April 18-19, 2016. Hosted by TNO, The Hague.


YEAR Annual Conference 2016 will be organised in Netherlands with a focus on Open Innovation.

Conference will be hosted by YEAR member TNO in cooperation with JongTNO.


Open Innovation, a new way to conduct research?

Open Innovation is an important component of the foreseen European Innovation System, where all stakeholders need to be involved and create seamless interaction and mash-up for ideas in innovation ecosystems.

There are 5 key elements in the Open Innovation process:

  • Networking
  • Collaboration: involving partners, RTOs, competitors, universities, and users;
  • Corporate Entrepreneurship: enhancing corporate venturing, start-ups and spin-offs;
  • Proactive Intellectual Property Management: creating new markets for technology;
  • Research and Development (R&D): achieving competitive advantages in the market.

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The program will follow the same concept as the previous years: on Conference Day 1, experts and trainers will provide the attendees with good background information on the topics. On Conference Day 2, a workshop on the submitted project ideas will take place. Around 15-20 young researchers participating in the conference submit their innovative research project ideas prior to the conference and get a chance to win the YEAR Award consisting of a European Project Management training course and 5000 Euro to further develop the project ideas (travel grant or to participate in a conference).


The Annual Conference will focus on Open Innovation. The conference offers young and early career researchers the opportunity to gain valuable experience and know-how in how to conceptualise a competitive European project. Don’t miss the following opportunities:

  • Open discussions between young European Researchers on Open Innovation matters
  • Possibility to win a project management course and a grant for pre-project phase of winning project idea*
  • Conference/training with Open Innovation experts
  • Great platform for networking with ultra-motivated young researchers from all Europe
  • Conference is free of charge for YEAR members**
  • Last but not least, for those willing to extend their network, JongTNO organises a social weekend before the Annual Conference on 16-17 April

*For non-YEAR members the winning prize is a project management course

**For non-members the fee for participation is 420 euros

 If you have any questions, please, send an email to contact@year-network.com

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