Third EDISON Champions Conference

Centre for Creativity
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3rd EDISON Champions Conference: Warsaw - Centrum Kreatywności Targowa

The Horizon 2020-funded EDISON project is pleased to announce the 3rd EDISON Champions Conference to be held in Warsaw. By “Champions” we refer to pioneering individuals and innovative teams at universities, colleges and other teaching or training establishments engaged in developing and delivering courses that meet the needs of Data Science professionals.

Event vision

The two-day event will take place over the 19-20 June 2017 in Warsaw, Poland. In addition to presenting success stories of the intial use cases of the implimentaion of the EDISON Data Science Framework (EDSF), workshop attendees will have the opportunity to be briefed on how they too can be helped to accelerate the process of developing industry-aligned education and training courses at their own institutions and organisations. Furthermore experts from the EDISON team will be present and keen to gather feedback for the next release of the EDSF.

The meeting will be held at the Centrum Kreatywności Targowa (Centre for Creativity) co-hosted with the Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw. The purpose of the meeting is to present and develop the activities of the education and training pioneers (EDISON Champions) who are utilising the the EDISON Data Science Framework (EDSF) to develop and run new courses for Data Science.


Call for Data Science Pioneers

Following on from the success of the first two events, we want to bring together again leading pioneers of data science teaching and training in Europe ready to share and discuss best practices and success stories.

The conference will start at 10:00 on the 19th June, and finish at 15:00 on the 20th June 2017.




Inspirational success stories: creating Data Science courses

We anticipate a range of inspirational contributions with real practical value on how participants have created fit-for-purpose education solutions that address the urgent need in Europe for people in all disciplines to possess and be competent in data-related skills. If that sounds like you: please register!

The programme for the conference brings together success stories from pioneers and champions together with insight gathered from the work done in the EDISON project.

Conference venue










Day 1 - 19 June 2017

09:00 - 10:00 - Registration

10:00 - 10:15 - Welcome: Steve Brewer, EDISON Project, Professor Marek Niezgódka, Director of ICM, Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw

10:15 - 11:00 - Introduction: EDISON project overview - Steve Brewer, EDISON Project

11:00 - 11:30 - Break

11:30 - 12:30 - Session 1 – EDISON Data Science Framework - Yuri Demchenko, EDISON Projec

12:30 - 13:30 - Lunch

13:30 - 14:00 – European Open Science Cloud : Kevin Ashley, Digital Curation Centre

14:00 - 15:00 - Session 2 - Data Science course implementation: challenges and opportunities

  1. Poland perspective
  2. Data literacy in secondary schools
  3. Data Science skills for science

15:00 - 15:30 - Break

15:30 - 16:00 - Overview to EDISON work on profiles and roles – Wouter Los, EDISON project, University of Amsterdam
Plenary discussion – profession roles and profiles

16:00 - 17:15 - Session 3 - Data Science course design

  1. Academic perspective – Adam Belloum/Tomasz Wiktorski (EDISON Project)
  2. Professional training and lifelong training
  3. Ukraine workshop on data science curriculum harmonisation - Kiev: Sergiy Syrota

17:15 - 18:00 - Wrap up and summary of the day

Informal reception and networking opportunity


Day 2 – 20 June 2017

09:00 - 09:30 - Recap on Day 1 – Steve Brewer

09:30 - 10:15 – Keynote: Sue Geuens, President DAMA-I: 

10:15 - 11:30 - Session 4 – Professional pathways: certification and accreditation

  1. Adam Belloum, University of Amsterdam – EDISON perspective on certification and accreditation
  2. Polish perspepctive: Tomasz Szapiro, professor in the Department of Analysis and Decision Support in the Institute of Econometrics Warsaw School of Economics. Professor Szapiro coordinates the working group responsible for accreditation and certification processes in Conference of Rectors of Academic Schools in Poland.

11:30 - 12:30 - Breakout groups: 4 groups will further investigate the four session topics

12:30 – 13:30 - Lunch

13:30 - 14:00 - Breakout groups report back

14:00 - 15:00 - Wrap up and agreed actions going forward

Conference meeting room






Hotel suggestions

No deals arranged, other hotels are available, but these are suggested as a starting point

1) Hotel Restaurant Campanile Warszawa (4 stars)



2) Hotel Ibis Stare Miasto



3) Hotel Hetman

ul. Ks. I. Kłopotowskiego 36, 03-717 Warszawa


4) Dedek Park i Villa Montemarco

al. Zieleniecka 6/8


5) Hotel Metropol

ul. Marszałkowska 99a



  • Steve Brewer (University of Southampton, Edison Project)

  • Lidia Stępińska-Ustasiak (Interdisciplinary Centre for Mathematical and Computational Modelling, University of Warsaw)

Please credit the EDISON project if this material proves useful to your work. And let us know!


Event date: 
Monday, 19 June, 2017 - 10:00 to Tuesday, 20 June, 2017 - 15:00