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Webinar: Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis

24th November 2021, 14:00-15:00

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The ‘Blue skies, green future’ webinar series presents ideas and innovation to spark discussion on the topic of transformation and sustainability within the foundation industries.

Webinars will take place each month and with novel ideas and concepts presented by a world-leading researcher in the field. During the session, speakers will discuss a technology and processes which if implemented could transform the foundation industries. The goal is to encourage the audience to consider ways in which their own industry can utilise and embed innovation and transformation.

This session will be a presentation from Antonius Schröder on ‘Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis – A Cross-sectoral Blueprint for a Sustainable Process Industry’

Skills will place a vital part in the Foundation Industries ability to transform and meet sustainability targets. Recent research by UKRI highlights the skills gap currently experienced in the Foundation Industries, focusing on the need to futureproof industries by attracting and retaining new talent, embedding effective leadership to foster new talent and positive messaging.

SPIRE-SAIS is developing the blueprint “European Energy Intensive Industry Skills Agenda and Strategy” for an ongoing and short-termed implementation of new skills demands concerning cross-sectoral industrial symbiosis (IS) and energy efficiency in eight sectors of the public-private-partnership SPIRE (Sustainable Process Industry through Resource and Energy Efficiency): steel, chemicals, cement, non-ferrous metals, water, minerals, engineering, and ceramics. With a partnership of about 40 companies, associations, social partners, training providers and research institutions an industry driven, cross-sectoral and proactive adjustment of skills for industrial symbiosis and energy efficiency is on its way. Build on the already existing SPIRE coordination, projects and activities, a cross-sectoral industrial symbiosis approach covering all the eight SPIRE energy intensive industry sectors and integrating European, national, regional industrial symbiosis perspectives will improve “intercultural” exchange between the different industry sectors and the different qualification levels (blue and white collar, generational exchange, and green skills as overarching issue).

Speaker profile

Antonius Schröder is a senior researcher and member of management board of the Social Research centre (sfs) at the Faculty for Social Sciences of TU Dortmund University, responsible for International and European research. He is working in the research area “Innovation and Education in the Digital Society” and has worked in and managed several European projects in the field of social innovation and vocational education and training.

Recently he is engaged in combining technological innovation with social innovation processes integrating the human factor perspective. Currently he is coordinating two large New Skills Alliances under the EU program Erasmus+ within the New Skills Agenda (sectoral blueprints) adjusting thesk ills of process industries within stakeholder alliances in a proactive way: The European Steel Skills Agenda (ESSA and the Skills Alliance for Industrial Symbiosis – A Cross-sectoral Blueprint for a Sustainable Process Industry (SPIRE-SAIS He is vice-chairman of the Working Group “People” of the European Steel Technology Platform (ESTEP), chair of the senate of the German Professional Association of Sociologists (BDS), member of the Steering Committee of the European Workplace Innovation Network (EUWIN), and Managing Director of the European School of Social Innovation (ESSI).

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Published: November 3rd, 2021
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