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Source: Federal Ministry of Education and Research

20.10.2020Press release: 154/2020

European work research conference beyondwork2020 opened

The European work research conference beyondwork2020, hosted by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) as part of the EU Council Presidency, begins tomorrow, Wednesday. The virtual congress brings together over 1,000 international representatives from research, business and politics as well as the social partners. For two days they will discuss pressing issues relating to the working world of the future in various interactive formats. On the occasion of the conference, State Secretary Wolf-Dieter Lukas explains: “We are experiencing a rapid change in the world of work, which brings many opportunities, but often also uncertainties, for employees and companies. With beyondwork2020, the Federal Ministry of Education and Research is providing a platform for all stakeholders in labor research to exchange ideas: locally, nationally and globally. We expect innovative impulses, fresh ideas and new questions about the design of sustainable work and value creation in Europe. The congress addresses the ‘key to success’: the ability to act flexibly and in a future-oriented manner. The need is particularly evident in times of the so-called ‘new normal’, which is characterized by rapidly changing framework conditions and a dynamic that is difficult to predict in almost all social dimensions, and this is precisely where work research plays a central role. It helps to formulate appropriate solutions for the design of the working worlds of the future and to test the transfer into practice: internally in the company, in direct interaction with customers and patients, in the home office, in the office or in project work. The joy of experimentation, unconventional ways and the further development of the necessary skills of the employees are more important than ever. ”Background: The focus of the conference is on the seven topics of health and prevention, networked work, man and machine, interaction work, participation and leadership, regional and global Change as well as competence management. In addition to interactive sessions and panel discussions, beyondwork2020 is showing a virtual exhibition ( that presents the latest innovations, research approaches and best practice examples of the working world of tomorrow takes place on October 21st and 22nd. The free participation is still digital until October 22nd. possible at 2 p.m. The complete conference program can be found here.


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