Objectives

We are in the age of Fourth Industrial Revolution. New skills requirements are changing increasingly rapidly, and enterprises, especially SMEs, struggle to find the talent they need. How can education and training keep pace with this unprecedented level of change? How does a future-proof curriculum 4.0 look like?

We invite you to join us at a European high-level conference in Brussels on 26 November 2019. Big picture education, problem-based and student-centric approaches, experiential learning, human-robot interactions, new evolving forms of collaboration with industry, peers and community - these and other relevant issues will be discussed in the context of new Curriculum Guidelines 4.0 and the new ways of better organising learning experiences of individuals and groups for Industry 4.0.

The conference is organised in the context of the initiative of the European Commission (DG GROW with RTD, EMPL, EAC and the EASME) on  "Skills for Industry: Curriculum Guidelines for Key Enabling Technologies and Advanced Manufacturing Technologies". This initiative aims to contribute to increasing the quality and relevance of curricula and to promote stronger cooperation between industry, research, education and training organisations, to better align advanced manufacturing education and training with the needs of the new industrial age. It is facilitated by PwC. 

It will bring together policy makers, business leaders, industry experts, academics, education and training providers, associations and students.

The registration for this conference is free of charge. 

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thon Hotel EU

(Brussels)

26th

November 2019

25+

Speakers & panellists

100+

participants

Programme

9:00 – 10:00

WELCOME COFFEE AND REGISTRATION

10:00 – 10:05

Conference opening

Keynote speakers:

  • Prof. Jan Willem Velthuijsen, Chief Economist PwC Europe
  • Kristina Dervojeda, PwC (Netherlands)
10:05 – 10:20

Keynote speech: Towards a Skills for Industry Strategy in Europe

Keynote speaker:

  • Slawomir Tokarski, DG GROW of the European Commission (Belgium)
10:20 – 11:00

Curriculum Guidelines 4.0: Future-proof Strategy, Collaboration Patterns, Learning Environment and Content

Keynote speakers:

  • Dr. Kristina Dervojeda, PwC (Netherlands)
  • Naveen Srivatsav, PwC (Netherlands)
11:00– 11:15

COFFEE BREAK

11:15 – 13:00

Models and approaches for the New Industrial Age (Morning session)

  • Scalable approaches to collaborate and learn manufacturing-related skills, by Bernd Rieth, Festo Didactic (Germany)
  • Education and training models for the “Automation First” era, by Margareta Chesaru, UiPath (Romania)
  • Rethinking (Higher) Education – why we need a radically different learning concept to educate the digital pioneers of tomorrow, by Manuel Dolderer, CODE University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
  • Teaching students about human well-being and system performance at work, by Dr. Cecilia Berlin, Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)
  • Data Analyst Full Digital Learning Program, by Jean-Hugues Rodriguez, Airbus (France)
13:00 – 14:00

LUNCH BREAK

14:00 - 15:30

Policies and initiatives for the New Industrial Age (Afternoon session)

  • SME future-proof challenge, by Alexa Joyce, Microsoft (Belgium), and Mark Liedekerken, Open University (Netherlands)
  • METIS MicroElectronics Training, Industry and Skills: Europe’s Newest and Largest Electronics Education Initiative, by Emir Demircan, SEMI-Europe (Belgium)
  • A European reference framework for STEM Education, by Stephan Griebel, Texas Instruments Education Technology (Germany)
  • Proposal: multinational EdTech ecosystem for innovating lifelong learning, by Märt Aro, DreamApply/Nordic EdTech Forum “N8” (Estonia)
15:30 – 15:45

COFFEE BREAK

15:45 – 16:45

PANEL DISCUSSION: Curriculum Guidelines 4.0: How to maximise their impact?

Panellists:

  • Gregor Cerinšek, Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana (Slovenia) 
  • Nina De Winter, European Students' Union (Belgium) 
  • Giovanni Crisona, skillman.it/cscs.it (Italy)
  • Adelaide Almeida, EWF (Belgium) 
  • Marcello Urgo, Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Moderation:

  • Prof. em. Roger De Keersmaecker, RDK Consulting & Coaching (Belgium)
16:45 - 17:00

Wrapping up: Concluding remarks

  • Kristina Dervojeda, PwC (Netherlands)
17:00 – 18:00

NETWORKING COCKTAIL RECEPTION

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Registration is open for this high level policy conference.

Please contact kristina.dervojeda@nl.pwc.com for any question on the online registration procedure.

