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Published: 2018-11-28 at 17:04
Invitation to Innovation Management...

The H2020 project "Twinning coordination action for spreading excellence in Aerial Robotics - AeRoTwin", the H2020 project "EXCELLABUST - Excelling LABUST in marine robotics" and Centre of Research Excellence DATACROSS will organize the Innovation management training on the topic of:

"EU and Business R&D Project Management"

which will be held from 5th to 7th December 2018 at Seminar Room of ZARI Department (C09) of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing (UNIZG-FER) and by following speakers: Vesna Torbarina (Croatian Chamber of Economy), Manuel Jiménez Díaz (Morera&Vallejo Group, Spain), Silvia de los Santos (CTA, Spain) and Matko Barišić (ABB, Norway). 

During the three days of the workshop, an overview of the H2020 program and its successor (Horizon Europe) will be given to the attendees. H2020 will be explained in more detail, as well as the tools provided by the European Commission for its management. Finally, further specific hints and ideas about managing H2020 projects will be discussed. 

Attendees are kindly asked to fill out thiDoodle poll to confirm their attendance.

More about the speakers and the training can be found in the detailed news content or here.


Day 1: 5th December 2018 (Wednesday) 


08:30 – 09:00 


09:00 – 09:30

Welcome and opening

• welcome by the Coordinators and CTA

• a workshop goals

• participants short introduction 

09:30 – 11:30

H2020 programme

11:30 12:00


12:00 13:00 Enterprise Europe Network 
13:00 – 14:30  LUNCH
14:30 – 17:00 Identifying the right call & Training on writing EU proposal
19:30 DINNER


Day 2: 6th December 2018 (Thursday)  

08:30 – 09:00


09:00 - 11:30

Training on writing EU proposals

11:30 – 12:00


12:00 – 13:00

Expert profile 

13:00 – 14:30 LUNCH
14:30 – 17:00 Overview on Management of H2020 projects
19:30 DINNER


Day 3: 7th December 2018 (Friday) 

08:30 – 09:00


09:00 - 09:45


• R&D management: What is it about? – 25 min

Success criteria (Key Performance Indices) for and of R&D Managements – 10 min

Q&A - 10 min


09:45 – 10:30

Basics of budgetary and controlling literacy for R&D Managers  

10:30 – 10:45 COFFEE BREAK
10:45 – 11:30 Example of budget planning for an R&D team / group  
11:30 – 11:50 Q&A
11:50 – 12:20 Project WBS – Work breakdown structure
12:20 – 12:50 Costs accounting of an R&D team / Group working on projects subject to WBS
12:50 – 13:20 Accounts receivable
13:20 – 13:30 Q&A
13:30 – 14:30 LUNCH
14:30 – 15:45

Classical methods of managing the R&D process

• Business decision-making about R&D – the Gate method

• Classical methods of managing R&D deliverables

15:45 – 16:00 Q&A
 16:00 – 16:15 COFFEE BREAK
16:15 – 17:15 Agile management of R&D projects
17:15 – 17:30 Visual management
17:30 – 18:00 Discussion
19:30 DINNER



• Providing a general overview of EU calls, with special focus on H2020

• Remarking the importance of Expert profile in Participant Portal as learning tool for writing successful proposals

• Identifying the right calls & Training on writing EU proposals

• Providing a general overview on Management H2020 projects

• Networking: Croatia node of Enterprise Europe Network 


This workshop aims to give an overview of the 2020 program and its successor, Horizon Europe. We will work on H2020 key aspects and s practical exercise in writing a proposal will be carried out. European Commission Tool for the application and management of proposals will be also analysed, with a special interest in the expert profile. Finally, we will give a few hints about the management of European projects of H2020. 
We recommend this course to those who are involved in the technical implementation of H2020 but never had been writing and requesting this kind of projects, as well as to those who have no experience in this program. It could be also interesting for personnel directly related to management and implementation activities and do not yet have an in-depth knowledge of Horizon 2020 financial issues.



1. Vesna Torbarina, Croatian Chamber of Economy, Head of Division

She graduated in Zagreb at the Faculty of Economics, International Relations. As an Advisor for EU in Croatian Chamber of Economy, her job was related to the Croatian accession to the European Union and in 2006 she was a member of the Negotiating Group on Chapter 1: Free movement of goods. 
Working for the Croatian Chamber of Economy she constantly supports SMEs through different EU projects:

 • In 2007 as head of the Euro Info Centre in Croatian Chamber of Economy, she was preparing Croatian companies for legislation changes  

• From 2010-2012. as the project manager of “European Network of Ambassadors of female entrepreneurship”, she established a network of female ambassadors of entrepreneurship in Croatia that have encouraged other women to start an entrepreneurial activity and set up their own businesses

• In 2013 she was a project manager of Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs, dealing with a cross-border exchange program for entrepreneurs.  

