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Euskadi becomes the world epicenter of experts in Big Data and climate change

Euskadi becomes the world epicenter of experts in Big Data and climate change

Jeickson Sulbaran

June 11, 2024 | 11:30 a.m.

Bilbao hosts the eighth International Conference on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics

This week, Bilbao becomes the center of global attention by hosting the eighth International Conference on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics. This event, organized by the UN and the BC3, brings together the highest scientific references in the field of data science, climate change and sustainability. Euskadi, through the BC3, Basque Center for Climate Change, seeks to promote a paradigm shift in political decision-making linked to climate issues through the use of integrated data.

Euskadi: Epicenter of Big Data and climate data science

During the event, Various ways in which climate predictions and patterns, along with scientific research, will be discussed., can mitigate the consequences of climate change. The BC3, one of the Basque Research Centers of Excellence attached to the Department of Education of the Basque Government, plays a crucial role in this initiative. Public-private collaboration and commitment to excellent research are key components of this strategy.

Euskadi becomes the world epicenter of experts in Big Data and climate change

At the opening of the event, the Minister of Education, Jokin Bildarratz, highlighted that Basque scientific and research policy is deeply integrated in the articulation of public policies. Bildarratz highlighted the importance of efforts in the field of Big Data and Data Science, in the generation of data and interoperable tools that contribute to the development of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Big Data and sustainability: A commitment to excellent research

The Basque Government is firmly committed to the development of excellent research in the BC3 and its transfer to society. According to Bildarratz, this commitment has specialized in analyzing the benefits and challenges of Big Data, including monitoring and reporting on sustainable development goals. The BC3 has played a critical role in training a generation of scientists and policy analysts who use human and environmental models for research, policy and management of sustainability challenges.

The meeting in Bilbao is a biannual traveling event of the UN, which in this edition has the collaboration of the BC3. The center has collaborated with the United Nations through its ARIES platform, together with the Basque Institute of Statistics (Eustat), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, and the National Institute of Statistics (INE). The conference was opened by various personalities, including Imam Machdi, Deputy Chief Statistician of Indonesia and Acting Chairman of the United Nations Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics, and María José Sanz, scientific director of the BC3.

In the afternoon sessions, high-level panels were held on climate change and biodiversity, tourism sustainability, and the common good of knowledge for global sustainability challenges. Experts from Indonesia, Denmark, Slovenia and various international organizations such as the World Bank, the IMF and technology companies such as Google, participated in these debates.

In the coming days, sessions will be held on the use of Big Data in maritime transport and citizen science to contribute to biodiversity policies, among other topics.

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