TRIZ Trainings Network

At the TRIZ Summit in June 2019 in Minsk we discussed in more detail plans to set up an European TRIZ Trainings Network (TTN) and compile an EU proposal to support these plans.

At this Web page

For communication purposes a mailing list (with archive accessible to members) is set up to coordinate the further application procedure. If you are interested to join the project, please send a mail to Hans-Gert Gräbe as the main coordinator of the project proposal.

In parallel we are discussing to apply for an EC research project to set up a Research Network on Systematic Innovation (ReNSI) and (on the longer run) also to an Trainings Network within the much more ambitious MSCA-ITN “Innovative Training Networks”.

Main ideas

TRIZ trainings exist or are to be developed in many places within the region under consideration.

The main focus of a TTN should therefore be the coordination and mutual support for these activities and the wider dissemination of Contradition Oriented Systematic Innovation (COSI) as an efficient methodology for solving complex problems that refuse simple, linear solutions, i.e. the 20% “Pareto-heavy” tasks, in particular in the newly emerging technology areas.

The big story could be based on the challenges that arise for Europe from the developments in the Asian region especially in this area (the mass-engineer-oriented training model MEOTM program in China, MATRIZ has massive membership growth from this region, so even majorities are changing), but so far are only halfheartedly encountered by the European research strategies.

The main directions of the project at large should cover the structures

even if not all these directions can be covered in a single EU proposal.

To a lesser extent, there is a need for common curricular efforts, since many things already exist. In the proposal we should above all focus on the visibility and networking of such offers, in particular

A strong link should be made to OER (Open Educational Resources), i.e. compile a stock of freely available (or cooperatively maintained) common material that can serve local business (both in education and training). So earn money not from IP but from Services.

Building the Consortium

Regardless of the specific application conditions, which, depending on the call for tenders, require a concentration on a smaller number of key partners in a specific constellation, which then also lead the respective EU proposal, we are consolidating the already visible network structures and create a pool of key partners and regional coordinators as the core of a coordinating structure in order to react quickly on new tenders.

The coordinators should

  1. represent the entire regional diversity,
  2. take over cooperation with other key partners in their respective region and
  3. take responsibility for individual work packages coordination.

The key partners support the coordinators in their work. The coordinators form the project consortium that meets the key decisions based on a previously public discussion on the project mailing list.

At the present time (20 Nov 2019) I agreed in negotiations with different persons on the following consortial structure (ML - this person subscribed to the project mailing list). The regions are listed in the order of the date of the agreement.

  1. Germany (Member State)
    • Leipzig University
      • Hans-Gert Gräbe (ML) - key partner, coordinator
      • Further members: Sabine Lautenschläger (ML), Ken Kleemann (ML), Thomas Neumuth
      • Contributions: Heritage of the GDR Inventor School movement, WUMM project on open-sourcing TRIZ related material, application of semantic technologies, TRIZ and sustainability.
      • Expected Support from the Project: Build up a regional TRIZ trainings network both for inter company trainings (togehter with local IHK) and anchoring such training in the undergraduate student education at regional universities.
    • German TRIZ Network
      • Robert Adunka, Barbara Gronauer, Christian M. Thurnes (ML) - HS Kaiserslautern, Oliver Mayer (ML) - Bayern Innovativ (key partner), Andrea Badura - HS Landshut, Kai Hiltmann - HS Coburg, Rainer Eidloth (ML) - Schaeffler Group
      • Contributions: See the links to the web sites above, competence center OPINNOMETH at HS Kaiserslautern, TRIZ application and training at Schaeffler Group, more to be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
    • Pavel Livotov (HS Offenburg, ML) - key partner
      • Contributions: I would participate in the H2020 project application as a partner with at least two doctoral students in the field of TRIZ and Eco-Innovation in Process Engineering.
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  2. Belarus (Region 2)
    • Belorussian State University
      • Konstantin Mulyarchik (ML) - coordinator
      • Contributions: To be defined
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
    • Target Invention
      • Nikolay Shpakovski (ML), TRIZ Master - key partner
      • Contributions: OTSM-TRIZ, TRIZ online training system used in Belarus, Korea, China, planned use in Leipzig
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  3. Ural Region (Region 4)
      • Anton Kozhemyako (ML, MA TRIZ director for Developing TRIZ Applications for Business and Management) - coordinator
      • Further members: Evgeni Pokalo
      • Contributions: Altshuller Library in Chelyabinsk, Application of TRIZ in business structures, inter company TRIZ training, MA TRIZ director for TRIZ and Business (Anton)
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  4. Moscow Region (Region 4)
    • Moscow
      • Elena Redkolis (ML), - coordinator
      • Further members: Dmitriy Bakhturin (Director of the TRIZ Center at Rostex, Vice President for new projects at MA TRIZ), Kirill Domkin
      • Contributions: Application of TRIZ in business structures, inter company TRIZ training
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  5. France (Member State)
    • INSA Strasbourg
      • Denis Cavallucci (ML) - coordinator
      • Contributions: In 2018 we compiled an - unfortunately unsuccessful - Erasmus+ grant application CLEIADE. The plan was to cluster 14 international higher education institutions to cooperate on the teaching of Inventive Design. The operational objective was to develop new and innovative Information and Communication Technologies in Teaching (ICTT) means to teach Inventive Design based on MOOC + Serious Game + Problem Based Learning (PBL). The research unit is fully dedicated to Inventive Design Theories, methods and tools, both in teaching and in research.
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  6. Poland (Member State)
    • Warsaw
      • Jerzy Chrzaszcz (ML), Sergey Yatsunenko (Warsaw)
      • to be decided: coordinator for Poland
      • Contributions: To be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  7. Austria (Member State)
    • Graz
      • Jürgen Jantschgi (ML)
      • Contributions: To be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  8. Czech Republic (Member State)
    • Czech Republic
      • Pavel Jirman (ML)
      • Contributions: To be added
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  9. Ukraina (Region 2)
    • Ukrainian Association TRIZ - no stable contact so far
      • Elena Gredynarova, Zaporozhye
      • Contributions: eidos TRIZ Online trainings system for children.
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  10. Morocco (Region 3)
    • ENSA Marrakech - Université Cadi Ayyad
      • Rachid Benmoussa
      • Contributions: To be defined
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined
  11. Finland (Member State)
    • Lappeenranta University
      • Leonid Chechurin
      • Contributions: To be defined
      • Expected Support from the Project: To be defined

