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The digital challenge: Building the talent pipeline

A private Science|Business Digital Skills roundtable

On the way to a digitalised workplace, many European companies across sectors find themselves struggling with a shortage of digitally competent talent. This shortage, affecting all business ranks, prevents the European industry from accessing the full potential of advanced technologies (e.g. artificial intelligence, HPC, 3D printing). In this context, the modernisation of academic and vocational programmes are areas of vital importance if Europe is to position itself as a global power.

In response to this major challenge, the European Commission has identified the digital skills gap as a priority area in several upcoming EU programmes such as Digital Europe, Horizon Europe and Erasmus+. However, there are still questions to be answered:

  • How can industry and academia collaborate to tackle the digital skills gap in Europe?
  • How can European companies attract and retain digitally competent talents?
  • What sector-specific needs have to be taken into account when designing policies?
  • How can European Member States better collaborate around this issue?

Against this backdrop, on December 11th, Science|Business is bringing together EU and national policy makers, as well as representatives from corporates, leading research universities and public sector organizations with a shared interest in tackling the current digital skills gap, aiming to exchange ideas and experiences on this critical issue, lay out a vision for the future European workforce and address useful policy recommendations.

Hosted by 

Sorbonne Centre for Artificial Intelligence

Featured guests
Gérard Biau
Director, Sorbonne Centre for Artificial Intelligence
Nathalie Labourdette
Head, EBU Academy, European Broadcasting Union
André Richier
Principal Policy Officer, Advanced Technologies, Clusters and Social Economy, DG GROW, European Commission
Armin Ritter
Head, Corporate Learning & Development, Fraunhofer Academy
Nuno Rodrigues
Member of the Board, Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT); Deputy General Coordinator, INCoDe.2030
Alexander Hasgall
Head, Council for Doctoral Education, European University Association
Frank Mockler
Head, Programme Standards, ECDL Foundation

11:30  Registration and networking lunch

12:45 Welcome by the Sorbonne University & brief overview of the Sorbonne Centre for Artificial Intelligence

13:00 Roundtable discussion

14:30 Coffee break

15:00 Roundtable discussion

16:30 Close and networking drinks


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