Transforming workplaces through digitalisation - Beyond4.0 Summer School 2021

01.Jun - 04.Jun

Cod. G01-21

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The Workshop will be held face-to-face and there will also be the possibility of participating live online through ZOOM. In the registration process, please select the participation of your choice: face-to-face or live online.

The Summer School's main objective is to provide comprehensive training based on an intensive program on digitalisation and automation. The event aims to deepen our understanding of evidence-based policies with the transformative potential to shape work and welfare in the Digital Age. The activity offers a scenario to reflect the state of progress of the projects. There will be strands in areas such as the digitalisation of production, the digitalisation of work, skills, data sources, historical analysis and social policy. The Summer School is focused on sharing and discussion. Besides, the Summer School will enable PhD students to present their current research work.

The Summer School will be topic-oriented and will follow four main drivers:

1. Digitalisation of work and production:

  • How to study and research work and welfare in the digital age
  • How to study socio-economic consequences of technological transformations

2. Historical analysis and data sources:

  • How to study technological transformations from a historical perspective
  • What kind of data sets are useful and how to best use and connect them

3. Regional responses to digitalisation:

  • How to study regional contexts and ecosystems and their digital economic transformation

4. Social policy and skills:

  • How to study the impact of platforms on welfare, tax and inclusiveness
  • How to understand future skills and roles of stakeholders


Researchers from European top-tier research and academic institutions will discuss all topics. Along with BEYOND4.0, other consortia from the H2020-programmes are participating, such as TECHNEQUALITY and PLUS. Also, other research actions, such as PARADIGMS4.0 will be present. Supporting networks are the European School of Social Innovation (ESSI) and the European Network of Workplace Innovation (EUWIN).

The BEYOND4.0 consortium is composed of nine European universities and research centres. The consortium is responsible for organising the second edition of the Summer School. Sinnergiak - the University of the Basque Country, the Institute for Employment Research - University of Warwick and TNO are the core designers of the programme. BEYOND 4.0 addresses the general priorities of the H2020 Work Programme (2018-2020) "Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies". This project receives from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement No 822296.


  • Sinnergiak - University of the Basque Country (Spain)
  • Institute of Employment Research - University of Warwick (UK)
  • The Netherlands Organisation of Applied Research (Netherlands)
  • Department of Social Research - University of Turku (Finland)
  • Le CNAM-CEET (France)
  • Institute of Philosophy and Sociology - Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (Bulgaria)
  • Sozialforschungsstelle Dortmund - Technische Unviersität Dortmund (Germany)
  • Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose - University College London (UK)
  • University of Helsinki (Finland)


To reflect the project's state of progress and present findings from the project on social policy; historical analysis; data sources; skills; policy-making; digitalisation of work and production.

To enable young European PhD students to present their work. A special session will be organised to help develop students' skills (e.g. EU policy engagement, communicating research to a wider audience)

To feature parallel session in cooperation with other relevant EU-level research projects, networks and institutions.

Activity directed to

  • University students
  • Students not from university
  • Teachers
  • Professionals


During the Summer Course, diverse topics and multi-disciplinary methodologies will be explained. The programme includes a range of academic activities such as lectures, roundtables and workshops. BEYOND4.0 aims to help deliver an inclusive European future by examining the impact of the new technologies on the future of jobs, business models and welfare. Our research project employs cross-disciplinary and innovative research methods combining historical, EU-wide, regional and company-level data. The project aims to promote an inclusive digital economy that provides decent work and a decent living for EU citizens.


  • European Commission
  • Face-to-face and live online course
    • Education
    • Society
  • 01.Jun - 04.Jun
  • Miramar Palace
  • English
  • Academic Validity: 40 hours
  • Web