Speakers

Adelaide Almeida
Adelaide Almeida
EWF (Belgium)
Adelaide Almeida
Adelaide Almeida
EWF (Belgium)

Project Manager at the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF) since 2016, being responsible for the Erasmus+ projects division, with several projects focused on the development of educational programmes and new professional profiles for the manufacturing industry at European Level. Her field of expertise includes the development and implementation of projects aiming at developing national and international standards for Vocational Education and Training (VET) and its alignment with European policies and tools, such as the learning outcomes approach (LOs), credit system (ECVET) and European Qualifications Framework (EQF) within EWF Qualification System. In the past, she coordinated e-learning professional courses and worked several years in the Adult Education field, as an RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning) Technician, for lower and upper secondary levels, on behalf of the Portuguese educational and training system. She holds a master’s degree (MSC) in Educational Sciences since 2008 from the University of Coimbra.

Märt Aro
Märt Aro
DreamApply/Nordic EdTech Forum “N8” (Estonia)
Märt Aro
Märt Aro
DreamApply/Nordic EdTech Forum “N8” (Estonia)

Märt Aro’s involvement in the field of education development dates back to his secondary school years which saw Märt organising educational events for peers on a national level. Since 2004, Märt has established several organisations and companies in the area of education development. The latest solution, DreamApply.com Student Application Management Platform, Märt co-founded in 2011. Today DreamApply is used by 250 universities from 35 countries, serving millions of users a year. The most recent NGO Nordic EdTech Forum - N8 brings together 140 founders of education innovation initiatives from eight Northern European countries with the aim of sharing experience and fostering cooperation. In order to drive education forward Märt regularly collaborates with: Estonian Ministry of Education and Research, Bolt, European Commission.

Dr. Cecilia Berlin
Dr. Cecilia Berlin
Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)
Dr. Cecilia Berlin
Dr. Cecilia Berlin
Chalmers University of Technology (Sweden)

Cecilia Berlin is an Associate Professor at the Division of Design & Human Factors at Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg, Sweden. Her research and teaching concerns physical, cognitive and organizational ergonomics in industrial workplaces. She focuses on how to proactively address ergonomics risks in workplaces by determining where design action can be taken - and by whom - at various system levels. She has gained some international attention for authoring the textbook "Production Ergonomics - Designing Work Systems to Support Optimal Human Performance", and for participating in the international video competition "Dance Your PhD".

Gregor Cerinšek
Gregor Cerinšek
Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)
Gregor Cerinšek
Gregor Cerinšek
Institute for Innovation and Development of University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

Gregor Cerinsek is a lead project manager at the Institute for Innovation and Development of the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. He coordinates transitional university-business innovation projects and leads interdisciplinary research groups conducting people-centred design experiments and ethnographic inquiries to bring humans into development processes as active co-creators. As external expert of the European Commission he assesses the quality, relevance and impact of EU projects in the field of higher and vocational education, mainly in the area of university-business collaboration and co-creation. As ethics advisor for EU H2020 projects he is responsible to formulate, review and disseminate ethics principles and providing guidance to project consortium related to ethical issues. He is the author of several book chapters and scholarly articles in different journals including Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing, International Journal of Science Education, International Journal of Innovation and Learning. As a visiting lecturer, he transfers his knowledge and experiences to national and international students of the University of Ljubljana. He is a U.S. Department of State Professional Fellow, alumni coordinator of the Catalyze – World Chicago Alumni network, member of the Slovenian Australian Academic Association and member of the Chinese 16+1 High-Level Academic Platform.

Margareta Chesaru
Margareta Chesaru
UiPath (Romania)
Margareta Chesaru
Margareta Chesaru
UiPath (Romania)

Margareta Chesaru is leading the public affairs and public policy activities at UiPath. She has an extensive background in public policy, legal and regulatory affairs. In her current role, she is bringing her energy and know-how into shaping a multi-stakeholder dialogue on the role of automation technologies in the context of the digital economy, while also looking for solutions to address today’s educational and moral challenges.

Giovanni Crisona
Giovanni Crisona
skillman.it/cscs.it (Italy)
Giovanni Crisona
Giovanni Crisona
skillman.it/cscs.it (Italy)

Mr. Crisonà is an international consultant on capacity building in TVET sector, founder and Managing Director of CSCS Italy and Managing Director of Abuplus International Germany. He is a “Skill Assessor,” certified by Tuscany Region VET Authority, owns a Vocational Degree as a "Technical Director in industrial engineering" and a Master’s degree in Education. He worked in Europe, Africa and Asia and has negotiated and signed memorandums of understanding and agreements with public bodies, schools, regional authorities and industry leaders like FIAT Automotive, SAS Scandinavian Airlines Systems, Jaguar Land Rover and other leading European organizations. In 2019, Mr. Crisonà has driven his organization to get, at the 10th anniversary event of the EYE - Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs network, the rank as the most active European Intermediary Organisation for the period 2009 - 2019.

