23 – 25 April 2018

Dear delegates of the IASP European Division Workshop,

I am very pleased to welcome you all to the IASP European Division Workshop 2018 in Heidelberg. We cordially invite our European and international community to our historic city, where we explore together how communities can be vitalized through TechParks and Clusters.

As a global network of science parks and areas of innovation, IASP brings together professionals who manage science, technology and research parks and promotes the growth and internationalization of its members.

The workshop provides an opportunity for networking and exchange of ideas with colleagues in an informal and pleasant setting. Participants will have the chance to meet international IASP members and experts and discuss relevant topics to strengthen the position of their STP or innovation area.

I look forward to sharing experiences and expertise with our fellowship when we meet in April.

André H. R. Domin
IASP European Division President

IASP – a worldwide network of innovation 

IASP is the worldwide network of science parks and areas of innovation. It connects the professionals managing science, technology and research parks (STPs) and other areas of innovation and provides services that drive growth and effectiveness for all members.

IASP members enhance the competitiveness of companies and entrepreneurs of their cities and regions, and contribute to global economic development through innovation, entrepreneurship, and the transfer of knowledge and technology.

IASP is a NGO in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council of the United Nations, as well as being a founding member of the World Alliance for Innovation – WAINOVA.IASP coordinates a very active network of professionals that manage areas of innovation and science/technology parks, enhances new business opportunities for companies and research organizations located in these areas, assists the development and growth of new parks and other areas of innovation, increases the international visibility of IASP members and sponsors.


Workshop Schedule

  • 23 April - Welcome Dinner

    6 – 10 pm

  • 24 April - Workshop

    9.30. – 7 pm

  • 25 April - Technical Tour

    9 am – 1.30 pm



Jean-François Balducchi

Jean-François Balducchi

CEO of Atlanpole, Nantes, France

Jean-François Balducchi is currently CEO of Atlanpole,the Innovation Hub, Technopole, BIC1, and academic Incubator of the Greater Nantes Area of Innovation, Western France. He is also Executive Vice-President of the Atlanpole Biotherapies Bio Cluster, and sits on the Boards of two other Western France Clusters : Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and Pôle Images&Réseaux.

Dr. André H.R. Domin

Dr. André H.R. Domin

CEO Heidelberg Technology Park

Dr. André Domin is Managing Director of the Heidelberg Technology Park, a member of the International Board of Directors of the International Association of Science Parks and Areas of Innovation and President of the European Division. He is Chairman of the Tech Transfer Association Heidelberg Startup Partners and Vice Chairman of BioRN Clustermanagement GmbH, which manages the top cluster for personalized medicine.

Dr. Anette Großmüller

Dr. Anette Großmüller

Expert Precision Medicine, SAP Health

Anette Großmüller joined SAP Health as an Expert Precision Medicine and Domain Expert in June 2016. Beforehand she worked several years within the pharmaceutical industry as Medical Scientific Manager at Daiichi Sankyo and as Key Account Manager Professional Health at Procter & Gamble.

Falk Günther

Falk Günther

Managing Director Stadtwerke Heidelberg Netze GmbH

Since 2013, Falk Günther holds the responsibility for the networks of Stadtwerke Heidelberg as managing director of SWH Netze GmbH. Before he worked in various functions in the field of public utilities in the UK and Germany, specializing in the management of network infrastructures such as electricity, gas, water, district heating and glass-fibre networks.

Luat Nguyen

Luat Nguyen

Managing Director InnovationLab GmbH

Luat Nguyen, Managing Director of the InnovationLab GmbH since April 2017, has many years of expertise in Business Strategy and New Business Development. Following his graduation in Construction Engineering and Business Administration at Darmstadt University of Technology, Luat Nguyen was CEO of Viet Trade Center Ltd. in Frankfurt and ROWI Präzisionstechnik GmbH in Pforzheim. Furthermore he is co-founder of the Asian Social & Business Community e.V.

Stefan Nitz

Stefan Nitz

Founder and CEO refundrebel GmbH

Stefan Nitz is founder and Chief Executive Rebel at refundrebel GmbH (Heidelberg, founded in 2018), a startup that claims compensation payments for train passengers in case of delays or cancellations. Before he was working as an IT project leader in several digitalization projects within the field of aircraft maintenance. Besides that, he gives lectures for universities in applied computer science.

