Big Data: Scientific Opportunities and Legislative Challenges

The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities

The Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities (The Guild), of which Glasgow University is a member, is hosting an event at Scotland House on the use and collection of Big Data.

This event will be part of the The Guild Launch Series, a series of policy labs to take place in the first half of 2017.

The Guild Policy Lab on Big Data brings together some leading scientists who have worked on its risks and scientific opportunities:


15.30: Registration

16.00: Welcome

16.10: Presentations and panel discussion

17.25: Closing remarks

17.30: Networking reception



Prof. Dirk Van Den Poel, Ghent University

Dirk Van Den Poel is a professor of Data Analytics and Big Data at Ghent University, where he specialises in Big Data, Customer Relationship Management (CRM) and data mining. He has completed several projects in the field of customer intelligence for many international companies such as Dunnhumby (UK), Metro Group (Germany), Technicolor and Proximus.

Prof. Vonu Thakuriah, University of Glasgow

Vonu Thakuriah is the founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Urban Big Data Centre funded by UK's Economic and Social Research Council. The centre includes a national data service to inspire innovations for sustainable and socially just cities. She is interested in the analytics of emerging sources of Big Data to understand complex urban problems. This includes the technological, methodological, epistemological and political economy challenges related to working with Big Data.

Prof. Jaak Vilo, University of Tartu

Jaak Vilo is Head of the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Tartu, where he leads the the Bioinformatics, Algorithmics, and Data Mining research group. He is also part of the European Network of Excellence, ENFIN (An experimental network for functional integration). The network was engaged in developing infrastructures that are adapted to connect databases and platforms in order to enable both a generation of new bioinformatics tools and an  experimental validation of computational predictions.


Jean-Claude Burgelman, Head of Unit Science Policy and Foresight, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, and Professor of Communication Technology Policy, Vrije Universiteit Brussels


Prof. Jan Palmowski, Secretary General of the Guild

Event Information

10-05-2017 16:00

Venue Location

Scotland House
Rond-Point Schuman 6
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Scotland House
Rond-Point Schuman 6