Posted On: 2021-08-26

Future Skills for Europe’s Aerospace and Defence Industry



“Future Skills for Europe’s Aerospace and Defence Industry”


Rzeszow, Poland

organized by

European Commission

Rzeszów University of Technology

Aviation Valley Association

in the framework of the

European Network of Defence-related Regions



Conference program

“Future Skills for Europe’s Aerospace and Defence Industry”

Day 1 – Thursday


8.30 – Registration and Welcome coffee

9.00 – Welcome by the university authorities – Rzeszów University of Technology 

9.30 – EU policy on skills in aerospace and defence industryElektra Tsigaridas, European Commission

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

10.30 – Technical and soft skills in aerospace and defence industry, including new skills driven by emerging technologiesRenata Markowska, Marcin PietrzakMTU Aero Engines Polska

11.00 Coffee break 

11.30 – ASSETS+ Alliance for Strategic Skills addressing Emerging Technologies in Defence, Gualtiero Fantoni,
Filippo Chiarello
, University of Pisa

11.50 – ASSETS+ The European Defence Challenge, Mateo Burgos-Garcia, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid

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

13.15 – Networking Lunch

14.15 – 15.30 

SESSION 1: Challenges for skills providers

Panel discussion

moderated by Andrzej Majka

Eric Grivel, IMS lab, Bordeaux INP – University of Bordeaux
Susana Nogueira, European Welding Federation
Lucyna Pasternak, WSK "PZL-Świdnik S.A." – Leonardo Helicopters
Wojciech Depczyński, Kielce University of Technology
Geert De Cubber,  Royal Military Academy of Belgium

 15.30 –  16.30 Opportunities for cooperation at European level: short presentations followed by a networking session (looking for partners in EU projects)

18.30 –  Dinner

Day 2 – Friday


8.30 – Welcome coffee

9.00 – Programme Erasmus+ and its offer for enhancing students and staff competencies and for teaching innovations, National Agency for the Erasmus+and ESC programmes

9.30 – Programs supporting trainings and skills improvement

9.45 – 11.00

SESSION 2: Technical Skills development and improvement 

Panel discussion

Mateusz Roszkiewicz, PGZ – Polska Grupa Zbrojeniowa S.A. (a capital group of Polish defence industry)
Peter Nielsen, Aalborg University
Przemysław Kupidura, Military University of Technology, Warsaw
Sophie Pawletko, Benoit Consolini, Aerocampus Aquitaine
Jan Sawicki, Safran Transmission Systems Poland

11.00 – Coffee break

11.30 – 12.45

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

Panel discussion

moderated by Dorota Stadnicka

Mirosław Basiak, Aero Gearbox International Poland
Mirosław Surowaniec, Huta Stalowa Wola
Polskie Zakłady Lotnicze Sp. z o.o.
Jose Maria de Fuentes, Charles III University of Madrid
Jacek Czarnigowski, Lublin University of Technology

12.45 – Sky 4.0: Soft Skills 4.0 for the new challenges in European Aerospace IndustryAndrzej Rybka, The Aviation Valley Association

12.55 – Wrap up

13.00 – Networking Lunch and b2b meeting

14.30 – Industrial Visit (The number of places is limited, the order of applications decides)