• Start: 22nd February 2024
    End: 22nd February 2024
  • Start: 9:30am
    End: 1:00pm
  • , Portugal

Breeding Ground for Talent

Start Date:

9:30am, 22nd February 2024

End Date:

1:00pm, 22nd February 2024


TUMO Coimbra, Largo do mercado Municipal D. Pedro V, 3000-122 Coimbra, Portugal



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On February 22 in Coimbra, a city steeped in history, the Ireland Portugal Business Network hosted an insightful event delving into the challenges and prospects of talent development, acquisition, and retention in Portugal and Ireland.

We were delighted to count on the presence of H.E. Alma Ní Choigligh, Ambassador of Ireland to Portugal and Geoffrey Graham, Chair of the IPBN Board and Senior Partner at EDGE - International Lawyers

The potential 50 million decrease in the EU workforce over the next 30 years, compounded by exacerbated skill shortages due to the pandemic, demands immediate attention within the context of ongoing economic and industrial transformations.

These pressing challenges, occurring during significant shifts such as the green and digital transition, necessitate sweeping reforms on a large scale. Simultaneously, the evolving landscape of AI presents both uncharted challenges and promising opportunities for organisations, adding an additional layer of complexity that requires careful understanding and navigation.

In the aftermath of the 2023 European Year of Skills, with the backdrop of Coimbra's rich academic heritage, this gathering aspires to catalyse innovative solutions for nurturing talent pipelines.

The event aimed to tackle the pressing issues faced by companies in both countries, from skill mismatches and talent acquisition hurdles to the imperative of retaining top performers in a competitive market.

The "Breeding ground for talent" event is part of the IPBN's mission to strengthen the ties between Ireland and Portugal and to create new opportunities for collaboration. The event provided an opportunity for businesses to network with other organisations and learn about the latest trends in talent development, acquisition, and retention.

Special thank you to our partners and sponsors (check the image) who made this event possible.


09:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome message

  • IPBN Chairman
  • Coimbra City hall
  • The Irish Ambassador to Portugal

10:20 Welcome to TUMO Coimbra by Filipa dos Santos Cunha, Director at TUMO Coimbra

10:40 Tomorrow’s Skills Today

  • IT Training for an Evolving Job Landscape by Rachael Milne, Project Management Consultant and IT Trainer at the IPBN Executive Partner Ardanis 

11:00 Coffee break

11:15 Panel Discussion 1 - Fostering the talent of the future with

12:00 Panel Discussion 2 - Talent and the industry with

12:45 Networking

13:15 End

Booking Closed

**Anyone purchasing IPBN Member Tickets must have valid IPBN Membership on the day of the event. If you would like to purchase IPBN membership please go to https://www.ireland-portugal.com/join/. To check your membership status please contact arnold.delville@ireland-portugal.com.