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BEYOND 4.0 aims to help deliver an inclusive European future by examining the impact of the new technologies on the future of jobs, business models and welfare. BEYOND 4.0 addresses the general priorities of the H2020 Work Programme (2018-2020) “Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies”.

BEYOND 4.0 Industrie 4.0 and Digital Disruption/Inclusive Future for Europe. Beyond the impact of Industry 4.0 and digital change, funded by the European Union Program for Research and Innovation Horizon 2020 under contract 8222296. It is implemented in the period 2019-2023.

The BEYOND4.0 project was tasked with contributing to the achievement of an inclusive European future by exploring the impact of new technologies on the development of jobs, business models and welfare.

The specific goals of BEYOND4.0:

1 . Providing a new, scientific look at technological transformation;

2. Provision of new scientific knowledge about companies’ strategies related to technological transformation;

3. Study of the impact of technological transformation on:

a) the quality, content and distribution of work;

b) skills needs;

c) education and training;

d) value creation by companies;

4. Defining policy options for: fiscal policy (eg robot taxes); social policy (eg unconditional basic income);

5. Defining social investment approaches and tools for inclusive growth.

BEYOND 4.0 generates this new knowledge by using innovative methods, including combining historical information, data for the EU as a whole, regional research and case study research on specific companies.

Seven European countries participate in the project – the Netherlands, Great Britain, Germany, Bulgaria, Finland, France and Spain. The coordinator of the project is the Netherlands Organization for Applied Natural Science Research (TNO).

Within the framework of the project, four monographs were published, as well as articles in academic journals, as well as to organize two major scientific conferences and numerous workshops with interested parties.

Results of the project are available at:

Period: 2019-2023

IPS team: Assoc. Dr. Vasil Kirov – head of the Bulgarian team on the project,
Prof. Ph.D. Pepka Boyadzhieva, Ch. Assistant Professor Ekaterina Markova, Ph.D. Dr. Gabriela Asst Yordanova, full-time doctoral student Bagryan Malamin and Diana Nenkova.


Prof. Ph.D. Vasil Kirov – head of the Bulgarian project team