Seminar on RDI – Seville 2016

EURASHE organised a seminar titled ‘Applied RDI – Making Innovation Happen! A EURASHE seminar on student engagement in and market-based applied research‘ in Seville (Spain) on 26-27 September 2016. It is organised by EURASHE and Foundation Saint Paul Andalucía CEU. Underneath are further information on:

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  • Following is the programme of the event:

    Day 0 – Sunday 25 September 2016

    Social programme organised by CEU Andalucía (Separate registration, for more info, see ‘practicalities’)

    11.00 Walk through the historic city of Seville and a bus tour (1 hr)

    19.00 Seville Cathedral, squares of the historic centre and Spanish wine terrace (2 hrs walk + wine terrace)

    Day 1 – Monday 26 September 2016

    12.30 – Registration

    13.00 – Opening of the seminar and welcome words

    Moderated by Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General, EURASHE (Belgium)

    Stéphane Lauwick, President, EURASHE (France)

    Juan Carlos Hernandez Buades, EURASHE board member and Managing Director, CEU Andalucía (Spain)

    13.30 – Plenary session: Keynote speakers

    European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC), Vladimír Šucha, Director General, European Commission JRC (Belgium)

    European applied research as one of EURASHE key topics, Michal Karpíšek, Secretary-General, EURASHE (Belgium)

    Plenary session: Student engagement in applied research

    How to use crowdsourcing in applied RDI, Flemming Binderup Gammelgaard, Chief Consultant, VIA University College (Denmark)

    Student engagement in applied research in practice – student experiences and expectations for participation, student, IUT du Havre (France)

    15.00 – Coffee break

    15.30 – Best practices in student engagement in applied RDI

    Engaging students, lecturers and SMEs: the SME innovation scan, Rogier Cazemier, Researcher, Hogeschool Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    Poliempreende – an entrepreneurship project of promotion and education in the Portuguese applied sciences institutions network, Teresa Paiva, Professor, Guarda Polytechnic Institute (Portugal)

    Demola, student-business innovation Ecosystem, Javier Riaño, Head of Demola Basque Country (Spain)

    16.30 – Panel discussion with keynote speakers

    Moderated by Marc Vandewalle, Vice Chancellor of University College Leuven-Limburg (Belgium)

    17.30 – End of day 1

    Seminar dinner


    Day 2 – Tuesday 27 September 2016

    9.00 – Registration

    9.30 – Plenary session: Market-based RDI

    Towards a Platform for Collaborative Innovation: A roadmap for a small University of Applied Sciences, Hannes Raffaseder, Head of Research and Knowledge Transfer, St. Poelten University of Applied Sciences (Austria)

    Research and Doctorate with German Universities of Applied Sciences (Fachhochschulen), Prof. Dr. Martin Sternberg, chairman of Graduierteninstitut für angewandte Forschung der Fachhochschulen NRW (Germany)

    HE-Business cooperation in practice –experiences and expectations, Jesus Porres, Managing Director, Hefagra, and Farmanova Group (Spain), José María González-Alorda Iriarte, Director of Innovation, CEU Andalucía (Spain)

    10.45 – Coffee break

    11.15 – Best practices in market-based RDI

    Technology transfer center and innovation vouchers for SMEs, Oliver Kallas, Head of Technology Transfer Centre, TTK University of Applied Sciences (Estonia)

    Skylife Engineering, Maria Angeles Martin Prats, Associate Professor, University of Seville (Spain)

    12.00 – Panel discussion and closing of the seminar

    Moderated by Marc Vandewalle, University Colleges Leuven-Limburg (Belgium)

    13.00 – Networking lunch

    14.00 – 16.00 – EURASHE General Assembly 2016 (2) – restricted meeting


    Applied RDI –making innovation happen! A EURASHE seminar on student engagement in and market-based applied research

    Applied research, development and innovation (RDI) conducted in institutions of professional higher education (PHE) play an important role in enhancing European competitiveness and innovation capacity, especially on the regional level where institutions act as connectors and crucial links between SMEs, organisations and the society. In addition, applied research activities play an important role in developing students’ entrepreneurship skills and contribute to more economic growth and jobs. The working life skills gained from practical applied RDI work strongly enhance graduates’ employability and encourage them to start their own businesses.

    This is why applied RDI is also one of EURASHE’s four key focus areas. EURASHE sees it as a crucial factor in enhancing the innovation potential and commits strongly to promoting the activities and to contributing to the transfer of research results and increased cooperation through innovation and applied RDI activities.

    In 2015 EURASHE organised a seminar on regional aspects of applied RDI. In continuing this work, EURASHE will organise its second international applied RDI seminar on 26-27 September in Seville (Spain). This time the main focus will be on two central and defining themes of applied RDI: student engagement in project activities and market-based applied RDI.

    The first day of the seminar will focus on the different aspects and possibilities of student engagement. It will include a keynote on e.g. how to integrate the RDI activities and results into teaching. Participants will also be provided with real-life best practice examples from different European countries on ongoing activities done by and involving students in different fields. These examples will provide participants with ideas and practices, which they can also implement in their respective institutions.

