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Hall 5, 19/09/2019 (16:00-17:15)

The Digital Europe Programme will boost Europe’s sustainable digital transformation to the benefit of citizens and businesses. The programme will bridge the current investment gap for large-scale digital deployment, in key areas such as High Performance Computing (HPC), artificial intelligence (AI) and cybersecurity.

Nonetheless, gains from these investments will only materialise if there are enough skilled people to use, develop and deploy them. This is why the Digital Europe Programme will include a specific budget of €700 million for advanced digital skills development.

This session will give you the opportunity to discover and discuss the planned actions for advanced digital skills:

• Masters’ Programmes in cutting-edge digital technologies developed together with EU excellence centres in artificial intelligence, cyber and high-performance computing.

• Short-term specialized training courses in advanced digital technologies for job seekers and employed people especially in SMEs.

• Job placements in companies or research centres where advanced digital technologies are developed or used.

All these actions will be designed in cooperation with the actors developing and deploying digital technologies, to reflect the latest state of art and provide a swift response to the needs of fast-developing sectors.


16.00 Welcome and presentation of the advanced digital skills opportunities in the Digital Europe Programme, Alexander Riedl, Deputy Head of Unit Digital Economy and skills, DG Connect

16.15 Panel on best practices for advanced digital skills training moderated by Alexander Riedl, Deputy Head of Unit Digital Economy and skills, DG Connect

  • Maria Ribera Sancho, Professor at the Department of Service and Information System Engineering at UPC and manager of education and training at Barcelona Supercomputing Centre, Spain
  • Jan Smith, Professor of Computing Science Chalmers University, Sweden
  • Csaba Virag, Head of Cybersecurity Competence Center, Hungary.

16.40 Group discussions moderated by Silvia Merisio and Annika Östergren Pofantis. Digital Skills Policy Officers, DG Connect

17.10 Conclusions by Alexander Riedl and final reflections by the panellists

17.15 End

Agenda and other documents

Coordinator: Annika OSTERGREN (European Commission, DG CONNECT, Belgium), Silvia MERISIO (European Commission, DG CNECT, Belgium)


  • Jan SMITH (Chalmers, Computer Science and Engineering, Sweden), Panellist
  • Maria-Ribera SANCHO (Barcelona Supercomputing Center, Education and Training, Spain), Panellist
  • Csaba VIRAG (Cyber Services Zrt., Hungary), Speaker


No individual presentations are expected for this session.

However, you are warmly invited to take an active part to the discussion which will follow the interventions of some key stakeholders. You may also contribute by providing your comments below or you may wish to consider replying to the Targeted Consultation on the Digital Europe programme.


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