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ABIS Knowledge Into Action Forum & General Assembly 2017

Register for our ABIS Knowledge Into Action Forum and Annual General Assembly on 10-11 May 2017.

Date 10-11 May 2017
Host ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society
Venue Management Centre Europe, Brussels
Focus Connecting our Network to identify exciting Project Opportunities


On 10-11 May 2017, ABIS hosted its Annual General Assembly & Knowledge Into Action Forum in Brussels, Belgium.

The Knowledge Into Action Forum serves as the main physical meeting point for the ABIS network to come together and discuss new ideas for collaboration at different stages of development.This year, the Forum was designed to help the ABIS network to:

  1. Contribute to the EU’s research and innovation agenda as a business-academic network;
  2. Gain insights on knowledge transfer between academia and business
  3. Create possibilities to start international projects with other members of the network.


At the event, participants gained a precise understanding of the European Union Research and Innovation agenda and how they can contribute to it. In addition, practitioners and academics provided their insights on business-academic collaboration. Finally, members had the possibility to create new connections, get the chance to present their project proposals and join new collaboration opportunities across and beyond Europe.

It is our joint ambition to continue the great work from 2016, where last year’s Knowledge Into Action Forum up until now ignited projects worth EUR 11+ million in EU funding. 

The afternoon before, we also hosted our Annual General Assembly which marks the network’s yearly gathering, in which the management presented headlines and achievements from the previous year and outlined the priorities, milestones and engagement opportunities for the upcoming months. In the evening of the 10th, ABIS  afterward provided the opportunity to join the networking dinner at the conference venue. 








(All times local)


10 May 2017 - Annual General Assembly & Network Dinner

17:30 - 19:00          ABIS Annual General Assembly

19:00 - 20:30          Free Networking Dinner


11 May 2017 - Knowledge Into Action Forum

08:45 – 09:15         Registration & Welcome Coffee


09:15 – 09:30         Introduction – Research and Innovation for ABIS Network: the 2016 achievements


09:30 – 10:15         How can the ABIS Network support EU Research & Innovation Priorities?

A high-level panel of EU, academic and business representatives will discuss the latest insights and developments regarding Horizon 2020 and its Work Programmes. On one hand, this session will provide participants with an overview of the latest developments and vision for the final stretch of Horizon 2020 and beyond. On the other, we will also discuss how ABIS in its unique position as a business-academic network can best contribute to the goals Europe has set for itself to create a positive impact on business and society.

  • Ulrich Hommel - Director of the Quality Services Department at EFMD and Director of Business School Development at EFMD Global Network
  • Kurt Vandenberghe -Director for Policy Development and Coordination, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission 
  • Patrizia Toia - Member of the European Parliament, Vice-chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy
  • Roberto Saracco - President - Director, European Institute for Innovation and Technology


10:15 – 11:00         Networking Coffee Break                                   


11:00 – 11:45         Strengthening Global Cooperation: the Case for an improved Business-Academic Partnership

Davos 2017 reasserted the necessity of global corporations to face technological, economic, environmental and societal challenges. In this panel, we will underline how business-academic cooperation can help societies to face those challenges. In this framework, we will address business strategy to build efficient partnerships and academic responses to business needs. Our panelists will describe best case scenarios, practices but also mention limits and discuss how to overcome them. The takeaways for our audience will be a clear picture of business strategy with universities and universities’ response to it, new innovative ideas on how to build strong partnerships and the way to shape those partnerships to respond to the challenges of today.

  • David Grayson - Director, Doughty Cenre for Corporate Responsibility, Cranfield School of Management
  • Michel Bande - Senior Executive Vice President, Solvay S.A.
  • Ivo Matser CEO of ISM University of Management
  • Jean-Pierre Helfer - Dean of Faculty, Ecole de Commerce de Paris


11:45 – 13:15         Networking Lunch – MCE Restaurant


13:15 – 15:15         Project Research & Innovation Marketplace

A free-flowing, member-driven, open exchange of new ideas, proposals and engagement opportunities for academic and corporate members. Following a pre-event engagement and selection process, individual members will make dynamic project pitches at a range of poster stands and tables over the course of two hours. This aims in part to solicit feedback and additional ideas from the network, but primarily to identify partners willing to engage in a collaborative development process. Non-presenters will be free to exhibit the various projects to obtain information and discuss new ideas and possibilities for further engagement. 

Project Ideas

  • Accenture - Global Circular Economy Initiative
  • Copenhagen Business School - New Community Health Models
  • IESE - TBD
  • Manchester Metropolitan University - Circular Economy
  • Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences - INTERREG 2 SEAS - Increase the adoption of circular economy solutions among SMEs in the 2 Seas area 
  • Solvay – The Solvay Way
  • University of Edinburgh - Incorporating Sustainability in Management Education: An Interdisciplinary Approach
  • University of Hull - Cyber Platforms Enhanced by Trust Positions
  • University of Manchester - Gamified health interventions
  • Solvay Business School VUB - Social Entrepreneurship Platform 



15:15 – 15:45         Looking Forward

Providing an overview on next steps on how to further engage in the showcased projects using the ABIS Members Area.


15:45 – 16:30         Drinks Reception


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1050 Ixelles, Brussels, Belgium

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