Conference in Krems - ECQA days

On 11th and 12th October the ECQA days 2012 took place at the IMC university of applied sciences in Krems. The conference day offered a mixture of industry/ experience sessions and research sessions with presentations from leading research organisations and industrial companies. Two streams with 3 sessions allowed participants to actively contribute and to share knowledge with other attendees.

The Conference Day was based on the Standford Principle of Stand-up Presentations and Discussions:

Clustering of Presentations in TopicsShort Stand-up PresentationsModerated Discussions with the Audience

Keynote and Presentation day

Keynote by Dr. Alfred Seyr of Voestalpine, Austria

Stream 1 - Innovation in Products and Development

1A: Communication Skills Session

Ontology and Language Skills, Blanca Nájera, TermNet, AustriaNew Communication Strategies Supporting Innovation (ECQA certified Social Media Networker, SIMS), Ricardo Colomo Palacios, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain

European Innovation meets Dissemination Management Skills (ECQA certified Valorisation Expert, VALO) Kerstin V. Siakas, ATEI, Greece

European Dissemination Platform - How to participate and Experiences, Ingrid Wagenhofer, Business Club Austrialia

Sustaining value in Innovation through effective communication, Geetha Abeysinghe, Middlesex University, London, UK

1B: Innovation SkillsSession

Organizational Innovation and Concepts for Open Innovation (ECQA certified Innovation Manager), Richard Messnarz, ISCN, Austria

Involving Researchers in Innovation Processes (ECQA certified Researcher Entrepreneur) Andrea Fenz, Skills International, Austria

Innovation through Cross-Regional Collaborations (ECQA certified Transnational RTI-Manager for Centrope Region, Centrop_tt), Wolfgang Rupp, Pannonian Development Partners, Austria

EN16114 - Standardizing processes of quality and traceabilty in management consultancy, Ilse Ennsfellner, Head of the EN16114 development team, Wirtschaftskammer Niederösterreich, Austria



Keynote by Prof. Margaret Ross, British Computer Society, UK

Stream 2 - Process Management Skills

2A: Financial and Business Skills Session

Trusted Businesses for Improved Business Processes in Europe (ECQA certified Trusted Businesses, GOSPEL), Janos Ivanyos, Coordinator of GOSPEL project at Budapest Business School, Hungary

Needs for Social Responsibility and Governance Skills(ECQA certified Internal Financial Control Assessor), Emmanouil Thalassinos, ISCN Group

Compliance Management Techniques for Using Multiple Models, Oliver Hammrich, Method Park AG, Germany

2B: Quality and ExcellenceSession 

Improvement of Software and Service Processes (ECQA certified SPI Manager), Jarmo Hallikas, Falcon Leader, Finland

Implementation of Lean Processes for Achieving High Quality (ECQA certified Lean Six Sigma Yellow, Orange, green and Black Belt), Jeroen van der Weerdt, Symbol BV, Netherlands

Knowledge  Management and Learning as a Core Competence for Leading Industry (ECQA  certified E-learning Manager) Knowledge Management and Learning by  Using Mobile Technologies  (ECQA certified mlearning Manager), Mihail Milev, TEPOLSoftS Ltd

Strengthening ECQA with EVCET, Samuel Renault and Stéphane Jaquemart, CRP Henri Tudor, Luxembourg

3A: Business Process Management

Innovative processes in organizations (ECQA certified Business Process Manager, BPM) Tomislav Rozmann, Bicero, Slovenia

Joined Certification on University and Industry Level for Business Process Management Skills (BPM-Hei), Iliyana Ruseva-Zaharieva, American University of Bulgaria

Social Responsibility as a Fruitful Ground for Innovation (ECQA certified Social Responsibility Manager, SOCIRES), Adrienne Clarke, ISCN, Ireland

Assuring the Success of EU Projects (ECQA certified EU Project Manager), Andrea Fenz, Skills International, Austria

3B: Engineering Skills

Innovating the Design of Complex Products (ECQA certified Integrated Design Engineer), Richard Messnarz, ISCN, Austria

Application of Functional Safety in the Design of Complex Systems (ECQA certified Functional Safety Manager, SafEUr), Richard Messnarz, ISCN, Austria

Controlling Costs, Quality and Size in a Supply Chain for Design of Complex Prodcuts (ECQA certified SCOPE Manager),Pekka Forselius, 4SumPartners, Finland

Teaching  Design Principles for Engineering at University Level (New Skill Sets  for Master of Science Studies in Engineering, PAC) Nevena Mileva, Plovidv University, Bulgaria


ECQA General Assembly

The ECQA General Assembly will take place after the first confernce day and is accessible for all ECQA members. We invite you to join the meeting because this year we will have an election and a discussion about the future vision and mission of the ECQA as well.


Workshop Day - 12.10.2012

For the workshop day a set of interactive half-day workshops is offered. Every participant can choose one workshop for the morning and one for the afternoon. The topics are related to the current situation of economy, technology and business. Each workshop will last two hours. The goal of these workshops is to have an interactive exchange between all participants.


Workshop 1 - Morning Session (2 parallel workshops)

1A: Innovation Management (half-day)

1B: Terminology and Process Improvement (half-day)


Workshop 2 - Afternoon Session (2 parallel workshops)

2A Business Process Management and Business Process Management in Higher Education Institutions (half-day)

2B: Social Responsibility Management (half-day)