EBDVF 2020 – Towards a Strong European Data and AI Ecosystem

Published in Oct 8, 2020

The European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) is the flagship event of the European Big Data and Data-Driven AI Research and Innovation community organised by the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and the European Commission (DG CNECT). The 2020 edition of the EBDVF will take place between the 3rd and the 5th of November 2020, and it is organized in collaboration with DFKI, Plattform Industrie 4.0, Plattform Lernende Systeme and Berlin Partner.

EBDVF 2020 aims to continue the success of the previous editions, which were attended on average by 600 participants and especially by industry professionals, business developers, researchers and policymakers, coming from over 40 countries.

With a central theme “Towards a strong European Data and AI Ecosystem”, the EBDVF 2020 edition brings together the German and European communities on AI and Data.

It aims to contribute to the discussions on the European Data and AI Strategy, specifically addressing key topics for Europe such as the development of European Data Spaces, the importance of Technology Platforms and Trust, the opportunities for market uptake and the new challenges ahead for Data and AI within the society.

The event will also focus on how Data and AI can help to tackle emerging societal challenges, like those brought by the Covid19 pandemic. For this edition, cross-sectorial tracks will be combined with sectorial tracks on Manufacturing, Autonomous Systems, Transport, Mobility and Logistics, Health and Smart Society. Furthermore, the programme will include multiple research and innovation sessions and start-ups pitches, showcasing Europe’s R&I excellence on Data and AI.ch wider audience than ever before.

The programme will combine physical and virtual sessions in order to accommodate for possible travel disruptions linked to Covid19. This will offer to the event the possibility to reach a much wider audience, achieving a record in terms of participants from all over Europe.

EBDVF2020 will also offer interesting virtual sponsoring options for companies, research institutions and AI and Data initiatives, with a lot of interaction possibilities outreaching a much wider audience than ever before.

More on the programme

The programme will be structured around 9 main tracks each consisting of several main events and side activities. The appointed track chairs are well renowned experts from the German and European communities, and they will lead the organisation of the activities and the preparation of their contents.

There are four horizontal tracks on:

  • European Data Spaces
  • Market uptake, bringing AI and Data Science to practice
  • Technology platforms and trust
  • New challenges ahead: Data, AI and the new society

There are five tracks focusing on specific application domains and notably:

  • Manufacturing
  • Autonomous systems
  • Data Driven AI Solutions
  • Smart society
  • Health

With each of the programme tracks jointly organised by a German representative (from the Berlin research and innovation community or coming from other German key initiatives and organisations) and a European representative, co-operation and value created will be maximised. With this hybrid approach, the event aims at having a great local and European impact and leveraging the potential of the innovative German ecosystem.

The EBDVF2020 edition will particularly benefit from the very vibrant Data and AI research and startup ecosystem in Berlin.


Registrations opened on the 1st of September 2020. Participants can register through the EBDVF website. The online event is entirely free of charge. More information on the registrations for the physical event will be disclosed soon.

About the previous editions

The first edition of EBDVF was organised in Versailles in 2017 and focused on “Trusted AI in Smart Industry” (find more here).

The second edition happened in Vienna in 2018 as an official event of the Austrian EU Presidency and covered the topic of “Data-Driven AI for the Future”.

The latest (2019) edition of EBDVF took place in Helsinki last October and was an associated event to the Finnish EU presidency. For this latest edition, the programme focused on “AI and Big Data Transforming Business and Society” and the event welcomed more than 90 speakers coming from the public sector, innovative companies, leading research bodies and exciting start-ups. The programme also covered a breadth of technology topics (Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence, European AI R&D Strategy, AI, Data and Robotics PPP, European Data Sharing Space and Personal Data Space, High-Performance Computing, Security, Trust, and Privacy-Preserving Technologies) and many different industrial sectors (i.e. Telecommunication, Transport, Smart Manufacturing, Bio-economy, Health, Smart Cities, Energy, Earth Observation and Finance).