"The Future of Work"
May 21 - 22, 2019 | Deutsche Telekom’s Representative Office, Berlin
The "BMBF-Forum International – The Future of Work" took place on May 21 - 22, 2019 in Berlin as a prelude to the Federal Research Ministry's international campaign "The Future of Work".
The aim of this interactive conference was to present our 10 top research networks and their innovative projects in France, Japan and USA. The event also aimed to develop synergies and new opportunities for cooperation of science and research organisations in an international environment. At the same time, the BMBF’s international research marketing campaign on “The Future of Work” kicked off in France, Japan and the USA.
Via video message, Germany's Federal Minister of Education and Research, Anja Karliczek, inaugurated the first “BMBF Forum International”.
The event featured international keynote speakers such as the well-known economist Dr Daniel Susskind of Oxford University and 250 further representatives of academic and research institutions, government and industry. Together they tried to identify potential synergies and bring together strategies to develop solutions for the challenges of the digitalised work of the future.
One of the highlights was the accompanying interactive exhibition with numerous German and international projects and innovations from the areas of digitalisation and automation as well as artificial intelligence and robotics. Promising products and research projects on the topics of big data, ethical issues, psychology, health, social security and legal aspects in the digital working world were all featured.
“The Future of Work” is also the focus of the latest international BMBF campaign, which was also kicked off on May 21, 2019. With the launch of this campaign, Federal Minister Karliczek has sent ten top-class German research networks in the field of Work 4.0 on an 18-month world tour to discuss solutions for our future working worlds with renowned colleagues at conferences and other events and also at institutes and robotics laboratories in France, Japan and the United States.
In Japan, for example, German researchers will be finding out how socially interactive robots help residents and their family members in nursing homes; in France virtual reality made in Germany is helping to achieve breakthrough innovations in the plastics-processing industry, and in the USA, automation and artificial intelligence are improving efficiency and environmental protection and worker safety in commercial laundries, for example when robotic arms equipped with sensors automatically remove scalpels from dirty hospital laundry.
The Forum was covered live on the BMBF and Research in Germany media channels via #BMBF_International.