NEF Gdańsk 2023

Polish school in digital transformation
April 18, 2023 9:00 am
Faculty of Social Sciences (WNS), Auditorium S205 University of Gdańsk

The New Education Forum Gdańsk will focus primarily on the following topics:

  • Digital Education Action Plan and changes in the Pomeranian labour market: expectations of employers and challenges for education,
  • development of offshore wind energy in Pomerania,
  • the role of local governments, teachers and students in adapting to the digital and green transformation,
  • school in the process of constant change: good practices of digital education (including gamification),
  • Pomeranian Recommendations for the European Year of Skills.


The European Commission’s goal is ambitious: “The EU will pursue a human-centric, sustainable vision of the digital society throughout the digital decade to empower citizens and businesses.” The digital society and digital technologies bring with them new ways to learn, entertain, explore and pursue ambitions. They also bring new freedoms, including the opportunity to work in new professions created in the digital environment.

All Europeans need digital skills to learn, work, communicate, use online public services and find reliable information. However, many Europeans lack adequate digital skills. The Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) shows that 4 in 10 adults and 1 in 3 working people in Europe lack basic digital skills. Women are also underrepresented in technology-related professions and studies, with only 1 in 6 ICT professionals and 1 in 3 science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduates being women.

The European Commission has set targets in the European Skills Agenda and the Digital Education Action Plan to ensure that 70% of adults have basic digital skills by 2025 and digital illiteracy drops from 30% (2019) to 15% in 2030.

The EU needs to address the digital divide, but at the same time adapt to the Green Deal. In regions such as Pomorskie, the changes will be far-reaching. Suffice it to say that the offshore industry will need about 30,000 trained employees. Offshore Wind Energy will require well-educated staff to operate wind farms, but not only. The energy generated in Pomerania will flow into the interior of the country, which means the need to build over 250 km of overhead high-voltage lines. Both investments will require a supportive environment that will provide services for employees working on the new infrastructure.

It is necessary to build awareness of these significant changes and opportunities for further development of the voivodeship and the Metropolis. Representatives of regional and local administration and business should tighten cooperation in order to communicate more widely about the planned changes, as well as staffing needs and other expectations towards educational institutions in the region.

European education should support Europe’s transition to a fairer, more inclusive and sustainable way of living and working. Sustainability should be part of the entire spectrum of education and training, including curricula and teacher professional development, and should also include the adaptation of educational buildings, infrastructure and activities. NEF Gdańsk will answer what solutions in the field of digital education are most needed and which are possible from the point of view of employers, local government, teachers and students.


Day 1

Topics of workshops accompanying the conference, conducted for 25 teachers and 25 directors of Pomeranian schools (3 hours each workshop):
1. SPARKS – free digital gamification tool for schools (run by Lascó, Italy)
2. NEF+ and international cooperation in the field of education (conducted by CIE, Poland)

NEF Gdańsk opening dinner with hosts and panellists (about 20 people)

Day 2

9.00 – 9.30 Registration
9.30 – 9.45 Welcoming

  • Mieczysław STRUK – Marshal of the Pomorskie Voivodeship
  • Dr hab. prof. UG Anna JURKOWSKA-ZEIDLER – Vice-Rector for Internationalization, University of Gdańsk
  • Led by Joanna BOCHNIARZ, General Director, CIE

9.45 – 10.00 A word of introduction

  • Michał PASIECZNY – Mayor of the City of Rumia

10.00 – 11.15 Panel I: Impact of digital transformation on the labour market, employers and local government.
A strong digital economy driven by Europeans with digital skills is crucial for innovation, growth, job creation and European competitiveness. At the same time, over 70% of European companies say that the lack of staff with the right digital skills is an obstacle to investment. The diffusion of digital technologies has a huge impact on the labour market and the type of skills needed in the economy and society. Member States, businesses, training providers, the European Commission and other organizations need to work together to close the digital skills gap. How are production and services changing under the influence of digital transformation? What does this mean for the Pomeranian labour market? What will be the expectations of employers from Pomerania towards new employees in the coming years and how do local governments and their schools react to these expectations? Presentation of the NEF+ project co-financed by the Erasmus+ program.

