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.
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.
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 about1. Smart Work: the digital work and a digital work accident insurance