The IV Chile-Spain Aerospace Forum shows the progress and challenges of the sector

Last November 8 and 9 took place in Salamanca (Spain) the IV Chile-Spain Aerospace Forum in which aerospace experts have shown the progress and challenges it faces the sector in both countries.

Our partner Carlos Romero, managing director of Madrid Aerospace Cluster, participated in the conference on November 9, in the round table: “Present and future of employment, training and talent in the aeronautical sector“, where he presented the European ASSETs + project and the second edition of the European Defence Challenge.

ASSETs+ project at FEINDEF 21, the most important defence and security event in Spain

Our partner Madrid Aerospace Cluster was present at FEINDEF21,  the most important defence and security event held in Spain, with a stand where offered information about the ASSETs+ project and the European Defence Challenge 2nd edition.

FEINDEF 21, the second edition of the International Defence and Security Fair, ends after three intense days of activity in which innovation has been carried out, internationally cooperated and knowledge shared between companies, institutions, universities and other organizations, as a global response to safety.

This edition, that took place from 3 to 5 November, has been attended by more than 12,000 visitors, 300 exhibitors, 75 international delegations and more than 100 accredited media, making FEINDEF a leading fair worldwide, and the ASSETs+ project was there.

ASSETs+ will be at the International Employment Training Exhibition ‘Formando Futuro’

FORMANDO FUTURO, the International Employment Training Exhibition, will bring together the main decision-makers, prescribers and regulators from Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal, from 16 to 18 November at IFEMA, Madrid (Spain).

Our partners Madrid Aerospace Cluster together with the Polythecnic University of Madrid (UPM) will present the European ASSETs + project and the second edition of the European Defense Challenge.

On November 16 at 4:00 p.m., Carlos Romero, managing director of Madrid Aerospace Cluster and Mateo Burgos from the UPM, will participate with the presentation ‘European Defense Challenge: Learn about cutting-edge defense technologies.

The II edition of the European Defence Challenge is open.

A great opportunity to boost your career and open new horizons. Register now!

The European Defence Challenge is an open competition to attract young talent to the Defence industry and to encourage them to initiate a career in defence-related technologies. The challenge asks European students to propose one or more work approaches dealing with topics such as artificial intelligence, sensor technologies, autonomous vehicles, data science, cybersecurity, chip technologies, control, robotics, signal and image processing, and defence-related technologies.

The launch of the II edition took place last October 20, a day before the Conference on Future Skills for Europe’s Aerospace and Defence Industry in Rzeszow (Poland). Our partners Liga Baltina, from Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini, and Mateo Burgos from the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) organizer of this edition, presented all the details of the challenge.

This edition topic:

Remote everything? To what extent can unmanned assets interact with humans in the field for defence operations?

Students have to write an essay that must present a new usage or suggest improvements on a new technology. Not only technological, but also socio-economic, political, ethical and environmental aspects have to be taken into account.

The challenge  can be answered individually, but participants are strongly encouraged to team up in pairs and to find a partner from a different university, faculty and even country.

Who can participate

The challenge is open to all undergraduate or graduate students from all faculties in European Universities, vocational education and training centres and other institutions dedicated to education.

The contest is organised in two selection phases, with a highly professional jury.

Timeline

PHASE 1:
Answer the question by proposing your ideas
A jury of some of the key players in the European defence industry will review the proposals. The best ones move to phase 2.
– 14 January 2022: deadline for 1-page submission
– 15 February 2022: Pre-selection

PHASE 2:
Develop your ideas
Submit a 10-page proposal by adding details, figures, graphics to your initial proposal.

-14 April 2022: deadline for 10-page submission
-27 May 2022: Winners announcement

Online seminars

Participants will be welcome to attend several short webinars focused on helping them to prepare good essays

PHASE I

  • Critical Thinking: November 26, 2021 (11:00-13:00 CET)
  • Defence Awareness: December 1, 2021
  • Query Design: December 9, 2021 (14:00-16:00 CET)
  • Writing Reports: December 13, 2021 (14:00-16:00 CET)

PHASE II

  • Webinar with defence experts: February 25, 2022

NOTE: Attending webinars is optional. They are provided as complementary courses for students that are interested in acquiring additional information. The webinars will be recorded and made available for future reference, if desired.

