September 15, 2020
Europe/Berlin timezone

Bridging the gap between Science and Business: How to empower Intermediary Companies

A web conference organised by CAROTS in cooperation with Science|Business

15 September 2020, online, 10:00 - 12:00 CEST


Please follow this link to watch the CAROTS webcast conference “Bridging the gap between Science and Business: How to empower Intermediary Companies” live on Vimeo.

Interact with us on Twitter @carotseu and through #Empower_CAROTS and ask speakers questions in the Vimeo chat box.


There are high expectations by society and policy makers today, that science and research should expand and improve their interaction with industry to solve the grand challenges of our time, like fighting cancer, climate change or the current COVID-19 pandemic. To unlock the innovation potential of research infrastructures like particle accelerators or x-ray lasers we therefore need disruptive, faster and rearranged cooperation patterns with industry partners in order to work on solutions for these pressing societal problems.

A great way of bridging the world of science and industry is the creation of micro and small sized private companies acting as an intermediary between research infrastructures and industrial customers, providing targeted support and consultation based on analytical research and measurement services in a variety of fields on a contractual basis – so called Commercial Analytical Research Organisations (CAROs).

What to expect?
This conference aims at spreading the word on improving research-industry cooperation and showcasing these intermediary companies and how they work. 

The event will

  • address the importance and conditions of this new type of enterprise acting as intermediary between industry and academic research
  • showcase successful intermediary companies and the business models that made them excel
  • show which public support programs for intermediary companies already exist within the Baltic Sea Region
  • explore which additional examples of financing could help to support new intermediary companies and hence boost innovation and encourage entrepreneurship in the BSR

Conference speakers are:

  • Caterina Biscari, Director ALBA Synchrotron
  • Lizzy Harmstorf, Liasion Officer EU Projects, Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron DESY
  • Bernhard Hesse, CEO of Xploraytion GmbH
  • Simon Jacques, Managing Director of Finden Ltd
  • Johannes Klumpers, Head of Research and Industrial Infrastructures Unit at European Commission
  • Ernst Lutz, President of EIRMA (European Industrial Research Management Association)
  • Anna Stenstam, CEO of CR Compentence AB

Who should attend?
This event is aimed at policy makers from the EU Commission, science ministries, science community, regional development agencies, representatives of CAROs, representatives of analytical research facilities, knowledge institutions, industry and business representatives and financial investors.


This conference is open to all interested people.

No registration fee is required.

This conference is part-financed by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund) under the programme INTERREG Baltic Sea Region.