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Welcome to Women in Data Science Villach |  Austria

An independent regional initiative of WiDS at Stanford University

Women in Data Science [WiDS] started as a conference at Stanford in November 2015. Now, WiDS includes a global conference, with approximately 200+ regional events worldwide; a datathon, encouraging participants to hone their skills using a social impact challenge; and a podcast, featuring leaders in the field talking about their work, their journeys, and lessons learned. 

WiDS aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. 

We are proud to bring the global WiDS initiative to Carinthia [Austria] for the second time and place Villach on the WiDS map.

WiDS Global Conference Locations 2021

All data science enthusiasts are invited to join WiDS Villach 2021 on October 1, 2021, to hear about the latest data science related research and applications in a broad set of domains, learn how leading-edge companies are using data science for success, and to connect with the local scene.

WiDS Villach 2021 is organized in cooperation with the initiative AI Carinthia. The conference will be a hybrid event, this means you can choose between online or in person attendance. For in person attendance you will need to show either a negative COVID-19 test or proof of vaccination/past infection (“3G rule”) at the registration desk.

Are you eager to know more about WiDS Villach 2021? Then have a look at our exciting speaker line-up, browse through our agenda or get an impression about a WiDS conference day by reading the summary from the very first WiDS Villach conference, where more than 70 data science enthusiasts from over 20 countries participated.

How can you participate? Access to this event is FREE of charge, but please register here to save your spot.

We are looking forward to meeting you again!

Olivia and Anita

Olivia Pfeiler - Women in Data Science Villach

Olivia Pfeiler
Ambassador WiDS Villach

Anita Kloss-Brandstätter - Co-Ambassador of WiDS Villach

Anita Kloss-Brandstätter
Co-Ambassador WiDS Villach


October 1, 2021


Hybrid conference – in person and online participation is possible.


Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
Europastraße 4
9524 Villach


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Meet the WiDS Villach 2021 Organization Team

Andrea Appe - WiDS Villach

Andrea Appe
Data Scientist, Infineon Technologies Austria

WiDS Villach - Speaker Anja Zernig

Anja Zernig
Data Scientist, KAI GmbH

Christoph Ungermanns - WiDS Villach Organization Team

Christoph Ungermanns
Professor at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences


Claudia Morocutti WiDS Villach

Claudia Morocutti
Junior Researcher at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences


Lukas Sommeregger - WiDS Villach

Lukas Sommeregger
PhD Student, Infineon Technologies Austria

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Meet the WiDS Villach 2021 Speakers & Panelists

You will experience live talks, a streamed talk from the WiDS worldwide conference in Stanford and a panel discussion

Anna Jenul

Data Science PhD student, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

In her research Anna develops machine learning algorithms and statistical methods for healthcare data such as treatment outcome prediction of cancer patients

Elisabeth Oswald

Professor of Cybersecurity, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

A cryptographer known for her work on information leakage attacks. She currently leads the Cybersecurity research agenda for the University of Klagenfurt.

Eva Eggeling

Head of Fraunhofer KI4Life, Klagenfurt, Austria & Member of AI Carinthia

Eva is a mathematician with expertise in simulation methods. She leads the Fraunhofer Center for Data Driven Design with business units in Graz and Klagenfurt.

Katja Schechtner

Senior Urban Scientist, OECD and MIT, Austria, France & USA

She is an urban scientists and a global urban nomad who develops new technologies and shapes innovative policies to keep cities on the move.

Natalia Grion

Data Scientist at Pronto Pro, Trieste & Milan, Italy

Born as a Biologist and raised as a Neuroscientist, Natalia matured as a Data Scientist. In October 2019 she joined the BI Team of ProntoPro.

Natalie Vollert

Data Science Consultant & Project Manager, Applied Statistics, Klagenfurt & Vienna, Austria

As a Data Science consultant she supports companies in their digitization processes by developing custom data-driven solutions based on statistical methods.

Stephanie Schasché

Junior Researcher, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

In the interdisciplinary project MobiCar she contributes with her expertise on environmental management, sustainable mobility and customers.

Valerie Woop

Communication Specialist, Infineon Technologies, Villach, Austria

In her role as internal communication representative Valerie supports the mobility management project “Green Way” of Infineon Technologies Austria.

Verena Venek

Data Scientist & Project Manager, Salzburg Research, Austria

At Salzburg Research Verena focuses on data analysis and algorithm development in the fields of digital sports and health, rehabilitation and prevention.

Agenda WiDS Villach – October 1, 2021

Location: Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Thank you very much to all WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsors & Supporters!

Data Science Visionaries

WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - LAM Research
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Data Science Enthusiasts

WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Infineon Technologies Austria
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Crayon Austria

Data Science Supporters

Sponsor WiDS Villach 2021 - KWF Kärntner Wirtschaftsförderungs Fonds
WiDS Villach 2021 sponsor - Evonik
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Industriellen Vereinigung
WiDS Villach Partner - AI Carinthia
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Lakeside Science and Technology Park
WiDS Villach Partner - Villach in English
WiDS Villach 2021 Supporter -
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Kärntner Raiffeisenbanken
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Kelag

Media Partner

WiDS Villach 2021 media partner -