Readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution in the European Union

Readiness for the 4th Industrial Revolution in the European Union

3rd workshop in cooperation with the European Association for Comparative Economic Studies

Supported by the project EFOP-3.6.2-16-2017-00007 “Aspects on the development of intelligent, sustainable and inclusive society: social, technological, innovation networks in employment and digital economy”

5-6 April 2019
Szeged, Hungary

Industrial competitiveness, expected and ongoing technological changes – labelled as the 4th industrial revolution ̶ are in the focus of the EU agenda. Even if future scenarios are surrounded by considerable uncertainty, some crucial factors can be identified, e.g. the increasing importance of innovation and education systems. In these fields there are substantial differences between the more developed North-western and the less developed Mediterranean, Central and Eastern European countries. Moreover, the differences in economic structures and the level of industrialization mean different starting positions in forthcoming European and global competition.

We call for papers which address the questions of readiness for the 4th industrial revolution in the European Union in the following topics:

  • de- and reindustrialization processes,
  • new business models,
  • governmental policy toolkit for supporting industrial changes.


Kadri UkrainskiKadri Ukrainski, Professor of Research and Innovation Policy (University of Tartu, School of Economics and Business Administration):
Innovation policy and dynamic capabilities in the public sector: challenges for CEE countries in the context of 4th industrial revolution

Enzo ValentiniEnzo Valentini, PhD in Political Economy (University of Macerata, Department of Political Science, Communication and International Relations):
Structural change, robotisation, productivity and labour markets in advanced economies

Hiroshi TanakaHiroshi Tanaka, Specially Appointed Professor of Economics (Ritsumeikan University, Graduate School of Economics):
Industry 4.0: View from a Japanese Manufacturing Perspective


5 April 2019

10.00 – 12.15
Welcome address and plenary session
12.15 – 13.00
Buffet lunch
13.00 – 15.00
Parallel sessions
15.00 – 15.30
Coffee break
15.30 – 17.30
Parallel sessions
18.00 –
Conference dinner

6 April 2019

09.00 – 11.00
Parallel sessions
11.00 – 11.15
Coffee break
11.15 – 13.00
Parallel sessions
13.00 – 14.00
Buffet lunch

The programme and abstracts is available in PDF format.


Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Szeged, Kálvária sgt. 1.


20 January
Abstract submission
1 February
Notification of abstract acceptance
15th March
Full paper submission


Participation fee (which includes conference package): 50 EUR or 16,000 HUF
Payments due by 1th March 2019

Payment in EUR:
Name: University of Szeged
Bank name: Hungarian State Treasury
Bank address: H-1054 Budapest, Hold utca 4.
Bank account number (IBAN): HU79-1000-4885-1000-2010-0012-0335
Swift code: HUSTHUHB
Please write in the notice section: 14 14 1S918

Payment in HUF:
Name: Szegedi Tudományegyetem
Bank name: Magyar Államkincstár
Bank address: 1054 Budapest, Hold utca 4.
Bank account number: HU91-1002-8007-0028-2802-0000-0000
Please write in the notice section: 14 14 1S918


University of Szeged
H-6722 Szeged, Kálvária sgt. 1. Hungary
E-mail: conference@eco.u-szeged.hu

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