‘Education in the Age of Industry 4.0’ is a national, one day conference which will bring academics together with industry leaders to discuss the outcome of a major project to identify and close digital skills gaps across industries in the UK.

In January 2018 the University of Lincoln secured funding from the Office for Students for the Industrial Digitisation for the 21st Century project. The project aimed foster collaboration between employers and experts from the University to create course materials designed to equip learners to meet the digitalisation challenges that our industrial partners face now and in the future.

Now, a year after the project was launched, the conference will offer an opportunity to share the knowledge gained as well as strategies to meet the workplace challenges of Industry 4.0 through a series of talks, interactive displays and networking.

Speakers will include academics from the University of Lincoln, the University of Birmingham and Liverpool John Moores University alongside key industry figures including Martin Collison, Director of Norfolk based rural and agri-food development consultants Collinson & Associates Ltd and Melanie Armstrong, a Senior Advisor at Coventry’s Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

Talks will cover how we can optimise the food chain by using automation and digitisation to create higher quality jobs through to how we can embed Industry 4.0 into the curriculum in every aspect of the University STEM subjects through to arts and business.

The conference is free to attend.