  • Krzysztof JURCZYK – Poland Operations Manager, Intel
  • Jakub KASZUBA – Vice President, Employers of Pomerania, President of the Management Board of Base Group
  • Joanna BOCHNIARZ – General Director, Center for Innovative Education, REPRESENTATIVE OF POMERANIAN YOUTH:
  • Zuzanna Jończyk – Student at the High School No. III with Bilingual Departments in Gdynia, Scholarship holder of the EFC Foundation
  • Julia Perlejewska – Student at the High School No. III with Bilingual Departments in Gdynia, Scholarship holder of the EFC Foundation
  • Moderation: Jorge GIMENO PAWLOWSKI, Atland Consulting Director

11.15 – 11.45 Networking break

11.45 – 13.00 Panel II: The role of schools, teachers and students in adapting to digital transformation.

Education and training must respond to the challenges and realities of the 21st century: meet the needs of students and help them cope with the feelings of stress and anxiety experienced in the face of the climate crisis, the pandemic and Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. 95% of respondents to the Open Public Consultation of Digital Education Action Plan believe that the COVID-19 pandemic is a turning point in the way technology is used in education and training (Digital Education Action Plan, Open Public Consultation, 2020). How can the school equip students with the competences needed to shape a more sustainable economy and society? How can it use attractive digital tools for this purpose? What are the barriers to digital and online education? Presentation of the digital tools of the SPARKS project co-financed by the Erasmus+ program.

  • Dr hab. prof. UG Arnold KŁONCZYŃSKI, Vice-Rector for Student Affairs and Quality of Education, University of Gdańsk
  • Adam KRAWIEC, Director of the Department of Education and Sport of the Marshal’s Office of the Pomeranian Voivodeship
  • Miriam LANZETTA, Head of the EU Projects Unit, Lascò
  • Dr Jule HILDMANN, PhD, Head of Research, Center for Innovative Education
  • Dr Grzegorz D. STUNŻA, PhD, lecturer at the Institute of Pedagogy of the University of Gdańsk, president of the board of the Polish Society of Media Education
  • REPRESENTATIVE OF POMERANIAN YOUTH: Michalina BONIECKA – Student at the High School No. III with Bilingual Departments in Gdańsk, Scholarship holder of the EFC Foundation, Oliwia KARNOWSKA – Student at the High School No. III with Bilingual Departments in Gdańsk, Scholarship holder of the EFC Foundation

Moderation: Joanna BOCHNIARZ, General Director, Center for Innovative Education

13.00 – 13.30 Networking break

13.30 – 14.45 Panel III: Metropolis towards offshore development: good practices supporting formal education.

How to provide practical support for teachers and tutors so that they can prepare their students for new professions? What are the main barriers to building the offshore labour market? Responsibility of local governments and schools for preparing local societies for the green transformation.

  • Michał GLASER, President of the Management Board, Gdańsk-Gdynia-Sopot Metropolitan Area
  • Agnieszka RODAK, CEO, Rumia Invest Sp. z o.o.
  • Sylwia MROZOWSKA, Director of the Center for Sustainable Development, University of Gdańsk
  • Jadwiga PIECHOWIAK, School Complex of Communications
  • Joanna RYBICKA-GORNOWICZ, Local Content Ekspert, RWE
  • REPRESENTATIVE OF POMERANIAN YOUTH: Mikołaj PATYK – Student at the High School No. III with Bilingual Departments in Gdynia, Scholarship holder of the EFC Foundation

Moderation: Jorge GIMENO PAWLOWSKI, Atland Consulting Director

14.45 – 15.00 NEF Gdańsk Closing

  • Zbigniew CANOWIECKI, Employers of Pomerania
  • Dr hab. Paweł POSZYTEK, General Director, Foundation for the Development of the Education System (FRSE), Erasmus+ National Agency and the European Solidarity Corps
  • Joanna BOCHNIARZ, General Director, Center for Innovative Education – presentation of the Pomeranian Recommendations for the European Year of Skills

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