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Online Expert Group Leaders Meeting, 28.04.2020

In these exceptional times of COVID-19, the Expert Groups of the Swiss Alliance continue to find ways to work! The Expert Group Leaders met online for the first time on the 28th of April. 

18 Leaders of 10 Expert Groups took part in this first online exchange. All leaders presented their planned activities for 2020 and shared their experiences in getting the greatest added value for the members, discussing their challenges and lessons learned. 

The “Smart Service” Expert Group shared their already acquired experience in holding meetings online. They had planned their quarterly expert group meeting in a lunch-talk format “Service Lunch” on March 18. Because of the restrictions, they made a change and held it online instead, which proved to be a success, generating even more participants than usual. The group decided to continue to host meetings in online formats also after the restrictions will be lifted and physical meetings possible again. 

The Group Leaders shared some of the concrete plans the Expert Groups are working on.

  • The Expert Group “Data Ethics” is in the process of finalizing the Data Ethics Codex and are planning a Course in Data Ethics Training. The group is also looking forward to organizing another joint public event in collaboration with the UZH Digital Society Initiative, similar to the events “Algorithm Ethics” in 2018 and “Data Ethics” in 2019.
  • The Expert Group “Smart Services” shared their successful experiences in engaging with members and in setting up concrete and successful project proposals.
  • Members of the Expert Group “Blockchain in Supply Chain Management” are working on an article on a pre-study about blockchain-based track & trace.

The Leaders also discussed the value of continued exchange and collaborations between the groups, with some concrete collaborations planned in 2020.

Unfortunately, because of the online format, we were short of time for further discussion but will proceed with our activities in shaping innovation together with the members.