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Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) - Risks and Challenges for Sustainable Societal Transformation with a Focus on Organized Violence and Violent Conflicts

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The planned project of the BICC (Professor Conrad Schetter, Lars Wirkus) and the University of Bonn (Prof. Matthew Smith, Department of Computer Science 4) with the working title "Big Data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) - Risks and Challenges for Sustainable Societal Transformation with a specific Focus on Organized Violence and Violent Conflicts" aims at capturing and analyzing the current state of research on the role of Big Data and Artificial Intelligence as a form of organized violence and its role in the elimination of violence and achievement of SDGs 16. Identified challenges and research gaps will serve the Bonn Alliance as a basis for future research questions and project ideas.

Expert Workshop on "Climate Migration"

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After the Central European "hot season" of 2018, the effects of climate change determine public discourse in Germany and in other countries. Massive migration from areas of the global South that are particularly affected by sea-level rise, hurricanes or droughts is one of the (possible) effects that are particularly in focus in this context. Since the 1980's, science has been dealing with the phenomenon of "climate migration" and, for some years now, international (climate) policy has been increasingly tackling the topic.

The United Nations University - Institute for Environment and Human Security (UNU-EHS) and the Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik / German Development Institute (DIE) are therefore organizing expert workshops on the interactions between climate change and migration. The aim is, inter alia, to discuss the state of knowledge of the phenomenon "climate migration" and to discuss political challenges and possible solutions in this context.

International Workshop on One Health Digitalization - Integrated Surveillance, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data

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The aim of this project is to develop joint solutions through a scientific workshop in São Paulo, Brazil (Universidade de São Paulo, USP), which encourages academic exchange between employees and students of the alliance partners and their international partners on the topic of "One Health Digitization" and strengthen international cooperation. The central goal is therefore, in addition to the scientific exchange, the development of an international cooperation project on the sustainable development of health infrastructure through digitalization.

The topic adressed in One Health is one of the key societal challenges of our globalized world in times of increasing population, urbanization and migration. Many of these issues are directly or indirectly linked to health issues and therefore have significant economic and developmental relevance.
The issue of the systematic interconnection of clinical, microbiological, veterinary, economic, political and environmental toxicological knowledge and data is a global challenge for which solutions must be developed and promoted using AI and Big Data Technology, as well as institutional innovations.

The central Bonn Alliance partners are the Center for Development Research (ZEF) at the University of Bonn and the International Centre for Sustainable Development (IZNE) at the Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg University of Applied Sciences. The project will be supervised planned and carried out by Prof. Christian Borgemeister (ZEF), Prof. Katja Bender (IZNE), Dr Timo Falkenberg (ZEF) and Dr Christian Böber (IZNE).

Bonn Alliance Research Project "Digitainable": Digitalization and Sustainability




The project “digitainable” investigates possible positive and negative impacts of the rapid progress in digitalization and artificial intelligence on sustainable development. For this purpose the project will map the different aspects of digitalization and artificial intelligence systemically onto the more than 200 indicators of the UN Agenda 2030 (and national sustainability strategies derived from the Agenda 2030). The results of the projects should support and objectify the discussions on the relation between digitalization and sustainability.
This project is funded by the Federal Minstery of Education and Research (BMBF)BMBF Logo

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