Marieke Willems

Project Manager, Policy Cloud

Marieke Willems is a Project Manager at Trust-IT Services, with an MBA from EADA Barcelona (2008) and an MSc in Communication Science from the Radboud University of Nijmegen (2005). Marieke is specialise din Research Communication and Stakeholder Engagement and is involved in several research projects. She is currently leading the dissemination work in the European Research and Innovation projects BigDataStack, Policy Cloud, Research Data Alliance Europe 4.0 and Social Sciences and Humanities Open Cloud (SSHOC). In addition she worked on the Common Dissemination Booster and is currently working on the Horizons Results Booster, that encourages European funded projects to come together to identify a common portfolio of results and shows them how best to disseminate to end-users, with an eye on exploitation opportunities.

Marieke is speaking at

Focus Track 3 - Market uptake: Bringing AI and Data Sciences to Practice
November 3, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


  • Toni Staykova (Speaker) Co-Founder and Vice President, UKeMED
  • Alon Rozen (Speaker) Associate Professor of Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Dean, Ecole des Ponts Business School
  • Richard McCreadie (Speaker) Lecturer in Information Retrieval and Data Systems, University of Glasgow
  • Despina Kopanaki (Parallel session chair) Project Manager, MARVEL & I-BiDaaS
  • Jenny Rainbird (Parallel session chair) Senior Research Project Manager, Inlecom Systems
  • Marieke Willems (Parallel session chair) Project Manager, Policy Cloud


The Big Data research projects Track and Know (Big Data for Mobility Tracking Knowledge Extraction in Urban Areas), BigDataStack (High performance data-centric stack for Big Data applications and operations) and I-BiDaaS (Industrial-Driven Big Data as a Self-Service Solution) host a joint session bringing together their findings in terms of barriers to adoption of Big Data research in different sectors as well as in terms of  current and future impact of their research. Speakers will also elaborate on the concrete business questions that have been answered in the project pilots.


The objective of this session is to discuss the findings of the three abovementioned Big Data research projects, present the barriers to adoption discovered in different sectors and the future impact and sustainability of Big Data research. This will take the form of a led group discussion on the impact and future of Big Data research (exchange of questions, experiences, ideas triggered by a set of key questions).

The session will evolve around a led discussion for the participants to share their thoughts regarding the impact and future of Big Data research. The discussion will be initiated by a set of questions to get the interaction going and to encourage participants to share their questions, experiences and views on Big Data research and the adoption of project outcomes and toolsets in the different sectors. Output of this session will be a report with recommendations on Big Data technologies ready to contribute to a European Big Data ecosystem, what’s next?

Application Track 5 - Smart society
November 5, 2020
10:00 am - 1:30 pm



After 3 years of research and innovation, BigDataStack project finally deployed a software able to analyse data in a holistic fashion across multiple data stores and from several sources, handling analytics on both data in flight and at rest.

A complete suite for big data analytics, real-time, cross-stream processing, predictive algorithms and process mining, tested on 3 real cases scenarios in retail, shipping and insurance.

Its final event: “A BigDataStack for Industry - a focus on retail, shipping and insurance: is Big Data the real future of emerging business?” is taking place inside the colourful framework of the European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF), with the purpose of putting the stress on adopting a bid data culture among industries.

The event will bring together gurus from the project in the retail, shipping and insurance domains, and Big Data experts opening a panel of discussion with the wide audience.

Being at the end of this exciting journey in research and ready to start another inside business, the event will open a discussion on possible applications of Big Data analytics to everyday life, on how similar solutions will ease the life of data analysts and optimise user experience and business performances. In 2020, data is definitely among the most exploited products in the market but we still have a long way to go to fully understand its value, integrate it inside companies and get the most out of it.

The European Big Data Value Forum (EBDVF) is the flagship event of the European Big Data and Data-Driven AI Research and Innovation community organised by the Big Data Value Association (BDVA) and the European Commission (DG CONNECT).

With a focus on “AI and Big Data Transforming Business and Society” and more than 90 speakers coming from the public sector, innovative companies, leading research bodies and exciting start-ups, the EBDVF 2020 edition aims to spread the data culture among industries, bringing all the benefits of cutting edge, big data technologies into small to large enterprises.

With a shared vision about the future of data, the natural match between the two events will find a place on the 5th November, both online, at and physically, in Berlin.

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