Thu 27May

10.30 - 13.00 hrs

REGAIN Workshop is part of DATAWEEK 2021

big data
as key driver
for circular


Thu 27May

10.30 - 13.00 hrs

REGAIN Workshop is part of DATAWEEK 2021

The Workshop

REGAIN aims to offer an exciting and live workshop to put BDVA/DAIRO and EU community at large at the centre of emerging ecosystems. REGAIN collaborating networks and stakeholders foster the exchange of experience and fresh and breakthrough ideas, mostly linked with the “Ecosystem” track, aiming to widen and open Big Data/AI and Green Technologies/Circular Economy communities.


REGAIN plans are fully adapted to the covid-era presentations aiming at an active online event which will promote ideas, best practices, and visionary plans sharing in a live virtual setting which will favour audience interaction, speakers and panelists insightful key take-aways.


Mixture of presentations/talks & live demonstrations

Panel/Demo sessions

Experts’ discussion and reactive panel activity

Playful Q&A

Real time audience interaction and opinion reflection in the discussion panel via live "quiz"-style means

Artistic Intervention

Real time creative and insightful visual stimulation


16 Key Speakers originating from 7 different countries

Related Projects

Links to 14 relevant Research & Innovation Projects


The transition to a sustainable circular economy model has been internationally recognized as a key priority for improving social, environmental and economic sectors. Utilizing emerging data value chains is a key factor in achieving this goal. However, it entails open challenges due to the lack of comprehensive correlations and insightful access to knowledge harvested from distributed and heterogeneous circular economy relevant data. Big data sources emerge in parallel and data threads evolve in sectors which have a lot to gain if their data are merged or correlated.

The REGAIN Workshop aims to highlight opportunities for boosting data-driven circular practises towards innovative digital transformations. Under the triple-helix of activism – discovery – thinking, REGAIN will reveal new synergies potential for Data/AI and Green/Circular ecosystems along with the need for effective skill sets and business processes, as shaped by representatives from SMEs, social innovators, academia, and policy makers.


Explore big data and open data value chains to leverage them and to enable a beneficial shift towards cautious circular economy;

Showcase Data Science and Data Technologies pipelines, platforms and tools which generate knowledge and provide insights for stakeholders’ awareness, business intelligence and decision-making with respect to the circularity importance;

Identify the data technologies digital skills and competencies that affect the emergence and effectiveness of circular economy practices in today’s business models and practices based on the opportunities offered by Big Data;

Open collaboration and dialogues among key Green/Circular and Big Data/AI stakeholder communities (SMEs, start-ups, citizens, companies, academia, public sector) to encourage synergies and complementary actions to further increase awareness and adoption of circular economy practices

Our Speakers

Check out the list of our participating Key Speakers / Panelists / Moderators

Leyla Arsan
Ms. Leyla Arsan

TAGES, Turkey

Marios Dikaiakos
Prof. Marios Dikaiakos

University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Anastasios Gounaris
Prof. Anastasios Gounaris

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Hanne-Louise Johannesen
Mrs Hanne-Louise Johannesen

Diffus Design, Denmark

Haris Kontoes
Dr. Haris Kontoes

National Observatory of Athens, Greece

Sotiris Koussouris
Dr. Sotiris Koussouris

Suite5 - Data Intelligence Solutions Limited, Cyprus

Srdjan Krco
Dr. Srdjan Krco

DunavNET, Serbia

Nikos Kyriakoulis
Dr. Nikos Kyriakoulis

Core Innovation, Greece

Manon van Leeuwen
Mrs. Manon van Leeuwen

EOLAS, Spain

Ernestina Menasalvas
Prof. Ernestina Menasalvas

Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain

George Pallis
Prof. George Pallis

University of Cyprus, Cyprus

Filippos Papadopoulos
Dr. Filippos Papadopoulos

American Farm School, Greece

Vasilis Psomiadis
Dr. Vasilis Psomiadis

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Artur Romão
Mr. Artur Romão

DECSIS, Portugal

Nicoleta Tantalaki
Dr. Nicoleta Tantalaki

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Athena Vakali
Prof. Athena Vakali

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece

Danae Vergeti
Mrs. Danae Vergeti


Workshop Agenda

The above experts have committed to support REGAIN with a mixture of activities at which roles of experts are balanced with live and audience-motivating experience.

10:30 - 10:40

Opening & Welcome

Prof. Athena Vakali & Prof. Ernestina Menasalvas

10:40 - 10:55
Keynote speech I

"Big Data technologies skills and competencies needed for circular and responsible business processes"

Prof. Ernestina Menasalvas, Prof. Athena Vakali

10:55 - 11:35
Panel and audience interaction

Theme: "Data/AI cutting edge technologies and Circular economy crossroads"

Moderators: Prof. Anastasios Gounaris, Mrs. Hanne-Louise Johannesen

Panelists: Prof. Marios Dikaiakos, Dr. Artur Romão, Mrs. Danai Vergeti, Dr. Nikos Kyriakoulis

11:35 - 11:45

Comfort break
11:45 - 12:00
Keynote speech II

"Data technologies from cloud to edge and circular economy opportunities"

Dr. Sotiris Koussouris

12:00 - 12:30
Use cases - Demos - Projects summaries and key take-aways

"Sectors highlights / Plastics lifecycles / Farm to fork / Material innovation"

Moderators: Mrs. Manon van Leeuwen, Prof. George Pallis

Participants: Ms. Leyla Arsan, Dr. Filippos Papadopoulos, Dr. Srdjan Krco, Dr. Haris Kontoes

12:30 - 13:00
Open Discussion - Artistic intervention - Conclusions

"Data technologies from cloud to edge and circular economy opportunities"

Moderators: Dr. Vasilis Psomiadis, Dr. Nicoleta Tantalaki

Participants: ALL speakers/panelists/moderators and DIFFUS design takeaways

Related Projects
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