    The leading theme of the second day will be market-based research activities and cooperation, during which the themes of knowledge transfer between higher education and SMEs, innovation vouchers and the development work on professional/industrial PhDs in cooperation with the universities will be addressed.

    Most of the seminar will focus on keynote speeches and dissemination of real-life examples, in addition both days will also include a panel or discussion by the experts where participants can join in the debate and offer new ideas and perspectives to the topics.

    We welcome you to join us in beautiful Seville to get more information on the topics, to get inspired by the best practices and to discuss and network with other applied RDI experts from different European countries.

    Following are the speakers of the event:

  • Rogier Cazemier - Rogier Cazemier has been senior lecturer and researcher at Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences since 2003. Under his main responsibilities fall, the development of curriculum for bachelor Entrepreneurship, conducting full... Read more
  • José María González-Alorda Iriarte - Director of Innovation at Foundation Saint Paul Andalusian CEU (FSPA). Responsible for digitalization and coordinating FSPA on an international level. Designer and person in charge of innovative education in all... Read more
  • Vladimír Šucha - Vladimír Šucha, Prof. MD., Director General of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission has been appointed to his position in July 2012. Prior to that, he spent... Read more
  • Martin Sternberg - Prof. Dr. Martin Sternberg is the chairman of the new “Graduierteninstitut für angewandte Forschung der Fachhochschulen NRW (Post Graduate Institution for Cooperative Doctorate Studies North-Rhine-Westphalia)” since 2016. From 2006 to... Read more
  • Hannes Raffaseder - Hannes Raffaseder studied communication engineering and computer music in Vienna. For almost 20 years he has been working as a lecturer and researcher in the fields of audio and sound... Read more
  • Flemming Binderup Gammelgaard - Flemming Binderup Gammelgaard is Chief Consultant at VIA University College, the largest university of applied sciences in Denmark. Here, he directs the pioneering VIA Connect program dedicated to driving innovation... Read more
  • Javier Riaño - Javier Riaño is a psychologist, curious and voracious learner. He is the co-founder of Fondo Formación Euskadi. Head of Projects and Innovation. He has 20 years of experience in project... Read more
  • Oliver Kallas - In 2008, the university established Technology Transfer Centre (TTC), the aim of which is to enhance the cooperation of enterprises and TTK UAS. The specific objective of the Technology Transfer... Read more
  • María Ángeles Martín Prats - PhD. María Ángeles Martín Prats is a senior lecturer in the Department of Electronic Engineering of the University of Seville since January 2009. She has also been a Researcher in... Read more
  • Teresa Paiva - Teresa Paiva, Professor at Guarda Polytechnic Institute (IPG), PhD in Management, specialisation in Marketing, Consumer Behaviour area, holds a master’s degree in Business Sciences, specialising in Strategic Management and Business... Read more
  • Jesus Porres - Jesus Porres is Managing Director at Hefagra (since 2003) and Farmanova Group (since 2014), a pharmaceutical wholesaler company. He is also member of the management board of Cedifa and Impremium;... Read more
  • Following are the practicalities of the event:

    Travel to Seville

    Air: The airport is ten kilometres north of the city, close to the A-4 motorway. Its facilities were designed by the prestigious Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. Almost five million passengers currently use this airport each year, mainly arriving from other Spanish cities such as Madrid, Barcelona, Bilbao and Valencia, but also making numerous connections to European cities such as London, Paris, Rome, Milan and so on. When it comes to travel between the airport and the city centre, you can either take a taxi or use the special bus service that terminates at Plaza de Armas square, costing EUR 4. There is also an Airport Taxi Service that costs around EUR 25.

    Train: Seville has been served by the high-speed train since 1992. These trains offer some twenty daily services (in each direction) between Seville and Madrid, with a maximum journey time of around two and a half hours. The AVE also connects with Barcelona, by way of Zaragoza, in around five and a half hours, and with Valencia in a little less than four hours. Santa Justa Station is located on Avenida de Kansas City, just a few minutes walk from the old town. Seville also has of a long-distance railway lines. There are also regional services connecting Seville with the other provincial capitals in Andalusia, and with numerous towns and villages.

    Bus: There are two bus stations in the city. The main one is in the Plaza de Armas, and operates daily national and international services. The Prado de San Sebastián bus station operates scheduled regional services. The Renfe Spain Pass offers the chance to travel around Spain for all non-residents. This system is very practical, as it can be used on all AVE long-distance and mid-distance high-speed trains. The Renfe Spain Pass is valid for one month from the first trip and comes in two formats (Business/Club and Tourist). It can be purchased up to six months in advance, and is available for 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 journeys.

    Car: A good way to get to Seville is by road. There is a good road network with several motorways (toll and free). The most important are the A-4, which connects Andalusia and Madrid, and the A-66 which goes to Mérida and connects with the A-5, which also goes on to Madrid. Granada and the Costa del Sol are linked with Seville by the A-92 motorway. Travel to Portugal is on the A-49 motorway. Finally, Seville and Cadiz are linked by both the A-4 and the E-5 roads. All access to motorways and main roads is from the SE-30 ring road around Seville, with numerous points of access into the city centre.


