Location: Live Digital Event
Host: STI Forum – 7th Multi-stakeholder Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals
Date: 4 May 2022, 9:00 AM – 10.30 AM (ET), 02:00 PM London (GMT+1:00), 10:00 PM Tokyo (GMT+9:00)

Hosted by IRCAI and Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the UN, co-sponsored by Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN and Permanent Mission of South Africa to the UN

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The Permanent Mission of Slovenia to the UN and the International Research Centre on Artificial Intelligence under the auspices of UNESCO (IRCAI) are organizing a side event launching a Global Network of Excellence Centres in artificial intelligence (AI) for sustainable development goals (SDGs).


9:00 – 9:10 ET Opening and Introduction 3 minutes each

  • Ambassador Boštjan Malovrh, Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the UN
  • Ambassador Tetsuya Kimura, Permanent Representative of Japan to the UN
  • Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Johannesburg
  • Marielza Oliveira, Director for Partnerships and Operational Programme Monitoring, Communications and Information Sector, UNESCO

9:10 – 9:15 ET Keynote

  • Maria Fasli, UNESCO Chair in Analytics and Data Science, Executive Dean, Faculty of Science and Health at University of Essex

9:15 – 9:20 ET Introduction into the Network

  • John Shawe-Taylor, Director IRCAI

9:20 – 10:30 ET Flash talks presenting the history, aim, objectives, composition, activities, programmes, and technology focus of the Network 3 minutes each

Network portfolio and history

  • Samuel Kaski, Aalto University, ELISE Network Coordinator
  • Paul Lukowicz, DFKI, HumaneAI Network Coordinator

Network as a catalyst for research and innovation

  • Matthew Smith, Senior Program Specialist, IDRC
  • Nelson González, Head Global Impact Computing, AWS

Network solutions and evidence of impact in real-life

  • Kathleen Siminyu, Machine Learning Fellow, Mozilla Foundation
  • Nuria Oliver,  ELLIS Unit Alicante Foundation

Network connecting worldwide communities of practice

  • Ulrich Paquet, Deep Learning Indaba, DeepMind
  • Nuria Oliver,  ELLIS Unit Alicante Foundation

Network reach across all UN regions

  • Alexandre F. Barbosa, Director Cetic
  • Emmanuel Letouzé, Director Data-Pop Alliance

10.30 – 10:50  A virtual Press Conference will be organised after the event with speakers available for questions:

  • John Shawe-Taylor, Director IRCAI
  • Emmanuel Letouzé, Director Data-Pop Alliance