Designing Future Skills-ready Future higher education: Why it Matters and What We can Do A Future Skills – Apéro conversation with Gilly Salmon OEW 2022

Thursday, 10 March 2022, 16:30 - 18:00 CET

Open Education Week webinar


Interactive Apéro discussion; possibility for participants to engage with questions in the conversation

The world is changing faster than ever before – not only since the pandemic. Which are the skills needed to engage in and shape inclusive societies and master emergent, uncertain futures? And are today’s higher education institutions and the current teaching and learning practices appropriate for meeting the new challenges? Future Skills are gaining relevance and importance in the discussion on present and future higher education. Not only are Future Skills one of the currently most debated topics – they also open up to fascinating new approaches of how we live and learn together.

This Future Skills Apéro with world-renowned Professor Gilly Salmon is hosted by Ulf-Daniel Ehlers and Laura Eigbrecht. The conversation will focus on sharing insights from her work on transformation of higher education and feature spicy good anecdotes, examples and stories ‘between the lines’. We will ask Gilly Salmon why Future Skills matter, how we can promote them, what we can learn from education in times of the pandemic and how we can design future and Future Skills-ready higher education. Participants are invited to contribute to the discussion by bringing in their questions and impulses to the conversation.


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Gilly Salmon

Gilly Salmon is CEO and Principal Consultant at Education Alchemists Ltd, in the UK. Professor Gilly Salmon has been a learning innovator for more than 30 years and is one of the world’s leading thinkers in digital and blended learning. She researches and publishes widely on the themes of innovation and change in Higher Education and the exploitation of new technologies of all kinds in the service of learning. She is internationally renowned for her significant contributions to education futures, including research, innovation, programme design, teaching methods and the use of new technologies. After 30 years in the university sector, in the UK and Australia as Professor (Education Futures) and Pro Vice-Chancellor, as well as two years as academic director in an OPM in London, Gilly has chosen to become a consultant and facilitator.

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Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers is a learning innovation expert and founder of – the Future Skills portal for higher education. He is leading the NextEducation Researech group (, founder of, serial entrepreneur, and Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe in 2011. From 2011-2017 he held the position of Vice President at the same university and has been responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs. Ulf has delivered keynotes and been speaking to audiences in more than 45 countries. He is author of more than 18 books and 200 scholarly articles with over 5000 academic citations. Ulf is Vice President of EURASHE, the European Association for Institutions of Higher Education, Senior fellow of EDEN and member of the Executive Council of the European Distance and E-Learning Network. In his scientific work he is focusing on Future Skills, digital transformation and inclusive quality development in education. His writings on ideas and new concepts for education quality are internationally awarded.

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Laura Eigbrecht

Laura Eigbrecht is a researcher at the Chair of Education Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University and part of the NextEducation research team. She is currently doing her PhD in the field of European higher education and participatory Future Skills. After completing her Bachelor’s Degree in European Media and Culture and her Master’s degree in Kids and Youth Media, she was a PR assistant at KiKA (Children’s TV channel) as well as teaching, counseling and coordinating in the field of migration, refugees, language and education.