The annual conference of the European Forum of the Insurance against Accidents at Work and Occupational Diseases will take place from 15 to 17 June 2021 as a virtual event.
We, the German Social Accident Insurance, have the honor to hold the Presidency of the European Forum for another year and to welcome you to the virtual event with the title "The future is now: Advancing Accident Insurance in Europe".
This year, we would like to discuss with you the following themes:


Manfred Wirsch
Alternate Chairman of the Board, DGUV

Manfred Wirsch, born in 1959, has been Chairman of the Board of the German Social Accident Insurance Institution for the trade and logistics industry (BGHW) since 2008 and Chairman of the Board of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV) since 2014. The trained steel trade merchant has also been actively involved in the United Services Union ver.di since its founding days. Since 2016, he has been a member of the ver.di national executive committee, where he is responsible for the wholesale and foreign trade sector. Through his many years of work in the area of self-administration and not least through his great commitment, Manfred Wirsch has significantly influenced and helped shape the developments and concerns of the statutory accident insurance at national and international level.

Hubertus Heil
German Federal Ministry of
Labour and Social Affairs

Hubertus Heil  has been Federal Minister of Labour and Social Affairs since March 2018. Having studied political science, he is particularly committed to using his office to give everyone the chance to lead a self-determined life, while providing protection and security in times of change. Since December 2019, Hubertus Heil has been Deputy Chairman of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD), of which he has been a member since 1988. Since 1998, he has also represented the Gifhorn-Peine constituency in Lower Saxony with a direct mandate in the German Bundestag.

Dr. Edlyn Höller
President of the European Forum

Dr. Edlyn Höller is the Deputy Director General of the German Social Accident Insurance (DGUV). In this function, she is in particular responsible for the areas of insurance law and rehabilitation. Before taking office, Edlyn Höller had already been working for the DGUV in various positions since 2004 - most recently as the Director of Insurance Law. In this function, she was responsible, among other things, for strategically important projects within the framework of the reorganisation of the statutory accident insurance and the development of recommendations for the further development of the law on occupational diseases. Edlyn Höller received her doctorate in law in 2004 with a dissertation on European social law.

Kai Gondlach

I studied sociology and political/administrative science. Then I came up with something better, I did a master’s degree in futures studies at the Free University of Berlin.
After several professional stations as a Senior Research Fellow, I have been involved in research and strategy projects with a wide variety of industries. I am involved in the community of future researchers, i. a. the alumni association of the German master of future science, the German network of futurologists and the World Futures Studies Federation.
Future is a question of perspective, designing better futures for everyone my mission.

Thomas Bauer

Thomas Bauer has been Product Owner Data Science in Claims Management at Swiss National Accident Insurance Fund (Suva) in Lucerne since 2020. His main focus is on implementing Data Science and Self Service Analytics in productive business processes. As a social scientist and programmer, his focus and interest are primarily on the interface between humans and algorithms. Previously, Thomas Bauer was Head of Data & Analytics at the Swiss market leader in market and social research, where he drove the use of AI and realized projects for key accounts.

Dr. Simon Figura

Dr. Simon Figura has been working as data scientist at Suva since 2015. About his work he appreciates the continuously new and diverse challenges regarding technical as well as business aspects. The interest in interdisciplinary work was one of the reasons for his studies and dissertation in environmental sciences. In order to have the necessary skills to address complex problems by means of data, he completed a masters in statistics.

Jakob Kort

Mr. Jakob Kort is Co-Director Digital Transformation & Corporate Development at BG BAU, where he works since 2016.
One of his is key activities is to build up new digital services and platforms together with start-ups and private partners, in order to improve the dialogue between public organizations and citizens.
Educated in business administration and political sciences in Berlin, Paris and Cambridge, he was working for many years for several management consultancies with a focus on transformation, innovation and corporate development.

Daniele Pucci

2009 Daniele Pucci received the master degrees in Control Engineering with highest honors from ”Sapienza”, University of Rome and received the ”Academic Excellence Award” from Sapienza. In 2013, he earned the PhD title in Flight Dynamic and Control with a thesis at INRIA Sophia Antipolis, France. From 2013 to 2017, he has been a postdoc at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) working within the EU project CoDyCo. Since August 2017, Daniele is the head of the Dynamic Interaction Control (DIC) lab, wich is pioneering Aerial Humanoid Robotics, a new branch of Robotic senvisioning jet-powered flying humanoid robots. For this research, 2019 Daniele was awarded as Pioneer of the Year Under 35 Europe from the MIT Technology Review magazine. He is the principal Iinvestigator of the H2020 European Project AnDy. Since 2020 he is a visiting lecturer at University of Manchester. Finally, in 2020 Daniele was selected as an Italian representative in the taskforce on the Global Partnership on Artificial Intelligence (GPAI).

