Debating the future of Artificial Intelligence

5 July 2018, 6:30pm


A science and policy panel discussion organised in collaboration with the Mercator Science Policy Fellowship Programme

Thursday 5 July June 2018, 18:30 - 20:00 followed by a drinks reception
The event will be held at the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU, Rue Montoyer 21, 1000 Brussels

To register your attendance at the event, please sign up here.

CSaP is working in partnership with our sister centre in Frankfurt – the Mercator Science Policy Fellowship Programme – to host a panel discussion in Brussels.


The European Commission is significantly increasing its investment in artificial intelligence research and business to €2 billion over the next two years, which is expected to attract an additional €2.5 billion of funding from public-private partnerships.

Big data driven machine learning and sophisticated robotic systems are expected to transform the economy as we know it. According to business consultancies, artificial intelligence could boost rates of profitability by almost 40 per cent over the next two decades, and benefit businesses in an unprecedented way, while policy makers will assess the social, legal, and ethical implications of advances in artificial intelligence. New jobs will be created, while many will disappear.


This debate will look at how experts can help inform the public policy process in order to establish the right regulatory framework for the development of AI “at the service of Europeans” and European economies.

The event will shed light on the future of artificial intelligence. How will artificial intelligence transform businesses and public services? Which role do policy makers have to play to prepare businesses and society for the impact of artificial intelligence?

The topic was chosen in response to a recent announcement in the Europa Press

18:30 Welcome address

  • Friedrich von Heusinger, Director of the Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU
  • Tome Sandevski, Director of the Mercator Science Policy Fellowship Programme. Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Dr Robert Doubleday, Executive Director of the Centre for Science and Policy, University of Cambridge

18:50 Panel discussion

  • Professor Iryna Gurevych, Director Ubiquitous Knowledge Processing Lab, Technische Universität Darmstadt
  • Professor Oliver Hinz, Chair of Information Systems and Information Management, Goethe University Frankfurt
  • Dr Julian Huppert, Director, Intellectual Forum, Jesus College, Cambridge
  • Robert Madelin, Chairman, FIPRA International

20:00 Drinks reception

To register your attendance at the event, please sign up here.

Photo by Gerd Altmann licensed under CC 17746

Dr Julian Huppert

Jesus College Cambridge

Robert Madelin

Fipra International Ltd

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    Debating the future of artificial intelligence

    This event brought together experts on AI from Cambridge and the Rhine-Main universities for a debate on how artificial intelligence will transform public services and business and what role policy makers can play in preparing society for the future impact of artificial intelligence.