Summer Seminar on Nationalism, Religion and Violence

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Seven major European universities from seven European countries, namely the University of Leuven (Belgium), RWTH Aachen and Fraunhofer/FIT (Germany), the International Hellenic University (Greece), Gdańsk University of Technology (Poland), Delft University of Technology (the Netherlands), University of Stockholm (Sweden) and Danube University Krems (Austria), together with the Greek National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA) organise a training course for  Chief Information Officers (CIOs) in the public sector. The event will take place in Thessaloniki, Greece from 10 to 13 Oct. 2017 and is supported by the Greek government.

Why to follow this course:

  • You will meet, discuss and learn from top professors coming the 7 participating universities as well as invited top experts from the industry and the public sector.
  • You will have the opportunity to meet experienced colleagues from different countries and exchange practices, experiences and knowledge with them.
  • We will present, analyse and demystify “hot topics” for CIOs, ranked high in agendas of public administrations all over the world.
  • You will participate and contribute actively in stimulating discussions, knowledge exchange and creation.
  • You will have the chance to meet top-class keynote speakers including national CIOs and industry leaders.

Certificate of Attendance signed by all universities will be issued to all participants.

Who can attend Return to top

The target audience includes public sector information technology leaders from around the world. Possible designations include Chief Information Officers, Chief Technology Officers, IT Directors, IT Directors General and IT Advisors, associated with government ministries or provincial or city governments.

What to expect on the day Return to top

The themes of the course cover four areas:

  • Information and data Management, Interoperability strategies/frameworks/practices, data analytics and intelligence.
  • Open Government, and Open Data.
  • Innovative Technologies for the public sector, e.g. co-creation, smart government.
  • Digital Government Transformation, e.g. with topics covering IT governance, privacy, security.

The course will be organised in an interactive way with plenary and breakout sessions with hands-on workshops to facilitate knowledge transfer and experience sharing amongst the participants.

Important dates Return to top

  • Dates: 10-13 October 2017
  • Deadline for registrations: 15th of September

Registration Return to top

To attend the conference, please pre-register online. Important: Please note that your registration is subject to approval by the organisers. You will be notified of your registration status by email within 2 weeks from your initial registration. As there are limited places, please register as soon as possible to reserve your place. The registration will remain open until 15th of September, unless all available places are booked before that date. In this case, the registration system may close before the deadline, so book your place asap.

Greek participants should contact the Greek National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government at +30 2131306410.

Register here

Agenda Return to top

Tuesday 10 Oct: Information, Data Management and Interoperability
09:00-09:45 Opening
  • Prof. Costas Th. Grammenos, President, International Hellenic University
  • Olga Gerovasili, Greek Minister for Administrative Reconstruction
  • Asso. Professor Kamtsidou Ifigeneia, President, National Centre for Public Administration & Local Government (EKDDA), Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH)
  • Asst. Professor Vassilios Peristeras, Scientific Coordinator of the CIO Training, International Hellenic University
09:45-10:30 Keynote
  • Digital Public Administration – an opportunity for Europe
    Mário Campolargo, Deputy Director General DG DIGIT, European Commission
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break

Day I: Information, Data Management and Interoperability

Coordinators:

  • Stefan Decker, Director Fraunhofer FIT, Professor, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Vassilios Peristeras, Asst. Prof. “Web Information Systems”, International Hellenic University, Greece

Information and data is produced in huge quantities nowadays. At the same time, new paradigms for data storage, processing, analysis and sharing emerge. For public administrations, this new environment creates opportunities and challenges. How these oceans of data can be exploited to promote evidence-based policy making? How public administrations should publish and share data and information? How far away are we from the no-stop government paradigm?

11:00-12:00 Information, Data Management & Interoperability, Presentations - part I
  • Introduction: Towards data-driven administrations, Vassilios Peristeras & Stefan Decker
  • Implementing interoperability in the EU: the new European Interoperability Framework, presentation from the ISA2 Programme, DG DIGIT, European Commission, Miguel Alvarez-Rodriguez
  • The Common Information Management Framework (CIMF), Declan Deasy, Former Director DG Informatics, European Commission
  • The Role of the Once-Only Principle for Cross-Border Data Exchange within and outside the European Union, Prof. Robert Krimmer, Tallinn University, Estonia
12:00-13:00 Information, Data Management & Interoperability, Presentations - part II
  • Emanuel Darmanin, Head Strategy and Business Department Strategy, Malta Information Technology Agency, Malta
  • Unified data space principles implementation in Latvia’s public sector institutions, Dita Gabalina, Expert in IT architecture, Ministry of the Environmental Protection and Regional Development, Latvia
  • Data governance: laying the foundations for data-driven public sector, Nikolaos Loutas, Director, PwC Belgium
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:15 Information, Data Management and Interoperability, Workshop - part I

 Participants will be divided in subgroup. Each subgroup will focus and discuss a topic related to the subject. Groups can also define the topics they want to discuss (details on the process to be announced).