Tobias Schmitz

Tobias Schmitz is a business informatic and has been Head of IT at the DGUV for 2 years. In addition to managing the DGUV's IT, his responsibilities include coordinating IT in the statutory accident insurance system and the many associated digitization projects in the DGUV and statutory accident insurance system.

Moritz Schneider

Mr. Moritz Schneider, M.Sc. is Senior Specialist for Artificial Intelligence and Software Architecture in the Section Software Engineering and Data Science at the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance and currently Project manager and participant in numerous large IT projects. He is a university lecturer, supervises numerous theses in the field of artificial intelligence (Deep Learning) and Software Engineering while dedicating his knowledge and skills for years to the service of science in order to advance occupational health and safety through technical solutions.

Andrey Sholkin
Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation
Head of Department of Information Technology and Information Security

Since 2019 – Head of the Department of Information Technology and Information Security with the Social Insurance Fund of the Russian Federation. Mr. Sholkin is a recognized expert in the IT sphere and has managed government and business projects in such organizations as Rostech - Design Technologies, key global auto importers in the Russian Federation, the Federal Migration Service of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Information Technology and Communications of the Moscow Region, the Federal Treasury of the Russian Federation.

Dr. André Steimers

Dr. André Steimers (37) works as a recognized expert in the fields of artificial intelligence , functional safety and intelligent sensor technology at the Institute for Occupational Safety and Health of the German Social Accident Insurance. His special research focus is on the realization as well as certification of trustworthy artificial intelligence in safety-related systems. His special research focus is on the realization as well as certification of trustworthy artificial intelligence in safety-oriented systems.  Here, the doctor of medical physics benefits from his more than 20 years of experience in various safety-critical industries such as avionics, medical technology and process technology. In addition to his involvement in various national committees, he is also active in international standardization in the field of artificial intelligence.

Dr. Sven Timm

Dr. Sven Timm graduated as Marine, Hydro and Engineering Geologist as well as in Environmental Protection and Industrial Hygiene; he also holds a Doctor degree in Natural Sciences. He currently serves as Director of “Central Prevention Division” at DGUV since 2019. He serves in honorary positions as Vice President of the International Sections of the ISSA on Information for Prevention and on a Culture of Prevention. His fields of activity are in national and international co-operation in prevention. He is also a leader of several international OSH projects, lecturer and trainer for ISSA and ILO, and he was the chief organiser of the "XX World Congress on Safety and Health at Work 2014” in Frankfurt.

Marco Vianello

Marco Vianello is the International Projects Manager of InfoCamere (, the IT Consortium of the Italian Chambers of Commerce that manages the national Business Register. During his long experience in InfoCamere, he has worked in both national and international fields, helping and supporting the development of business in Italy and abroad. He is a Founding Board Member of EBRA – European Business Register Association (, the international organization, based in Brussels, of Business Registry professionals that provides insight to Business Registry policy, operations and technology initiatives. He also contributes to the XBRL Europe ( organisation co-chairing the OAM and BR Working Group, dedicated to sharing information between Officially Appointed Mechanisms in the framework of ESEF and liaising with Business Registers for financial statements in local GAAP.

Dr. Juliet Hassard

Dr. Juliet Hassard is an Associate Professor of Occupational Health Psychology in the Centre for Organisational Health and Development, University of Nottingham. Prior to joining the University of Nottingham, she was the Deputy Director of the Centre for Sustainable Working Lives, Birkbeck University of London. Her research examines the design and development of psychologically healthy workplaces through working systems, management practices and organisational policies. In particular, she has expertise in the management and prevention of work-related stress at the organisational level. She has consulted on such issues for the European Parliament, the United Nations, the World Health Organisation, and the European Work Council. Her research was used as campaign materials for the European Agency for Safety and Health at Work’s Healthy Workplace Campaign: “Healthy Workplaces Manage Stress” (2014-2015).