Prof. em. Roger De Keersmaecker
Prof. em. Roger De Keersmaecker
RDK Consulting & Coaching (Belgium)
Prof. em. Roger De Keersmaecker
Prof. em. Roger De Keersmaecker
RDK Consulting & Coaching (Belgium)

Roger De Keersmaecker obtained the MSEE and PhD degrees from KU Leuven, Belgium, and performed post-doctoral research at the IBM T. J. Watson Research Center in New York. In 1984 he was a member of the team that started the IMEC R&D center and headed a group developing all silicon technology process steps. In 1991 he obtained an MBA degree through the Executive Program of KU Leuven. After an assignment to Flanders’ Foreign Investments Office, he rejoined the IMEC management team. In 2008 he established IMEC Taiwan, where he was consecutively CEO and Vice-Chairman of the Board. After retiring from IMEC in January 2014 as Senior Vice President for Strategic Relations, he started his own consultancy and a.o. represents IMEC in various capacities. He was a member of the sherpa team for the EC High-Level Group on Key Enabling Technologies, where he coordinated the Working Group on “Skills and Education”. He was a member of the sherpa team for the Electronics Leaders Group (ELG), preparing the 2014 European roadmap for the design and manufacturing of micro- and nanoelectronics and consequently for the ELG preparing the 2018-2019 strategic report “Boosting Electronics Value Chains in Europe”. He is an Emeritus Professor of the KU Leuven where he has been teaching a course on VLSI technology until September 2013.

Nina De Winter
Nina De Winter
European Students' Union (Denmark)
Nina De Winter
Nina De Winter
European Students' Union (Denmark)

Nina de Winter is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union (2019-2020). She holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from the University of Groningen (the Netherlands) and is currently doing her master studies in International Conflict and Development Studies at the University of Gent. She has been involved in student representation for several years at the local level for the University of Groningen and at the national level for the Dutch National Students’ Association (ISO). Her expertise lies within the areas of quality assurance, student-centered learning, and internationalisation of education.

Emir Demircan
Emir Demircan
SEMI-Europe (Belgium)
Emir Demircan
Emir Demircan
SEMI-Europe (Belgium)

Emir Demircan, Director of Advocacy and Public Policy, SEMI Europe. He is a professional in public policy and government affairs in engineering technologies. At SEMI, he is responsible for leading pan-European advocacy actions on technology, talent, regulatory and government incentives. He previously worked in the 3D printing, chemical and digital sectors. He has a background in international political economy.

Dr. Kristina Dervojeda
Dr. Kristina Dervojeda
PwC (Netherlands)
Dr. Kristina Dervojeda
Dr. Kristina Dervojeda
PwC (Netherlands)

Dr. Kristina Dervojeda specialises in policy research in the field of high-tech skills and future of work. Specific topics of interest include technology-enabled learning, lifelong learning, Industry 4.0, Artificial Intelligence and its implications for skills, education & training of high-tech professionals in the new age etc. Kristina leads PwC Innovation Research Centre (IRC). Kristina has been managing and supporting various multi-country assignments for the European Commission in a role of Project Manager and Senior Expert.

Manuel Dolderer
Manuel Dolderer
CODE University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Manuel Dolderer
Manuel Dolderer
CODE University of Applied Sciences (Germany)

Manuel Dolderer is an economist and an edupreneur. He is co-founder and president of CODE, a university of applied sciences with study programs related to digital product development and an innovative learning concept based on curiosity and entrepreneurship. Manuel studied economics, philosophy and cultural studies at Germany’s oldest private University in Witten/Herdecke. As a student, he joined the executive board of the StudierendenGesellschaft, a non-profit organisation offering an income-adjusted tuition model that promotes equal opportunities in education. After founding two applied research institutes with projects focussing on healthcare, education, and digitalization he joined Klett Group in 2012, one of Europe’s leading education-dedicated enterprises, where he became co-founder and managing director of a private university of applied sciences – praxisHochschule. In 2016 he joined forces with Thomas Bachem and Jonathan Rüth to found CODE – a new kind of university for the digital pioneers of tomorrow.

Stephan Griebel
Stephan Griebel
Texas Instruments Education Technology (Germany)
Stephan Griebel
Stephan Griebel
Texas Instruments Education Technology (Germany)

Stephan Griebel has worked at Texas Instruments since 1997. Currently he is responsible for business development and alliance for Texas instruments’ Educational Technology solutions. This involves the development of the educator network T³ – Teachers Teaching with Technology, collaboration with textbook publishers and other suppliers of educational content, and last but not least the support of pilot sites in the field of math, science and STEM education in close cooperation with Ministries of Education including didactical research. Before joining Texas Instruments he worked as teacher for mathematics and physics in Gymnasium in Bavaria, Germany. Stephan is member of the board of Initiative D21, leading there the education workgroup since 2010.

