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Carpentry Class
Belgium 8 July 2020

Innova Wood

Topic: EQ-WOOD curriculum

(as part of the InnovaWood General Assembly meeting)

During the general assembly of Innovawood, there was talk of the EQWOOD project and its curriculum for the innovation advisor.


InnovaWood, based in Belgium, is a major European network in the forestry, woodworking and furniture sector. The network has 60+ member organizations from 28 countries in Europe and overseas in the field of research, education, training and knowledge transfer.


During the event there were 70 persons from 58 organizations representing 25 countries, mainly in the field of research, education, training and knowledge transfer.

Belgium 19 March 2021


Topic: EQ-WOOD online learning platform 

Target participants:  6 persons from 3 organizations representing higher education institutions in wood and furniture in Europe

The EQ-WOOD curriculum was presented to leading academic and technical universities, VET centres and cluster organizations in wood and furniture in Europe. Contents and formats of a new vocational profile for the woodworking and furniture industrywere discussed.

Towards the final phase of the EQ-WOOD project, when the project team has completed the e-learning platform and it was accessible online, we have organized a specific discussion with the interested VETs and higher educational institutions to discuss to what extent they think the course is suited for their students, but also managers and employees in companies.


The EQ-WOOD curriculum and training platform were very well received, confirming that the teaching methodologies, the formats and contents are coherent and consistent with market needs. In particular during the second dissemination event, potential synergies with the existing training contents of the VET providers were discussed

FRANCE 9 March 2021


On the event 29 ‘quality’ participants representing educational centres, local companies, wood and furniture regional networks, and individuals (self)employed in the wood and furniture industries were present. 


The webinar was opened by presidents of the CCIELyon and MEDEF AURA. They both spoke about the situation of the wood and furniture industry in the region and the cooperation of two sectors between France and Italy. They underlined that we shall work together to encourage the young generation, especially women, to choose this path of career.


During the webinar (1h) we presented the results of the EQWOOD project – training content (Malgorzata WOCH). 

Then Madame Sophie PRINA from Pôle emploi (the French public employment service) talked about the situation of the labour market in the wood and furniture industries, and underlined the necessity of offering more and more of similar professional trainings, as they are very popular among unemployed woodworkers and those thinking about a professional reorientation. 

The last speaker, Mr Dario DALGO, CEO of Studio 27, shared with us a story of his long-term experience of working in the furniture industry in France. He shared his observations and reflections on the constant need for professional trainings and the open attitude that shall be always developed by manuals, specialist and managers working in the sector furniture sector. 

Italy 6 November 2020


The event held in Italy on November 6 had the title: BIOMIMICRY: INNOVATE BY CONSULTING THE GENIUS OF NATURE



Alessandro Bianciardi- Co-Founder BIOMIMICRY Italia; Co-founder and Education and product innovation advisor PLANET sas

Sara Nill - Head of Federlegno Arredo Eventi Training Office

Chiara Terraneo - Project Manager FederlegnoArredo


We talked about EQWOOD and the importance of innovation in the Wood and Furniture sector.

An in-depth study was made on the topic covered in Unit 1 of the Innovation advisor curriculum: DESIGN THINKING, CONCEPTING, PROTOTYPING


About 50 people participated in the event, coming from different realities in the world of Wood and Furniture sector.

Bulgaria 18-19 February 2021


On 18 and 19 February 2021 BBCWFI and ITPIO conducted an online events for presenting the training platform and courses that were developed during the project EQ_WOOD.


40 representatives from different furniture companies, professors, students and freelancers participated in the events.


Their impressions from the events are very promising and motivating. They are looking forward for the final conference.

Hungary 4 February 2021


Online conference "Wood industry in the 21st century - training, digitalization, innovation"  on the 4th of February. 

Its aim was to introduce the EQWood project to our members and followers with the contribution of our students and teacher of the Hungarian pilot workshop.


They discussed their experiences, opinions on the course and shared what skills and knowledge they had gained by entering the pilot.


Besides the roundtable, we had other interesting speakers presenting such as Andrea Bánátfy (director-general of BKSZC) who talked about today's challenges in vocational education, Ágnes Radványi, who introduced the digitalization processes in their company and Rita Halasi, who presented the innovative process of designing the company image of our renewed Union.

