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Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions

Panel Discussions


 

 

Panel 1:

Talent Pipeline enabling Innovation, Growth and Competitiveness

2 May 2019

11:30 - 12:30

Foreword: 

The semiconductor industry is strategically positioned in the digital economy. With its leading design and manufacturing companies and research organizations, Europe is poised to grow. Global competition, nevertheless, is getting fiercer. Only countries with a large, diverse and dynamic electronics workforce can remain competitive and be the ones shaping the digital economy. It is paramount for semiconductor players to gain, train and retain its workforce aligned with emerging global trends. Under this light, the sessions will shed light on education, skills and workforce-related issues affecting the competitiveness of semiconductor players in Europe. With the participation of speakers from large and small companies, universities and political authorities, the sessions will provide a rich debate on common workforce challenges, share good HR practices, address topical issues such as the role of career guidance, talent attraction strategies, school-to-work transition, and the role of public policy in securing talent.

Panel opening:    
  

Kylan Nieh
Product Manager, LinkedIn                                                              

     

Moderator: 

   
  Leslie Tugman
Vice President, Global Workforce Development and Diversity, SEMI
     
Panelists:  

 

  Frazer Anderson
Innovation and Solutions Director, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology
     
  Dr Katharine Blackwell
Industry Liaison Manager, University of Bristol
     
  Jacob Mitchell
Ph.D. Nanotechnology, Swansea University
     
  Sion Meredith
Senior Relationship Manager, Department for Skills, Higher Education and Lifelong Learning, Welsh Government
     
  Kylan Nieh
Product Manager, LinkedIn

12:30 – 13:30 Networking Lunch


 

 

Panel 2:

Grand Societal Challenges: How You Can Help Electronics Shape the Future

2 May 2019

13:30 - 14:30

Foreword: 

In 2016, the then-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Ban-Ki Moon, stated that “Saving our planet, lifting people out of poverty, advancing economic growth…these are one and the same fight. We must connect the dots between climate change, water scarcity, energy shortages, global health, food security and women’s empowerment”.  Featuring panellists from university, an NGO and the electronics sector, and encouraging questions from the audience, this group will discuss how digitalisation impacts all these key topics and will be instrumental in helping humanity shape the future.

Panel opening:    
   Dr David Santillo
Senior Scientist, Greenpeace Research Laboratories                    
     
Moderator:    
 

Professor Michael Czerniak
Environmental Solutions Business Development Manager, Edwards

     
Panelists:    
  Bernard Capraro
Silicon Technology Research Manager, Intel Ireland
     
  Eleni Michalopoulou
PhD Student in the department of Chemistry and the Atmospheric Chemistry Research Group, University of Bristol
     
  Dr David Santillo
Senior Scientist, Greenpeace Research Laboratories
     
  Sean Sutherland
Postgraduate law student, University of Bristol

 

 

Panel 3:

The Global Competition for Talent Mobility: The Case of Semiconductor Industry

3 May 2019

10:00 - 11:10

Foreword:

The international mobility of highly skilled talent is crucial for the semiconductor industry as the sector’s supply chain is extremely sophisticated and globally diverse. Businesses across the semiconductor industry supply chain, therefore, require a diverse talent with rich regional network, understanding of national regulations, sense of local business and customs and local languages. A global talent pipeline is also seen by many companies as a critical element of creative teams, innovation and competitiveness. While, the semiconductor industry is one of the global champions in talent mobility, players from emerging sectors, such as Internet technologies, are increasingly investing in building a global talent pipeline. This is a serious challenge for the semiconductor industry, as many organizations aim to attract the same pool of highly skilled talent. Most companies in various regions offer a range of programs focused on assisting and encouraging mobility, although few have a specific and coherent mobility strategy. In this light, the session will bring experts from various stakeholders and discuss specific challenges concerning talent mobility and share best practices in attracting international talent and building a global talent pipeline.

Panel opening:    
   James Robson
Corporate VP Europe, Applied Materials                                         
     
Moderator:    
  Leslie Tugman
Vice President, Global Workforce Development and Diversity, SEMI
     
Panelists:    
  Sarah Cooper
Careers Consultant, University of Bristol
     

  Pascal Louis     
Director Process Development, X-FAB                                      
     
  Sanjeevani Panditharatne
Student, University of Bristol
     
  James Robson
Corporate VP Europe, Applied Materials

11:10 – 11:30     Coffee Break


 

 

Panel 4:

Diversity and Inclusion for High Performance Teams

3 May 2019

11:30 – 12:30

Foreword: 

A diverse, highly skilled workforce is crucial to the industry’s ability to innovate and remain competitive amidst digital disruption. Diversity and inclusion play an important role in elevating employee morale and fostering a workplace culture that enables higher levels of productivity, creativity, profitability, and innovation. Employees that benefit from a diverse and inclusive workplace also report higher levels of job satisfaction, individual validation, and a greater sense of community among peers. This is increasingly true for Millennials and Generation Z, the generations that will one day comprise the leaders of our industry, and who care deeply about making a proactive and positive impact on society.

The session Diversity and Inclusion for High Performance Teams will explore the role of diversity and inclusion in building high performance teams for greater innovation and creativity, as well as the importance of a collaborative and inclusive workplace culture for employee morale and enhanced productivity.         

Panel opening:    
  

Emily Clark
SSC Sales, Applied Materials                     

     
Moderator:    
  Cassandra Melvin
Director of Operations, SEMI Europe 
     
Panelists:    
  Charmyn Hall
HR Director, Oxford Instruments Plasma Technology                     
     
  Claire Harrington
VP Global HR at SPTS Technologies Ltd
     
  Cristina Oehling
University of Bristol
     
  Emily Clark
SSC Sales, Applied Materials            
     
  Rose Stanley
University of Bristol

12:30 – 13:30     Networking Lunch


 

 

Panel 5:

The Future of Work in the Semiconductor Industry

3 May 2019

13:30 – 14:30

Foreword: 

One of the key topics brought by emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence (AI) is their impact on employment and workforce. Due to the emergence of AI and alike technologies, many jobs, primarily low- and medium-skilled occupations are increasingly disappearing. For instance, structured jobs that can be done more effectively by machines and software are  likely to disappear more and more. On the other hand, the emergence of new technologies provides new opportunities in creating and using new tech and demand more sophisticated knowledge and skills in automation, computerization and digitization. In addition, possessing key competences such as building and managing multicultural and global teams, listening and understanding varying customer needs and developing customized solutions before problems arise, are becoming crucial for any organization. The panel will shed light on various scenarios concerning the impact of emerging technologies on the future of work in the semiconductor industry, as a key enabler and user. Experts will also share insights on how organizations and individuals align their re- and up-skilling initiatives vis-à-vis new technologies in the digital era.

Panel opening:    
   Stew Edmondson
CEO, UK Electronic Skills Foundation (UKESF)                             
     
Moderator:
 
   
 

Laith Altimime
SEMI Europe President

     
Panelists:    
 

Andy Collins
Manager, Quantum Technology Enterprise Centre (QTEC) in Bristol

     
  Peter Cooney
Founder, SAR Insight and Consulting
     
  Stew Edmondson
CEO, UK Electronic Skills Foundation (UKESF)
     
  Sam Evans
Director of Quality and External Affairs, Newport Wafer Fab
     
  Dr Rachel Hogg
Careers Consultant, University of Bristol
     

 

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