Future of Work in the Digital Economy – Developing Skills for Industry 4.0

Join us for a global webinar with industry leaders and international academics discussing the impact of COVID-19 on the digital economy and the critical skills required to drive digital transformation.

The COVID-19 crisis has disrupted manufacturing industries and supply chains all over the world, causing tremendous challenges for consumers, businesses and the global economy.

This has raised new questions on the resilience of global value chains and the overall approach to manufacturing.

Investments in new technologies will accelerate digital transformation and increase efficiency and resilience.

Jobs in this transformed manufacturing environment will evolve from labor-intensive tasks to technology-based activities demanding new skills to improve quality, process, performance and safety.

Australia is one of the few nations that has a collaboration agreement on Industry 4.0 with Germany – and it's vital for both countries to progress on the journey of digital transformation.

This global webinar brings together industry leaders and international academics from Germany and Australia to examine the impact of COVID-19 in the digital economy and to analyse the critical skills required to drive this accelerated digital transformation.



  • Professor Aleksander Subic, DVC College of Science, Engineering and Health & VP Digital Innovation, RMIT University
  • H.E. Ms Lynette Wood, Australian Ambassador to Germany
  • Jeff Connelly, Chairman & CEO, Siemens Australia New Zealand
  • Andrew Dettmer, National President, Australian Manufacturing Workers' Union
  • Bronwyn Evans, Chief Executive Officer, Engineers Australia
  • Martin Kamp, Head of Berlin Office, IG Metall
  • Michelle Price, CEO, AustCyber - Australian Cyber Security Growth Network
  • Frank Wagner, Head of Strategic R&D/Cooperation Fraunhofer IAO, Incoming Dean Industry & Enterprise, University of South Australia


How to set up Microsoft Teams for a live webinar

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All attendees must register for this event. Once you register, you will receive an email with a link to access the live webinar.


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