management Conference

October 1 to 2, 2020| 14th Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference

Innovation 2030: Managing the Technological Transformation

Modern times are characterized by uncertainty, volatility and complexity. The acronym VUCA (volatile, uncertain, complex, ambiguous) aptly summarizes the current business environment. Therefore it is important for companies, especially in the field of technology and innovation management, to recognise technological opportunities and risks in time, in order to remain capable of acting and to secure decisive competitive advantages. For this reason, this year’s Technology and Innovation Management Conference on October 1st and 2nd will be held under the motto “Innovation 2030: Managing the Technological Transformation”.  The conference will focus on a detailed presentation of successful approaches from industrial practice and science. To help you successfully manage the challenges of technological change in the next decade, we would like to present suitable processes, structures and methods and offer you the opportunity to exchange experiences in a networking environment.

What makes the 14th Technology and Innovation Management Conference special?

This year, we will focus on providing you with concrete recommendations for your everyday work by means of compact and practice-oriented expert presentations.

This year, the plenary lectures will be complemented by our panel discussion and topic-specific breakout sessions: Discuss the most important issues of the next 10 years with experts from business and science and take valuable impulses for your company. We would like to enrich the opportunity for intensive exchange with an evening event in a relaxed atmosphere.

The 14th Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference will take place in the modern premises of the CT² Center, directly on the campus of the RWTH Aachen University. The concise solitary building already architecturally conveys the innovative atmosphere, which we will fill with valuable contents in October.

Look forward to a very special conference! We are looking forward to meeting you!

1st Day | Thursday, October 1
Time Program
09.00 Welcome & get-together
09.15 Welcome speech
Toni Drescher, KEX Knowledge Exchange AG | INC Invention Center
09.45 Keynote: Managing the technological transformation

  • How technology management can act as a mediator between the physical product world and digital disruptiveness
  • Why regulation is more than a constraint for technology management
  • The extent to which the last decade calls for a reorganisation of the technology sectors

Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh, Fraunhofer IPT | WZL of RWTH Aachen University

10.45 Coffee break & exhibition
11.00 Frugal innovation – A recipe for success of innovations

  • How frugal innovation supports innovation management in the coming decade
  • Why companies today need frugal innovations more than ever

Prof. Dr. Tessa Flatten, TU Dortmund

11.45 Understanding change: shaping the future through digitization and collaboration

  • What are the key factors for the development of innovations in practice
  • How digitisation, accelerated by the Corona pandemic, will change the future of innovation in Europe

Prof. Dr. Sven Schimpf, Fraunhofer Innovation Alliance

12.15 Networking lunch
13.15 Innovation driver Europe – Roadmap for the next decade

  • How Europe must position itself to become a global driver of innovation
  • Why the post-pandemic phase represents an opportunity for German technology companies

Christoph Burkhardt, OneLife | Burkhardt Group

14.00 Expert speech
Dr. Herwig Kohla, Mondi Group
14.30 Fit for future, Fit for innovation 2030

  • Why innovation management requires more than ever a cross-domain understanding of human resources management
  • Why knowledge management & culture are the central building blocks for the training plan of companies

Prof. Dr. Margot Ruschitzka, TH Köln

15.15 Coffee break & meet-the-expert
15.45 Expert panel discussion: Out of the crisis with innovations

  • How can innovation management ensure not only long-term competitiveness but also short-term effectiveness?

Prof. Dr. Margot Ruschitzka, TH Köln; Christoph Burkhardt, OneLife; Marius Mrosek, Maschinenraum GmbH & Prof. Dr. Tessa Flatten, TU Dortmund

16.30 Breakout-sessions – Choose between

  • Sustainable Innovation – Dr. Dorothea Ernst & Christian Gülpen
  • Leveraging Ecosystems – Marius Mrosek
  • Innovation for Future – Dr. Patrick Hacker
  • Setting the Next Technological Frontier- Dr. Annette Leonhard-MacDonald
17.30 Campus-tour
19.00 Evening event at INC Invention Center
2nd Day | Friday, October 2
Time Program
08.30 Welcome coffee
09.00 Keynote: The future of innovation: An outlook to 2030

  • What the target picture for the innovation process in 2030 might look like
  • What demands and needs will be placed on the innovation process in the coming decade
  • How AI and machine learning serve as the basis for the technological transformation of the innovation process

Prof. Dr. Frank Piller, TIME-Research Area of RWTH Aachen University

10.00 Fishbowl-session: Data in technology & innovation management

  • How can data and its interpretation provide companies with a successful orientation in augmented age?

