MAKERS Final Workshop – Friday 7th December 2018 – Brussels

NAME OF CONFERENCE:  Industry 4.0: A transformative place-based policy

WHEN:  Friday, 7th December 2018, 10:00-14:00

WHERE:  CEPS Conference Room, 1 Place du Congres, 1000 Brussels

ORGANISED BY:  David Bailey (Aston University) & Felice Simonelli (CEPS)

This MAKERS Workshop will specifically discuss the policy implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies for EU regions and industries with a mix of policymakers, industry players and academics.  The Project Officer will be available at this event in order for you to share some reflections of the project with them.

For further information and Agenda for the day, please click on the attached link:-

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MAKERS Conference – 24th, 25th & 26th October 2018, Venice, Italy

Name of Conference:   Industry 4.0 and SME’s: Skills, Upgrading and Policy

Dates:   24th, 25th, 26th October 2018

Where:  24th and 26th October 2018 – Ca’ Foscari University, Sala Partesotti, Department of Economics, San Giobbe, Cannaregio 873, 30121 Venice – Italy

25th October 2018 – Unioncamere del Veneto, sala Europa, Edificio Lybra – Via delle Industrie 19/c, 30175 Venezia – Marghera – Italy

Ca’ Foscari University and Unioncamere Veneto, in cooperation with the H2020 Project MAKERS, invites you to a Policy Workshop on Industry 4.0 and its implications for skills development, cluster upgrading and EU industrial policy.
For more information and Agenda for this event, please click the link below:-

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MAKERS Project Workshop, Florence, Italy

Name of Workshop “Upgrading Strategies and Trajectories for clusters, districts and regions”

Organised by: Foundation of Research and Innovation

Date:  9th May 2018

Where:  Florence, Tuscany, Italy

Report written by Simona Ciappei

The morning session brought together regional representatives of academia, government and businesses.  The discussion highlighted a scenario where various actors are involved in activities aimed at increasing firms’ awareness and at encouraging local enterprises to adopt 4.0 technologies.

The afternoon session provided the occasion for MAKERS’ partners to show some results of their ongoing research and to discuss them with external invited speakers.

For full report please click on the link below:-

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RSA Annual Conference 2018 – 3rd-6th June 2018, Lugano, Switzerland

Conference Name:   A World of Flows: Labour Mobility, Capital and Knowledge in an Age of Global Reversal and Regional Revival

Location:  Università della Svizzera Italiana, Lugano, Switzerland

Name of Attendees:    Diletta Pegoraro



Diletta Pegoraro presented a paper titled “A Preliminary Study on Reshoring in the Region of Veneto in Italy”.

The conference focus was on future paths of regional development and the topic of reshoring has been presented as a viable solution for increasing the territorial attractiveness.




Professor Steffen Kinkel hits the news!

Please click on the following links for more information:-



MAKERS Business Academia Policy for Policy Forum and Consortium Meeting

Upgrading strategies and trajectories for clusters, districts and regions

When: 9th 10th May 2018
Where: Florence, Tuscany– Italy
Contact: Dr. Alessandro Monti  –, Dr. Chiara Guiggiani –, Dr. Simona Ciappei –

The disruptive introduction of new technologies has strongly modified the global production landscape. SMEs and local production systems are accordingly adjusting both the organizational models and the sets of embedded knowledge. The forthcoming workshop in Florence will be the arena to deepen this big transformation thanks to academics, policy makers and the main actors of local business associations who will share their different point of views, experiences and development trajectories.


MAKERS Brussels Policy workshop


Industry 4.0 Implications for an EU industrial policy

When: Thursday, 25th January 2018, 10:00-16:00

Where: CEPS Conference Room, 1 Place du Congrès, 1000 Brussels

Contact: David Bailey –

Organized by David Bailey (Aston University) & Felice Simonelli (CEPS)

CEPS, in cooperation with the H2020 Project MAKERS, invites you to a Policy Workshop on Industry 4.0 and its implications for an EU industrial policy.


