CALL FOR PAPERS BEYOND4.0 First Scientific Conference
The conference is organised by BEYOND4.0 Consortium and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences along with European School of Social Innovation and European Workplace Innovation Network. The event is an opportunity for the social sciences researchers to exchange recent results in relation to Digital Transformation's impact on work and employment. Members of the BEYOND4.0 project will present and discuss project’s findings thus far. Also relevant contributions from other EU projects and research incentives on the Digital Transformation are encouraged to take part in order to synergize and synthesize results.
The scientific forum will include keynote plenary sessions: Commissioner Mariya Gabriel (Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth), Prof. Mariana Mazzucato (UCL), Prof. Paul Ostermann (MIT) (TBC), Prof. Steven Dhondt (TNO), Prof. Chris Warhurst (University of Warwick), Prof. Olli Kangas (University of Turku), Dr. Glenda Quintini (OECD) and six parallel sessions.
Policy Brief #3 focuses on the impacts of the digitalisation of work via platforms, sometimes called ‘platform work’ and delivered through a business model often referred to as ‘Uberisation’. Drawing on the existing evidence base, it outlines the opportunities and challenges of this work. It then summarises current policy thinking before recommending that future policy development should:
Recognise that different types of platform work exist with different terms and conditions, and with different needs and outcomes
Recognise that employment, not just business relationships, exist in platform work
Mandate social dialogue between platform companies and the providers using their platform
Ensure that market monopoly by one business model is prevented and other business models are encouraged
Promote regenerative rather than extractive use of labour
Ensure that better EU data on platform work is generated
Despite widespread debate on the future of work over the past decade, no detailed investigation has been conducted on the socio-economic implications of divergent future employment scenarios for European welfare states. To fill this knowledge gap, Ville-Veikko Pulkka and Miska Simanainen developed a novel methodological approach combining the mean probabilities of automation by occupation, a micro imputation technique, and the European Union tax-benefit microsimulation model EUROMOD.
Reflecting the polarised debate on long-term employment development, Pulkka and Simanainen simulate in their forthcoming study two ideal-type scenarios – a technological mass unemployment scenario and an optimistic scenario, which assumes unemployment to be reduced due to positive spill over effects. To compare socio-economic implications in the EU-28, the authors assess budgetary implications, population-level poverty rates, and income inequality for disposable income and rank the countries by each indicator.
The results indicate that Nordic and Benelux countries in particular, but also France, are socioeconomically the most resilient to technological unemployment, while several Eastern and Southern European countries perform weakly in the technological unemployment scenario. In the optimistic scenario, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Spain, and Bulgaria derive considerable socio-economic benefits from reduced unemployment. However, only Croatia alongside Slovenia, Belgium, and Finland perform better than average in all key indicators.
The Success Of Workplace Innovation In The Digital Age Conference Exceeded Expectations
175 people attended BEYOND4.0 and EUWIN joint conference.
On November 25 to 27, EUWIN and BEYOND4.0 co-organised a series of three webinars for over 170 participants on the digital transformation and workplace innovation. The webinars focused company’ experiences with digital transformation and motivating their workforces, on national and regional support programmes to develop workplace innovation, and on research approaches. The webinars saw strong engagement by the participants and will therefore be repeated in 2021. The conference hold three two-hour sessions of presentations and discussions.
Day one session Martin Welsh, MD, Booth Welsh, Scotland; Line Sandberg, Vice President Global Quality and Continuous Improvement, Leo Pharma A/S, Denmark; Marco Roumen, Dutch Works Council Chair, Solvay Chemie BV, The Netherlands. Facilitator: Peter Totterdill, EUWIN.
Day two session Chiara Frencia, Vice-Chair, SERN, Italy; Iker Estensoro, Director of Economic Promotion, Government of Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain; Tuomo Alasoini, Research Professor, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health. Facilitator: Tuomo Alasoini, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health.
Day there session Steven Dhondt, TNO and KU Leuven, Belgium; Oliver Pfirrmann, German Federal Ministry of Education & Research, Claudio Zettel, DLR Germany. Facilitator: Chris Warhurst, Institute for Employment Research, University of Warwick.
Bulgarian BEYOND4.0 Team Members on AI and Future of Labour at Prestigious Conference in Sofia
“Who is afraid of artificial intelligence: challenges for the labour market" was the presentation held by Prof. Dr. Vassil Kirov and Bagryan Malamin, members of the Bulgarian BEYOND4.0 team, at the international conference “The Impact of Artificial Intelligence on Our Society” organized by Swiss Embassy in Bulgaria, Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. The event was opened by Deputy Prime Minister Tomislav Donchev (Bulgaria) and European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel and President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences Prof. Julian Revalski.
Among the speakers were Prof. Dirk Helbing, ETH Zürich, Mrs Doris Leuthard, Chair of the Swiss Digital Initiative Foundation, Prof. Dr. Paul Lukowicz, Head of the Research Department Embedded Intelligence, German Research Center for Artificial Intelligence. The conference was attended online by more than 120 representatives of policy makers, academics and diplomates, and was widely featured in the Bulgarian media.
Organisational Change and Innovation Portugal | European Survey |
Online workshop held Nov. 18, 2020
The workshopwas organised by INOV.ORG in partnership with UPT and EUWIN. It was focused on the competitive advantage that High
investment/High involvement companies have, the change in the Portuguese
setting and the core elements of a continued road of change for
Portuguese organisations. Results from the Eurofound's ECS2019, published this
October, were discussed and compared to experiences in the rest of