Artificial Intelligence along the New Silk Road: Competition or Collaboration?

The Digital Enlightenment Forum would like to invite you to an online Fireside Chat.

Artificial Intelligence along the New Silk Road: Competition or Collaboration?
This fireside chat discusses the development of the relatively young AI and computer science fields in Europe and China and how the current situation has evolved over the past 20 years, where European and Chinese researchers are equal colleagues on an international stage and where diplomatic relations between the USA and China on the international stage have consequences felt directly by European AI researchers in their labs.
In what ways are AI researchers in China and Europe competitors with each other, for example in terms of the global shortage of trained AI researchers and practitioners? At the same time, the AI research community collaborates globally, so how can we ensure that the field continues to benefit from open international collaboration?

Time, Location, Registration
07 Dec, 16:00 CET
Online Fireside chat
Eventbrite link:

About Fireside Chats and the Digital Enlightenment Forum
The Digital Enlightenment Forum is an informal community of people committed to the evolution of digitisation in society while respecting human values. We bring together a network of experts and professionals to create and stimulate multi-stakeholder discussions to find solution-focused strategies. We organize small-size online fireside chats, lasting about 1 -1.5 hours, for early-career professionals and promising researchers including PhD and master’s level students to have an informal chat with a senior person from the world of policy, politics, industry or academia. The senior person is the host and she or he will kick-off on a theme (see below). This is then followed by an open discussion. The intention is actually not only to exchange about the topic but also to hear about some of professional life experiences of the host.

Why you should participate
Fireside Chats can provide you with insights on their specific topics but you can also pick up some practical ideas from the experience of the host in her or his life as a politician, policymaker, academic, entrepreneur, etc. Further, you will meet online with a group of people who are more or less at the same stage of their professional and academic life as you are, and perhaps you want to continue staying in touch with them. Each fireside chat will have about 6-8 participants, in addition to the host. We will make continued contact possible if you are interested.

About the Speaker
Prof. Lynda Hardman
Principal Researcher & Strategist at Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI,, the Dutch national research centre for Mathematics and Computer Science.
Full professor, part-time, of Multimedia Discourse Interaction at Utrecht University.
Member of European COST Scientific Committee, 2021-present
Member of Dutch national SURF Scientific Technical Council (WTR), 2021-present
Member of the Digital Humanism Initiative Steering Committee, 2020-present
Director of Amsterdam Data Science (, a partner organization whose mission is to strengthen the Data Science and AI ecosystem that spans academia, industry and society in the Amsterdam region 2018-2023.
European director of LIAMA (, a research collaboration since 1997 between Inria (France), CWI and the Chinese Academy of Sciences 2018-2022.
Research specialisms: human information interaction, information visualisation, semantic web, topic-based literature exploration