Tentative topics:

  • Platforms, tools, technologies and standards for info/data management and interoperability
  • Organizational and legal aspects on info/data management and interoperability
  • Exploiting new data sources and technologies: IoT, social media, big data, data analytics, intelligent systems
  • Major challenges for information, data management and interoperability
15:15-15:35 Coffee Break
15:15-16:45 Information, Data Management and Interoperability, Workshop - part II
  • Group presentations and discussion at plenary
16:45-17:00
  • Wrap-up, conclusions
Wednesday 11 Oct: Open Government and Open Data

 Coordinator:

  • Marijn Janssen, Professor “ICT & Governance”, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands

Countries have embraces open government as a way to close the distance with their constituents and to facilitate innovation of businesses. Yet, the results are often disappointing and the focus has been on opening data and the facilitating technology, instead of on realizing transparency, accountability and engagement. Nevertheless, there are many successful practices and results. This day will be focused on arriving at more effective policies. The participants will share best and worse experiences with each other to arrive at better policies.

09:00-10:00 Keynote
  • Open data policy: The Greece initiative on open data, Nikolaos Michalopoulos, General Director for Reformation Policy and eGovernment, Ministry of Administrative Reconstruction, Greece
10:00-10:45
  • New General Data Protection Regulation with regard to the public sector, Ioannis Inglezakis, Associate Prof., Law School, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:45
  • Collaboration in Open data:  Does open data create an open government?, Marijn Janssen, Delft university of Technology, The Netherlands
12:45-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 Towards better open government policies, Workshop – part I

Some countries view open government as similar to open data, whereas other countries have a broader approach. In some countries, the focus is on the national level, whereas in other countries the focus is at the local level where the rubber hits to road.

There will be a breakdown in groups to discuss open government policies. The following questions will be addresses: What elements should be included in open government policies? What makes an effective open government policy? What is the relationship between policies at the national and local level?

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:00 Towards better open government policies, Workshop – part II
  • The outcomes of the group discussions will be presented in the plenary sessions, followed by the plenary discussion, and a summary.
Thursday 12 Oct: Public Sector Innovation

Coordinators:

  • Joep Crompvoets, Professor ‘Information Management in the Public Sector’, KU Leuven, Belgium
  • Vasilis Koulolias, Director eGovlab, Stockholm University, Sweden

The public sector plays a key economic role as a regulator, service provider, and employer. Jobs provided by public sector account for more than 25% of total employment and a significant share of economic activity in Europe. An efficient and productive public sector can be a strong driver of private sector growth. At this moment, there is a strong justification for efficiency gains, better governance, faster delivery, and more citizens' involvement in public sector.

In this context, this day will be dedicated to a collaborative discussion around the value of co-creation within public service delivery. Experts from the Belgian KU Leuven and the Swedish eGovLab at Stockholm University we will engage with the groups through a process of co-design and co-creation where we will model organisational structures and develop business models that a support digital transformation.

Topics: Introduction to Public Sector Innovation, Smart World, Misinformation

09:00-10:00 Keynote
  • Public Sector Innovation – Current Trends, Ioannis Taphillis, Secretary General for Digital Policy, Greece
10:00-10:45
  • Public Sector Innovation - Governance of Smart World, Joep Crompvoets
10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-11:45
  • Innovative practices in Public Administration (Observatory, Repository and Consultations), Emmanouil Zoulias, Head of IT department & Dimitrios Tsimaras, Coordinator, Documentation and Innovation Unit, National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government
11:45-12:45
  • Misinformation: specific migration, Vasilis Koulolias

Introduction to workshop topics, the impact of cultural differences on digital services, Structure - Selecting the Business Model of the Organisation which supports the transformation of digital government

