INNOVATION THROUGH COOPERATION
RWTH AACHEN CAMPUS
5 and 6 October 2018
Our 4th women in ip international forum with the topic “IP 4.0 – innovation through cooperation” took place on October 5 & 6 in Aachen, Germany.
Starting on Friday with a light lunch and refreshments, followed by a warm welcome of deputy mayor of Aachen, Dr. Margrethe Schmeer, introducing the city and its research landscape and appreciating our initiative to empower women, particularly MINT women. Yvonne Dobrzanski-Esser, one of our host organisators, bid everyone welcome to the innovative research and development hub at RWTH Campus giving us a wonderful overview of the genetics of the Campus and how university and industry work together to create innovation. After that, three hours of interesting talks took place. For those who attended, slides have already been distributed and for our members they will soon be at your disposal online. For all others, we summarized roughly what was discussed:
Dr. Julia Bendul: Industry 4.0 as the savior of Europe as a location for value creation? – Hopes and realities of the digitalization hype – Global trends change what and how to produce – Shrinking Sensor Costs enable a widespread use and the vision of Industry 4.0
Rita Wezenbeek: Cooperation in times of digital platforms and markets – Co-investment and network sharing generally pro-competitive, good for roll out and investment (coverage and capacity) and beneficial to consumers – In many situations access to big data almost as important as access to connectivity – tech markets fundamentally different from others?
Franziska Poprawe: Do values trump logic in decision making? – “Philosophy is a not a theory, but an activity.” – Logic is the stage, not the script – Our values guide our reasoning – Emotions can be rational and can steer reasoning correctly.
Following a break with plenty of coffee, delicious cake from Aachen and the Rhineland, and opportunities for networking, the practioners took over and presented hot topics such as 3D-printing of biological material and electro mobility made in Aachen (the e.GO story). The forum was concluded by visiting actual demo-factories and research labs (ACAM and e.GO) and a get-together in the Invention Center (INC). Thanking our hosts Toni Drescher and Anna Hachmöller for their kind cooperation. Everyone enjoyed the time to network in the creative atmosphere of the INC as well as the delicious flying buffet. Some of the ladies met privately in the hotel bar to continue their conversations which we heard was very nice as well. On Saturday, the guided tour through sunny Aachen showed the city from its best side and gave some insights into its history and Karl the Great’s life. We also learned that Casanova was a frequent visitor to Aachen, a fact that was also new to us…
The women in ip International Forum at RWTH Aachen Campus was an inspiring, perfectly organized event. It combined insights into new technologies developed at the Campus with a broader view into decision making, the market logic of new technologies and an legal outlook from the legislator’s side. As always, I enjoyed the combination between professionality, relaxed atmosphere and personal exchange. Great to see many of you soon!
As a newcomer to Women in IP, I wasn’t sure what to expect! The campus at RWTH Aachen was a stimulating and fitting venue for the 4th International Forum. The event provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with like-minded professionals in IP from across Europe. The presentations were fascinating and the detailed conversations I had as we toured campus really helped me to appreciate the value of the ‘Patentreferent’ course that I’m studying. It was a great experience that I’d fully recommend.
I had a great time at the conference in Aachen. The topics of the presentations at the conference were very inspiring and triggered curiosity among us. The lab and demo-factory visits in the evening were also very interesting showing real world examples of the latest techniques. It was a great pleasure to network with various IP professionals and exchange knowledge and experiences. It feels like that we are a big family, and together we are stronger.
This was a great and perfectly organized event. I am so grateful that I had a chance to meet and exchange experience with so many women professionals working in different fields of IP and coming from different countries. The speakers and their presentations and demos were very inspiring and engaging and the balance between the presentations and demos was just right. I would definitely like to be part of it in the future!