Workshop: Privacy, healthcare and data science



Palace of the Academies, Brussels

Workshop: Privacy, healthcare and data science


Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
The Royal Society of Edinburgh

Activity in the context of the Position Paper 

The internet, big data and social networks have changed our everyday lives and much more is to come. The possibilities are endless but what threats to our privacy lurk in the digital world around us? How should data science be applied to sensitive health-related information?

On May 25, 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation GDPR that will  become active in the entire EU, and this has rightfully focussed the attention on our privacy. A solid understanding of the problems, issues, benefits and values can help to bring better services to the general public and still take profit of the progress in ICT. Hence the workshop addresses a broad audience of stakeholders,  media, data and ICT specialists, and journalists within the EU.

This workshop is the result of a new partnership of KVAB with the Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE). The programme is largely based on two position papers published by KVAB in 2017 and translated to English in 2018.



01 Welcome & Introduction: What is at stake with our privacy and what is the role of the Academies? 14:00 - 14:15
Joos Vandewalle, President KVAB (speaker)
02 Can anonymous data exist in an era of massive information availability? 14:15 - 14:45
Chris Dibben, Chair in Geography, University of Edinburgh (speaker)
03 Social media users and their privacy concern: Do they know and do they care? 14:45 - 15:15
Karolien Poels, Young Academy (speaker)
04 Big Data – Why Big is Beautiful 15:15 - 15:45
Colin McCowan, Robertson Centre for Biostatistics, University of Glasgow (speaker)
05 Big data analysis in healthcare and the general data protection regulation (GDPR) 15:45 - 16:15
Frank Robben, CEO eHealth-platform Belgium, CBSS Belgium (speaker)

06 Debate with speakers & public 16:15 - 16:50
07 Conclusions & Recommendations 16:50 - 17:00
Marian Scott, Vice President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (speaker)

08 Network Reception 17:00 - 17:30