Roswitha Hosemann, MD

Specialist in occupational medicine
Doctor of general medicine
Chairwoman of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Austrian Society of Occupational Medicine
Lecturer in the Austrian Academies of Occupational Medicine
Member of Codex UK for cosmetic products
Since 1999 AUVA employee in the prevention department
2015 - 2020 Medical Coordinator Skin for the development and establishment of a 3-stage programme for the prevention of occupational skin diseases
Head of the "Healthy Skin" working group at AUVA
ÖÄK diploma for spa and preventive medicine
ÖÄK diploma for environmental medicine
Additional qualification: public health officer

Prof. Dr. med. Swen Malte John

Professor and Chairman, Dept. of Dermatology, Environmental Medicine, Health Theory, University of Osnabrueck, Germany. Director “Institute for Interdisciplinary Dermatological Prevention and Rehabilitation (iDerm)” and “Lower Saxonian Institute for Occupational Dermatology”. Chair of scientific committees for occupational skin diseases (EADV, ICOH). Member ILO Experts Group on the Guidance Notes on Diagnostic and Exposure Criteria for the OD List. Research interests: occupational dermatology, epidemiology and allergology; scientific evaluation of systematic interdisciplinary approaches to the prevention of occupational skin diseases; development of minimum standards for the prevention and treatment of OSD.

Jasna Knežević

After her Master's degree in German/Romance Studies, she worked for years in the cultural sector before going on to complete a Master's degree in European Studies. Her personal background, living and studying in several European countries, moved her to go into public administration. After working in Brussels, she came to the Federal Office of Administration in Cologne. Since 2016, she has been the National IMI Coordinator and the SDG Information Coordinator (Your Europe Portal).

Christoph Harnoth

Mr Christoph Harnoth is Germany´s National Coordinator for the Single Digital Gateway and desk officer at the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, where he works since 2019.  

Educated in business administration in Berlin and London, he was working for many years in the area of information technology and digitization with a Berlin based Start-Up before entering public services and committing to foster the digital transformation of the national administration
Agenda 2050: The future starts now

Together we will look into the crystal ball – we will develop a vision about Europe and its approach to social security for workers. What will the European Union and social security, especially work accident insurance, look like in 2050?

Our key note speaker, Kai Gondlach, a futurologist, will explore the future with us.

Inspired by this outlook into the future we will discuss about

1.   Smart Work: the digital work and a digital work accident insurance

2.   Smart Finance: the collection of contributions in the gig-economy

3.   Smart Policy, the accident insurance in European policy and the role of the European Forum in the future.

Let us be visionaries! Let us discuss about our expectations related to work accident insurance, Europe and the role of the European Forum.


Digitalization: Tackling the challenge

Digitalization is a crosscutting issue for the insurance against accidents at work and occupational diseases. And it is certainly not a marginal one. We are learning to think administration digitally every day.
The challenges are manifold and are met differently by the members of the European Forum. If the focus is on processes that need to be defined or on the communication with victims of occupational accidents or people affected by a disease, then we immediately think about how we can solve such issues with digital tools.
In three agile workshops and supported by informative videos we will introduce the topics
1.    AI (artificial intelligence)
2.   Digitalization of communication with citizens and companies
3.   Digital Prevention
After the presentation of interesting lighthouse projects, we would like to invite you to exchange your views in three interactive groups.
Occupational Diseases: Developments and perspectives

The prevention of occupational diseases and health hazards is of central and strategic importance for the safety, health and wellbeing of the insured but also as well as for compensation benefits granted in case of occupational diseases. The scope of compensation benefits varies in European countries and can comprise not only financial benefits but also medical treatment and rehabilitation measures.

The contents, structures and processes of preventive measures against occupational diseases and health hazards differ in some cases considerably between European countries. With an exchange of knowledge and experience in particular on measures, successfully implemented in various countries, we would like to compile a comprehensive overview. We also ask what the factors are today that influence the emergence of occupational diseases and what will be important with view to the future.

Therefore, two rounds of work in three thematic breakout groups will follow flash style contributions on the prevention of occupational diseases and health hazards:
1.    Respiratory diseases
2.    Skin diseases
3.    Mental Diseases
Join our world cafes to get an overview of best practices in Europe, how to best prevent occupational diseases and how to be prepared for the future.

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