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Future Skills for Europe’s Aerospace and Defence Industry

The conference is co-organised by the European Commission and EDSP members Rzeszow University of Technology and Aviation Valley on 21-22 October 2021 in Rzeszow, Poland.


Building on the work of previous and existing initiatives to tackle skills gaps in the defence sector – from the EDSP to Assets+ and the Aerospace & Defence Pact for Skills – the event will explore, from a knowledge triangle perspective, challenges and opportunities for cross-border collaboration for skills providers, European policies supporting skills development, and industry future needs.


There will be an opportunity for business-to-business (b2b) meetings, and for visiting technical labs.




  • Industrial needs in aerospace and defence sector
  • Technical and soft skills of today and the future
  • New skills driven by emerging technologies
  • European policies supporting the skills development with concrete examples
  • European instruments supporting development of educational materials to apply in skills development


The event is organised in the framework of the European Network of Defence-related Regions.


Registration and more information





Day 1 - Thursday 21 October 2021



08.30      Registration and welcome coffee


09.00      Welcome by the university authorities - Rzeszów University of Technology 


09.30      EU policy on skills in aerospace and defence industry - European Commission


10.00      Challenges for aerospace and defense industries in the post-Covid era - Aviation Valley Association


10.30      Technical and soft skills in aerospace and defence industry, including new skills driven by emerging technologies - MTU / EME Aero


11.00      Coffee Break


11.30      ASSETS+ Alliance for Strategic Skills addressing Emerging Technologies in Defence


12.00      Walking tour in Rzeszów University of Technology Laboratories – skills-building venues for the defence industry


13.15      Networking Lunch


14.15      SESSION 1: Challenges for skills providers


Panel discussion


IMS lab, Bordeaux INP - University of Bordeaux

European Welding Federation

PZL-Świdnik - Leonardo Helicopters

Kielce University of Technology

Royal Military Academy of Belgium


15.30      Opportunities for cooperation at European level: short presentations followed by a networking session (looking for partners in EU projects)


16.30      End of day 1


18.30      Dinner





Day 2 - Friday 22 October 2021



08.30      Welcome coffee


09.00      Nationally managed EU funds relevant for skills building - FRSE – Polish National Agency


09.20      Programs supporting training and skills improvement


09.45      SESSION 2: Technical Skills development and improvement 


Panel discussion


PGZ - Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (a capital group of Polish defence industry)

Aalborg University

Military University of Technology, Warsaw

Aerocampus Aquitaine

Safran Transmission Systems Poland


11.00      Coffee Break


11.30      SESSION 3: Soft and digital skills required by aerospace and defence industry


Panel discussion


Aero Gearbox International

Huta Stalowa Wola

Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze Sp. z o.o.

Charles III University of Madrid

Lublin University of Technology


12.45      Sky 4.0: Soft Skills 4.0 for the new challenges in European Aerospace Industry - The Aviation Valley Association


12.55      Wrap up


13.00      Networking Lunch and B2B meetings


14.30      Industrial Visit






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