Prof. Dr. Dr. Wil van der Aalst, PADS of RWTH Aachen University; Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh, Fraunhofer-IPT, WZL of RWTH Aachen University und Prof. Dr. Frank Piller, TIME-Research Area of RWTH Aachen University

10.45 Coffee break & exhibition
11.00 The product development process of tomorrow

  • Why the roadmap of advanced engineering defines the workplace of the future
  • How process thinking can also be implemented across domains in several organizational units

Dr. Walter Koch, Schaeffler Technologies AG & Co. KG

11.45 Organizing and financing future innovations

  • How companies recognize the appropriate organizational structures for their innovations
  • Which financing models & opportunities can be used to maximize the chances of innovation

Michael von Stern, Itsoriginal LLC

12.15 Closing-speech: Technology and innovation management 2030

  • Which performance mandare technology & innovation management must fulfil in the next ten years
  • Which competencies, processes and structures in technology management need to be established, expanded or modified

Dr. Ramon Kreutzer, Fraunhofer IPT

13.00 Networking lunch & end-of-event
14.30 Specialist workshops – Additional offer

  • Strategy work in technology management for the coming decade – Fraunhofer IPT, Department Strategic Technology Management
  • Sustainable Business Model Innovation – TIME-Research Area of RWTH Aachen University
  • Trends & Technologies – KEX Knowledge Exchange AG

Target Group

The conference is aimed at specialists and managers of technology-oriented companies, in particular from the fields:

  • Research and development,
  • Technology and innovation management,
  • New Business Development,
  • Strategy,
  • Production,
  • technical purchasing.
Christoph Burkhardt

OneLife, Innovation Strategist & CEO

Toni Drescher

Fraunhofer IPT, Head of Department “Operative Technology Management”

Dr. Dorothea Ernst

INFORM GmbH, Catalyst Sustainability

Prof. Dr. Tessa Flatten

TU Dortmund, Professor Technology Management

Christian Gülpen

TIME RWTH Aachen University, Director Digitalization / Industry 4.0

Dr. Patrick Hacker

Hilti AG, Head of Strategy Global Manufacturing

Dr. Walter Koch

Schaeffler Technologies, Division Manager Advanced R&D Engineering

Dr. Herwig Kohla

Mondi Group, Head of Group Capital Expenditures

Dr. Ramon Kreutzer

Fraunhofer IPT, Heaf of Department “Strategic Technology Management”

Dr. Annette Leonhard-MacDonald

INC Invention Center Munich, Director

Marius Mrosek

Maschinenraum, Director

Prof. Dr. Frank Piller

TIME RWTH Aachen University, Head of Group Technology and Innovation Management

Prof. Dr. Margot Ruschitzka

TH Köln, Professor Engineering Mathematics and Data Processing

Prof. Dr. Sven Schimpf

Fraunhofer Group for Innovation Research, Managing Director

Prof. Dr. Günther Schuh

Fraunhofer IPT, Director
WZL RWTH Aachen, Director

Prof. Dr. h.c. Dr. Wil van der Aalst

RWTH Aachen University, Head of Group Process and Data Science

Michael von Stern

ltsoriginal LLC, Founder

Speaker Testimonies

Prof. Frank Piller – Speaker at the 13th TIM Conference

Zitat_Piller_en-1-555x323 Experience Prof. Frank Piller live at the TIM Conference 2019. As a visionary and opinion leader in the field of Open Innovation, he talks about the advantages of modern network technologies and the challenges of open collaboration:

“A core pattern of innovation is synthesis — to combine previously not connected knowledge stocks in a novel way.  Open collaboration is the central activity to reach this goal, and modern networking technologies offer us an entire new toolset to do so.”

