2023 - AI+OurFuture


Debate Series - Artificial Intelligence and Our Future

19 September - 19 December 2023 -

CERCLE CITÉ - Auditorium Henri Beck, City of Luxembourg

Moderation: Dr. Nora Schleich

Host: Prof. Christoph Schommer

Supported by FNRlogo



Register here: lets.talk100@uni.lu

Why this debate series?

The debate series called 'LetsTalk100 - AI for our Future' is a series of debates to shed light on the topic of AI for society here in Luxembourg. The debate series deals with the topic of Artificial Intelligence in the form of a dispute between two experts and the audience based on a discussion statement

While the two experts take on the role of proponent (yes) or opponent (no) and also back this up with a short explanation, the participants (on site and virtually) have the task of shaping the discussion with questions and critically following the experts' answers. A discussion from participant to participant is also quite desirable.

At the beginning and end of the event, a vote will be taken to determine which initial position the audience represents and which speaker was more convincing with arguments. Questions can be asked in English, Luxembourgish, German or French.


 Last Update: 25 October 2023

Latest news:

  • The entrance of the Auditoire Henri Beck is located at * 2, Rue Genistre *, opposite the entrance of the Cité Bibliotheque. The *Rue genistre* is the small street on the left (opposite the façade) of the main entrance of the building.
  • Go to the 5th floor!
  • We start at 18h00. Admission is possible from 17h30. Please be there on time such we can start at 18h00.
  • Please note that there will be 2 ballots where you will have to answer the debate question yourself at the beginning (ballot 1) and at the end (ballot 2). For this reason, we have prepared some ballot papers which we ask you to fill in by ticking YES or NO.
  • The evening will be shaped primarily by your participation. Please ask questions! This is what the event thrives on!
  • The evening will end around 19h40. We will ask you for feedback (feedback letters, micro-trottoirs). Please help out! As the debate series is kindly supported by FNR and the deadline for project submission is early October, please indicate if we should repeat this project in 2024.
  • The event is before an inperson meeting. We will not take any pictures of you. A recording (film) is not foreseen. We will also delete your registration details.




19 September 2023, 18h00 - 19h40



Experts from left to right: Dr. Sana Nouzri, Dr. Serge Linckels, Prof. Dr. Patrick Glauner, Dr. Salima Lamsiyah

Moderation: Dr. Nora Schleich

Voting results:

  • Round 1: 96% Pro, 4% Cons
  • Round 2: 96% Pro, 4% Cons



Prof. Dr. Patrick Glauner, ex-CERN, Deggendorf Institute of Technology.

Biography: Patrick is a Full Professor of Artificial Intelligence at Deggendorf Institute of Technology (Germany) since age 30.  As an expert witness, he advised the parliaments of France, Germany, and Luxembourg. He has been ranked by CDO Magazine among the worldwide academic data leaders. He previously worked at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and was an executive in industry. He studied at Imperial College London and received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Luxembourg. He is an alumnus of the German National Academic Foundation (Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes).


Dr. Serge Linckels, LE GOUVERNEMENT DU GRAND-DUCHÉ DE LUXEMBOURG, Ministère de l’Éducation nationale, de l’Enfance et de la Jeunesse - Service de la Formation Professionnelle (SFP), Digital Learning Hub (DLH) 


Dr Serge Linckels is the manager of the Digital Learning Hub, a structure that offers specialised IT trainings on site open to everyone without prerequisites. He is also deputy director of the Vocational Education and Training department at the Ministry of National Education, Children, and Youth. Serge has 22 years of experience as a teacher at the Lycée Guillaume Kroll and as an associate lecturer at the University of Luxembourg. He holds a degree in computer science and an engineering degree, as well as a PhD in Internet technologies and systems from the Hasso-Plattner-Institut. 30 scientific publications bear his name. He is the author of 3 books.


