Printable Programme

Day 1 - Wednesday 18 October 2017

08:00 - 09:00

Registration; welcome coffee

09:00 - 10:00

Opening session

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Mariana Kotzeva
Acting Director General of Eurostat (European Commission)
Ann Mettler
Head of the European Political Strategy Centre (European Commission)

Keynote speech: Better data for better policy: opportunities and challenges

Stefaan Verhulst
Chief Research and Development Officer (GovLab)
10:00 - 10:30

Coffee break

10:30 - 12:00

Keeping up with the trends in migration

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International migration is on the increase against the background of economic, demographic, technological, climate and geopolitical changes. As a result, new information needs on topics such as migrant integration are emerging, with new opportunities in terms of information sources becoming available.

Jakub Bijak
Professor of Statistical Demography (University of Southampton)
Susanne Melde
Senior analyst at the Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (International Organization for Migration)
Rainer Münz
Special Adviser at the European Political Strategy Centre (European Commission)
Alice Petrén
Migration correspondent (Swedish Radio)
Aminda Leigh
12:00 - 13:30

Networking lunch

13:30 - 15:00

Delivering sustainable evidence for sustainable development

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New phenomena in areas related to sustainable development may emerge requiring information for policy responses. How can we make sure that official statistics are ready to deal with such unforeseen phenomena?

Malgosia Bartosik
Deputy CEO (WindEurope)
Arno Behrens
Head of Sustainable Resources (Centre for European Policy Studies)
Enrico Giovannini
Professor (University of Rome Tor Vergata & LUISS Guido Carli University)
Charlina Vitcheva
Deputy Director-General of the Joint Research Centre (European Commission)
Tomas Matraia
15:00 - 15:30

Coffee break

15:30 - 16:15

Keynote speech: The pursuit of objectivity in science and public life

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Ted Porter
Distinguished Professor of History (UCLA)
Tomas Matraia
16:30 - 18:00

Statistics in the digital era

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In the era of social media and political campaigning, which use numbers as their headlines, the existence of a trustworthy source and a possibility to fact-check the information has become a necessity. For this reason, post-truth societies can be seen as an opportunity for official statistics to confirm their role as a trusted party providing objective figures.

Natalia Hernández Rojo
Fact checker for El Objetivo de Ana Pastor (La Sexta)
Roger A. Pielke Jr.
Director of the Sports Governance Center (University of Colorado)
James E. Ridgway
Emeritus Professor (Durham University)
Aurel Schubert 
Director-General for Statistics (European Central Bank)
Xaquín González Veira
Visual editor (xocas)
Aminda Leigh
18:30 -

Social dinner

Day 2 - Thursday 19 October 2017

09:30 - 10:00

Keynote address

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Mariana Kotzeva
Acting Director General of Eurostat (European Commission)

Unleashing the power from statistics

Ruth Paserman
Deputy Head of Cabinet of Commissioner Thyssen, responsible for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility (European Commission)
10:00 - 11:10

Dealing with ethical dilemmas

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How can the public be sure that the statistics held by statistical offices are secure? The unethical treatment of 1940s census data has been used as an argument for census non-compliance even decades later. As ever more data are being gathered about citizens and enterprises, how can we avoid instances of similar controversial disclosures?

Margo Anderson
Distinguished Professor (University of Wisconsin)
Corinna Schulze
Director, EU Government Relations (SAP)
Pernille Tranberg
Advisor in data ethics (
Aminda Leigh
11:10 - 11:40

Coffee break

11:40 - 12:50

Depicting globalisation

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Do the current or planned concepts for globalisation statistics adequately capture globalisation's features or its consequences? Or will globalisation evolve in a way that requires a different form of measurement? Will it have consequences that will require new types of policy-relevant information?

Ronald Jansen
Assistant Director (United Nations Statistics Division)
Christoph Weiss
Economist, Economics Department (European Investment Bank)
Tim Sturgeon
Senior researcher (Massachusetts Institute of Technology)
Tomas Matraia
12:50 - 14:20

Networking lunch

14:20 - 14:50

Keynote speech: The potential and limitations of foresight

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Kerstin Cuhls
Project Manager (Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research)
Tomas Matraia
15:00 - 16:15

Capturing emerging phenomena

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New economic and business models are emerging, with shared platforms increasingly used in sectors such as local transport and short-term accommodation. Regardless of whether these developments are desirable or not, these new economic activities tend not to be captured by official statistics. As a result, they may not be part of the traditional measurement of GDP and production.

Kamil Kiljański
Chief Economist at the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (European Commission)
Ana Peleteiro Ramallo
Senior data scientist (Zalando)
Jon Steinberg
EMEA Public Policy and Government Relations Manager (Google)
Aminda Leigh
16:15 - 16:45

Coffee break

16:45 - 18:00

Closing session: Official statistics - fit for the future?

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How can official statistics become more agile and responsive to the needs of citizens and policymakers? How can technological opportunities be used and statistics stay relevant in times of change? How can the communication of official statistics be improved in the face of competition from other information suppliers?

Mariana Kotzeva
Acting Director General of Eurostat (European Commission)
Paweł Świeboda
Deputy Head of the European Political Strategy Centre (European Commission)
Martine Durand
Chief Statistician and Director of Statistics Directorate (OECD)
Mark Hansen
Professor of Journalism (Columbia Journalism School)