Awards

– The 3 finalist teams will be announced on our web & social media and will participate in the awards ceremony.

– Meeting with a Human Resources manager of leading defence industries in Europe (CV, job interview)

– Each member of the winning team will receive a technology gadget personalised by our supporting industrial partners.

SPECIAL MENTION TO YOUNG PARTICIPANTS:

The best essay from students up to 20 years old will receive a personalised technology gadget and a special mention in our web & social media.

Some figures of the first edition:

  • 147 students registered
  • 40% of the participants women
  • More than 50 higher-education institutions
  • 20 countries

QUESTIONS: challenge@assets-plus.eu

Liga Baltina, Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini

Mateo Burgos, UPM

#EuropeanDefenceChallenge

ASSETs+ will participate in the Conference on 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 -partner of the ASSETs+ project-  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.

Topics:

  • 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.

ASSETs+ will also present the second edition of the European Defence Challenge, a competition to attract young talent to the Defence industry and to encourage them to initiate a career in defence-related technologies, a day before the Conference.  The launch event will take place next October 20, 16:00-17:00 CEST, where representatives of ASSETs+ project will discuss the challenges of building skills for the defence sector, including attracting new workforce. More information here. 

The II edition of the European Defence Challenge is coming. Do you want to know all the details? Join us next October 20

The second edition of the European Defence Challenge (EDC) will be launched next October 20. Our partner the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM) is the organizer of this edition.


We are working on the second edition of the European Defence Challenge, a competition to attract young talent to the Defence industry and to encourage them to initiate a career in defence-related technologies.

The European Commission has declared technology as EU’s top priority for the next years. More particularly, one key objective is the mastery and ownership of key technologies in Europe.

With this objective in mind, the European Defence Challenge asks European students to propose one or more work approaches dealing with topics such as artificial intelligence, sensor technologies, autonomous vehicles, data science, cybersecurity, chip technologies, control, robotics, signal and image processing, and defence-related technologies.

The launch event will take place next October 20, 16:00-17:00 CEST, a day before the Conference on Future Skills for Europe’s Aerospace and Defence Industry in Rzeszow (Poland), where representatives of ASSETs+ project will discuss the challenges of building skills for the defence sector, including attracting new workforce.

Some figures of the first edition:

  • 147 students registered
  • 40% of the participants women
  • More than 50 higher-education institutions
  • 20 countries

Do you want to know all the details about the EDC II edtiton?

ASSETs+ celebrates its first Tech4Kids event

To create awareness about the defence industry in Europe as a place to work, we have celebrated our first Tech4Kids event, organized by our partners Censec in collaboration with Mercantec, that took place in the framework of the Viborg Game Expo, on September 30 – October 3.

ASSETs+ Tech4Kids activities have the purpose to trigger the interest about the defence sector and foster the attractiveness of defence careers, encouraging young people and adults seeking professional requalification, to be aware of the opportunities offered and the various education and training pathways that can lead to a career in defence.

Our first Tech4Kids event  has introduced ‘older children‘ to the use of drones and the importance of cybersecurity.

Tech4Kids also joined Viborg Game Expo, and here we introduced the participants to this quiz…

ASSETs+ project participates in the webinar ‘Across the Additive Manufacturing Industry: The required skills-set by the different sectors’. Save the date!

Our  partner, the European Federation for Welding, Joining and Cutting (EWF), organizes the webinar ‘Across the AM Industry: the Required Skills-set by the Different Sectors’, that will take place online, on October 22 at 10:00 CEST.

Gualtiero Fantoni, ASSETs+ project coordinator from the University of Pisa, will be one of the speakers.

