How to join

You are an organisation (university, research centre, association, company…) interested in Enterprise Interoperability?


Your organisation can join an existing member Pole (list of Poles here). If your geographical area is not represented, you can join the closest Pole, in terms of scientific interests or cultural aspects. Joining a Pole means becoming partner of the Pole, and so subscribing to its internal rules (bylaws, fees, management…). Most of the existing Poles are associations or SIG (scientific interest groups). The fee paid to the pole includes the fee due to INTEROP-VLab.

Send an email to if you need more information about the existing Poles.


A Pole consists of a set of partners located in a geographical area, each having expertise or interest in Enterprise Interoperability. The area can be a country, or a set of countries (e.g. the Grande Région Pole covers Luxembourg, Belgium and France).
The conditions of eligibility to become an INTEROP-VLab Pole are:

  • to include at least three independent partners at the creation (not with affiliates);
  • to be established as a legal entity (an association for  example) or to be formed as a SIG (Scientific Interest Group). In this case, the decision body of the Pole must appoint one partner, being a legal entity, to be the representative of the Pole;
  • to have common research interests in Enterprise Interoperability, Enterprise Systems Applications, Future Internet.

The candidate Pole submits an application to the I-VLab Board Director which accepts or rejects the application. In case of acceptation, the final approval is validated in General Assembly.

To receive the application pack to create an INTEROP-VLab Pole, send an email to


If you are potentially interested to create a Pole but you need a one-year trial period before starting the administrative procedure of creation, your organisation can be “observer” during one year. The Observer Pole has to pay the annual fee as for a Member Pole (see below).

This trial period cannot be renewed for a same organisation.

To receive more information about the status of Observer, send an email to


Large companies may be invited to sponsor INTEROP-VLab. For an individually negotiated contribution related to company size, your sponsorship will be recognised trough publications and events, and you will have the opportunity to participate in all events and activities setting future EI research and exploitation agendas.

To receive more information about the status of Sponsor, send an email to

The member Poles pay for an annual membership fee which is calculated according to the number of partners belonging to the Pole during the current year. The annual fee is 1000€ per partner organisation belonging to the pole. Each Pole is free to apply additional fee for the management of its structure.

Since the creation of INTEROP-VLab in 2007, the non-founding members must pay an “entry fee”, a unique payment due once the Pole is accepted as member by the General Assembly. The amount of this entry fee will be calculated by the Board Director according to the size of the new Pole, in agreement with both the General Assembly and the new Pole.

The payment of the annual fee gives to the organisation the status of “partner of INTEROP-VLab”.

This status gives access to:

– The Collaborative space (network and activities) on the platform

– The e-Learning Platform

– To participate in EU projects and other funding programmes supported by the Research Project Service

– To participate in the several committees, groups, task forces and thematic groups (listed below)

  • Scientific Committee, coordinated by Prof. Guy Doumeingts (INTEROP-VLab)
  • Standardization Group, coordinated by Dr. Martin Zelm (INTEROP-VLab German Pole DFI e.V. – DE)
  • Education Committee, coordinated by Prof. Raul Poler (Spanish pole INTERVAL – University Polytechnic of Valencia)

INTEROP-VLab has created Task Forces. A TF is a working Group composed of persons belonging to the I-VLab partners (members of IFIP Working Group 5.8 “Enterprise Interoperability” can participate). The subject of a TF is oriented Research on generic topic of the domain of Enterprise Interoperability and associated domains as Enterprise Systems Application (ESA (ex: ERP, PLM,…)) and Future Internet for Enterprise Systems (FInES).


INTEROP-VLab also includes several Thematic Groups. A TG is a working group composed of persons belonging to the I-VLab partners (members of IFIP Working Group 5.8 “Enterprise Interoperability” can participate). The subject of a TG is oriented Research and Applications of the use of Enterprise Interoperability Technology and associated domains as Enterprise Systems Application (ESA (ex: ERP, PLM,..)) and Future Internet for Enterprise Systems (FInES) in a domain of application as manufacturing, e-Health, etc…

  • TG1 Enterprise Interoperability for for e-Health led by Elyes Lamine (University Champollion-PGSO) and Wided Guédria (LIST-Grande Region Pole)
  • TG2 Enterprise Interoperability for Crisis management led by Dr. Frederick Benaben (Ecole des Mines Albi-Carmaux – PGSO)
  • TG9 Enterprise Interoperability Management led by Prof. Yves Ducq (University Bordeaux -PGSO) and Frank-Walter Jaekel (IPK Fraunhofer, DE)
  • TG11 Manufacturing Enterprise Interoperability led by Robert Young (Univ. Loughborough) and Gash Bhullar (Control 2K-TANet UK Pole)
  • TG13 Collaborative Supply Networks (CSN) led by Eduardo Saiz (IKERLAN) and Paul Poler (UPV)

In 2014, a new type of collaboration has been created within INTEROP-VLab, called Community Group (CG). The Community Group Service Modelling Tool Box offers a frame work to conduct joint research, networking, collaborative work, within a working group around the SM Tool Box based on the “MDSEA” results (Modelling Driven Service Engineering Architecture), called shortly CG SM Tool Box. The SM Tool Box is one result of the MSEE project (Manufacturing Services Ecosystems, FP7 284860), which is completed since Sept. 30th, 2014. The description of the CG SM Tool Box is available here.