May 132015

The World Steel Association (worldsteel) announces the launch of the Course ‘Introduction to Steel’. The course, developed by TenarisUniversity together with steeluniversity, aims to provide students with an understanding of the history, science, technology and uses of steel by society. The course starts on 2 June 2015 and registration is now open.


This online learning programme is hosted on the edX platform and open to all free of charge. It is comprised of a four-hour framework which will run for two weeks. It will be available in English. The course features the basics of steel melting, the properties and origins of steel, its relationship with society and the sustainability of a world underpinned by steel. It also provides interactive features to support community interactions between students and the professor.


Apr 222015

21 and 22 April,  CEN/CENELEC holds in Brussels, 2-day  training to discover the world of European Standards. 

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Yesterday they tried among other things, why and how to get involved in standardization, different solutions for different needs and new trends in European Standardization.

Today, 22 April,  they are talking about standards for the services sector, to support global trade, for intellectual property rights and the use of standardization as a compliance  tool with essential requirements by drawing up Technical Specifications.

All participants in StandarDays will also receive a certificate, to show that they have completed their training in European standardization.

Feb 272015

EURAS, the European Academy for Standardisation e.V.,  will hold its 20th conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 22 to 24 June 2015 under the theme ‘The Role of Standards in Transatlantic Trade and Regulation’. The theme of the conference is “The role of standards in transatlantic trade and regulation“.

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The conference focuses amongst other on TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership) – a highly important and topical political project with a great number of challenges related to standardization e.g. the importance for economics, public health, innovation, regulation, the environment, etc.

One of the guest speakers on the conference theme will be Scott Steedman, Director of Standards at British Standards Institution (BSI).

The deadline for submitting papers to the conference has been extended until the 9th of March 2015.

Further information about EURAS 2015 can be found on the conference website.

EURAS is a European society for standardization research. EURAS’ objective is to promote research, education and publication in the field of standardisation.

Feb 032015

In AFTA, we believe that professional training is an important part of the industrial development.

During 2014 we have bet on it, through our campaign AFTA Training. We offer you hereby a brief graphic report of the workshops organised during 2014. You can check the whole galleries in our Facebook profile.


AFTA will launch shortly the next campaign, AFTA Training 2015. For further information, you can consult our website or contact us.

Sep 042014

EURAS, the European Academy for Standardisation e.V., was founded in Hamburg in 1993 by researchers from various academic fields (i.e. economics, engineering, social sciences, law, and information sciences). The foundation of EURAS was prompted by a common desire to promote and achieve progress in the academic treatment of standardisation, involving the widest possible range of disciplines.

EURAS intends to organise its 2014 conference in Belgrade, Serbia, from 8 to 10 September under the theme ‘Cooperation among standardisation organisations and the scientific and academic community’.

You can access the Advance Conference Programme here, as well as the registration form. Information about the venue can be found here.

Mar 282014

Since AFTA Training Campaign was launched, in order to verify the knowledge grade of the students about standardization, I always state the following questions during the workshop:

What is a standard?
What is it useful for?
 Is it mandatory?
 Who develops standards?

Although I receive several different answers, some of them really funny, the background is mostly the same:

A standard is something you have to obey
Generally they are developed to limit something
Of course it is mandatory
The current forces in power

As I am driving home I usually think about the workshop and I have reached the following conclusions:

First of all, the students do not seem to be familiar with  standardization processes. It is understandable and it is probably one of the reasons why they have attended the workshop. Second conclusion is that they do not have a positive opinion of standards. They are developed to control and limit. Third conclusion is that students suppose that it is always someone else who establish those “impositions”.

According to my experience, the ideas shown by the students are not different to the general opinion of most Spanish companies. Standards are perceived as something foreign and complicated.

As we already published two months ago, this week took place in Brussels StandarDays 2014. The main objective of the event was to give a clear and structured overview of the European Standardization System, so that questions like the following could be answered:

What is a standard? Who are CEN, CENELEC, ISO, etc.?

How can standards support global trade?

What is a Keymark? What is CE Marking?

Which are the differences between standards and legislations?

How can standards help companies to innovate?

The rest of presentations can be accessed through the following link.

From AFTA, we would like to stress the importance of such an event, which is able to change the current negative perception of standards and help companies to admit their importance and to introduce them as a key part of their strategic planning.

Roberto Oliva


Feb 202014

The call for applications for the II Net-Zero Energy Building Congress has been opened. It will take place in the IFEMA Auditorium, Madrid, on May 6th and 7th.

The meeting will deal with the high efficiency buildings state of the art and how it affects to different sectors as construction, architecture or engineering. The aim will be to provide the participants the required technical and legal knowledge.

Through the following link you can access the reservation form. You can check the programme here.

You can get more information through the organization twitter profile.

We offer hereby a summary of one of the last year edition workshops.

Oct 012013

With the beginning of the new school year, the Association has launched the AFTA Training for the season 2013-2014.

The object of these workshops is to train the professionals of the installations sector (current and future) and contribute to the improvement of the installations quality, both in the project as realization.

If your centre is interested in receiving a workshop, you can obtain more information about the theme through the following link, or you can contact us here.

May 152013

During the first half of 2013 we have continued the AFTA Training Campaign. Pointed to professional training centres we have travelled throughout the Spanish geography, visiting centres in Burgos, Soria, León, Palencia, Navarre or Biscay.

After the Summer Vacations we will restart the campaign, oriented to 2013-2014 school year. Should you be interested in receiving a technical session, please contact us.

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Feb 142013

From February 12th to 17th it will take place in the Fair form Madrid the 34th edition of the Vocational Training Olympics, Spain Skills 2013, within the Education Week, Aula. The event takes place every two years and it is promoted by the Education Ministry.

This initiative shows the strategic investment in Vocational Trainingin our country. 273 students of every part of Spain will take part in the event, and will be put to the test in the 32 disciplines of the competition.

You can access the schedule through the following link, as well as to the competition basis. Moreover, some of the sponsors are monitoring the related news though the social networks.

From AFTA we want to show our commitment with the Vocational Training as an essential method to guarantee the qualification of the professionals, as well as to promote the improvement of the installations quality.

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