Neutral Experts


Dr. Salima Lamsiyah, PostDoc researcher in 'Generative AI for Education' at the University of Luxembourg, Department of Computer Science, University of Luxembourg.


Dr. Sana Nouzri, PostDoc researcher in 'Generative AI for Education' at the University of Luxembourg, Department of Computer Science, University of Luxembourg.



29 September 2023, 18h00 - 19h40



From left to right: Dr. Nora Schleich, Dr. Andreas Braun, Dr. Narges Ahmidi, Prof. Christoph Schommer

Voting results:

Round 1: 85% Pro, 15% Cons
Round 2: 88% Pro, 12% Cons



Dr. Andreas Braun, Director Artificial Intelligence & Data Science at PwC Luxembourg.

Dr. Andreas Braun is a Director of Artificial Intelligence & Data Science in Technology Advisory with a focus on AI and Machine Learning. He supports clients in strategy and implementation of AI in health care, biometrics, security, and financial services. Andreas holds a Doctorate of Engineering in Computer Science from TU Darmstadt, was a lecturer there, and a Principal Investigator at the security and privacy research center ATHENE. He has written and contributed to more than 100 scientific publications and patents and was an expert in ISO/IEC JTC1 SC37 on biometric standardisation. He was vice-spokesperson of the Fraunhofer Alliance for Ambient Assisted Living and Personal Health, a strategic collaboration of 11 research institutes in Personal Health & Active & Assisted Living, as well as representative of the institution in the AAL Joint Programme, EIT Health and EIT Digital.


Dr. Narges Ahmidi, Department Head of 'Reasoned AI Decisions' at Fraunhofer IKS, Munich, Germany.

Biography: Dr. Narges Ahmidi studied Artificial Intelligence and medical robotics at the Johns Hopkins University (JHU), USA. After completion of her PhD, she founded and directed the 'AI for Patient Diagnosis and Treatment' research laboratory at the Helmholtz Munich Center, Institute for Computational Biology (ICB). She then joined Fraunhofer IKS as Head of the Department of 'Reasoned AI Decisions'. In parallel, she holds an adjunct faculty position at the JHU Malone Center for Engineering in Healthcare and a group leader position at ICB. Her research focus is on trustworthy AI, especially on causally-informed predictive models, reliable decision support for both humans and AI, and validation metrics geared towards expert user expectations.



24 October 2023, 18h00 - 19h40



From left to right in the picture upper right: Dr. Nora Schleich, Egberdien van der Peijl, Prof. Dr. Manuela Naveau, Prof. Dr. Yolanda Spinola

Voting results:

Round 1: 74% Pro, 24% Cons, 2% undecided
Round 2: 80% Pro, 14% Cons, 6% undecided



Thorsten Kreissig, Director, choreographer, actor, script doctor, ballet dancer, theatre and sports teacher and concept developer, Frankfurt/Main, Germany.

Biography: As a creativity coach, data nerd and AI enthusiast, knowledge mining expert and team-building catalyst, Thorsten Kreissig enables his clients to connect and collaborate in highly effective ways. It is his mission, privilege and joy to work directly with people's intrinsic motivations and empower them to change their lives, perspectives and direction. Thorsten focuses on teaching #21stCenturySkills to people of all ages, genders, religious beliefs, abilities and talents; he enjoys learning from all his students at the same time. Thorsten uses #gamification and improv theatre techniques in social gatherings throughout his working life. Harnessing the natural and healthy curiosity of his participants has led to inspiring and sometimes unexpected amazing changes. His goal is for everyone to receive a comprehensive, creative and resourceful education to build a healthy and fair future on our blue planet. Mindfulness, social awareness and environmental sustainability are possible for each of us - easier in some places and societies than others. After a solid training as a dancer, actress and singer, he was appointed ballet director and chief choreographer in Lucerne, Switzerland. This wonderful combination of responsible "head of department" and creative mastermind in a very innovative theatre proved to be a cornerstone in his life. Afterwards, he studied psychology at the Technical University of Berlin and worked as an opera director and project manager on the side. Improvisational theatre is one of the powerful and very unusual tools he uses. It activates people's minds and bodies in an amazing way, enabling a state of flow, joy and rapid development and improvement.


