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29th CEEMAN Annual Conference

Trieste, Italy

Science and Management: An Alliance to Solve Global Challenges


The 29th CEEMAN Annual Conference, with the title Science and Management: An Alliance to Solve Global Challenges, will take place on 22-24 September 2021 in Trieste, Italy.

Beautiful and cultured, Trieste is Italy’s most cosmopolitan city. The destiny of Trieste has always been linked to its unique geographical position between the Mediterranean Sea, the Balkans and the Central Europe. The city maintains echoes of the glorious Roman, Medieval and especially Habsburg past, which made it “the little Vienna on the sea”. In its characteristic mixture of languages, peoples, religions and architectures, one easily feels its combined Central European and Mediterranean souls. Famous for its literary and cultural tradition, Trieste has acquired international prestige for the excellence of its Science System, thanks to 30+ Research Institutions ranked among the most important in Europe. Not surprisingly, Trieste has been chosen as the European City of Science 2020.

CEEMAN Annual Conference traditionally includes a series of events in order to get to know the business, political and social realities of the host country (including through company visits, experiential workshops, keynote business panels), and to discuss implications, best practices and collaboration in the area of management development (business education keynotes, international panels, roundtable discussions and workshops). Several side events are also organized, such as pre-conference sessions, individual Dean2Dean advisory meetings, CEEMAN’s IQA-International Quality Accreditation session, CEEMAN Annual Meeting, and CEEMAN Awards Ceremony.

The conference will be organized in cooperation with MIB Trieste School of Management, an international Business School founded in 1988 as a non-profit Consortium, on the initiative of high profile companies and the academia. With its large choice of Master’s degrees (accredited in Italy and abroad) and of Executive and Corporate Programs, the School trains young talents from all over the world, qualifies and updates managers, entrepreneurs and executives from both local and multinational companies. Leading firms (among which Allianz, Generali, illycaffè, KPMG, E&Y, Fincantieri, AON, BNP Paribas) actively collaborate with the School for sponsorships, internship activities, training, consultancy projects and research. Enhance talent, develop skills, strengthen leadership to make people and businesses grow: with this attitude MIB Trieste has been working for over 30 years in Italy and in the world.

Poster session

We invite faculty members and researchers to showcase your work at the traditional CEEMAN poster session related to the overall theme of the conference “Science and Management: An Alliance to Solve Global Challenges”. The poster session is an opportunity to display innovations you have implemented during the last years. Even when these innovations are still at an experimental phase, presenting them to the CEEMAN community will give the chance of finding support and receiving valuable feedback, and a publication in the Conference Proceedings.

Abstract submission deadline: 17 May 2021
Submit through:
Read more here.

Draft Program

Wednesday, 22 September
Pre-conference events

10:00 - 12:00 Company visit 1 – Elettra-Sincrotrone Trieste, AREA Science Park
12:30 - 13:45 Lunch at MIB
14:00 - 15:30 Company visit 2 – Illycaffè
15:30 Conference registration open at MIB, coffee, networking
16:30 - 19:00 Individual Dean2Dean meetings at MIB
16:30 - 19:00 Poster session for faculty and researchers
19:00 - 20:00 Welcome reception at MIB

Thursday, 23 September
29th CEEMAN Annual Conference - Day 1

09:30 Registration open at MIB, coffee
10:00 - 10:30 29th CEEMAN Annual Conference Opening 
10:30 - 12:00 Session 1: Opportunities that Breaking Sciences and Their Combinations Can Offer to Business and Mankind
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30 Session 2: What are the Biggest Societal Challenges, How Can Science Help, and What Role will Management Play?
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break
15:00 - 16:30 Session 3: Panel with scientists and business leaders What Organizational PROCESSES are Required to Leverage on the Possibilities and Bridge the Gap Between Science and Management?
16:30 - 17:00 Coffee break
17:00 - 18:00 CEEMAN Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
19:00 - 21:30 Dinner

Friday, 24 September
29th CEEMAN Annual Conference - Day 2

09:30 - 11:00 Session 4: What Kinds of PEOPLE, Teams and Skills are Required for Science and Management to Work Better Together?
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 13:00 Session 5: What Are the Implications for Education of Both Scientists and Managers/Leaders? How Should Education System Change?
13:00 - 14:00 Lunch, networking
14:00 - 15:30 Session 6: Conclusions, Implications, and Recommendations
15:30 - 16:30 A glass of prosecco, networking
19:00 - 23:00 Gala Dinner in the medieval San Giusto Castle

Saturday, 25 September
You can join a half-day Trieste sightseeing tour or a full-day trip to Venice. Additional costs apply.

