3-5 May 2021
Europe/Vienna timezone

Keynote Speakers

Petra Schaper-Rinkel, Do digital platforms have politics?
Future(s) of Democracy in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

Monday, May 3rd at 09:00 CET

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Prof. Dr. Petra Schaper-Rinkel is Professor for Science and Technology Studies of Digital Change and Vice Rector for Digital Transformation at the University Graz. Before, she was at the AIT - Austrian Institute of Technology, where she was responsible for European projects, the establishment of Foresight and technology Assessment and technology Assessment in the Austrian Parliament and for the program development of the research field Societal Futures. Her research focuses on digital transformation, innovation policy in the field of new technologies as well as politics and practices in shaping the future (participatory foresight processes, scenarios, visions, utopias, imaginations of future technologies).

Matthias Weber, The Sustainable Transformation of Cities: Anticipation, Experimentation and Governance Future(s) of Democracy in the Era of Artificial Intelligence

Tuesday, May 4th at 09:00 CET

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(c) AIT/Krischanz

Matthias Weber is Head of Center for Innovation Systems & Policy at Austrian Institute of Technology AIT in Vienna and Visiting Professor at LISIS, Université Gustave Eiffel (UGE). He has degrees in process engineering and political sciences, and a doctorate in economics, all assigned by the University of Stuttgart. Before joining AIT, he had been working for several years at the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission in Italy and Spain and at the University of Manchester.

His research interests cover the transformation of socio-technical systems in a wide range of domains, from energy supply and mobility to security and digitalisation. Currently, his research focus is on transformative policies in the urban and European context, dealing in particular with the design, governance, monitoring and evaluation of transformative and mission-oriented innovation policies, and the embedding of foresight in policy-making. He was coordinator of and contributor to several European research and policy advisory projects over the past years, including RIF (Research and Innovation Futures 2030. From explorative to transformative Scenarios), RISIS (Research Infrastructure for Science and Innovation Policy Studies), BOHEMIA (Beyond the Horizon: Foresight in Support of the EU’s Future Policy on Research and Innovation). Currently, he is director of a framework contract on Foresight on Demand in support of the European Commission’s new framework programme for research and innovation Horizon Europe. Matthias was a member of several European Commission expert groups on foresight and on research and innovation policy and is currently a member of the High-Level Group on Innovation Policy, advising the European Council, and chair of the ERA 2030 Expert Group of the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research.

Further information: http://umr-lisis.fr/membre/matthias-weber/

Corinna Bath, Response-ability: Addressing gender bias and discrimination in Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, May 5th at 09:00 CET

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c) Corinna Bath/TU Braunschweig

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Corinna Bath is Professor for "Gender, Technology and Mobility" at the TU Braunschweig and Ostfalia University of Applied Sciences and spokesperson for the doctoral program "Gendered Configurations of Humans and Machines". Her research focuses on gender research in mechanical engineering and computer science, science and technology studies, (de-)gendering of technical artefacts, feminist theory and epistemology, inter- and transdisciplinarity.