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16-22 June 2024

Resort Poggio all’Agnello 

Baratti – TUSCANY (Italy)


The 2024 edition of the SoBigData summer school will focus on how data can be used for social good, and this topic will be explored around five different thematic areas: European Framework and Communities, Trustworthy and Ethical AI, Ecology and Green development, Health, Technology and AI.

Attendees will be given the possibility to work on personal projects with the support of tutors. These projects will then be evaluated by a dedicated panel at the end of the school. This organisational structure will allow attendees to benefit from broader key-note speeches, topic-based talks alongside sessions that will allow attendees to progress in a project of their own choosing by relying on tutors from different partners of the SoBigData Research Infrastructure.

The Summer School will also feature social events organised with the intent of promoting network creation among attendees and with speakers.


Nested in the gulf of Baratti on the “Etruscan Coast” in Tuscany (Italy), Poggio all’Agnello ( is a fully equipped resort that will host the 2024 edition of the SoBigData Summer school.

Registration & Deadline

Early registration until Tuesday 30 April 2024.

Late registration between Wednesday 1 May 2024 and Friday 31 May 2024 will have an additional cost.

There are different fee options, please see the Registration page for details.


Aim of the school

Data science and artificial intelligence (AI) play an increasingly important role in our daily lives. AI and its applications are essential tools for the advancement of our multicultural and interconnected society. However, the utilization of these technologies necessitates a thoughtful examination of the ethical and legal dimensions governing data use. The “Empowering Data for Social Good” school is designed to acquaint participants with pivotal subjects, including data governance and trustworthy AI, with a particular focus on applications related to health and sustainable development. To give students the opportunity to actively participate, the school is organized in two sections: the morning sessions feature presentations by accomplished experts, each specializing in the varied topics covered. Concurrently, the afternoon sessions are dedicated to collaborative group projects, allowing students to actively engage in hands-on learning experiences. At the end of the week, a panel of experts in data mining and AI will evaluate the projects. The students will have the flexibility to self-organize their project work time, enabling interaction with tutors for guidance, inquiries, and discussions pertaining to project objectives. This approach ensures a comprehensive and interactive learning environment allowing the participants to explore the ethical, legal, and practical dimensions of leveraging data for societal well-being.


  • Data Science
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Trustworthy AI
  • Explainable AI
  • Neural Networks
  • Machine Learning
  • Data Governance
  • Health and Data
  • Sustainable Development

Target attendees

Postgraduate Students, PhD Students, Researchers, Social Scientists

Keynote speakers


Maryam Mehrnezhad

Senior Lecturer at Information Security Group, Royal Holloway University of London. 

Katharina Morik

Professor of Computer Science at Technische Universität Dortmund

Alexander Barth

Associate professor at Université de Liège and senior research fellow at Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique – FNRS

Richard Rogers

University Professor at Universiteit van Amsterdam



The Resort

Nested in the gulf of Baratti on the “Etruscan Coast” in Tuscany (Italy), Poggio all’Agnello ( is a fully equipped resort that will host the 2024 edition of the SoBigData Summer school. The gulf of Baratti hosts the Archaeological Park of Baratti and Populonia (, with a necropolis and acropolis across a site that is considered one of the most relevant Etruscan cities, the only one whose remains are on the Tyrrhenian Sea. The park’s protected area stretches over 80 hectares and comprises some of the most beautiful beaches and coves in Tuscany. Moreover, the venue is located on the “Road of Wine and Oil” (, an itinerary that comprises some of Tuscany’s most refined wineries and oil productors. The region also hosts numerous food festivals ( comprising a variety of local products.


  • Fully equipped conference rooms
  • Outside facilities for communal work in a 10 hectare-park
  • An Olympic size swimming pool and two smaller swimming pools
  • Facilities for children and families
  • Services and activities such as bike rental, sport facilities and more (
  • Access for those with impaired mobility
  • An animal-friendly policy
  • A restaurant that can accommodate menus for vegetarian, vegan, celiac and lactose-intolerant
  • Free charge for electric vehicles and solar panel system

The surroundings

The summer school will be held in the Poggio’all’Agnello Resort on the beautiful and wild Tuscany coast.

General chairs

Mark Cotè

Kings College of London (UK)

Roberto Trasarti

ISTI – National Research Council of Italy

Organizing committee

Daniele Fadda
ISTI – National Research Council of Italy

Marco Braghieri

Kings College of London (UK)

Michela Natilli

ISTI – National Research Council of Italy

Valerio Grossi

ISTI – National Research Council of Italy




This event is supported by the European Union – Horizon 2020 Program under the scheme “INFRAIA-01-2018-2019 – Integrating Activities for Advanced Communities”, Grant Agreement n.871042, “SoBigData++: European Integrated Infrastructure for Social Mining and Big Data Analytics” ( and –  NextGenerationEU – National Recovery and Resilience Plan (Piano Nazionale di Ripresa e Resilienza, PNRR) – Project: “ – Strengthening the Italian RI for Social Mining and Big Data Analytics” – Prot. IR0000013 – Avviso n. 3264 del 28/12/2021

Contact us

marco.braghieri AT