Further interest in cooperation have signaled so far

Funding Opportunities

We shortly discussed to apply within the Marie Curie Action, but this turned out to be far too ambitious, serious prospects of success are hardly to be expected in that direction in view of the low academic reputation (and even recognition - see above the statement of Valeri Souchkov) of TRIZ approaches. This can be successfully changed only in the long run.

Evaluating other opportunities the ERASMUS+ Key Action 2 Programme “Knowledge Alliances” seems best to fit the current state to link existing and planned curricula in “Systematic Innovation Methodologies” at different HEI (higher educational institutions) with the requirements and needs of industry.

The focus of the action is on cooperation between Programme Countries (the strongest expressed interest in an application came so far from the EU countries Germany, France and Finland) but organisations from Partner Countries can also be involved, if the added value is appropriately expressed.

Trainings in “Systematic Innovation Methodologies” address “cross cutting” methodological skills that are useful for engineers, computer scientists and other professionals, hence fit “developing entrepreneurship mind-set and skills” (Programme Guide) and should be included as “general studies” in the course of studies in different specialities. The content of such programs should be developed and coordinated in close coordination with the needs of industry application partners.

Relevant Links:

From the call

Aims and Priorities

Knowledge Alliances aim at strengthening Europe’s innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education, business and the broader socio-economic environment. They intend to achieve one or more of the following aims:

The main attention is turned to projects that contribute to the modernisation of Europe’s higher education systems as outlined in the 2017 EU Communication on the Renewed EU Agenda for Higher Education, namely:

Additional emphasis is placed on making use of existing initiatives, and on the intelligent use of digital tools as recommended in the 2013 EU Communication on Opening Up Education.

The Programme Guide contains a list of key features

which must convincingly present in a successful application.

The Guide emphasizes that “Knowledge Alliances are a highly competitive part of Erasmus+”. Common attributes of successful proposals are:

A proper needs-analysis clarifies the rationale, influences the selection of partners, makes the proposal specific, helps to raise the potential for impact and ensures that end-user and target groups are well involved in the project activities.

Award Criteria

Important cross-sectional tasks

Ideas on Substantive Sharpening of the Application Content

In the Programme Guide a special example “Developing entrepreneurial mind-set and skills” is described with the following content:

This could serve as guideline to compile our application as a curricular development and coordination activity in a wide sense taking the aims and priorities as guardrails and the cross-sectional tasks as beacons.

Organisational Aspects

The call is open since 14 Nov 2019, the deadline is 26 Febr 2020, so it is very sportive to compile an application in the remaining time.

We have to identify

All relevant problems are best to be discussed on our mailing list.

There will be an onsite meeting at INSA Strasbourg (Denis Cavallucci) on 16 December 2019.

Open Questions

to be added

Hans-Gert Gräbe - Last update 2 Dec 2019