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Identifying, managing and financing innovations - 4th MST Regional Conference NRW

According to the motto "Identifying, managing and financing innovations", this year's MST Regional Conference NRW is taking place on 18 and 19 October in the Westfalenhallen Congress Center in Dortmund. The MST Regional Conference NRW has established itself in recent years as a platform for innovation strategies. Over 240 participants attended the presentations and workshops last year with around 40 companies and institutes showcasing themselves in the accompanying exhibition. This success is to be built upon this year.

One major focus for the 4th MST Regional Conference NRW is the opening up of markets in the Netherlands. As part of the conference we would like to present successful innovation management from the Netherlands as well as successful German-Dutch cooperations. Once again we have been able to engage renowned speakers from the fields of politics, business and research, including Trade Commissioner at the General Consulate, Mr Eric R. Samson, Kees Eijkel and Ms Miriam Luizink from the University of Twente, Managing Director of the German-Dutch Chamber of Commerce, Mr Axel Gerberding and Dr. Lutz Aschke from the IVAM board.

Due to the great interest shown in previous years the MST Regional Conference will, for the first time, be running 6 workshops this year. The first two workshops start on 18 October after the plenary session. Four other workshops will be offered on 19 October.


  • Workshop 1
    Mikroproduktion - Fertigung, Montage, Qualitätskontrolle
    Organizer: IRF Institut für Roboterforschung Dortmund
  • Workshop 2
    "Intelligent Manufacturing in Micro- and Nanotechnology" Dutch-German-Business
    Organizer: IVAM
  • Workshop 3
    Forschungslandschaft Mikro/Nano in Westfalen und dem Ruhrgebiet
    Organizer: FH Gelsenkirchen und Dortmund
  • Workshop 4
    Nationale und internationale Cluster / Netzwerke
    Organizer: VDI|VDE|IT
  • Workshop 5
    Finanzierung von technologie-orientierten Unternehmen
    Organizer: MST.factory dortmund
  • Workshop 6
    Betriebliche Lernkultur und Kompetenzentwicklung - Innovative Personalpolitische Konzepte
    Organizer: Wirtschaftsförderung Dortmund, dortmund-project, Team Menschen und Kompetenzen


On the second day students can find out about career prospects and opportunities for getting a foothold in the microsystems sector. This year once again the event is accompanied by an exhibition where companies and institutes from the region showcase their products, services and technologies. Another first for the exhibition this year - exhibitors from the Netherlands will now also be taking part.

The conference is being organized by the dortmund-project and IVAM, the specialist association for microtechnology, with support from the Dortmund Chamber of Industry and Commerce, the irf Dortmund, the Universities of Applied Science in Dortmund and Gelsenkirchen and is being put on in cooperation with the Westfalenhallen Trade Fair Center Dortmund.

You will find more information and a registration form for the 4th MST Regional Conference NRW at

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