[draft] BEYOND4.0 Scientific Conference | Further Information

Researchers from 22 countries to share findings and insights on digital transformation at Scientific Conference held at Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

On September 30 and October 1 a scientific conference will be held under BEYOND4.0 project fostered by HORIZON2020 Programme of EC. Named “Inclusive Futures for Europe BEYOND Industrie4.0 and Digital Disruption”, Conference is organised by the BEYOND4.0 Consortium and the Institute of Philosophy and Sociology of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, European School of Social Innovation ESSI and European Workplace Innovation EUWIN.

The conference aims to present and discuss BEYOND4.0 Project findings as well as relevant contributions from other EU projects and research on the workplace digital transformation and innovation. To what extent digital technologies will take up jobs? Can digitalisation be inclusive? What is to be expected of robots? These are just some of the topics to be discussed among over 150 participants – both in person in Sofia and online. Conference also represents a great opportunity for Bulgarian researchers form different disciplines (sociology, economics, labour law, employment relations etc.) and working on digitalisation to have an exchange with researchers from more than 20 countries.

Reports are organised in seven sessions:

Session A: Digital transformation and societal disruption after the Covid-19 crisis – Quo Vadis – facts and figures.

Session B: The next technological wave? The technology waves reassessed from a historical perspective – today’s lessons from the past.

Session C: Work, organisation and management: workplace innovation to support digital transformation.

Session D: Change of technology and the need for on-going change for the demand of skills.

Session E: Platform economy

Session F: Working conditions in the context of digital transformation

Session G: Ecosystems and digital transformation

Keynote speakers are renowned scholars with high academic and political impact – two of them leading scholars globally:

Mariana Mazzucato

www.marianamazzucato.com  |  @MazzucatoM

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP). 

Dr. Mazzucato’s work challenges orthodox thinking of state and private sectors in innovation stimulation; how economic value is created, measured and shared and how market defining policy can be executed in “goal-oriented way” in order to cope with the global challenges in front of humanity. Prof. Mazzucato advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive and sustainable growth as well as serves as a Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (2017-2019).

Dr. Mazzucato is a winner of international prizes including the 2020 John von Neumann Award, the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values, and the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought.

Paul Osterman is Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Professor of Human Resources and Management at the M.I.T. Sloan School of Management, member of the Department of Urban Planning at M.I.T. His research concerns changes in work organisation within companies, career patterns and processes within firms, economic development, urban poverty, and public policy related to training and employment programs.

Prof. Osterman has been a senior administrator of job training programs for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and has consulted widely for government agencies, foundations, community groups, firms, and public interest organizations. https://mitsloan.mit.edu/faculty/directory/paul-osterman

Conference Program and reports summaries are be found here: https://beyond4-0.eu/events/scientificconference

Conference will be held in a hybrid format, for more information and/or participation, please write to sofia2021@beyond4-0.eu

About BEYOND4.0

BEYOND4.0 Research project is fostered by European Commission under HORIZON2020 programme. Project studies digital transformation in EU regions, its’ impact on economic development, social effects on employment, skills and social security. Project is executed by a top-tear consortium of nine European scientific organisations and universities (from Bulgaria, Germany, UK, Spain, Netherlands, Finland and France) under TNO (Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research) leadership.

Find more about project: www.beyond4-0.eu

Contacts and additional information:

Dr. Vassil Kirov – 0887-779179    vassil.kirov@gmail.com

Please find the book of abstracts here: Book of abstracts BSC Sept 2021