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digitainable forum: Mindful use of Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence (D&AI) for the SDGs

23. February 2021 @ 9:30 - 24. February 2021 @ 17:00

We are pleased to invite you to the second digitainable expert online event

on February 23-24, 2021:
digitainable Forum: Mindful use of Digitalization and Artificial Intelligence (D&AI) for the SDGs.”


This event will facilitate exchange among a range of experts from the private sector, academia, research institutions, governmental agencies, and international development agencies on opportunities and challenges Digitalization & Artificial Intelligence (D&AI) pose to society, economy, and the environment in the context of sustainable development. 

How are D&AI helping to address the gaps hindering the progress of the UN Agenda 2030? More specificially, how are different D&AI technologies influencing the sustainable transformation pathways at a local, regional, national, and global level? How are the technologies being taken up by stakeholders, particularly the private sector and NGOs? What role can D&AI play for the sustainable transformation in light of CoVID-19? These are just a few out of many questions that will be driving the event discussions. Furthermore, the event intends to bring forth the gaps identified in our research and stimulate the discussion with experts to address the vital ones.

What can you expect from participating in the digitainable Forum?

In the digitainable Forum, we will present and discuss the insights of the project digitainable. The digitainable Forum will also act as a platform to exchange experiences, expert ideas, and best practices on the cross-section of D&AI for sustainability. Selected use cases from participants’ contributions will be the cornerstones for our event theme sessions. The event sessions will focus on the so-called “5 Ps” that shape the SDGs: People, Planet, Prosperity, Peace, and Partnerships and their interaction with D&AI. Presenters will have the opportunity to share their work experience and knowledge about the mindful use of D&AI for the SDGs, and discuss insights, barriers, innovative ways and ideas with experts from diverse backgrounds. Furthermore, we will jointly assess the “digitainability” of the cases, i.e. looking at the degree of cross-fertilization of D&AI and sustainability (SDGs) using approaches developed by the digitainable team. Overall, we aim to facilitate dialogues that can assist in systematic advancement towards the alignment of D&AI for the SDGs and their respective indicators. An enriching panel discussion at the end of the event will set a highlight on the discussions.

Please find your formal invitation here

The spoken language during the event is English.

Register now via this online registration form (registration closes February 15, 2021) and visit this event webpage to find out about peer speakers, abstract submission, and the program. All details will be delivered to registered participants via e-mail.

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We encourage interested people from the private sector, academia, research institutions, governmental agencies, and international development agencies, who are working on and/or are interested in working at the interface of digitalization and sustainability, to register via our online registration form until February 15, 2021

DAY 1 (23/02/2021)

DAY 2 (24/02/2021)


Opening Remarks


Opening Remarks Day 2 / Networking




Session 1: Digitalization and Artificial intelligence for People


A. One Health and Digitalization

• Dr. Timo Falkenberg (15 min.)

Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany


B. Towards achieving SDG 2: The potential of D&AI to build supply side capacities in the African food and agriculture sector

• Dr. Heike Baumüller (15 min.)

Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany


C. A new Trust mechanism empowering refugees’ employability and access to education

• Ms. Laura Degiovanni (15 min.)

TIIQU Limited, London, United Kingdom


D. Big data to tackle sustainability social indicators and beyond

• Dr. Ingmar Weber (15 min.)

Qatar Computing Research Institute, Doha, Qatar


Session 4: Digitalization and Artificial intelligence for Prosperity


A. Should we put a value on nature’s assets?  Using next generation digital market mechanisms to solve the problem of the tragedy of the commons

• Ms. Katrian Donaghy (15 min.)

Civic Ledger, Australia


B. Assessment of emerging sustainability-oriented technologies

• Dr.  Michael Wustmans (15 min.)

Institute for Food and Resource Economics, Bonn, Germany


C. Synergies and conflicts between SDGs: The chances and risks of digitalization, AI, and big data for sustainable land use

• Dr. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger (15 min.)

Center for Development Research (ZEF), Bonn, Germany


D. The mutual potential of Artificial intelligence (AI) and sustainable development

• Prof. Dr. Christian Djeffal (15 min.)

Technical University of Munich, Germany


Digitainability Assessment – Session 1


Digitainability Assessment – Session 4






Session 2: Digitalization and Artificial intelligence for Planet


A. Improve education, awareness-raising and human and institutional capacity on climate change mitigation, adaptation, impact reduction and early-warning

• Mr. Niyanta Shetye (15 min.)

Brandenburg Technical University of Cottbus, Germany


B. How big data and mobile internet technologies assist

to build resilience in the context of climate change and its impacts?

• Ms. Shaily Vyas (15 min.)

Institute for Environment and Human Security of the United Nations University (UNU-EHS), Bonn, Germany


C. Smart contracts and blockchain technology as a novel method for agro products certification

• Dr. Ricardo Borges dos Santos (15 min.)

UFABC (Universidade Fedra do ABC), São Paulo, Brazil


D. Digital Surveillance: A viable solution for tackling the climate crisis?

• Dr. Jennifer Garard (15 min.)

Future Earth Montreal, Canada


Session 5: Digitalization and Artificial intelligence for Peace



The role of digital solutions in peace-building (Workshop format)


• Dr. Charles Martin-Shields (15 min.)

German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany
• Mr. John Green Otunga (15 min.)

 The Sentinel Project; Nairobi, Kenya

• Ms. Becky Kazansky (15 min.)

University of Amsterdam; Amsterdam, the Netherlands

• Mr. Ziad Al Achkar (15 min.)

Carter School for Peace and Conflict Resolution, George Mason Univeristy; Arlington, VA, USA

• Ms. Althea Middleton-Detzner (15 min.)

PeaceTech Lab; Washington, D.C., USA



Digitainability Assessment – Session 2


Digitainability Assessment – Session 5




Break / Networking


Session 3: Digitalization and Artificial intelligence for Partnership


Promoting Research On Digitalization In Emerging Powers And Europe Towards Sustainable Development 

(Workshop format)


·       Dr Tatjana Reiber, Head of MGG Academy

·       Mr. Benjamin Stewart, Researcher, PRODIGEES

·       Dr Wulf Reiners


German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany


digitainable Forum: Panel Discussion




• Prof. Dr. Jakob Rhyner,
Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research, Bonn, Germany


• Dr. Jennifer Garard
Research Manager, Sustainability in the Digital Age, Future Earth

• Dr. Charles Martin-Shields
Senior researcher, Research programme: Transformation of Political (Dis-)order, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany

• Dr. Wulf Reiners
Head of Managing Global Governance (MGG) Programme, German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), Bonn, Germany

• Prof. Dr. Aimee Van Wynsberghe
Alexander von Humboldt Professor for Applied Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, Co-Director of the Institute for Science and Ethics, University of Bonn, Bonn, Germany

• Dr. Ingmar Weber
Research Director for Social Computing, Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI), Doha, Qatar


Digitainability Assessment – Session 3


Concluding Remarks and Networking

You find all information on the Call for Abstracts in this file

Please submit your abstract using this online abstract submission form until January 31, 2021.
This online form will also allow you to register for the event at the same time.

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23. February 2021 @ 9:30
24. February 2021 @ 17:00




Bonn Alliance for Sustainability Research/ Innovation Campus Bonn (ICB)