A European perspective on the role of digital in accelerating the transition to a green economy

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The CONNECT University will kick off its 2021 thematic summer school programme dedicated to Digital for our planet with a special introductory session on “A European perspective on the role of digital in accelerating the transition to a green economy”, exploring the way digitalisation can help sustainability and how digital innovation and solutions can contribute to tackle climate change. In this vein, through this event, participants will have the chance of getting an in-depth understanding of the potential of digital technologies to help address the world’s most pressing climate concerns and enable the much-needed shift toward a circular economy.

Join the session and find out more on the Commission's efforts to assure that Europe will be the epicentre of green technology.

Background information

This event is part of the CONNECT University Summer School 2021 on Digital for our Planet that aims to present cutting-edge innovations addressing how can digital technologies be harnessed to tackle climate change, both in terms of a greener digital system, as well as their role in helping reducing carbon emissions across industries. Check this blogpost for the full programme and more information. 

A European perspective on the role of digital in accelerating the transition to a green economy

Speakers

  • Roberto Viola, Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology), European Commission

Roberto Viola is Director General of DG CONNECT (Directorate General of Communication, Networks, Content and Technology) at the European Commission. He was the Deputy Director-General of DG CONNECT, European Commission from 2012 to 2015.

Roberto Viola served as Chairman of the European Radio Spectrum Policy group (RSPG) from 2012 to 2013, as Deputy Chairman in 2011 and Chairman in 2010. He was a member of the BEREC Board (Body of European Telecom Regulators), and Chairman of the European Regulatory Group (ERG).

He held the position of Secretary General in charge of managing AGCOM, from 2005 to 2012. Prior to this, he served as Director of the Regulation Department and Technical Director in AGCOM from 1999 to 2004.

From 1985-1999 he served in various positions including Head of Telecommunication and Broadcasting Satellite Services at the European Space Agency (ESA).

Roberto Viola has a degree in Electronic Engineering and a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).

  • Florika Fink-Hooijer, Director General, Environment Department, European Commission

Dr. Florika Fink-Hooijer is the Director-General of the Environment Department of the European Commission. Having occupied various senior management positions in the European Commission, Florika is recognized for her strong management and leadership skills and her in-depth experience in EU policy making & shaping. A lawyer by training, Florika brings a proven record of accomplishment in foreign external and security policy as well as in humanitarian aid and disaster risk reduction. She has extensive experience in leading complex inter-institutional and intergovernmental negotiations.In her current role, she is responsible for implementing the European Green Deal objectives in particular the areas of Circular Economy, Biodiversity and Zero Pollution.

  • Boštjan Videmšek, Author of Plan B. Journalist, writer, climate activist, member of President's climate advisory board, European Young Leader

Born in 1975, Mr Videmšek used to be employed by biggest Slovenian daily DELO, now free-lancer. His work was published in more than 100 international newspapers & magazines, including New York Times, Der Spiegel, Sydney Morning Herald, GEO, El Periodico, Le Figaro, Politico, Geographical. Winner of several international and national awards. Author of six books, including Dispatches from the Frontlines of Humanity and Plan B (book of the year in Slovenia). Author of two theatre plays. European Young Leader 2015. Ambassador of EU Climate Pact. He has re-focused his field work and research to climate crisis after 2016.