European AI 
Forum



10th December 2020

CroAI
Hub France IA
KI Bundesverband

The European AI Forum is an initiative of national AI associations that aims to set the agenda on how AI is approached in Europe, both in terms of policy and entrepreneurship. Following the success of the first European AI Forum held in June, the second edition aims to check in with policymakers in Brussels and Member States to examine new developments relating to AI in terms of digital and green policies and business uptake.

On the last days of the German Presidency and as a new Trio takes the Council of the EU helm, European AI Associations : AI4SI, AI Austria, AI Bulgaria, CroAI, Hub France IA and KI-Bundesverband invite you to join us in finding the right answers on : 

Panel 1: Strengthening European AI to compete worldwide

Panel 2: A climate neutral continent – making Europe greener with AI

Panel 3: The state as the first client – a model to ignite Europe’s AI industry

Joint recommendations for AI regulation in the European Union

Keynote Speakers & Panelists

Dubravka Šuica

Vice-President
European Commission

Karina Angelieva

Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Bulgaria

 

Nicola Beer

 Vice-President
European Parliament 

Tomislav Ćorić

 Minister of the Economy and Sustainable Development
Croatia 

Vladimir Danailov

Executive Director, Member of the Management Board at Fund of Funds in
Bulgaria


Christel Fiorina

Coordinator of the AI national strategy for the economy,
Ministry of the Economy and Finance
France

Luciano Floridi

Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information
University of Oxford

Leonore Gewessler

Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology
Austria


Kilian Gross

Head of Unit for Technologies and Systems for Digitizing Industry
European Commission

Eva Kaili

Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age, European Parliament

Anja Karliczek

Federal Minister of Education and Research
Germany

Boštjan Koritnik

Minister of Public Administration
Slovenia

Francesco La Camera

Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency

Mislav Malenica

Founder & CEO
Mindsmiths

Eva Maydell

Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age
European Parliament

Cédric O

 Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications
France

Margarete Schramböck

Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs
Austria

Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter

Parliamentary State Secretary for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety
Germany

Kristina Sinemus

Hessian State Minister for Digital Strategy and Development

Virginijus Sinkevičius

European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries

Maikki Sipinen

AI Policy Officer
DG Connect
European Commission

Jens Spahn

German Federal Minister of Health
Germany

Gregor Strojin

President of Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence Council of Europe


Lars Zimmermann

Managing Director
PUBLIC

Matija Žulj

Founder & CEO
AGRIVI

Moderation

Daniel Abbou

Managing Director

KI Bundesverband

Jörg Bienert

President 
KI Bundesverband

Vanessa Cann

Managing Director
KI Bundesverband

Milly Doolan

Head of Public Policy
CroAI

Gaëlle Pinson

Managing Director
Hub France IA

Jan Stedul

Secretary General
CroAI

Mitja Trampuz

President
AI4SI

With AI Bulgaria & AI Austria participation

Kaloyan Ratchev 

Co-Founder & Board Member
AI Bulgaria

Clemens Wasner 

Co-Founder
AI Austria

Morning

10:00 - 10:05

Opening remarks by European AI Forum Associations

10:05 - 10:10

Welcome message by the European Commission

  • Dubravka Šuica, Vice-President, European Commission

10:10 - 10:20

Welcome message by the German Presidency

  • Jens Spahn, Minister of Health, Germany
  • Anja Karliczek, Minister of Education and Research, Germany

10:20 - 10:30

The AI perspective from the European Parliament

  • Nicola Beer, Vice-President, European Parliament

10:30 - 11:30

To this day Europe falls short in providing a European equivalent to the big American and Chinese technology companies even though potential, expertise and knowledge are abundant. On this panel, entrepreneurs, experts from science and policymakers illuminate the current Status Quo of European AI and discuss possible future strategies, incentives and policymaking needed to push forth a competitive European AI.