EU economies are being transformed by the emergence of ‘new manufacturing model’ driven by a wave of technological changes: the pervasive diffusion of digital technology; new business models & servitisation; new forms of demand & access; and a sustainable innovation agenda.

Recent debate has started to unpack this ‘production organisation revolution’ and it is now timely to understand what form the new manufacturing model will take in Europe, how it can contribute to economic development, and what policies are needed to enable to develop and anchor manufacturing activities in relatively high-cost economies in the EU.

Policy makers, academics, unions and business experts from across the EU will share their perspectives on new or smart manufacturing, Industry 4.0, the fourth industrial revolution and implications for policy.

Please let David Bailey know if you want to present policy findings from your contribution to MAKERS.

To register please follow the link below to secure a place:

Please follow the link for more information about the workshop

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Conference on Global Production

6-8th December 2017, National University of Singapore

The Global Production Networks Research Centre at the National University of Singapore (GPN@NUS) is pleased to announce that it will host the inaugural interdisciplinary ‘Conference on Global Production’ in December 2017.

Please follow the link for more information about the conference.

Introducing Dr. Vivek Soundararajan to the MAKERS project

Following on from the departure of Pamela Robinson, we would like to introduce her replacement Dr. Vivek Soundararajan who is a Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Strategy and International Business. His core research interest lies around understanding the ways in which businesses can contribute to social, environmental and economic sustainability, and create value for stakeholders. Under this broad theme, he conducts research on corporate responsibility, political role of business, multi-stakeholder initiatives, labour and environmental standards, and labour rights in global production networks, modern slavery and forced labour, sustainable entrepreneurship and stakeholder value creation. His research draws on insights from a wide range of disciplines, including management, sociology, political science, planning studies, development studies and law; and he collaborates with numerous international scholars across these disciplines. Vivek’s research has been published in journals such as Journal of World Business, Human Relations, Journal of Business Ethics and Business and Society. Also, his work has been published in books edited by leading scholars. He has engaged with a wide range of stakeholders for consulting and research. Additionally, he has obtained numerous honours, awards and grants, and has experience in organizing interdisciplinary international conferences and workshops. Currently, he is an Associate Editor of the journal Business Ethics: A European Review and the Annual Review of Social Partnerships and he reviews for numerous high-impact journals on an ad-hoc basis.  Vivek has a completely funded Ph.D. in Management from University of London, which won numerous prestigious awards including, ‘the Academy of Management, Social Issues in Management (SIM) Division’s Best Dissertation award’ and ‘Honourable Mention from Labor and Employment Relations (LERA), USA’. His PhD research covered a range of areas including, corporate responsibility, global supply chains, labour conditions, small business, garment sector and emerging country context. He also has a distinction class Master’s Degree in Management from University of St Andrews and a distinction class Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, India.

The potential secondees are: Dr Roshan Boojihawon; Dr. Dr Natalia A. Vershinina; and Dr. Dr Simon Adderley. Along with this team, Vivek will be looking to ecosystem for sustainable entrepreneurship, international sustainable entrepreneurship and ambidexterity and sustainable supply chains.

MAKERS: A Research and Innovation Staff Exchange Project Events

  Upcoming events:

When: Thursday 16th November 2017

Where: Ca’ Foscari

Contact: Diletta Pegoraro –

Measuring The Complexity of Production Spaces: models and applications – organized by Giancarlo Coro’ and Mario Volpe. The speaker is Tullio Buccellato. The leaflet is attached below.

Download a copy of the of the leaflet here.

Measuring The Complexity of Production Spaces: models and applications


When: Wednesday 22nd November 2017

Where: UnionCamere

Contact: Diletta Pegoraro –

Methodology for Mapping the Reshoring: Suggestions and FRAs. – organized by Unioncamere – Giancarlo Coro’ and Serafino Pitingaro will introduce the topic and the seminar will be led by Diletta Pegoraro. The leaflet is attached below.

Download a copy of the of the leaflet here.

A Methodology for Mapping the Reshoring: Suggestions and FRAs.