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The European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) is the flagship event of the European Big Data and Data-Driven AI Research and Innovation community organized by the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and the European Commission (DG CNECT). The 2020 edition of the EBDVF will take place between the 3rd and the 5th of November 2020 in Berlin and online, and it is organized in collaboration with DFKI, Plattform Industrie 4.0, Plattform Lernende Systeme and Berlin Partner.

With a central theme “Building a strong European Data and AI Ecosystem”, the EBDVF 2020 edition brings together the German and European communities on AI and Data. It aims to contribute to the discussions on the European Data and AI Strategy, specifically addressing key topics for Europe such as the development of European Data Spaces, the importance of Technology Platforms and Trust, the opportunities for market uptake and the new challenges ahead for Data and AI within the society. The event will also focus on how Data and AI can help to tackle emerging societal challenges, like those brought by the Covid19 pandemic. For this edition, cross-sectorial tracks will be combined with sectorial tracks on Manufacturing, Autonomous Systems, Transport, Mobility and Logistics, Health and Smart Society. Furthermore, the programme will include multiple research and innovation sessions and startups pitches, showcasing Europe’s R&I excellence on Data and AI.

The EBDVF2020 edition will particularly benefit from the very vibrant Data and AI research and startup ecosystem in Berlin. Each of the programme tracks is jointly organised by a German representative (from the Berlin research and innovation community or coming from other German key initiatives and organisations) and a European representative to maximise co-operation and value created. With this hybrid approach, the event aims at having a great local and European impact and leveraging the potential of the innovative German ecosystem.

Furthermore, the 2020 EBDVF edition will combine physical and virtual sessions in order to accommodate for possible travel disruptions linked to Covid19, this will offer to the event the possibility to reach a much wider audience, achieving a record in terms of participants from all over Europe.

EBDVF2020 offers interesting virtual sponsoring options for companies, research institutions and AI and Data initiatives, with a lot of interaction possibilities outreaching a much wider audience than ever before. This will allow many players in Europe to position themselves in the European AI and Data ecosystem.

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©Lena Giovanazzi


I am delighted to serve as the patron of the 2020 European Big Data Value Forum. As Berlin’s Governing Mayor and Senator for Higher Education and Research, I know that our city is an ideal venue for the main European conference on artificial intelligence and digital transformation. These core themes of this year’s German EU presidency have played a major role in Berlin for years now, given our focus on science and business. 

Berlin is a city of international dialogue and a hotspot for artificial intelligence and digital technologies. Here, cutting-edge AI research done by hundreds of scientists at universities and non-university research institutions meets an exceptionally dynamic AI scene. 

I would like to wish all of the participants a productive and successful conference and an exciting exchange of ideas. Welcome to Berlin!


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BDVA is an industry-driven international not-for-profit organisation with over 200 members all over Europe and with very strong participation of German Industry and Research Institutions. BDVA is the private counterpart to the European Commission to implement the Big Data Value Public-Private Partnership, is a private member of the EuroHPC JU and is also one of the main promoters of the AI, Data and Robotics Partnership being proposed for next framework programme (2021-2027).