AI regional ecosystems - Leading in AI by building public-private partnerships
Internal event
8 February 2024, 09:00 - 17:00
Amsterdam - Science Park


Join us in Amsterdam, a dynamic hub of AI innovation, as we gather leaders from various European AI ecosystems. Our aim is to foster discussions on the transformative potential of public-private partnerships in driving AI innovation. Together, we will chart the path to position Europe as a global leader in the field of Artificial Intelligence.

Date: February 08, 2024
Time: 10:00 AM - 17:00 PM CEST
Location: Amsterdam, Science Park and LAB42, a renowned center for talent development in AI and digital innovation.


The purpose of this event is to facilitate collaborative discussions on the critical role of public-private partnerships in fostering innovation within the European AI landscape. By bringing together leaders from various regional AI ecosystems, the event aims to:

  1. Promote and explore the potential of public-private partnerships to advance AI innovation in Europe.
  2. Discuss best practices from different AI ecosystems across the continent.
  3. Delve into topics related to AI entrepreneurship, innovation, ethics, and transparency.
  4. Provide a platform for in-depth discussions, knowledge sharing, and collaboration among participants.
  5. Shed light on the benefits and challenges of building strong partnerships within the AI ecosystem.




Time Session Speaker(s) Venue
10:00 - 10:30 Registration & Welcome coffee Matrix ONE building – Science Park
10:30 - 10:45 Welcome & opening remarks

Cees Snoek Professor in Artificial Intelligence, Computer Vision, Deep Learning at University of Amsterdam | Head of Video & Image Sense Lab | Director of ELLIS Amsterdam | Scientific Director Amsterdam AI

Auditorium of the Matrix ONE building – Science Park
10:45 - 11:30 Keynote speaker Maarten de Rijke Distinguished University Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Information Retrieval | Elected member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences | Director of the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI) Auditorium of the Matrix ONE building – Science Park
11:30 - 12:00 Building Blocks for Innovation Ecosystems Iddo Bante Business director Digital Society Institute | Business director European Partnerships, University of Twente Auditorium of the Matrix ONE building – Science Park
12:00 - 12:30 Coffee Break  
12:30 - 13:20 Panel discussion: Public - Private Partnerships in AI Moderator: Philip Piatkiewicz Adra Secretary-General
Esther Smit Business Director of the Innovation Center for Artificial Intelligence (ICAI)
Petri Myllymäki Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, University of Helsinki, Finland | Director of the Helsinki Institute for Information Technology | Vice-Director of the Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI) | Member of the United Nations’ High-level Advisory Body on Artificial Intelligence
Nuria Oliver Director of ELLIS Alicante, The Institute of Humanity-centric AI
Auditorium of the Matrix ONE building – Science Park
13:20 - 14:15 Lunch Break  
14:15 - 15:30 Workshop 1:
Nurturing AI startups & SMEs
Jin Han Managing partner of Globus International Netherlands LAB42 (room 3.33) – Science Park
14:15 - 15:30 Panel Discussion:
Funding AI innovation through Private Public Partnership
Moderator: Sabine Kerssens Innovation Orchestrator at TNO Vector
Aik van Eemeren Strategist on digital innovation - City of Amsterdam
Clemens Wasner CEO of EnliteAI (Austrian AI startup) | Founder and chairperson of AI Austria | Vice- president of the ADRA
Miriam Veronesi Chair Startups and Scaleups of the NL AI Coalitie | TNO Innovation Orchestrator
Bouke Veldman Managing Director at HorYzoN | Project manager international cooperation EDIH Digital Hub Noordwest
LAB42 (room 3.36) – Science Park
15:30 - 15:40 Coffee Break  
15:40 - 16:30 Workshop 2:
Ethical Considerations in AI development
Paula Helm Assistant Professor in the field of Critical Data Studies and AI Ethics LAB42 (room 3.33) – Science Park
15:40 - 16:30 Interactive Discussion:
AI Ecosystem Collaboration
Moderator: Martina Silov President of the Croatian Association for Artificial Intelligence (CroAI)
Iddo Bante Business director Digital Society Institute | Business director European Partnerships, University of Twente
Anne Bergen Impact Development Manager, University of Twente
LAB42 (room 3.36) – Science Park
16:30 - 17:00 Closing Remarks and Key Takeaways LAB42 (room 3.36)
17:00 Networking reception & snack (LAB42 – Bridge)


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Breakdown of the sessions

Session 1 - Mapping Europe's AI Ecosystems

Participants will get an overview of Europe's AI Landscape from the point of view of Adra and Adra-e.

Session 2 - Public-Private Partnerships in AI

This session aims to highlight best practices (ICAI, FCAI, ELLIS) from different regional  ecosystems across Europe and showcase the potential public private partnerships between industry and academia.

Workshop 1: Nurturing AI Start-ups and SMEs (25 people)

The aim of this workshop is to encourage discussions on supporting AI entrepreneurship and innovation. The facilitator will provide insights on the points that should be considered on bringing their AI invention from research to the market through the creation of spin-offs. From assessing ideas for viability to provide a guide throughout the process to ensure they are prepared for investor interactions. The journey from conceptualization to an investor-ready startup often involves market research, seeking proof-of-concept funding, crafting a strategic business plan, and drafting various contracts.

Workshop 2: Ethical Considerations in AI Development (25 people)

This workshop delves into the intricate landscape of AI development, emphasizing the paramount role of ethics in shaping the future of technology.
Participants will explore the ethical dilemmas, biases, and transparency challenges that AI developers face, equipping them with essential insights for responsible innovation. Join the worksop to  navigate the moral compass of AI, fostering a culture of accountability and inclusivity in the world of artificial intelligence.

Panel Discussion - Funding AI Innovation through Public-Private Partnerships
In this engaging panel discussion will include leading experts from Digital Innovation Hubs, Industry and government and will convene to dissect the pivotal role of public-private partnerships in funding AI innovation. They will share insights and experiences on how these collaborations can drive technological advancement, foster economic growth, and promote the responsible development of AI solutions.
Interactive discussion: AI Ecosystem collaboration
The idea of this session is that with a few (3) Lightning Talks where we invite a few pre-selected speakers to provide brief (5-minute) presentations on successful AI collaboration projects, challenges faced, and lessons learned we give an insight on the importance of building strong partnerships. These speakers should represent various sectors, such as academia, industry, government, and startups. Then we have an open discussion, where participants can share their thoughts, questions, and ideas about AI ecosystem collaboration.


Registration is free of charge but mandatory. Update 06.02.2024 - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED