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Inclusion, parsimony, plurality: the future of AI? – TRAIL Annual Event 2024

May 14 at 13 h 00 min - 18 h 30 min

Official event under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2024.

Pratical Information

The Ampithéâtre Vauban and the Salle Louis XIV are a 1-minute walk away.

  • Date : 14/05/24


Event objective:

The AI landscape is evolving at a rapid pace, and the changes it induces are impacting both our professional and personal lives. While there is no consensus on the need (or possibility) of curbing AI innovation, there is a shared concern in Europe about the need to create trustworthy AI.

The aim of this event, organised under the auspices of the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, is to enable researchers and citizens to take ownership of this specifically European approach: AI that respects values such as social inclusion, energy saving and cultural plurality.

The choice of these three values enables us to address the concerns expressed by our societies when it comes to the changes brought about by AI. The concern, for example, of disruptions in the labour market from which some would find themselves excluded. A lack of understanding of the energy implications of data storage and algorithm training. Finally, in the case of generative AI, the awareness that the Internet is not a representative library of our societies and our differences, either in Europe or worldwide.


  • 13:00: Welcome address by UNamur Rectrice: Annick Castiaux
  • 13:15-14:00: Speech by Professor Steven Latré, Head of AI Research at IMEC
  • 14:00-15:30: Presentations by researchers on the various technical, ethical and legal dimensions of AI
  • 15:30 16:30 : Break and Poster session by TRAIL researchers
  • 16:30-17:00: Speeches by political leaders: Mr. Willy Borsus (Vice-President of Wallonia, Minister for Research, Innovation and the Digital Economy), Mr. Mathieu Michel (Federal Secretary of State for Digitization) and Antoine-Alexandre Andre (Policy and Legal Officer at the European Commission’s Artificial Intelligence Office).
  • 17:00-17:15: Presentation of the Belgian AI landscape by Nathanaël Ackerman, Head of AI-Minds Dpt @ FPS BOSA & AI4Belgium Lead
  • 17:15-18:15: Keynotes by:
    • Caroline Vandenplas, Managing Partner of B12 Consulting
    • Patrick Charlier, Director of Unia (Federal Institute for Equal Opportunities)
    • Nele Roekens, Member of the advisory board of AI4Belgium Ethics & Law and Legal Advisor and Project Lead @ Unia
  • 18:15: Acknowledgements by a representative of the city of Namur
  • 18:30 : Cocktail





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Namur, 5000 Belgium
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