European Defence Challenge is now evaluating submissions

The first edition of the European Defence Challenge has received a large number of submissions from students studying in more than 50 higher-education institutions in 20 countries in the world.

A balance almost reached between the numbers of submissions from undergraduate and graduate students.

A very encouraging representation of women in the participants (40% of the participants). It is now time to evaluate the one-page proposals.

R8.1 External experts and reviewer’s identification and selection

Report – External Experts and reviewers identification and selection


The current report describes the work carried out in WP8, targeted at obtaining a qualified database of external experts, that will be able to validate the different deliverables of the previous work packages. This includes:

• New skills and job profiles
• New pedagogical approach
• New education & training program prototypes
• Prototype implementation guidelines
• Pilot implementation guidelines
• Education & training programs results

In order to facilitate the above-mentioned tasks, a guide describing the best procedures for selecting the experts, a quick guide with the criteria that need to be met, as well as an invitation letter, describing the ASSET + project and inviting them to join it have been also written.

R1.5 Skills2ESCO

ASSETs+ project is contributing to the development and update of the ESCO database*

As the result of the research conducted in ASSETs+ project, a new occupational profile and a set of new skills has been proposed to ESCO secretariat for incorporating within ESCO database. The inclusion of new job profiles in ESCO data base provides a substantial value to both education and training providers and to companies. ESCO provides occupational profiles showing the relationships between occupations, skills, competences, and qualifications. This is valuable information for companies looking to up- or re-skill their workforces. The work has been conducted by the University of Pisa and Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini  and further exchanges with ESCO secretariat are planned in first semester of 2021.

/Additional background information: ESCO  is the European multilingual classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications and Occupations. In practical terms it serves as a dictionary and helps to identify, describe and classify occupations, skills and qualifications. It is managed by DG Employment. ESCO is published in 27 languages (all official EU languages plus Arabic, Icelandic and Norwegian). Currently ESCO contains 2 942 occupations and 13 485 skills linked to these occupations. / [](

R1.1 Strategy specifications report

ASSETs+ project designs a strategy for mapping technologies and skills in the defense sector*
The Strategy Specification (R1.1) defines the guidelines for monitoring technologies, their applications and the skills needed to be properly adopted in the defense sector. The ASSETs+ academic partners set out a comprehensive methodological approach, including on one hand data-driven analysis (with text mining and NLP techniques) and on the other hand expert evaluation, to obtain a quanti-qualitative vision. ASSETs+ is focused on three specific topic, strongly related to the recent development in the defense sector: Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and autonomous-systems, C4ISTAR and Cybersecurity.

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