Prof. Dr. Manuela Naveau, University of Arts, Linz, Austria + Ars Electronica GmbH & Co KG, Linz, Austria



Neutral Experts


Prof. Dr. Yolanda Spinola, University of Arts in Sevilla, Spain.


Egberdien van der Peijl, Researcher and Artist, Luxembourg.



21 November 2023, 18h00 - 19h40




1st Round: 56% Pro, 41% Cons, 3% Abstention

2nd Round: 53% Pro, 35% Cons, 6% Abstention, 6% Undecided



Dr. Antonio Bikic, Ludwig Maximilians-Universität Munich, AI, Philosophy, and Neuromorphic Computing.

Biography: Antonio Bikić did his PhD on a topic between philosophy and machine learning and is currently a PostDoc researcher at LMU Munich. Dr Bikic works together with the Fraunhofer Institute for Cognitive Systems in the project ESAI: Ethically Safe Artificial Intelligence. He is also a PostDoc researcher at the University of Münster and the University of Leipzig. There, he works on philosophical aspects of neuromorphic hardware and on some theoretical questions about Artificial Neural Networks (especially Artificial Perception) and about ethical issues in precision medicine. Dr. Bikic has given seminars on artificial intelligence and philosophy - among others at the University of Luxembourg, LMU Munich, TU Munich, TU Berlin, University of Zurich and University of Lucerne.



Prof. Dr. Marija Slavkovik , Head of Department of Information Science and Media Studies, University of Bergen, Norway.

Biography: Marija Slavkovik is a full Professor with the Faculty for Social Sciences of the University of Bergen. Her background is in computer science and artificial intelligence. She got her PhD from the University of Luxembourg in 2012 and has been doing research in machine ethics for ten years. Machine ethics studies how moral reasoning can or should be automated.  Marija works on formalising ethical collective decision-making. She has held held several seminars, tutorials and graduate courses on AI ethics (http://slavkovik.com/teaching.html). Marija is a vice-chair of the the Norwegian AI Association,  board member of European Association for Artificial Intelligence, a member of the informal advisory group on Ethics, Legal, Social Issues (ELS) of CLAIRE, and AI and Society track editor of JAIR. 


Neutral Experts


Dr. Enzo Maria Le Fevre Cervini, European Commission, Head of Sector and Adjunct Professor in the Master's program on Ethical Governance of Artificial Intelligence at Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca, Spain.



19 December 2023, 18h00 - 19h40


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1st Round: 50% Pro, 36% Cons, 14% Abstention

2nd Round: 55% Pro, 40% Cons, 5% Abstention



Prof. Dr. Florian Feltes, Zortify, Luxembourg

Florian is CEO & Co-Founder of Zortify S.A., Professor of Digital Leadership and author of the book "Revolution? Yes, Please! When Old-School Leadership Meets New-Work Leadership."


Prof. Dr. Valérie Schafer, C2DH - Luxermbourg Centre for Digital and Comtemporary History, University of Luxembourg.

Valérie Schafer has been Professor of Contemporary European History at the C²DH (Luxembourg Centre for Contemporary and Digital History) at the University of Luxembourg and Head of Contemporary European History (EHI) since February 2018. Previously, she worked at the CNRS in France and is still an associate researcher at the Centre for Internet and Society (CIS - CNRS UPR 2000). She specialises in the history of computing, telecommunications and data networks. Her main research interests are the history of the internet and the web, the history of European digital cultures and infrastructures, and digital heritage (especially web archives). 


Neutral Experts


Prof. Dr. Lukas Sosoe, University of Luxembourg


Evangelia Markidou, European Commission, Head of Sector - Artificial Intelligence Technology, Deployment and Impact at European Commission



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