Keynote speakers

Dominique Turcq
Founder and President, Boostzone Institute, France

Prof. Dominique Turcq is the Founder and the President of the Boostzone Institute, a research and consulting center, dedicated to understanding the management implications of the major changes happening in the world of work due to technological and sociological forces. His career spans across academia (as a professor at HEC, ESCP and INSEAD in France, IIST in Japan), business (SONY, SVP strategy at Manpower), government and administration (special advisor to the Ministry of Trade, the Economic Planning Commission, the Ministry of Industry) and consulting (Partner at McKinsey & co). Dr. Turcq graduated from HEC in France and studied in Japan. He holds a PhD in management from HEC University in Paris and a PhD in Corporate Sociology from Paris University Sorbonne. His main fields of counseling to large companies’ executive committees include in particular: the impact of major forces on strategy, organization and operations; the needs for a collaborative culture and its implementation; organization change management in a fast changing and uncertain external environment. His book “Augmented Management” was published in digital format in French and in English in 2013, and his latest book “Le travail à l’ère post digitale: A quoi ressemblera le travail en 2030?” was published in 2019.

Paul Polman
Founder and Chairman of IMAGINE

Paul Polman is Co-founder and Chair of IMAGINE, a benefit corporation and foundation accelerating business leadership to achieve the Global Goals. He also serves as Chair of the International Chamber of Commerce, The B Team, Oxford Said Business School and is Vice-Chair of the U.N. Global Compact. He has served as CEO of Unilever for 10 years.

Riccardo Illy
Chairman of Polo del Gusto

Riccardo Illy is the Chairman of Polo del Gusto, the newco founded in June 2019, where the subsidiary companies of Gruppo Illy, the Holding company of the Illy family, were conferred. It owns premium food companies: Domori (chocolate), Mastrojanni (wine farm in Montalcino), Dammann Frères (French tea brand), partially Agrimontana (super-premium preserved fruit, such as marron glacés and jams) and Fgel-Bonetti (coffee and ice-cream shops). From 2014 to June 2019 he held the role of Chairman of Gruppo Illy. He joined illycaffè, the family owned company, in 1977. A few years later he became Sales Director. In 1992 he was appointed CEO and later Vice-President. Mr. Illy was member of the High Level Group on Administrative Burdens of the EU from 2008 to 2010. From 2004 to 2008 he served as President of the Assembly of the European Regions and from 2003 to 2008 as President of the autonomous Region Friuli Venezia Giulia. In 2001 he was elected MP in the Italian Parliament and before that he held the position of Major of Trieste city (1993-2001). Mr. Illy was appointed “Grande Ufficiale” by the President of the Italian Republic and awarded the “Golden Honorary Title” by the President of the Austrian Republic. He has the degree Honoris Causa in Political Sciences and lectured at the Faculty of Communication Sciences of the Trieste University. He is member of the IEDC - Bled School of Management Supervisory Board. Since 2018 he has been leading a course on Disruptive Quality. Mr. Illy is also a journalist and author of different books. He was born in 1955, is married and has a daughter.



MIB Trieste School of Management
Largo Caduti di Nasiriya 1
34142 Trieste, Italy
Tel: +39 040 9188111
GPS 45.645391,13.810564

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MIB Trieste is located at Ferdinandeo Palace, one of the most prestigious historic buildings in Trieste. The building is equipped with a special entrance for people with reduced mobility. All floors can be reached by elevator and all spaces are accessible. The School offers to students and guests a parking lot near the main entrance (20 spots) and a large parking area behind the building, with space for up to 100 cars.


Between 22-24 September there will be daily buses arranged for free transfer between downtown Trieste and the conference venue (MIB Trieste School of Management) in the morning and evening.

On other times, you can get to MIB by taxi or public bus. To get to MIB by public bus, take LINE 11 from Piazza Goldoni to the end of the line (Ferdinandeo Palace, where the school is located) or take bus 25 from Piazza Oberdan towards Cattinara hospital and get off at the Ferdinandeo stop.


Trieste International Airport is located 35km from Trieste and is connected by:

  • Taxi: fixed rate Airport-Downtown Triste and vice-versa, 35-40 minutes (60 EUR)
  • Train: from Trieste Airport to Trieste Central, 30 minutes (from 3.3 EUR Treno Regionale to 15 EUR Frecciarossa)
  • Science Bus: Sharing Shuttle service, 45 minutes (20 EUR)
  • Bus APT: Bus number E 51, 55 minutes (4.15 EUR)

You can find info on arrival to other airports, arrival by car, train and Trieste taxi services here.


Not sure if you need visa for Italy or what documents to submit? A guided procedure will help you decide if you need to apply for a visa based on your nationality, country of residence, reasons for your visit and length of stay, and what documents do you need to submit. To find all the info go to:

Sponsors and Exhibitors

We kindly invite you to join the conference as a sponsor or exhibitor to present your services to deans and directors from around the world. We offer various exhibition and sponsorship opportunities, but we would also be happy to hear your ideas and suggestions on how to make your presence at the conference most productive.

Contact Person

Slađana Milašinović Project Manager
+386 4 57 92 535


Early bird fee - before 1 June 2021

  • EUR 690 for CEEMAN members
  • EUR 950 for non-members

After 1 June 2021

  • EUR 820 for CEEMAN members
  • EUR 1,100 for non-members




Olga Veligurska CEEMAN Director
+386 4 57 92 505


Živa Žmavc Thongvanh Project Manager
+386 4 57 92 518

Sponsors and exhibitors

Slađana Milašinović Project Manager
+386 4 57 92 535