More fireside chats to come

Updated: Sep 6

Upcoming fireside chats

After the Summer break we will resume the fireside chats. Speakers you can expect include Ansgar Koene, Peter Hagedoorn, Jeremy Millard, Robert Hamilton, Miklós Szócska (Semmelweis University, former health Minister), Michal Boni, Claudia La Donna (Hanover) and Sebastian Remøy (KREAB).


Past fireside chats

4 May 2021 at 16:00 CE(S)T

Jimmyn Parc on The Digital Transformation of the Korean Music Industry and the Global

Emergence of K-Pop

Visiting Lecturer, Paris School of International Affairs (PSIA) and Researcher, Institute of Communication Research, Seoul National University


Jimmyn Parc is a visiting lecturer at Sciences Po Paris, France and a researcher at Institute of Communication Research, Seoul National University, Korea. He received a Ph.D. in international studies (with focus on international business and strategy) from the Graduate School of International Studies (GSIS), Seoul National University and another Ph.D. in economic history from University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV). He has published numerous academic articles and conducted a number of research projects related to the competitiveness of organizations, industries, and countries. His current research focuses on cultural industries in Asia and Europe, which includes films and music. Currently, they are at critical juncture as they face a changing business and trade environment as well as new challenges from digitization.


The Digital Transformation of the Korean Music Industry and the Global Emergence of K-Pop

There are a number of voices who blame digitization for having a number of negative effects on the music industry including a decline in album sales, copyright infringement, unfair royalty payments, and competition with foreign multinationals. Yet, the global emergence of Korean pop music or K-pop suggests a different narrative, particularly given that its growth was largely unexpected among industry experts. Understanding the key to its international breakthrough can thus produce meaningful lessons for the music industries of other countries for their own further take-off. This constitutes the focus for this lecture.



27 May 2021 at 15:00 CE(S)T

Prof. Andra Siibak on The datafied child: data practices and imaginaries in children's lives

Professor of Media Studies, Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu



Andra Siibak is a Professor of Media Studies and program director of the Media and Communication doctoral program at the Institute of Social Studies, University of Tartu, Estonia. Her main field of research has to do with the opportunities and risks surrounding internet use, social media usage practices, datafication of childhood, new media audiences and privacy. Most recently Andra completed a book manuscript, co-authored with Giovanna Mascheroni, entitled Datafied childhoods: data practices and imaginaries in children’s lives, forthcoming in the Digital Formations series of Peter Lang, in autumn 2021.

Andra has gained international experience while filling different academic positions in a variety of cultural contexts, e.g. been a post-doc in Sweden, guest-researcher in Denmark, Fulbright scholar in the US, and a visiting guest-professor in Italy, Latvia and Lithuania. She has engaged in various international research projects and networks (e.g. EU Kids Online) and acted as expert consultant on Estonia for projects initiated by the European Parliament, European Commission, European Council and OECD. Andra has been awarded with the Young Scientist Award by the President of Estonia (2015), the Outstanding Young Person of Estonia (TOYP) award (2017) and Prof. Peeter Tulviste’s memorial scholarship (2020).

The datafied child: data practices and imaginaries in children’s lives

In the current age of mediatization, the internet and internet-connect objects (IoT) have come to permeate all contexts of socialisation – the home, the school, the peer group - and are implicated in many of the everyday practices in which children engage. The pervasive and intense mediatization of society, the emergence of a data-driven business model (surveillance capitalism), and the normalisation of a culture of surveillance that frames datafication and dataveillance as good practices (of parenting, of teaching and learning, of self-expression etc.), have led to the fact that the “world which the contemporary child is conceived and raised is one that is increasingly monitored, analyzed and manipulated through technological processes” (Willson, 2018: 1). During the fireside chat we will tackle upon the variety of ways how the practices of children themselves, their parents, peers, and teachers are leading to the creation of their data traces and their data selves.


3 June 2021 at 15:00 CE(S)T

Ilias Iakovidis on Going beyond the dilemma ‘Is digitalisation climate solution or pollution?’

Adviser, DG CONNECT, European Commission



Ilias Iakovidis, PhD, is Adviser on digital aspects of green transition at the European Commission, DG CONNECT.

Ilias contributes to EU wide measures and initiatives that aim to improve the energy and material efficiency of ICT, e.g., making data centres climate neutral, digital devices, circular. He is focused on maximising the benefits of green digital transformation for environment & climate, society and economy. Ilias is working on digitalisation for circular economy (e.g. digital product passport) and on the European Green Digital Coalition. He is fostering cooperation of relevant stakeholders to develop consistent and transparent methods to estimate the net impact of digital solutions on environment/climate, and, green digital transformation in sectors such as energy, transport, construction, agriculture and others.

Before 2017 Ilias was leading the eHealth and ICT for ageing units and contributed to the EU Agenda in eHealth field for over 23 years. Areas he pioneered include Integrated Care; 'Virtual Physiological Human'; Personal Health Systems and Electronic Health Records. Ilias has a PhD in Applied Math (USA) and postdoc in biomedical engineering (Canada).

Going beyond the dilemma ‘Is digitalisation climate solution or pollution?’ How to quantify net effect of digitalisation and contribute to positive impact.


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