SPAIN 24th February 2021


Organised by AIDIMME, last Wednesday 24th February 2021 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m., took place the national event in Spain "Innovation in the Wood-Furniture Sector. Situation, Training and Opportunities", with the participation of speakers from the University of Valencia, the Valencian Innovation Agency, the Integrated Public Vocational Training Centre of Catarroja (Valencia) and AIDIMME staff who have participated in the EQWOOD project.



- Presentation of the conference. Vicente Sales. Head of Market Analysis and Strategy Section of AIDIMME.

- Innovative public procurement, as a business incentive towards innovation. Yolanda Cárcel, Head of the Public Sector Innovation and Public Procurement of Innovation Service.



Valencian Innovation Agency.

- Diagnosis of business innovation: BIDIN tool. Isidre March, Professor at the University of Valencia, co-director of the Master in Creation and Management of Innovative Companies.

Innovative Companies.

- The EQWOOD project. The figure of the innovation advisor in wood furniture companies. Carlos Soriano. R&D Projects Technician of AIDIMME.

- Educational innovation. Training in innovation for future workers. Rafael Navarro. Director of the Integrated Public Vocational Training Centre of Catarroja. Valencia.

- Conclusions.


During the event, speakers addressed the topic of business innovation from different perspectives. The Valencian Innovation Agency offered the point of view of the administration and the role that innovative public procurement can offer to encourage business innovation. From a more academic point of view, Dr. Isidre March offered a vision of the system developed to help companies manage innovation. The Director of the Integrated Public Vocational Training Centre of Catarroja, highlighted the role of training centres for companies, as suppliers of qualified personnel or in the professional retraining of active workers. As a central point, the results obtained in the framework of the EQWOOD project were discussed, mainly the training material developed and the key aspects of the figure of the innovation advisor.


Due to the pandemic situation, the fifth EQWOOD Partner Meeting occurred on line, last October 13th.

Now, the Platform with the whole EQWOOD Training Course is online and all the Partners will start to organize the Pilot sessions and some dissemination events at country level.

The first events will be soon online!

Follow our social media channels, to keep informed about them!

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EQWOOD project has arrived at the pilot phase of the training course.

The first pilot training of the new course for the Innovation Advisor was organized in Milan with students of the "Rosario Messina" Wood Furniture Training Institute in Lentate sul Seveso (MB).

Some 20 students participated in the lessons by streaming. These concerned Project Management (one of the 5 Units developed) and the platform with the online course was also tested.

The pilot session was a great opportunity to try and to improve the final product of the project.


Read about our third partner meeting!

Click on this box for further information!


We are proud to show you how far we have got with our "innovation adviser " profile.

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We are ready to share with you how far we have gone with our project and also some international data we became aware during our researches.

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Today we are glad to launch our first EQ-WOOD Newsletter to introduce you the EQ-WOOD project and next steps to realize. 

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EQWOOD was present at MADE EXPO, international design and construction show, organized in Milan 13-16 March 2019.

The fair has seen the presence of 900 exhibitors with approximately 90,000 participants from different sectors.

It was a great opportunity to advertise the project’s goal: the creation of “INNOVATION ADVISOR”, a new professional figure for wood-furniture sector.

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The fourth partner meeting of  EQWOOD project was held in Lyon, hosted by the IPRA-MEDEF  Rhone-Alpes.


The meeting was entirely dedicated to the development of the MOOC for the Innovation Advisor for the furniture industry.


We started up to organise the pilot of our education in each partner's countries. (Brussels, Budapest, Lyon, Milano, Sofia, Valencia).

Students and workers of the furniture sector can apply to test our educational content.

The online course devoted to train the new professional profile of the “Innovation Advisor for the furniture sector”

We are waiting for you! It’s a free opportunity!

The Pilot Test will start in April 2020.


During Innova Wood general assembly meeting, EQ-WOOD project was introduced. See the whole article about it by clicking on the button! (Spanish language)


Project presentation clip by InnovaWood General Assembly:


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