• From 2008 till today is the project manager of Enterprise Europe Network in Croatia works on boosting the competitiveness and innovation of SMEs.  
She is a member of several international groups and sectoral monitoring committee for the implementation of projects in Croatia. She has well developed organizational skills and rich team work experience. 

2. Manuel Jiménez Díaz, Morera&Vallejo Group

MS in Industrial Engineering, specializing in Industrial Management. Master degree in Strategic Management and International Business Currently, RTD Manager at Morera&Vallejo Group. Formerly, RTD Manager at DGH Robotics and managing director at FAICO – Innovation and Technology Centre. From 2007 to 2009 he was the head of the International R&D Projects Area of the Innovation and Technology Transfer Centre of Andalusia. Here he worked in the promotion and management of R&D international projects. In the same period, he worked as an International Project Manager in the IAT - Andalusian Institute of Technology. During the last ten years, he has participated and has been responsible for the management of a considerable number of industrial, research and innovation projects in the areas of ICT and production technologies, at national and European level, most of them financed by H2020, FP7, FP6, CIP, Interreg Programmes. In 2009 he was appointed as expert-representative in the Spanish delegation to the FP7-NMP Programme Committee.  Since 2013 he has worked as independent expert and evaluator for the European Commission (FP7, H2020, EUREKA EUROSTARS). Member of RTD Committee at IIES (Spain Engineering Institute) since 2012. He has developed and given a large number of lectures, training courses and info-days for R&D managers on the management of project proposals to the EU Framework Programmes


3. Silvia de los Santos, CTA

Silvia de los Santos is an industrial engineer by University of Seville and expert in environmental management. She is currently Head of Aerospace and Production sectors of Andalusian Technological Corporation. From 2008 until July 2016 she was responsible for Knowledge Management and R & D Programs at the Center for Aerospace Advanced Technologies (CATEC) and director of its Technology Transfer Office (OTRI). This center specializes in the development of unmanned aerial vehicles, new production processes for the aeronautics industry and other aerospace technologies. Likewise, she has shown the representation of Andalusia in the NERUS network in order to promote the use of space technologies by the different European regions. She has been directly involved in the preparation and processing of more than 60 proposals from the 7th Framework Program and H2020 (ICT, NMP, ATT, REGPOGT, Marie Curie, LEIT, etc., including SESAR and CLEAN SKY proposals) and Interreg Programs (Europe, Atlantic, and POCTEP).

She has directly managed the projects led by CATEC: ARCAS (ICT, 11 partners, 8 M€ budget), SAFEMOBIL (ICT, 9 partners, 7 M€ budget) and MUAC-IREN (4 partners and 0,5M€ budget). She has also supervised the management of 9 other international projects in which the center participates and collaborated with the University of Seville in a project coordinated by it for H2020 (AEROARMS, 11 partners & 5M€+ Swiss funding). She has given numerous courses on international R & D projects for EOI, universities and technology centers regarding European Funding for R & D & innovation Projects and Horizon 2020 keys to success.

4. Matko Barišić, ABB

Dr. Matko Barišić (b. 1980) received his M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, in 2003 and 2012 respectively, in Electrical Engineering – Automation. After 9 years as a doctoral and post-doctoral researcher with the Laboratory for Underwater Systems and Technologies, he was employed at ABB AS Norway, BU Marine & Ports in 2013. In ABB, he progressed through several roles, from R&D Engineer, Senior R&D Engineer, to R&D Manager in 2017. He currently manages the R&D team in Norway, spread across three locations, in Billingstad, Ulsteinvik, and Trondheim, which works on Electrical and Digital Solutions in line with ABB Marine’s Electrical. Digital. Connected. Strategy 2020. He continues to be an author of scientific and professional publications in a variety of journals and conferences, focusing on navigation, guidance, and control of marine vessels, and lately on power and energy management systems, electrical propulsion control, with a focus on ice-breaking, and autonomous shipping topics. He has also been an active reviewer in the EU HORIZON 2020 program since 2017. His professional interests include marine robotics, intelligent & autonomous shipping, machine learning, marine automation, filtering & estimation, simulation, and numerical modeling, data analysis, and block-chains. His management interests include Agile, Lean, Scrum, digital management tools and processes, managing change, managing complexity with the focus on managing engineering complexity, R&D risk mitigation, product development, lifecycle management, and leading KPIs. He is also a Lean Product Development champion in ABB Marine & Ports, and a Lean Coach certified by Talent Vectia, Finland.


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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 691980.