The INSPIRE CONFERENCE 2020, “Bringing sustainability and digitalisation together", will take place in Dubrovnik, Croatia from 12 to 15 May 2020.
For the 2020 conference, the focus on sustainable digitalisation (digital transition) and digital sustainability (social, economic and environment) – in line with the Towards a Sustainable Europe by 2030. The idea is to address both, how digitalisation could help towards a more sustainable Europe, but also what are the environmental issues and risks with digitalisation.
Within this context, the role of data and artificial intelligence are central to the transitions, the digital transition and the drive towards a sustainability transition. There is increasing calls to develop digital ecosystem for the environment focussing not only on data, infrastructure but also on algorithms, analytics, insights and applications. This allows a more holistic approach looking at the connection and combined effects of the individual components. We want to discuss the latest evolutions of innovative ways of using data and digital solutions for policy making and implementation for the benefit of achieving the sustainable development goals. This will help guide the future work on existing data legislation, in particular the INSPIRE Directive. The Conference will be an opportunity on how this legal framework can be developed further towards 2030.
Some other positive drivers towards the sustainable Europe are: new technologies, research and innovation, collaborative and circular low carbon economy, better data through the use of earth observation (Copernicus) and many others. The Conference will allow also looking at these digital developments and how they interact with data ecosystems. Finally, the trade-offs and negative effects of digitalisations and how to mitigate them can also be raised, in particular when the link to the data themes is made.
The legal INSPIRE Roadmap is coming to its end, however the evolution of infrastructure will continue. In order to make this process successful we should assure its sustainability in collaboration and partnership with other actors beyond the initial scope of the Directive.