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Date and Time: 23/03/2021 13:00 CET

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Date and Time: 23/03/2021 13:00 CET

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On the 23rd March, the European Parliament will host an online event to discuss the new challenge and ethical issues arising from the development and deployment of AI trough the experiences of three major European projects:  SIENNASHERPA and PANELFIT.  More information can be found below or on the webpage. Registration to the event is possible on the site. 

The Workshop

In view of the upcoming legislative proposal on ΑΙ and its ethical aspects, the event will seek to identify which issues and challenges of AI are in need of particular attention. It will also discuss ways to address those challenges and build on what was learned through the AI debate to better prepare for the next wave of scientific and technological advances, and ensure that these are beneficial to society and their risks are addressed early.

Three major EU-funded projects, SIENNASHERPA and PANELFIT, representing a €10m investment in research from the European Commission to develop governance structures sensitive to ethical and human rights concerns in relation to emerging technologies, are coming together to discuss their findings and provide the context for a discussion on the policy options for the ethical governance of disruptive technologies.


Draft Programme

13.00-13.15 Welcome

Lead panel member Susana Solís Pérez, MEP and STOA Panel member


13.15-13.45 Policy keynote: Europe's approach to Digital Governance

Despina Spanou, Head of Cabinet for European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas


13.45-14.30 Interactive Panel I: Ethical, social and legal challenges of AI - Open questions and outstanding challenges

Iban Garcia del Blanco, MEP

Sebastian Wieczorek, Vice President - Artificial Intelligence Technology at SAP

Chiara Giovannini, ANEC

Aimee van Wynsberghe, Prof. Applied Ethics of AI, University of Bonn


14.30-14.45 Break


14.45-15.30 Interactive Panel II: Mitigation options - What can be done to identify and address current and future challenges of emerging technologies

Alexandra Geese, MEP and STOA Panel member

Aurélie Pols, European Center for Privacy & Cybersecurity (ECPC)

Vincent C. Müller, Technical University Eindhoven

Matthias Spielkamp, AlgorithmWatch

15.30-16.00 Research keynote: AI and after - Addressing the next generation of challenges

Yoshua Bengio, University of Montreal


16.00-16.15 Break


16.15-17.00 Interactive Panel III: Beyond AI - Ethics and human rights implications of emerging technologies

Karen Melchior, MEP and STOA Panel member

Johnny Soraker, Google

Philip Brey, University of Twente

Lorena Jaume-Palasí, The Ethical Tech Society


17.00-18.00 Round table: International perspectives

Eva Kaili, MEP and STOA Chair

Anthony Gooch, Director of Public Affairs and Communications, OECD

Konstantinos Karachalios, Managing Director IEEE

Jan Kleijssen, Director, Information Society and Action against Crime, Council of Europe

18.00-18.15 Final keynote speech

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth


18.15-18.30 Closing remarks

Eva Kaili, MEP and STOA Chair



Moderator: Vivienne Parry, writer and broadcaster



Source: Francesca Foffano