Christoph Burkhardt – Speaker at the 13th TIM Conference

Zitat_Burkhardt_en-555x323 This year we are looking forward to welcoming Christoph Burkhardt again as a speaker at the 13th Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference. Christoph Burkhardt is a rousing, charismatic speaker who manages to captivate the audience with his unexpected statements. His open-minded approach to current trends fascinates as much as enriches his audience. This time, discover what drives San Francisco Bay to be a hotspot for innovation and how we can learn from it:

“It’s neither talent nor access to resources and technologies, it’s also not the willingness to take extraordinary risk or dream big that make the San Francisco Bay area such a hotspot for innovation. It’s the realization that success stems from collaborative effort. It’s a deeply connected ecosystem benefiting all of its members equally.”

Dr. Thiemo Kessel – Speaker at the 13th TIM Conference


At this year’s Technology and Innovation Management Conference, we will present Dr. Thiemo Kessel, a speaker who will talk about the organizational challenges in the innovation process. Which structures foster the creation of innovations and which challenges come along with Ambidextry? Dr. Kessel talks about successfully implemented approaches in his company.

“We have to allow the breaking out of routines to enable innovation. A major challenge afterwards remains the feedback and ‘routineisation’ of these innovations. Interdisciplinarity and collaboration represent possible approaches to solving this paradox.”

Dr. Anita Friis Sommer – Speaker at the 13th TIM Conference


What is it that makes LEGO so innovative? Learn from Anita Friis Sommer’s experiences and look forward to an exciting lecture!

“Co-innovating across disciplines and domains creates friction. But bringing together multiple competencies using Agile Innovation drives value creation faster and more effective than tackling challenges yourself.”

Dr. Grzegorz Darlinski – Speaker at the 13th TIM Conference


Working in networks not only offers enormous advantages but also confronts companies with major challenges. At this year’s TIM conference, Dr. Darlinski will be talking about his profound insights at Covestro and the need to adapt internal structures and attitudes:

„Industrial symbiosis demands interdisciplinary cooperation – sometimes between completely different scientific and economic worlds. The right cooperation culture and constructive handling of mistakes are decisive success factors.“

Hansjörg Reick, Procter & Gamble – Speaker at the 13th TIM Conference


Threats are always good when they trigger companies to improve and change in order to remain competitive. It is wise to find out what competence makes the threat dangerous at its core. This competence must then be adopted. Efficient networks are an important force for successful companies. Hansjörg Reick will report on how Procter & Gamble deals with this topic at this year TIM Conference.

Participant Testimonies

Otfried Schwarzkopf – VOSS Automotive GmbH


VOSS Automotive GmbH has set up an incubator for the development of innovations in the INC Invention Center and thus uses the easy access to the ecosystem of the RWTH Aachen Campus. Meet Otfried Schwarzkopf at this year’s Technology and Innovation Management Conference and talk to him about his exciting experiences in implementing this new development path.

Andrea Stricker – 3M


New ideas emerge when thought-provoking impulses come from unexpected directions. Ms. Stricker from 3M knows how important it is to seek exchange and diversity and therefore appreciates the motivations of the Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference.

“Inspiration arises when a trigger meets existing knowledge. This is exactly what the TIM conference offers with an excellent mixture of lectures, interactive contents and a valuable exchange between the participants. This inspires enormously and is for us at 3M an important step on the way to innovation.”

Dr. Frank Mänken – Viega


For Dr. Frank Mänken, the exciting and substantial presentations make the Technology and Innovation Management Conference relevant and interesting. Above all, he appreciates the opportunity to discuss current topics from business practice with the conference participants from both industry and research. This year, you will have the opportunity to discuss the potentials and challenges of innovating in a network.

Klaus Bohle – 3M

Zitat_Bohle_en-555x323 Inspiration, exchange of knowledge and dialogue make it possible to understand new topics and technologies and thus correctly assess the effects of trends on one’s own business activities. For Klaus Bohle of 3M, the Aachen Technology and Innovation Management Conference is just the right event.

