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Wednesday 9 October


8.30     Registration and Welcome coffee





9.00    Welcome by Jérôme Verschave, General Manager of AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine


9.10     Setting the scene – state of play of EU defence industrial policy on skills and next steps, Paul Anciaux, Policy Officer, European Commission



SESSION 1: The vocational education system meeting the needs of defence industries


9.30    Panel discussion moderated by Benoit Consolini, Training Director at AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine


11.00     Coffee break



11.30     Walking tour of AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine training facilities presenting the case of building skills for the defence industry



13.00     Networking Lunch



SESSION 2: Attracting new talents to the defence sector


14.30  Panel discussion moderated by Tim Pike, Content and Digital Communications, Thales / Aerospace Valley


16.00     Coffee break



16.30     Opportunities for cooperation at European level: Short presentations followed by a networking session


A series of small presentations (5min) will provide the participants with information on emerging opportunities for cooperation in the frame of upcoming calls and/or to build on existing European projects. A networking session will then allow participants to discuss on the basis of the presentations. 




18.30     Pre-dinner Drinks and Dinner hosted by the European Commission in the AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine Castle



Thursday 10 October


9.00     Welcome coffee



9.30     Speech by Alain Rousset, President of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine Region 


9.45     Keynote speech: General Jean-Marc Laurent, Chair on Defence and Aerospace, Fondation Bordeaux Université, on behalf of Sciences Po Bordeaux and University of Bordeaux



SESSION 3: Innovative approaches in higher education for defence-related skills


10.15   Panel discussion moderated by Joanne Pageze, Vice President for Internationalisation at the University of Bordeaux


11.45     Key take-aways from the conference

               Rapporteur: Klaus Bolving, CEO, Center for Defence, Space & Security - CenSec



12.00     Networking Lunch



13.30     Industrial Visit: Campus Thales, Mérignac highlighting this large Defence company's skills strategy



16.30     Return to AEROCAMPUS Aquitaine and end of conference




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