12:45-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 Public Sector Innovation, Workshop - part I
  • The group will be divided into subgroups. Each subgroup will focus on the various effects of misinformation to public service delivery. We will explore the topic of migration as a use case and discuss techniques that emerging digital tools can play in public service readjustment. Questions to be discussed - What are the new models emerging? How can technological advances be deployed? How to best help innovation channel ideas into public service, start-ups and system change?
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:00 Public Sector Innovation, Workshop - part II
  • Plenary presentations & overall discussion, Discussion coordinators: Vasilis Koulolias & Joep Crompvoets
Friday 13 Oct: Digital Government Enterprise

Coordinator:

  • Tomasz Janowski, Acting Chair of Applied Informatics in Management and Visiting Professor, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland; Visiting Professor, Danube University Krems, Austria

Digitization has brought enormous benefits to societies and economies in terms of access to public service, more efficient, transparent and responsive public administration, greater engagement of citizens in political and government affairs, and the development of knowledge-based societies and economies.

 Digitization is also showing its dark side by increasing existing and creating new inequalities, exposing people to cybercrime and loss of privacy, and enabling mass manipulation of people's political sentiments, often across national borders.

 This day will focus on the role and responsibilities of Government Chief Information Officers in making sure that the Digital Government Enterprise, through available policy and programme instruments, can help deliver the benefits and address the risks of digitization.

 The agenda will comprise:

  • A series of presentations by distinguished government practitioners on the performance of the Digital Government Enterprise in four EU national contexts;
  • A discussion panel between the presenters and the audience on the enablers and inhibitors for Digital Government Enterprise across the EU member states; and
  • A workshop on the role and responsibilities of Government Chief Information Officers within the Digital Government Enterprise to deliver the benefits and address the risks of digitization, considering the enablers and inhibitors present within countries.
9:00-10:00 Presentations
  • Digital transformation in the Spanish Government, Miguel A. Amutio, Deputy Head of Unit, Coordination of ICT Units, General Secretariat for Digital Administration, Ministry of Finance and Public Function, Spain
  • Digital government transformation in the Netherlands, John Kootstra, Coordinating Policy Advisor, Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, The Netherlands
  • Case study about the Belgian Public Sector Digital transformation, Frank Leyman, Manager International Relations, DG Digital Transformation, Ministry for Federal Public Service, Belgium
10:00-10:45
  • Discussion panel

The panel will engage the presenters and the audience in discussing the question “What are the enablers and inhibitors for Digital Government Enterprise in different national contexts?” considering the EU perspective and beyond.

10:45-11:15 Coffee Break
11:15-12:45
  • Digital Government Enterprise, Workshop - part I

The workshop will commence by dividing the audience into groups while ensuring diverse national and sectoral representation. Each group will independently discuss the role and responsibilities of Government Chief Information Officers within the Digital Government Enterprise to deliver the benefits and address the risks of digitization. To be continued after lunch.

12:45-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:00
  • Digital Government Enterprise, Workshop - part II

The outcomes of the group discussions will be presented in the plenary sessions, followed by the plenary discussion, and the summary.

15:00-15:30 Coffee Break
15:30-16:30
  • Conclusions from the seminar, Panel with Vassilios Peristeras, Joep Crompvoets, Stefan Decker, Tomasz Janowski, Marijn Janssen, Vasilis Koulolias, Dimitris Tsimaras

Costs Return to top

Attending the course is free of charge. Participants should cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Programme Committee Return to top

  • Vassilios Peristeras, Asst. Prof. International Hellenic University, Scientific Coordinator, Greece
  • Joep Crompvoets, Professor ‘Information Management in the Public Sector’, KU Leuven
  • Stefan Decker, Director Fraunhofer FIT, Professor, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Tomasz Janowski, Acting Chair of Applied Informatics in Management and Visiting Professor, Gdańsk University of Technology, Poland; Visiting Professor, Danube University Krems, Austria
  • Marijn Janssen, Professor in ICT & Governance, Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
  • Vasilis Koulolias, Director eGovlab, Stockholm University, Sweden
  • Dimitris Tsimaras, Research & Studies Officer, National Centre for Public Administration and Local Government (EKDDA), Greece

The Training Course is part of the strategic plan for the development of the educational programmes of the School of Science and Technology. More information on the programmes available can be found here.