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The Basque Country hosts the world's top scientific and statistical experts on Big Data and climate change

2024 June 10

experts on Big Data and climate change

  • Jokin Bildarratz, the Minister for Education has made a commitment to knowledge in order to face the challenges posed by the energy transition and climate change, in this case through BC3, one of the Basque Research Centres of Excellence.
  • The 8th International Conference on Big Data and Data Science for Statistics Officials was held in Bilbao with the participation of top figures in the scientific community and in the field of data science, climate change and sustainability.

Scientific representatives and experts in climate change and Big Data (management and analysis of large volumes of data that are too complex or extensive to be processed using traditional methods) are meeting in Bilbao this week. Basque Country thus becomes the meeting point for the top figures of the scientific community participating in the 8th International Conference on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics organised by the UN and BC3. They analysed, for example, the way in which climate predictions, climate patterns and scientific research may be able to help mitigate the consequences of climate change.

The Basque Country, through BC3, Basque Centre for Climate Change, one of the Basque Research Centres of Excellence attached to the Basque Government's Department of Education, plans to promote a paradigm shift in political decision-making linked to climate issues based on integrated data. The public-private partnership and commitment to research of excellence are the main tenets of this approach.

Jokin Bildarratz, the Minister of Education, highlighted that, in Basque Country, “the articulation of public policies is anchored in political science and Basque education”. More specifically, he emphasised the efforts in the field of Big Data and Data Science, in the ‘generation of interoperable data and tools that assist in the implementation of the SDGs’. The Basque Government is committed to the development of research excellence in BC3 and its transfer to society; ‘approach specialised in analysing the benefits and challenges of Big Data, including monitoring and reporting on sustainable development goals’ explained Bildarratz. “BC3 has contributed to the work of a generation of scientist and political analysts who use human and environmental modelling for research, policies and management to tackle the challenges of sustainability” he concluded.


BC3: The Basque Country laboratory against climate change

Basque Centre for Climate Change (BC3) is one of the Basque Research Centres of Excellence attached to the Basque Government's Department of Education. It is tasked with increasing awareness about the climate crisis. More than 100 researchers from different disciplines worked to find answers to the challenges presented by the climate crisis. Expert economists, biologists, sociologists and engineers joined forces to produce ideas to combat climate change.

BC3 is a kind of laboratory in Basque Country set up to tackle one of the issues that most concerns society and has an impact on different social and economic spheres. In recent times they have analysed the impacts of the application of the measures of the Energy and Climate Strategy 2030 for the European Commission, they have also made contributions to the Basque Strategy for Climate Change - Klima 2050 and they have collaborated with the World Bank and the FAO, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations.

Its main areas of work are climate science, the consumption of a low carbon society, the relationship of ecosystems to climate change, the application of new technologies in the fight against climate change and the integrated knowledge that arises from the interrelation of all of them.

A project of international scope

The meeting held in Bilbao is a biannual itinerant event of the United Nations Organisation, which in this edition BC3 helped to organise. The centre worked with the United Nations through its ARIES platform on these topics, along with the Basque Office of Statistics, EUSTAT, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, and the Spanish Statistical Office (INE)

Along with the Minister for Education, Jokin Bildarratz, the meeting was opened with Imam Machdi, Deputy Chief Statistician of Indonesia and Acting Chair of the UN Committee of Experts on Big Data and Data Science for Official Statistics, the Head of Europe Regional Programmes, UN-Habitat Kazumi Ogawa, the Scientific Director of BC3, María José Sanz and the president of the INE Spain Elena Manzanera.

In the afternoon, three high-level panels were held on climate change and biodiversity, the sustainability of tourism, and knowledge commons for global sustainability challenges with experts from Indonesia, Denmark and Slovenia, among others, international organisations such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, multinational technology companies such as Google and various United Nations organisations.

Over the next few days, sessions will be held on the use of Big Data in maritime transport or the use of citizen science to contribute to biodiversity policies, among others.

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Politicians attending the event
(XII term 2020 - 2024)