2nd International workshop on Skills and competencies of the XXI century workforce

Hybrid Workshop with the main stage at LUT University, Finland

17-18 November 2021 – Wroclaw and Lappeenranta


Welcome to the 2nd International workshop on Skills and competencies of the XXI century workforce (IWSCO) taking place from 17-18 November 2021.

The Workshop is part of the MEITIM – Master in Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Technology Integration in Mining project.

Participation in the workshop is FREE of charge. Register here

Do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions maria.mamelkina@lut.fi


Are you an industry representative? Join us to:

  • ensure your future employees have the right skills and competences to face digital transformation
  • shape your workforce to meet the needs of tomorrow
  • develop a tailored study programme that creates value for your company
  • save on re-training costs
  • develop and promote current employees
  • attract the most talented students and graduates to your workforce


  • LUT University, Finland and WUST, Poland


  • 17-18 November 2021


  • Attend keynote speaker lectures at LUT campus or follow the stream from the main stage on-line. Lectures are followed with discussions in small groups at LUT campus or via Zoom. Sign in here to follow the updates.

Watch the video below to familiarize yourself with topics and themes of the first IWSCO. To get more information and learn about virtual lab concept press here.

Keynote speakers

Sol Villar Abeytua

Senior Vice President of Organization & Human Resources at Atlantic Copper

Talk: “HR challenges in the mining industry of 21st century”

Marta Zygman

Independent Consultant, from 2011 till 2018 worked as Exploration Geologist and Program Manager in Chile for Kinross Gold, Antofagasta Minerals and Chilean Ministry of Mining.
Specialist in metal deposits and Environmental Social Governance topics.

Talk: “Women in mining industry”

Lucy Crane

Senior Geologist – Business Developer at Cornish Lithium and is working on projects to extract lithium from geothermal waters in Cornwall, UK

Talk: “Geoscientist of the future – necessary skills for green mining professionals”

Beata Staszków

President of the Management Board of the Polish Copper Employers Association

Fabio Ferri

EIT RawMaterials, Education manager Innovation Hub South

Matti Islander

Graduate from the European mining, minerals and environmental program (EMMEP) – European mining course (EMC)

Talk: “My experience through a EIT labelled Master’s program”

About the Workshop

The minerals industry is facing a changing talent landscape, with digitization necessitating new skillsets. Defining which skills and professional capacities are needed by students that will constitute the Engineering workforce in a few years’ time is vital in order to benefit from technology advances and to contribute to the development of business in new competitive environments.

The “Skills and competencies of the XXI century workforce” International Workshop will explore the different opinions and trends existing in the business sector. Leading companies, research centers, and stakeholders will meet together with selected speakers and renowned figures in industry to analyze and discuss the professional needs of the future.



Please use hashtag #lutiwsco on your social media updates.


Participation in the workshop is FREE of charge


Check the extended highlights of IWSCO 2020 by watching this video.

Learn more about the virtual laboratory concept by watching the video and reading the supplemented material. The socially scaffolded virtual laboratory concept was developed at LUT University, and applied on a Chemical Reaction Engineering course. The key idea was that the students didn’t have direct access to the simulation interface. Instead, they communicated with a virtual laboratory, using a written text on an online discussion forum. Learn more about the concept and its implementation here.


“I wish at the beginning I would have known new more about pitching, programming, and IT skills as well as motivating team members when the hard times come. You can learn entrepreneurial skills during your studies, and that is FOR SURE.”

Martyna Szydlowska, CEO at Fractuscan

“What is entrepreneurship?
Is it a skill, competence, attitude, preparedness, or capability? Is it for a person or for a team? Do you believe you can do it?”

Timo Pihkala, Professor at LUT University

“In Europe we have very high ambitions in being low carbon or carbon neutral. This is a challenge. And the ones who will do it are the people who are trained for those kind of problems. They have to be trained for all digitalization, low carbon technologies and climate policies.”

Kimmo Järvinen, CEO at Association of Finnish Steel and Metal Producers.

“With the help of EIT Labeling, each student accepted to EIT labeled program is having academic driven entrepreneurial opportunities to complete their studies.”

Lotta Aalto, Education Officer at EIT Raw Material Baltic

For more results, please, follow the link to the EIT RawMaterial news here.

Full talks are available from Martyna Szydlowska and Timo Pihkala https://youtu.be/4xbGmCOnOqY and Kimmo Järvinen and Lotta Aalto https://youtu.be/3GkuCHfxFjs


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LUT University

LUT University (Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT) is a pioneering science university in Finland, bringing together the fields of science and business since 1969.

Our international community is composed of approximately 6,500 students and experts engaged in scientific research and academic education.