    Seminar location

    The seminar will take place at CEU Andalucía, Campus Seville, located at Calle Bueno Monreal 43, 41013 Sevilla, Spain (entrance on Paseo de la Palmera). It is shown in yellow on the map.


    Suggested hotels are indicated in red on the map:

    1. Hotel NH Collection Sevilla, Avda Diego Martinez Barrio 8, 41013 Seville, Spain, T: +34 95 4548500, website, starting at EUR 89.76
    2. Hotel Alfonso XIII, San Fernando 2, 41004 Seville, Spain, T: +34 954 917 000, website, starting at EUR 279.00
    3. Silken Al-Andalus Sevilla, Avenida de la Palmera s/n, esq. C/ Paraná, 41012 Seville, Spain, T: +34 954 230 600, F: +34 954 231 912, website, starting at EUR 68.00
    4. Hotel ibis Sevilla, Calle Aviacion 12, Hotel Ciudad 1*, 41007 Sevilla, Spain, T: +34 95 4361839, F: +34 95 4354144, email:, website, starting at EUR 56.05


    Social programme

    Separate registration, please register by sending an email to Please note that there is a minimum required amount of participants for the social programmes to take place, so we will send you a final confirmation after the registration has ended.

    11.00 Walk through the historic city of Seville and a bus tour (1 hr/20€)

    The programme will start off with a panoramic walk through the historic and welcoming city of Seville. We start at the “Torre Del Oro” (Paseo Colón), a unique monument of the city next to Guadalquivir River. Afterwards, a tour bus will take us on an attractive visit through the streets, squares, monuments and the millennium history of Seville.

    19.00 Seville Cathedral, squares of the historic centre and Spanish wine terrace (2 hrs walk + wine terrace/40€)

    We will meet up at “Puerta de Jerez” and from this point carry on towards Constitution Avenue to the Seville Cathedral where we will stroll through the main streets and squares of the historic centre. The visit to the Cathedral will have a special feature, since it will be organised exclusively for the EURASHE seminar participants. There we will see diverse artworks from Murillo, Zurbarán, Velázquez and many other Spanish and European painters and sculptors, as well as the Tomb of Christopher Columbus, the Main Altarpiece, museum, etc.

    Coming out of this gothic jewel of European architecture, we will see the “Giralda”, a worldwide symbol of the city of Seville. Continuing on, we will enter into the lovely neighborhood of Santa Cruz through Plaza del Triunfo, observing an exceptional area where the Cathedral, the Indian Archives and the Real Alcázar of Seville are located. Crossing the “Patio de Banderas”, we will end up in Santa Cruz neighborhood by a narrow passage named “Agua” to come out to Venerables and Dña. Elvira Squares to lead into “Alcazaba Square”. It will be a walk full of charm and history. From this point, we will continue through the most animated street called “Mateos Gago” to “Virgen de los Reyes Square” to gaze at the Archbishop’s Palace. We will finish at around 9 o’clock at night, ending with delightful Spanish wine at the terrace of Los Seises Hotel where we will enjoy the pleasant night views of the city of Seville.



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  • European Association of Institutions in Higher Education (EURASHE) - EURASHE is the European Association of Institutions in Higher Education that offer professionally orientated programmes and are engaged in applied research within the Bologna cycles. EURASHE represents universities of applied... Read more
  • Foundation Saint Paul Andalusia CEU - The CEU community comprises more than 28.000 students, 160.000 alumni and 2.600 professionals in the field of education and represents the backbone of the greatest private web of educational centers... Read more
  • Registrations are now closed.


    Registration fee

    The registration fee includes attendance at the seminar, all materials (documentation and welcome package), coffee breaks, the lunch on 27 September for participants. The dinner on 26 September is not included for local participants. The fee does not cover travel and accommodation expenses.

    The registration fees are set as follows:

    • Regular participants (non-members of EURASHE): EUR 220
    • Members of EURASHE: EUR 170
    • Participants from Spain: EUR 180 (without dinner)

    The fees for a companion (spouse/partner only) are set as follows:

    • Dinner: EUR 40

    There is a possibility to pay your fee in cash on the spot. Should you wish to do so, an administrative fee of EUR 20 may be charged in addition to your registration fee.



    Cancellations must be sent in writing to

    Cancellations received prior to 21 August 2016 will be reimbursed fully, while cancellations received between 22 August and 4 September 2016 will be reimbursed in the amount of 50% of the participation fee. Participants who cancel after 5 September 2016 or do not attend the seminar will be liable to pay the entire registration fee.

    Substitutes may be accepted at any time, provided that the secretariat is informed of the change.



    The registration will be confirmed by an email. However, please note that your registration will be completed and considered final only when your payment has been received.

    Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the secretariat at

    Following are the photographs of the event:

    EURASHE Seminar on RDI