The substantial growth of Additive Manufacturing (AM) is partly attributed to the fact that AM is being utilised across various sectors, which include Transportation, Medical and Health, Energy, Industry equipment and tooling, Construction among others.

In this context, there are different AM requirements across various industrial sectors, impacting the skills requirements and qualifications for professionals from the different sectors.

To foster the uptake of AM in various sectors, the involvement of different sectorial stakeholders in the identification and validation of necessary skills/qualifications is crucial as well as the engagement with different sectorial organizations to allow a sectorial view on skills and qualifications for AM.

The webinar will address the perspectives from different sectors towards a detailed understanding of their challenges and needs in AM.  The results from Blueprints projects in the automotive, defence, maritime  and construction sectors and their linkage with AM will be showcased.

Each speaker will present Blueprint project achievements, and specifically address their experience with Additive Manufacturing: challenges in using AM in their sector, specific requirements, the impact of using AM in workers’ qualification and training and other interesting implications.

ARTICLE ‘Twenty years of gender equality research: A scoping review based on a new semantic indicator’

We share with you this interesting article in which our partners from the University of Pisa have participated as co-authors.

Gender equality is a major problem that places women at a disadvantage thereby stymieing economic growth and societal advancement. Also Defence is impacted by this issue, as evidenced by the interest gained by the workshop  ‘Gender Equality in Aerospace and Defence’, organised by the Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space that took place last May, and we as ASSETs+ care about having an inclusive educational approach in defence. For this reason, we studied the state of the art literature on the topic.

In the last two decades, extensive research has been conducted on gender related issues, studying both their antecedents and consequences. However, existing literature reviews fail to provide a comprehensive and clear picture of what has been studied so far, which could guide scholars in their future research.

This paper offers a scoping review of a large portion of the research that has been published over the last 22 years, on gender equality and related issues, with a specific focus on business and economics studies. Combining innovative methods drawn from both network analysis and text mining, it provides a synthesis of 15,465 scientific articles.

The authors identify 27 main research topics, we measure their relevance from a semantic point of view and the relationships among them, highlighting the importance of each topic in the overall gender discourse. Also find that prominent research topics mostly relate to women in the workforce–e.g., concerning compensation, role, education, decision-making and career progression. However, some of them are losing momentum, and some other research trends–for example related to female entrepreneurship, leadership and participation in the board of directors–are on the rise.

Besides introducing a novel methodology to review broad literature streams, our paper offers a map of the main gender-research trends and presents the most popular and the emerging themes, as well as their intersections, outlining important avenues for future research.

In the future, we aim at focusing gender studies also in the defence sector, to help attract talents independently from their gender.

Authors: Paola Belingheri ,Filippo Chiarello ,Andrea Fronzetti Colladon ,Paola Rovelli
Source: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0256474

ARTICLE: Towards ESCO 4.0 – Is the European classification of skills in line with Industry 4.0? A text mining approach

We share with you this interesting article in which our partners from the University of Pisa and Fondazione Giacomo Brodolini have participated as co-authors.

ESCO is a multilingual classification of Skills, Competences, Qualifications, and Occupations created by the European Commission to improve the supply of information on skills demand in the labour market. It is designed to assist individuals, employers, universities and training providers by giving them up to date and standardized information on skills.

Rapid technological change means that ESCO needs to be updated in a timely manner. Evidence is presented here of how text-mining techniques can be applied to the analysis of data on emerging skill needs arising from Industry 4.0 to ensure that ESCO provides information which is current.

The alignment between ESCO and Industry 4.0 technological trends is analysed. Using text mining techniques, information is extracted on Industry 4.0 technologies from: two versions of ESCO (v1.0 – v1.1.); and from the 4.0 related scientific literature. These are then compared to identify potential data gaps in ESCO .

The findings demonstrate that text mining applied on scientific literature to extract technology trends, can help policy makers to provide more up-to-date labour market intelligence.

Authors: Filippo Chiarello, Gualtiero Fantoni, Terence Hogarth, Vito Giordano, Liga Baltina, Irene Spada
Source: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0040162521006107