Timeline of activities
EU Skills for the Future Summit
The EU Skills for the Future Summit is a unique venue for cross-cultural exchange, where students working toward sustainability in different thematic and geographical contexts can come together to exchange ideas. The students who gather at the Summit are selected by their peers and juries of industry and academic experts for their outstanding innovations developed during intensive Idea Camps in their home countries.
The students and teachers return home with new perspectives to share with their peers and colleagues, broadening the impact of Skills for the Future in their schools and communities.
The inaugural Skills for the Future Summit was held in Brussels in November 2019. The students participated in dynamic activities to identify their core qualities and skills and understand how best to deploy them as part of a team. Meanwhile, their teachers took part in a workshop on challenge-based learning techniques for the classroom.
Agriculture 4.0, sustainable schools, reducing waste, designing for the future; these were just some of the challenges students tackled with their innovations on the circular economy theme. The jury was impressed with the outcomes, ranging from an energy-neutral heating system to an ink extracted from food waste to a table produced using the byproduct of steel production.
In light of the ongoing global Covid-19 pandemic, the EU Skills for the Future Summit did not take place in 2021. Instead, we organised ad-hoc online meetings to celebrate students’ achievements and create a virtual community around the programme.