• 15.04.


    - | Sitzungssaal | German

    Green Data, Green Future: Can AI Save Us?
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    Jolanda Gallas Telekom MMS


    With a combination of passion, empathy and creativity, Jolanda is committed to sustainable digital transformation. She has eight years of professional experience at Deutsche Telekom, the leading driver of digitalisation. She has supported projects relating to digitalisation, change management and sustainability for both internal and external customers of Deutsche Telekom. As a Digital Sustainability Consultant, she strives to use current digital trends to promote sustainability while making digitalisation more environmentally friendly. Her expertise spans across various areas in sustainability management, circular economy and sustainable business models

    The opening keynote will challenge the apparent opposition between AI and sustainability and show how these two areas can go hand in hand. Under the motto “Green Data, Green Future: Can AI Save Us?”, it will shed light on what AI and sustainability have in common: Both require a reliable data basis. But how can this data be provided and what needs to be considered when AI is used for sustainability? The thesis of the keynote: Linking data, AI and sustainability opens up a wide range of opportunities to jointly shape a future worth living in and make a positive contribution to environmental protection. Because as the motto “Connecting people - using data” of the Data Week promises, it is people who make the difference. The audience of this keynote will learn examples of what it can look like to take on responsibility in the digital world!

  • 16.04.


    - | Sitzungssaal | German

    The folding of the world – borders as drivers of innovation and social cohesion in the face of climate change
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    Prof. Anders Levermann Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK)


    Prof. Anders Levermann studied physics in Marburg, Berlin and Kiel. In 2002, he completed his doctorate on the theoretical physics of complex systems at the Weitzmann Institute in Israel. Since then, he has conducted research at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, where he has been Head of Research since 2012. He has been a physics professor at the University of Potsdam since 2007. After two offers for professorships at Columbia University in New York, USA, he accepted a visiting scholar position there until 2023. Dr. Levermann participates in the public debate on climate change through interviews and guest articles in newspapers such as Die Zeit and Frankfurter Allgemeine. He advises representatives from business and politics and published his book “The Folding of the World” in October 2023. (picture © Mathias Bothor)

    We are at the end of the age of expansion - and we need a big idea for the next step. The massive threat of climate change collides with the existence and necessity of rapid social development. If one accepts that both are harsh realities, then we face a dilemma of limitation and dynamism. The desperate, albeit understandable, call for renunciation and recollection is helpless and of little use, as it does not resolve the dilemma. According to Anders Levermann, Head of Complexity Research at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, the mathematical principle of convolution could provide this solution. Because it allows infinite development in a finite world: not growth into more, but growth into diversity. And in very practical terms - be it European emissions trading or corporate tax.

  • 16.04.


    - | Sitzungssaal | German

    Rethinking data: synthesis and digital twins as the key to AI innovations
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    Dr. Mattis Hartwig singularIT GmbH


    Mattis Hartwig founded the software development company singularIT GmbH during his studies in business informatics. As Managing Director of singularIT, he leads a team of over 50 employees spread across two locations in Lübeck and Leipzig. singularIT offers customised software development in the areas of web, cloud, mobile and data science and has already successfully implemented numerous projects for the public sector. Dr Mattis Hartwig wrote his dissertation at the University of Lübeck in the field of artificial intelligence. In parallel to his work as Managing Director, he continues to conduct research at the German Research Centre for Artificial Intelligence, where data synthesis is one of the focus topics.

    In a world where it is often claimed that data is the new gold, we face the challenge of harnessing the enormous value of this resource while navigating privacy regulations and confidentiality obligations. Dr Mattis Hartwig introduces us to the complex world of data anonymisation and synthesis. In his keynote speech “Rethinking data: synthesis and digital twins as the key to AI innovation”, Dr Hartwig will provide in-depth insights into the concepts and methods behind the synthesis of data. He not only sheds light on the technical aspects, but also on the ethical dimensions and presents the opportunities and risks of these technologies. Join us in exploring the role that data synthesis can play in a future-orientated data strategy.

  • 17.04.


