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Impressions from WiDS Villach 2022

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The local scene of data science enthusiasts met at the 3rd WiDS Villach conference

An independent regional initiative of WiDS at Stanford University

On May 19, 2022, we invited data science enthusiasts for the third time to exchange know-how and experiences.  More than 250 experts and interested people from Austria and abroad accepted our invitation.

The conference featured three thematic blocks with different focal points and top-class speakers from the region.

Block 1: Sustainable research to solve environmental issues. Every human activity leaves a footprint in our nature. The effects of this are already becoming massively visible. In the first session, researchers presented how hardware and data science can be used to make a contribution to the environment. How computer-aided modeling can help predict air pollutant concentration profiles and what contribution the digitization of forests can make to carbon dioxide storage.

Block 2: Data is the data scientist’s gold! Exciting presentations on the topic of production data, the role of data science for the industry, as well as the opportunities for a Data Scientist in the microelectronic industry were highlighted by the speakers.

A special highlight of the conference was keynote speaker Elisabeth Oberzaucher, director of Urban Human and member of the Austria-wide known Science Busters. With her lecture, she gave new dimensions to the term gut feeling.

Block 3: Information is beautiful – Data Science and Art! The last session of the day started with an art performance by the students of CHS Villach and gave exciting insights into how wonderfully art and data science complement each other. It was shown how machine learning and music can interact and what expressive power the visualization of data in different fields brings.

In line with the theme of the last session, it was possible to admire artworks by students of BG|BRG St. Martin and videos by students of CHS Villach throughout the conference.

You missed the conference?

No problem! The record of the live stream is available already, videos of the individual talks will be available soon on our YouTube channel

What’s next?

We are already in the planning phase for WiDS Villach 2023, taking place in Spring 2023. The exact date will be announced soon. Please follow us on LinkedIn or subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest information.


We are looking forward to meeting you again!

Olivia and Anita

Olivia Pfeiler - Women in Data Science Villach

Olivia Pfeiler
Head of Statistics & Data Science at KAI GmbH, WiDS Ambassador

Anita Kloss-Brandstätter - Co-Ambassador of WiDS Villach

Anita Kloss-Brandstätter
Professor at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, WiDS Co-Ambassador


May 19, 2022, 8:30 am – 4 pm


Hybrid conference – in person and online participation is possible.


Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
Europastraße 4
9524 Villach




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WiDS Villach 2022

Recordings of Introduction, Technical Vision Talks, Keynote and Q&A Sessions

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Impressions from the 3rd WiDS Villach Conference

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Meet the WiDS Villach 2022 Speakers & Panelists

You will experience live talks by passionate speakers.

Angela Fessl

Deputy Research Area Head at Know-Center (Graz, Austria)

Angela is a computer scientist with a research focus on human-computer interaction and socio-technical design

Anja Zernig

Project Manager & Data Scientist, KAI GmbH (Villach, Austria)

Anja is a statistician involved in national and international projects in the area of semiconductor manufacturing

Artemi-Maria Gioti

Composer & artistic researcher, University of music and performing arts (Graz, Austria)

Artemis is a composer working in the fields of artificial intelligence, interactive and participatory sound art

Christina Hirschl

Head of Division Sensor Systems, Silicon Austria Labs (Villach, Austria)

Christina is a physicist with working experience in fields like thermal engineering, renewable energy, smart systems and sensor systems

Elisabeth Oberzaucher

President of the Int. Society for Human Ethology & Science Buster (Vienna, Austria)

Elisabeth is a behavioral biologist working in diverse areas like human-nature interaction, non-verbal communication and evolution.

Iris Rammelmüller

PhD Student, AAU Klagenfurt (Klagenfurt, Austria)

Iris is a mathematician with a strong research focus on theoretically and practically air dispersion models

Johanna Schmidt

Head of research unit Visual Analytics, VRVis (Vienna, Austria)

Johanna is a computer scientist with a PhD in data visualization, currently applying her knowledge to large manufacturing data

Marion Starzacher

Professor, University College of Teacher Education (Graz, Austria)

Marion is an university professor for technology & design focusing on research-based and discovery-based learning.

Vanessa Berger

Project Coordinator at UNESCO-Chair for Sustainable Management of Conservation Areas, CUAS & E.C.O Institut für Ökologie (Villach & Klagenfurt, Austria)

Vanessa is an ecologist focusing on implementing holistic monitoring concepts for nature conservation

AGENDA WiDS VILLACH 2022 – May 19, 2022

Location: Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Thursday, May 19, 2022


Thank you very much to all WiDS Villach 2022 Sponsors & Supporters!

Data Science Visionaries

WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Infineon Technologies Austria
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Data Science Enthusiasts

WiDS Villach Sponsor - TÜV Austria Data Intelligence
WiDS Villach sponsor - IPCEI on Microelectronics
WiDS Villach Sponsor - LAM Research
WiDS Villach Supporter - AT & S Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik Aktiengesellschaft

Data Science Supporters

WiDS Villach Supporter - Kärntner Raiffeisenbanken
WiDS Villach Sponsor 2021 - KAI- Kompetenzzentrum Automobil- und Industrieelektronik GmbH
WiDS Villach Partner - Villach in English
WiDS Villach 2021 Supporter -
WiDS Villach Partner - AI Carinthia
WiDS Villach Supporter - Stadt Villach
WiDS Villach Sponsor - Crayon
WiDS Villach partner - CHS Villach
WiDS Villach sponsor - Faculty of Management, Economics & Law - University of Klagenfurt
Industriellen Vereinigung - WiDS Villach Sponsor
WiDS Villach Supporter - Fraunhofer Austria
WiDS Villach partner - BG|BRG St. Martin

Media Partner

WiDS Villach 2021 media partner -