Events 2021

Policies to develop entrepreneurship and innovative SMEs in rural areas
March 19, 2021 | Round table

New tools for regional innovation and competitiveness. Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs)

  • Moderator: Eva Curto. EOI – School of Industrial Organization
  • Fokion Zaimis, Vice-Governor of Entrepreneurship, Research and Innovation of Region of Western Greece
  • Stelian Brad. President Cluj IT Cluster. Head DIH 4Society (Romania)
  • Sonia Martel. University of Burgos. DIH LEAF – Livestock, Environment, Agriculture & Forest (Spain)
  • Pedro Rocha. Executive Director. PRODUTECH. Production Technologies Cluster (Portugal)
European Internet Forum

Workshop around the proposal for a Regulation on European data governance (Data Governance Act)

The proposal is the first of a set of measures announced in the 2020 European strategy for data. The instrument aims to foster the availability of data for use by increasing trust in data intermediaries and by strengthening data-sharing mechanisms across the EU.

A few more days until the Women in Data Science Conference, organized by Think Tank 360, with the support of !

On March 8, our colleague Anca D. Goron PhD, AI specialist at Life Is Hard – Work Soft, founder of doorie and Expert Innovation Ecosystem and Network at DIH4Society will be one of the inspiring speakers of the event.

Tune in for the keynotes and learn more from the most well known women in Data Science! Register for free

On March 3, starting from 5:30 PM EET, Alexandru-Daniel Ciobanu, General Manager at Cyber Threat Defense and Cyber-Security Coordinator of DIH4Society will be joining the Expect the Unexpected Conference, organized by our partners at ISACA Romania, Romanian Chapter.

Don’t miss the opportunity to hear more about his business experiences in security issues, his input in dealing with such issues and the essential role cybersecurity plays in exploring the process of digital transforamtion, as well as it’s unexpected challenges.

Participation is FREE, but prior registration is required. Book your seat today =>

The debate will focus on the Data Governance Act (DGA), which aims to boost data sharing in Europe. The DGA builds on four pillars: 1) Reuse of sensitive data held by public sector bodies, 2) A new framework for data intermediaries, 3) A framework for data altruism, 4) Coordination and interoperability supported by a European Data Innovation Board.

During the discussion, we would like to focus on a number of key questions related to the DGA: Who will be defined as a data intermediary and what will be their role? What will be the consequences of regulating these players for a not yet mature data market? How can this framework support the flow of data and create the technical conditions for data sharing?


Angelika Niebler, MEP, EIF Steering Committee Member, Rapporteur on the Data Governance Act

Khalil Rouhana, Deputy Director-General, DG CNECT, European Commission – invited

Jonathan Selbie, CEO of Univrses (a 3D Computer Vision and Machine Learning company)

Prof. Stelian Brad, Professor & President of the Cluj IT Cluster, Romania


Maria Rosa Gibellini, Director General, European Internet Forum

More details on the agenda are available here.

On 9 December 2020, the European Council voted to locate the EU’s future cybersecurity research hub in Bucharest. The European Cybersecurity Industrial, Technology and Research Competence Centre, as it is formally known, is a key part of the planned European Cybersecurity Competence Network and Centre, which aims to help the EU continue to build the capacity necessary to secure the Digital Single Market. The Competence Centre will seek to achieve its overall mission by setting up and helping to coordinate the National Coordination Centres Network and the Cybersecurity Competence Community; and by implementing cybersecurity-related financial support from the Horizon Europe and Digital Europe programmes. This evening’s panel discussion will explore both how Europe proposes to achieve its cybersecurity objectives over the coming two to three years as well as the role of the industrial and academic cybersecurity community across Romania.


  • Miguel González-Sancho, Head of Cybersecurity Technology and Capacity Building, DG CNECT, European Commission
  • Ramona Niță, Counselor Telecommunications, Cyber Security, Digital Internal Market, Postal Services, Permanent Representation of Romania to the EU
  • Stelian Brad, President, Cluj IT Cluster and Professor, Technical University of Cluj-Napoca
  • Monica Florea, Director of European projects, SIMAVI
  • Virgil D. Gligor, Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University

Moderator:  David Goodman, Trust in Digital Life

Link here.

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More details on the agenda are available here.

In the new Digital Europe Programme, it will be the role of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) to help support the uptake of future technologies such as AI among SMEs. However, DIHs will also support technology frontrunners, such as AI innovators. Therefore, this workshop extends to DIHs from across Europe to allow for the development of a network to support DIHs in helping to advance Europe’s digital transformation.

This effort is part of DIGITAL SME’s focus on AI as a key technology for the competitiveness of Europe’s digital economy. To stop Europe from falling behind, DIGITAL SME has taken a leadership role in AI for SMEs, gathering more than 100 AI innovators in the Focus Group on Artificial Intelligence (a joint effort with the European Commission’s Joint Research  Centre).

Professor Stelian Brad, Head of DIH4S will have a presentation about the role of DIHs at the interface between SMEs and AI standards.

Link here.

Get ready for the workshop Monitoring Digital Transformation: The Role of Artificial Intelligence in the Industrial Modernisation, on January 25, starting 14:30 CET. 

The event will review in detail the demand and supply dynamics related to the AI, exploring policies, initiatives and services that are being developed to foster AI adoption and will discuss the impact those initiatives have on end users, especially SMEs. Prof. Stelian Brad, President of Cluj IT, will be a guest speaker in the panel discussion along with a number of delegates of European business organizations.

More details on the agenda are available here.