    - | Sitzungssaal | German

    Sustainable administration and strong democracy - why do they belong together?
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    Maral Koohestanian City of Wiesbaden


    Maral Koohestanian is a Deputy Mayor and head of the department for Smart City, Europe and Public Order in Wiesbaden, Germany. She studied architecture at the Technical University of Cottbus and completed a Masters in Development Research at ISCTE Lisbon. For ten years she has worked on sustainable urban development and innovation, including at the Fraunhofer Institute. Later, Koohestanian worked in the field of impact investing with a focus on social-ecological innovation concepts in the areas of affordable housing and education for all. She is now using her many years of experience to shape Wiesbaden as a future-oriented, liveable and intelligent city.

    As a society, we are facing major challenges: Adaptations to the climate crisis, digitalisation of administration, green transformation of the economy or the threats to our open society from right-wing extremist and anti-democratic forces. Solutions to these challenges must be implemented locally. In the cities and municipalities on the ground.

    This is where it is decided whether trust in democracy is weakened or strengthened.

    A smart city is more digital, more innovative, greener and more resilient.

    A smart city puts citizens at the centre.

    To shape the city of the future together, we need an administration of the future.

    A city administration that puts the needs of citizens at the centre.

    Why do we urgently need a cultural change in administration?

    The speed of the transformations that we will have to master together in the coming years requires a different kind of cooperation in the administration. Reducing complexity, dialogue across hierarchical boundaries and fewer official channels are important points for advancing cultural change in the administration.

    Translated with DeepL.com (free version)

  • 18.04.


    - | Sitzungssaal | English

    Enabling new medicines with FAIR Data-centricity: Delivering Linked Data inside the enterprise
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    Ben Gardner AstraZeneca


    Ben is R&D lead for Data Mesh and Semantic Infrastructure at AstraZeneca he is responsible for the application of graph technology in support of Information Discovery. He is focused on delivering FAIR Data-centric architecture to create multimodal integrated data sets to enable exploration and reuse of pre-clinical, clinical and Real World Evidence data. Ben started life as a bench scientist leading drug discovery teams. This was followed by a move into data architecture where he was responsible for the introduction of Enterprise 2.0 tools and development of knowledge management frameworks that enhanced collaboration and communication across multiple communities. Subsequent to this he lead efforts to enhance the Information Discovery capabilities across structured and unstructured information sources at Linklaters by blending AI technologies with relational and semantic data integration solutions. This was followed by a role as Chief Scientific Officer at Wavelength.law where he was responsible for the application of data science to legal process.

About the Data Week Leipzig

Data Week Leipzig is the networking and exchange event for highlighting scientific, economic, and social perspectives of data and its use, where industry, citizens, science, and public authorities can enter into dialogue.

We welcome attendees to Leipzig to learn and share experiences about the concepts of data-spaces, urban platforms, and other technical solutions that follow the FAIR principles of ensuring that data remains Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable. Days dedicated to the topics of semantics and artificial intelligence will give insights into how these technologies can help achieve a sustainable and resilient future.

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The organisers would also like to invite students, trainees, and interested citizens to take a look behind the scenes or take part in the various training sessions offered during Leipzig Data Week 2024. Several trainings and tutorials will take place during Data Week Leipzig and provide insight into different principles, techniques, use cases or data sets.

Impressions from the last Data Week Leipzig

An exciting week of events (26 - 30.6.2023 ) for start-ups, students as well as representatives from science, administration and industry in the New City Hall Leipzig is behind us. 63 sessions, workshops and trainings with a total of 111 lectures and keynote presentations were attended by about 500 IT enthusiasts. In addition, training sessions and workshops were organised that gave participants insights into various use cases and data sets. In doing so, they had the opportunity to actively participate in the trainings and expand their knowledge. A highlight of Data Week Leipzig was the award ceremony of the Leipzig Open Hackathon, where innovative ideas for the effective use of urban data were developed. Also part of the programme were the Data Science Mania, the KMI Transfer Day, the 11th Leipzig Semantic Web Day and the AI Tomorrow working conference, which dealt with current developments and trends in semantic technologies and artificial intelligence on 29 and 30 June.

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  • Presenter during a talk at historical Sitzungssaal.
  • Lunch at the Wandelhalle of New Town Hall
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