Josep Miquel Piqué

Josep Miquel Piqué

President of IASP and Executive President of La Salle Technova Innovation Park

Josep Miquel Piqué is President of IASP and Executive President of La Salle Technova Innovation Park. He is expert of the Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy (DG REGIO) of the European Commission, and member of the Team of Specialists on Innovation and Competitiveness Policies of the United Nations Commission for Europe (UNECE). He has promoted several hybrid organizations taking the partnership model University-Industry-Public Administration. In the field of public administration has been CEO of the District Innovation - 22 @ Barcelona.

Dr. Thomas Prexl

Dr. Thomas Prexl

Director Startup Support Bureau, Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH

Thomas Prexl is head of the Startup Support Bureau at the Heidelberg Technology Park where he has been actively promoting a support structure for scientific and technological startups and spin-offs in Heidelberg. He is one of the masterminds behind signature events like Startup Weekend Rhein-Neckar or Life Science meets IT Hackathon. Thomas is a vivid advisor to entrepreneurs and startups, focusing on marketing, business planning and pitch presentations.

Luis Sanz

Luis Sanz

IASP Director General

Luis Sanz is IASP Director General since 1996 and member of its Executive Board. A trained sociologist, he is an expert consultant and senior adviser to different Science Parks worldwide and chief co-ordinator of 35 international conferences on Science and Technology Parks, regional development and innovation policies.
Formerly he was the co-director of Valencia Technology Park (Spain) which he founded in 1987 and as positions of trust he has been Vice-President of the Spanish Association of Science Parks and President of the European Division of the IASP. Luis Sanz is also the head co-ordinator of the World Alliance for innovation (WAINOVA).

Moritz Schindler

Moritz Schindler

Project Manager, Technologiepark Heidelberg GmbH

Moritz Schindler is a project manager at the Heidelberg Technology Park where he is primarily concerned with the construction of a new site in Heidelberg, the Business Development Center Organic Electronics. In addition he is responsible for the grant management of this EU-financed project. He has been working in the field of construction project management for the last six years and has been with the Technology since 2015.

Detlef Straeten

Detlef Straeten

Chief Solutions Architect at NEC Laboratories Europe

Detlef Straeten is a Chief Solution Architect at NEC Laboratories Europe in Heidelberg, developing solutions in the area of Smart Cities/IOT and Cloud/Fog Platform Services with the focus on ‘Solutioning’ and Technology Transfer. Before joining NEC in 2017 he worked 20+ years at IBM in various roles (specialist, architect, consultant, researcher) and in different geographies (Europe, Asia, Americas).

Raquel Ubarrechena

Raquel Ubarrechena

Director of Business Development and Marketing, Basque Country Technology Parks

Prior to joining Basque Country Technology Parks as Director of Business Development and Marketing, Raquel Ubarrechena was Deputy Manager at Gipuzkoa Science and Technology Park until 2017 and Chief Financial Officer at San Sebastian Technology Park, where she was also Administrative Coordinator of the Finance Department until 2010.

Sebastian Warkentin

Sebastian Warkentin

Chief Technical Officer, Digital-Agentur Heidelberg

At the Digital-Agentur Heidelberg, Sebastian Warkentin leads a team of young entrepreneurs with the focus on cutting-edge digitalization development and strategy for Heidelberg. Prior to this position, he was Head of New Technologies at Heidelberg Municipal Utilities and was intensively involved in the Heidelberg digital transformation movement. Prior to that, he worked as a business developer with a focus on Smart Energy Systems at Siemens AG.

Carl Zillich

Carl Zillich

Curatorial Director International Building Exhibition Heidelberg

Since 2013 Carl Zillich is Curatorial Director of the Heidelberg International Building Exhibition (IBA). Before he served as a senior researcher at the Federal Foundation of Baukultur, Potsdam and was assistant professor for architectural history and theory at Leibniz University, Hannover. He is a registered architect, was appointed to advisory boards and is a juror and lecturer in Europe and North America.

Hotel offers

We have arranged special offers for conference participants with hotels in Heidelberg. Below you will find an overview of the conditions.
When booking please mention the keyword “Retrieval Quota Heidelberg Technology Park”.


Call-off contingent: 20 double rooms
Price: 145, – € per night incl. breakfast
Bookable until 12th March 2018
Phone: +49 30 2238 0233

Hotel Heidelberger Hof

Call-off contingent: 20 single rooms
Price: 100, – € per night incl. breakfast
Bookable until 12th March 2018
Phone: +49 6221 90570 0

Heidelberg Exzellenz Hotel

Call-off contingent: 10 single rooms
Price: 89, – € per night incl. breakfast
Optional parking space 10, – €
Bookable until 26th March 2018
Phone: +49 6221 9150

Organizing Partners

The IASP European Division Workshop 2018 is organized by Heidelberg Technology Park and IASP.



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