Workshop Concept

The workshop is split up into three phases during which participants discuss the impact of big data on security, politics and education

Phase 1:
➢   Experts’ tasks: A one-to-one rotating discussion between experts on quantitative and qualitative analysis, discussing questions related to the influences, potentials and risks of big data for security, politics and education. Due to the rotating system, each expert will have the possibility to discuss in each round with another expert about a new topic. Experts will have the possibility to reflect on their performance during and the results of the rotating discussion while giving feedback about their experience.

➢   Students’ tasks: A group research session of students from various backgrounds during which they will investigate specific questions related to the impact of big data on security, politics and education. The topics will be handed out to the students before the start of the workshop, allowing them to prepare their research beforehand in order to delve into the specific questions and issues discussed by the experts in phase one. They will further be asked to create wild card scenarios for each topic in order to challenge the experts during the critical discussion, the second phase of the workshop.

Aspired aims: The first phase serves as a pool for participants to gather information, brainstorm and exchange opinions within their separate participants’ groups.


Phase 2:
➢   Experts’ and students’ tasks: A Critical Discussion among experts and students set out as a forum to encourage debate but also questions about the results experts provided during the first phase. Furthermore, the “wild card scenarios” developed by the participating students will be evaluated thoroughly in a discussion with the experts. Participants not present in Regensburg will be able to take part in the discussion virtually.

Aspired aims: The second phase is meant to encourage debate and the exchange of ideas between experts and students, promoting a critical discussion on the influence of Big Data on the sectors analysed.


Phase 3: An interactive group working processduring which a group of two experts will establish an action plan on how to implement the measures discussed in the previous two phases.

➢   Experts’ activities: work in teams of two, composed by one social scientist and one data analyst, each team works either on security, politics or education and deals with one topic in particular in the corresponding field in order to establish a specific action plan. This should comprise specific milestones, the necessary resources (HR, research, conference, finances, company, legislation, politicians, policies) needed for the correct implementation of the measures, the time frame and a detailed schedule / plan to ensure the realization of the particular project.

➢   Students’ activities: While experts work on the action plan, one part of the students will assume a spectator role, observing and evaluating the process and development of the experts’ teamwork. The expert teams should provide students with research tasks related to their action plan and necessary for the elaboration thereof. Students will complete these research tasks in their national teams and communicate their results to the team leaders in Regensburg. The team leaders will provide the research results immediately to the expert teams during their working phase.

Aspired aims: The third and last stage is intended to enhance discussion on the specific action plans of how the measures and ideas discussed previously can actually be implemented and realized.


At the end of the third phase both the expert teams as well as the students will summarize their results in a short presentation (in form of flip charts). This will be followed by a feedback round about the workshop in general, where participants will be able to express their opinion and describe their experience.