#ECIS23 Conference

Transformative skills – embrace friction to create the unexpected

#ECIS23 Conference will showcase recent developments and challenges of re/upskilling the European creative workforce. As part of the European Year of Skills 2023, this conference addresses skill requirements for green transformation, sector resilience, and digitalization. The Summit will include current policy discussion, stakeholder presentations on current skills agenda, and a local forum on cross-sectoral innovations and city planning in Helsingborg. The Summit will conclude with a presentation of local CCI support systems and incubators and the introduction of the newly formed European Creative Powerhouse, the EIT Culture and Creativity.

REGISTER and get your ticket for online or onsite participation here:
#ECIS23 Conference


DAY 1 Opening, 23rd of May

On May 23rd, the first day of this year’s #ECIS23, the ECBN Member Forum at #ECIS23 Helsingborg will cover a range of topics, including deep tech and creativity, micro-credentials in film and TV, the intersection of games and fashion, and adapting ESCO to meet the needs of CCSIs and will close with a young researcher’s space to share their work on CCIs.

REGISTER and get your ticket for the 23rd of May here: ECBN Member Forum

Venue: Dunkers blackbox, Helsingborg

13:30 – 14:00 Registration

Welcome, reception by ECBN, City of Helsingborg and Region Skåne

14:00 – 17:00 Workshop – Closed session

  • Identifying and Clustering ESCO SKILLS of Relevance to the CCSI
  • Adapting ESCO for the needs of CCSIs: Cyanotype, Charter & Creative Flip Blueprint Projects

14:00 – 15:30 Workshop – Open session

  • Deep Tech – Deep Creativity

15:30 – 17:00 Workshop – Open session

  • Vice or Obedience: The transgression of Games & Fashion?

17:00 – 18:00 ECBN General Assembly

  • Gerin Trautenberger, Managing Director, ECBN

18:00 – 19:00  Under:Doc

Young researchers present their work about Cultural and Creative Studies.

20:00 – 22:30 Reception and Mingle at Tivoli

DAY 2 Policy, Stakeholder and Local Forum, 24th of May

The #ECIS23 conference on May 23-24 in Helsingborg will discuss recent developments and challenges in upskilling the European creative workforce. Topics include skill requirements for green transformation, sector resilience, and digitalization as part of the European Year of Skills 2023. The summit features policy discussions, stakeholder presentations, a local forum on cross-sectoral innovations and city planning, as well as presentations on local CCI support systems and incubators. The summit also introduces the newly formed European Creative Powerhouse, the EIT Culture and Creativity.

REGISTER and get your ticket for the 24th of May here: #ECIS23 Conference

Venue: Clarion SeaU, Helsingborg

8:30 – 9:15  Registration

Mingle and Coffee

9:15- 9:30  Welcome, Main Hall

  • Gerin Trautenberger, Managing Director, ECBN
  • Welcome statement by:
    • Karin Svanborg-Sjövall, State Secretary for the Cultural Ministry

9:30 – 10:15  #ECIS23 Policy Forum

  • Hans Nelson, Municipal Commissioner Helsingborg City
  • Fredrik Sjögren, Chair of Culture Committee Skåne Region
  • Karin Svanborg-Sjövall, State Secretary for the Ministry of Culture

10:15 – 11:00 Key Note

  • Deep Mining Human Culture – Neural Architecture, Art and Music / Deep Tech – Deep Learning – Deep Creativity

Matias del Campo, PhD I  Associate Professor I  University of Michigan

Sandra Manninger, PhD I Associate Professor I NYIT (New York Institute of Technology)

11:00 – 11:30  Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:30 #ECIS23 Local Forum

  • Helsingborg City: Co-creating city planning
  • SPOK: Promoting the development of local production
  • Cross innovation: Developing a production of steel products with design and performing art

Three cases: Embracing friction

Dennis Kerkhoff, Project Manager H+ Mats Hallberg, Director cultural department Helsingborg

Anna Gudmundsdottir, designer and project manager of SPOK

Ingemar Andreasson, CEO Bjärnum Stålprodukter

Elin Frost, artist

Niklas Madsen, designer and founder of design studio Superlab

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch Break

13:30 – 14:30 #ECIS23 Stakeholder Forum:

  • Lunds University, CROCUS: How can research/academy become part of a solution for urgent needs? What skills do we need in the future?
  • Swedish Games Industry: Reacting on the urgent needs of a sector? How do we produce and attract the skills we need?
  • The Cyanotypes View: Anticipating Creative Futures – Skilling Scenarios for Art and Design

Three cases: Transformative skills

Prof. Cecilia Fredriksson, Lunds University

Johanna Nylander, Head of Policy & Analytics at Swedish Games Industry

Soenke Zehle, Hochschule der Bildenden Künste Saar

14:30 – 15:00 Cultural Boost: Teresa Holmberg (artist)

15:00 – 15:30 Coffee Break

15:30 – 16:00 Break Out Sessions

Break Out Session 1:

Cross innovation support system: What can the public sector provide to foster innovation with cultural and creative industries?

Break Out Session 2:

Incubators for the cultural and creative industries: How can incubators support the transformation of skills to create the unexpected?

Break Out Session 3:

Designing Transformation

What needs be transformed to achieve the paradigm shift? How are design approches infused into processes? This session is part of forming the EU Design Agenda.

Creating the unexpected (Limited Seating)

Görel Abramsson, Region Blekinge

Jenny Kornmacher, Region Skåne & Interim Innovation Director Action Program Breakthrough Lab EIT Culture & Creativity

Martin Q Larsson, Incubator manager, Subtopia and President of Swedish Incubator Network creARTive

Ambra Trotto, Senior Advisor for Digital Ethics at RI.SE and Design and Research Director at d.centre

16:10 – 16:40 EIT Culture & Creativity:

Information about the biggest EU project of all times for this sector

  • Gerin Trautenberger, Jenny Kornmacher, Ambra Trotto

16:45 – 17:00 Summary and End of Conference

DAY 3 Bonus program and Study Visit, 25th of May

The bonus program for all the participants who are staying one day longer

8:30 – 9:15  Swim in Öresund          

9.30 Study visits at Southern Sweden Design Days or Nordic Game Conference in Malmö