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AI Skills Strategy for Europe: Online Launch Event

Project Events
28 May. 2024

About the Strategy

The AI Skills Strategy for Europe is a blueprint strategy aimed at addressing the AI skills gap and fostering a digital-ready workforce in the EU. Its main goal is to lead to systemic and structural impact on reducing skills shortages, gaps, and mismatches, as well as ensure appropriate quality and levels of skills to a broad range of stakeholders in Europe. The Strategy serves as a stepping stone for developing AI educational and training activities in Europe, in an innovative, inclusive and ethical way.

What to Expect

  • An in-depth presentation of the AI Skills Strategy for Europe, showcasing how it addresses the key challenges in the AI field: bridging the AI skills gaps, retaining talent, addressing the diversification of AI profiles, boosting EU market competitiveness.
  • Two insightful panels involving experts from the policy field, industry, and academia: Future-Proof AI Skills: Tackling the Rapid Technological Advancements,and Shaping the Digital Decade: Empowering Diversity and Inclusion in AI.
  • An opportunity to participate in the dialogue around the EU Skills Strategy on AI to boost market competitiveness and inclusiveness with a diverse range of stakeholders.

We invite all stakeholders active in the ecosystem of AI: industry representatives, policymakers, and educators, as well as AI passionates and professionals!


14:00 – 14:05 Welcome & Introduction

14:05 – 14:25 Presentation: AI Skills Strategy for Europe

Sabine Boesen-Mariani, Co-author of the Strategy, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht

14:25 – 14:35 Q&A session

14:35 – 15:05 Panel: Future-Proof AI Skills: Tackling the Rapid Technological Advancements 

Jennifer Sanford, Senior Director Global Public Policy, CISCO; André Veelders, Training manager at the Institute for ICT, HU University of Applied Sciences Utrecht; Moderator: Niels Selling, Senior Research & Innovation Manager, DIGITALEUROPE

15:05 – 15:15 Q&A session

15:15 – 15:45 Panel: Shaping the Digital Decade: Empowering Diversity and Inclusion in AI

Joanna Pruszynska-Witkowska, Co-Founder & VP, Future Collars; Anu Passi Rauste, CMO & Partner, Headai; Vasiliki Margariti, Digital, Telecom and Space Attachee at the Permanent Representation of Greece to the EU; Moderator: Julien Chasserieau, Associate Director for AI and Data Policy, DIGITALEUROPE

15:45 – 15:55 Q&A session

15:55 – 16:00 Closing remarks


Panel I: Future-Proof AI Skills: Tackling the Rapid Technological Advancements 

This panel explores the urgent need for AI skills in Europe, ensuring it is at the forefront of AI innovation. It brings together experts to discuss strategies for short- and long-term skilling, upskilling, and reskilling a workforce that can keep pace with evolving tech demands. Guided by an appreciation of the role of diverse stakeholders in shaping a robust AI ecosystem, the panel discusses the role of the public sector, industry leaders, and educational institutions – and the collaborative efforts between them. This session aims to provide actionable insights for these groups, helping them develop AI competencies that are both resilient and responsive to future technological advancements. 

Panel II: Shaping the Digital Decade: Empowering Diversity and Inclusion in AI 

The panel focuses on diversity and inclusion within the AI field. Panelists will explore how inclusive practices can enhance innovation, address bias in AI systems, and ensure that AI solutions are equitable and beneficial for all segments of society. Additionally, the discussion will emphasize strategies for actively integrating underrepresented groups into AI leadership and development processes. By fostering a more diverse AI ecosystem, the panel aims to promote ethical AI strategies that reflect and respect the diverse landscape of Europe. 

Register for the event