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JRC Annual Conference – Human Capital for Territorial Growth



The JRC Annual Conference 2016 will take place on October 11th, at the Bozar in Brussels, within the framework of the European Week of Regions and Cities, and with a focus on the importance of human capital for the prosperity of regions and cities. Around 400 participants representing different academic fields, regions, cities, business and international organisations will participate.

Globalisation, digital economy, and demographic dynamics, including migration, represent a major challenge for today society and they increasingly push for new approaches to ensure competitiveness, fairness and resilience. The influx of refugees, the increasing elderly population, the networked and multicultural society, the management of knowledge globally, the need for different skills, the need for a resilient society, are only a few examples of the challenges that regions and cities have to face and that have an influence on the development of their human capital. Within this context, scientists are urged to contribute to the better understanding of the evolving challenges and its impact on the people and places they live.

The objective of this year’s Annual DG JRC Conference is to discuss with scientists and policy makers how member states, regions and cities can harness the potential of their human capital under the current socio-economic and environmental challenges to make their territories more dynamic, creative and resilient to external shocks. The conference will therefore focus on understanding human capital and its significant interest to policymakers as a key determinant for territorial growth. It will identify major challenges for human capital development, including demographic change, migration, fairness, attractiveness and propose recommendations for scientific evidence and policy action and the corresponding scientific world needed to underpin these actions.

Find further information on the conference via this link: http://ec-jrc2016annualconference.com


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