Panel 1: Strengthening European AI to compete worldwide

  • Karina Angelieva, Deputy Minister of Education and Science, Republic of Bulgaria
  • Kilian Gross, Head of Unit for "Technologies and Systems for Digitizing Industry" in Directorate‑General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology, European Commission
  • Kristina Sinemus, Hessian State Minister for Digital Strategy and Development
  • Gregor Strojin, President of Ad Hoc Committee on Artificial Intelligence (CAHAI), Council of Europe


Moderation:

  • Jörg Bienert, President, KI Bundesverband
  • Gaëlle Pinson, Managing Director, Hub France IA


11:30 - 11:45

Keynotes

  • Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, France
  • Eva Maydell, Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age, European Parliament
  • Francesco La Camera, Director-General, International Renewable Energy Agency

11:45 - 11:50

Welcoming new European AI Forum partners

11:50 - 12:00

Coffee break

Afternoon

12:00 - 12:15

Keynotes

  • Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner for Environment, Oceans and Fisheries
  • Leonore Gewessler, Austrian Minister of Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation & Technology, Austria

12:15 - 13:15

This panel discusses the potential that lies at the application of AI to the challenges of climate change and for the protection of our environment. It seeks to identify the framework needed for this objective, the possible ways of using AI in and for sustainability and evaluates what impact can be ultimately hoped for.

Panel 2: A climate neutral continent

Making Europe greener with AI

  • Tomislav Ćorić, Minister of the Economy and Sustainable Development, Croatia
  • Luciano Floridi, Professor of Philosophy and Ethics of Information, University of Oxford
  • Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parliamentary State Secretary for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, Germany
  • Matija Žulj, Founder & CEO, AGRIVI


Moderation:

  • Vanessa Cann, Managing Director, KI Bundesverband 
  • Mitja Trampuz, President, AI4SI

13:15 - 13:30

Coffee break

13:30 - 14:00

Keynote

  • Boštjan Koritnik, Minister of Public Administration, Slovenia
  • Margarete Schramböck, Federal Minister for Digital and Economic Affairs, Austria
  • Vladimir Danailov, Executive Director, Member of the Management Board at Fund of Funds in Bulgaria

 14:00 - 15:00

At the moment, European AI R&D is still in a fledgling state, largely due to a lack of critical mass of demand that is needed for the AI industry to flourish. To ignite the AI ecosystem, Member States have the potential to be the ideal first client by seeking AI solutions to some of the public sector’s key challenges.

Panel 3: The State as the first client 

A model to ignite Europe’s AI industry

  • Christel Fiorina, Coordinator of the AI national strategy for the economy, French Ministry of the Economy and Finance
  • Eva Kaili, Special Committee on Artificial Intelligence in a Digital Age, European Parliament
  • Mislav Malenica, CEO & Founder, Mindsmiths
  • Maikki Sipinen, AI Policy Officer, DG Connect, European Commission
  • Lars Zimmermann, Managing Director, PUBLIC

 

Moderation:

  • Milly Doolan, Head of Public Policy, CroAI
  • Jan Stedul, Secretary General, CroAI

15:00

Closing remarks by European AI Forum Associations

The Forum will be held under the patronage of the Representation of the European Commission in Berlin

CroAI

CroAI's objective is to promote the importance of human-centric AI and its impact on daily life.

Hub France IA

Hub France IA's mission is to promote the rapid growth of the French and European AI ecosystem to foster the emergence of new players, strengthen the competitiveness and sustainability of French companies in order to stimulate the adoption of AI in all sectors.

KI Bundesverband

The KI Bundesverband consists of more than 220 innovative companies, SMEs, start-ups and experts, for whom the development and application of technologies based on artificial intelligence is a central business objective.

AI4SI is a non-profit think tank and platform that aims to promote, coordinate and organize efficient knowledge transfer from AI research to implementation in companies and organizations.

Through targeted networking, coordination and promotion of players from science, business, education and society AI Austria's objective is to contribute to the targeted and sustainable use of AI in Austria.

The AI Cluster Bulgaria is a Non-Profit Organization that is bringing the knowledge for ML, NLP, IoT, AR, VR, Computer Vision & Pattern Recognition, Big Data & Analytics, 3D Printing, Cloud Computing and Networking & Interconnectivity - Smart Cities.

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