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Scientific Conference: Inclusive Futures for Europe BEYOND Industrie4.0 and Digital Disruption
BEYOND4.0 Scientific Conference, September 30 - October 1, 2021




The conference is organised by the BEYOND4.0 Consortium and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (in collaboration with the European School of Social Innovation ESSI, the European Workplace Innovation EUWIN network and other networks and projects such as Paradigms4.0) in order to give international researchers in social sciences an opportunity to exchange the results of recent research in different fields of the consequences of digital transformations on work and employment. The conference aim is to present and discuss project findings thus far. In addition, relevant contributions from other EU projects and research on the digital transformation are encouraged in order to synergize and synthesize results.

Keynote Speakers

The conference will include keynote plenary sessions with the Keynote speakers:

Mariya Gabriel (Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Commissioner (2019-2024) ),
Prof. Mariana Mazzucato  (UCL),
Prof. Paul Osterman (MIT, TBC),
Prof. Steven Dhondt (TNO),
Prof. Chris Warhurst (University of Warwick),
Prof. Olli Kangas (University of Turku),
Dr. Glenda Quintini (OECD)
Prof. Dr. Jürgen Howaldt  (TU Dortmund)

Six parallel sessions:

  • Digital transformation and societal disruption after the Covid-19 crisis – Quo vadis?
  • The transformation of the welfare state: new welfare & social security arrangements?
  • The next technological wave? The technology waves reassessed from a historical perspective – today’s lessons from the past
  • Work, organisation and management: workplace innovation to support digital transformation
  • Change of technology and the need for on-going change for the demand of skills
  • Data for the digital transformation: re-using existing data for new insights


Submission of the proposals

The proposals (for papers or posters) should include the following elements: full name, e-mail, professional status, institutional affiliation; title of the paper; abstract – less than 3000 characters (less than 450 words) in English, specifying the problematic and its originality, the discipline, the sources, methods and empirical data used and a short bibliography and the stream.

All abstracts will be peer reviewed and applicants will receive a notification of acceptance no later than 15th may, 2021.


31 March 2021 – deadline for submission of the proposals. They should be sent to sofia2021@beyond4-0.eu

15 May 2021 – feedback from the organisers (after the opinion of the Scientific Committee) to the authors.

20 September 2021 – submission of the presentations to the Organisation Committee.

Download CALL FOR PAPERS from here

Organisation Committee

Vassil Kirov, Bagryan Malamin, Ekaterina Markova, Gabriela Yordanova, Diana Nenkova.