Dirk Bartels – thyssenkrupp AG

Zitat_Bartels_en-555x323 “My experiences as a speaker and guest at various technology and innovation management conferences have shown that the conference of the INC Invention Center is characterized by a unique mix of outstanding scientific presentations on the latest methods and tools as well as many very interesting industry experiences regarding their implementation. In addition, the conference offers the opportunity to make many new contacts and to conduct exciting discussions. I can strongly recommend to any technology and innovation manager participating in the TIM Conference”.


CT² Center for Teaching and Learning
Forckenbeckstraße 71
52074 Aachen



INC Invention Center

The INC Invention Center on the RWTH Aachen Campus is the place where visionaries and future planners redefine your company. Whether agile hardware development, stress tests or start-up screening, we make your company ready for the future. With targeted training offers, your employees become Chief Technology Managers and receive the necessary tools to master future challenges. Check your “Innovation Readiness Level” and put together the program that will give your company the new innovation spirit you need. As an INC member, you influence the key areas on which we focus our R&D and consortium project activities.

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Fraunhofer IPT

The Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT develops system solutions for networked, adaptive production. Its clients come from the entire manufacturing industry – from automotive engineering and its suppliers to the aerospace, precision engineering and optical industries, life sciences and medical technology.

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KEX Knowledge Exchange AG

The KEX Knowledge Exchange AG is a professional information service provider for technology and market information. Intelligent knowledge management systems, as well as a comprehensive connection to independent information sources and a unique network of experts, enable useful scanning, scouting, and monitoring of technologies and markets. The company supports entrepreneurial decisions from the identification of competition-relevant technologies, the observation of markets, competitors, and M&A candidates to new business areas.

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TIME Research Area

TIME stands for Technology, Innovation, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship. The common goal is to provide scientists, practitioners, and students with valuable evidence-based insights into the conception, development, design, commercialization, and continuous improvement of new products, services, and business models within established and newly established organizations. By pooling expertise and experience, the TIME Research Area can offer a unique mix of knowledge, global networking, and practical application and transfer experience.

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Werkzeugmaschinenlabor WZL

The machine tool laboratory WZL of the RWTH Aachen carries out research and consulting projects. The objective of dealing with the entire field of production technology issues results in a broad area of work, ranging from strategic innovation, production, and quality management to control, machine, manufacturing and measurement technology.

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WZLforum at RWTH Aachen

We, the WZLforum at RWTH Aachen University, see ourselves as knowledge networkers, recommended solutions, sources of inspiration and impressions.

Our events are developed in cooperation with the Machine Tool Laboratory WZL at RWTH Aachen University, one of the largest production technology institutes in Europe, the Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT and other partners affiliated to the research location of the RWTH Aachen University campus – with the aim of communicating current research developments in accordance with your needs.

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At the 13th TIM conference under the motto “Collaborate to Innovate – Making the Net Work” more than 100 specialists and managers from the manufacturing industry vividly discussed the challenges of collaboration in the innovation environment.

Broschur 2019


The motto of the 12th conference was “Agile Invention: Hype or Game Changer?”. On October 25 and 26, 2018, the Fraunhofer IPT and its Spin-off Invention Center once again welcomed more than 100 experts and executives from industry to the Quellenhof in Aachen.



The 11th conference was centered on “Managing Breakthrough Innovations” and included a detailed presentation of successful innovation approaches from both industrial practice and science. The Fraunhofer IPT and the INC Invention Center once again welcomed more than 150 specialists and executives from industry to the Quellenhof in Aachen on October 18 and 19, 2017.




Dr.-Ing. Ramon Kreutzer

Head of department “Strategic technology management”

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
Steinbachstr. 17
52074 Aachen, Germany

Telefon +49 241 8904-507
Fax +49 241 8904-6507

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Dipl.-Ing. Toni Drescher

Head of department “Operational Technology Management”

Fraunhofer Institute for Production Technology IPT
Steinbachstr. 17
52074 Aachen, Germany

Telefon +49 241 8904-250
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