Updated as of 22 June 2022

DAY 1: July 5, 2022

12:00 – 13:00 | Welcome coffee/ Networking

13:00 – 13:10 | Opening
Welcome words by FARI directors, Hans de Canck and Carl Mörch
Speech by Jan Danckaert, Rector, Vrije Universiteit Brussel


13:10 – 15:00 | Session 1 (BOZAR M Hall)
Session theme: The challenges of defining AI, Data and Robotics for the Common Good
Session lead/moderator: Ann Nowé

“What vision of AI for the Common Good does the UNESCO Recommendation on the Ethics of AI propose?”
by Maksim Karliuk, Program Specialist, Social & Human Sciences, UNESCO

“How AI for the common good is a key in Europe’s focus on technology sovereignty?”
by Morten Irgens, Co-founder, Director of Innovation, CLAIRE

“What are the challenges of defining and implementing AI, Data, and Robotics for the Common Good in big tech companies”
by Horst Urlberger, Data Modernization / Business lead, Microsoft

ELSA: Between hope and fear? Balancing opportunities and risks of AI applications in the real world”
by Lisa Brüggen, Scientific Director, Poverty and Debt, ELSA Lab / Maastricht University (NETHERLANDS)

Moderated discussion: Linking up international perspectives to Brussels reality

Stefaan Sonck Thiebaut (Director General, Innoviris)

Mieke De Ketelaere (AI Strategy Consultant / Vlerick )


15:00 – 15:30 | Coffee break / Partner stands


15:30 – 15:45 | Inspiration Session: (BOZAR M Hall)

Designing a Traffic Robot in Kinshasa
by Thérèse Izay Kirongozi, Women’s Technology (WoTech in Kinshasa) (DRC)


15:30 – 18:00 | Session 2 (BOZAR M Hall)
Session theme: International and local initiatives in AI, Data and Robotics for the Common Good
Session lead/moderator: Tom Lenaerts

“Barcelona and AI: from strategy to action”
by Paula Boet Serrano, Barcelona City, Council & Cities Coalition for Digital Rights (Catalunya, SPAIN)

“What can national policymakers learn from cities when it comes to AI and Data Governance?”
by Stefaan Verhulst, The GovLab, NYU (US)

“Deconstructing AI saviorism: your AI is not as useful as you think”
by Hinda Haned, Civic AI Lab, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

“How can a world-renowned AI institute contribute to the Common Good?”
by Benjamin Prud’homme, Director, AI For Humanity, Mila (CANADA)

Moderated discussion: Linking up international initiatives to Brussels reality

Marc Van den Bossche (Deputy Senior General Manager, CIRB)

Saskia Van Uffelen (Digital Champion, Agoria)


Day 1 Program closing:

Daniele Carati, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Petra de Sutter, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Civil Service, Public  Enterprises, Telecommunications and Post, Belgium


18:10 – 21:00 | Cocktail and networking (Horta Gallery)

Rudi Vervoort, Minister-President of the Brussels-Capital Region

Bernard Clerfayt, Minister of the Government of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Employment and Vocational Training, Digital Transition, Local Authorities, and Animal Welfare 

Barbara Trachte, Secretary of State of the Brussels-Capital Region, responsible for Economic Transition and Scientific Research, Belgium

Nathanael Ackerman, AI4Belgium, Belgium 

Benoit Macq, Digital Wallonia/ TRAIL, Belgium

Sabine Demey, AI Flanders Plan, Belgium

Networking / Partner stands open house / Open bar


DAY 2: July 6, 2022

09:00 – 10:30 | Session 1 (BOZAR M Hall)
Session theme: The EU is getting its AI Act together: How to develop AI systems under the Rule of Law?
Session lead: Mireille Hildebrandt, LSTS
Format: Dedicated provocations followed by a roundtable discussion

Gianclaudio Malgieri, Associate Professor of Law and Technology at the EDHEC Business School in Lille, France

Nathalie Smuha, legal scholar and philosopher at the KU Leuven Faculty of Law, Belgium

Jaap Henk Hoepman, Guest Professor at the PRISEC – Privacy And Security group of Karlstad University, Sweden

Ivana Bartoletti, Global Chief Privacy Officer at Wipro and Visiting Policy Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford


10:30 – 11:00 | Coffee break / Partner stands


11:00 – 12:30 | Session 2 (M Hall)
Session theme: Are robots sustainable?
Session lead: Bram Vanderborght, BruBotics
Format: Presentations and Roundtable discussion (hybrid format)

Arash Ajoudani, Senior Scientist on Collaborative Robots / Healthy Work, Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia

Katleen Gabriels, Assistant Professor and moral philosopher, University of Maastricht: Ethics

Bhavani Rao, Dean of the School of Social and Behavioural Sciences, Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham

Mirko Kovac, Professor, Imperial College London


12:30 – 14:00 | Networking Lunch (Horta Gallery)


14:00 – 15:30 |  Session 3 (M Hall)
Session theme: How to involve and mobilise citizens more around AI, Data and Robotics? 
Session led by: Rob Heyman, imec-SMIT 
Format: Presentations and Roundtable discussion

Alice Siu, Professor, Associate Director, Center for Deliberative Democracy, Communication, Stanford University

Pieter Duysburgh, Knowledge Centre Data & Society – Datawalks and Amai in Flanders 

Vincent Mai – Université de Montréal, Mila – Deliberations on AI Ethics from Montreal to UNESCO

Wietse Van Ransbeeck, CEO, CitizenLab

15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break


16:00 – 17:20 |  Session 4 (M Hall)
Session theme: How are AI and Data used by and for cities?
Session led by: Gianluca Bontempi, Machine Learning Group
Format: Presentations and Roundtable discussion

Daan Bloembergen – CTO of the AI Innovatieteam of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Ariela Valverde, Co-founder, Urban Analytics, Italy

Steven Latré, imec, City of Things Project, Belgium

Isabelle Rawart, Agence du Numérique, (BELGIUM)

Michel Herquet, B12, (BELGIUM)


17:20 – 17:30 | Special announcements from FARI