Alexa Joyce
Alexa Joyce
Microsoft (Belgium)
Alexa Joyce
Alexa Joyce
Microsoft (Belgium)

Alexa works across the region to drive student skills development, from primary through to higher education. Her role in future-ready skills aims to drive both the soft skills that students need to succeed in work and life, as well as develop deep STEM and technical competences. Alexa has advised governments in 90 countries across the world in digital transformation in education. She previously led the global strategy at Microsoft for engaging and support education system leaders as they evolve their school systems, and was formerly EMEA Director of Policy, Teaching and Learning, focusing on supporting national device deployments across the region.

Mark Liedekerken
Mark Liedekerken
Open University (Netherlands)
Mark Liedekerken
Mark Liedekerken
Open University (Netherlands)

My name is Mark Liedekerken, 58 years old and living in a beautiful region of the Netherlands, named Limburg. Studied at Harvard University/Tilburg University (innovations in governance, public and non-profit management), Law at The University in Maastricht en Chemical analytics at Zuyd university of applied sciences.

I am working as Managing Director of the faculty Management, Science & Technology from the Open University, and Managing Director at the Centre for Actionable Research of the Open University(CAROU)| Brightlandscampus Heerlen
Besides those amazing jobs I am the Chairman from foundation Area Smart industries where we work on a lot of innovations stuff like 3D manufacturing for dentists.

I also work since 1996 as a police officer and assistant district attorney at the Police force National Police Netherlands. In that job I am the vice Chairman of the Police voluntaries of the Netherlands.

At last, am I a member of the board of the international police-education in Gimborn Germany (65 countries).
 

Bernd Rieth
Bernd Rieth
Festo Didactic (Germany)
Bernd Rieth
Bernd Rieth
Festo Didactic (Germany)

During his 27-year-career in the Education sector working for Festo Didactic, Bernd Rieth has provided expertise and leadership in Finance, Marketing, Sales and Account Management Industries, Educational Services, Educational and Strategy Consulting. Currently, his focus is on Business Development, New Ventures, Region Africa and designs and implements large scale Educational Projects.

Slawomir Tokarski
Slawomir Tokarski
European Commission (Belgium)
Slawomir Tokarski
Slawomir Tokarski
European Commission (Belgium)

Slawomir Tokarski obtained PhD degree at the European University Institute in Florence in 1995. He joined the Polish administration and headed a team coordinating the preparations for the accession negotiations and preparing policy analysis for the Chief Negotiator. In 2004 he joined the Commission as a Cabinet member of the Commissioner responsible for the regional policy. In 2009 he was nominated Head of Unit dealing with economic policy and co-ordination of EU funding in DG MARE. In March 2012 he became Head of Defence, Aeronautics and Maritime industries in DG Enterprise. In February 2016 Mr Tokarski became Director, Dir F "Innovation and Advanced manufacturing" (DG GROW).

Marcello Urgo
Marcello Urgo
Politecnico di Milano (Italy)
Marcello Urgo
Marcello Urgo
Politecnico di Milano (Italy)

Marcello Urgo obtained a PhD in Manufacturing at Politecnico di Milano. He has carried out research in several European and National projects in the design and management of manufacturing systems and machine tools. He is part of the Mechanical Engineering Department of Politecnico di Milano where he works in the area of the modelling and analysis of production resources, systems and human workers in manufacturing. He teaches Integrated Production Systems and Manufacturing Technologies and is in charge of innovative learning methodologies in collaboration with companies in the Industry 4.0 stream for Management Engineering.

Prof. Jan Willem Velthuijsen
Prof. Jan Willem Velthuijsen
PwC (Netherlands)
Prof. Jan Willem Velthuijsen
Prof. Jan Willem Velthuijsen
PwC (Netherlands)

Jan Willem is Chief Economist at PwC Europe. He leads the Chief Economist Office, and is responsible for the thought leadership programme of PwC. Jan Willem is specialised in economic consultancy and research in the broader field of energy, and his areas of expertise include macro-economic modelling, regulation and competition economics, economic policy impact evaluations, cost-benefit analyses, sector- and market analyses, economic modelling, and business strategy modeling. Over the past 30 years, Jan Willem has advised governments, corporates, regulators and international institutions on economic, valuation and strategic issues in several hundred assignments.

Venue

Thon Hotel EU

Rue de la Loi 75
B-1040 Brussels, Belgium

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