BDVA becomes DAIRO

BDVA becomes DAIRO

In 2020 and taking into account the end of the 2014-2020 Multi-Annual Financial Framework and the advent of the post-2020 European Commission’s programmes (i.e. Horizon Europe and Digital Europe), BDVA members decided to strengthen the Association by giving it a new mandate, a new name and by expanding its scope and breadth of activities. Thus, in 2021, BDVA became DAIRO. 

DAIRO stands for Data, AI and Robotics (DAIRO). The new name stands as a testimony to the Association’s ambition, to closely collaborate with other communities to jointly engage at the intersection of the key disciplines of Data, AI and Robotics. 

This evolution allowed the Association to better engage the European Commission on topics such as the Europe fit for a Digital Age agenda, the Green Deal and, of course, the Data Strategy. In the context of the new Multi-Annual Financial Framework, DAIRO is strongly committed to working on delivering the ambitious vision of the AI, Data and Robotics Partnership, the European Data Strategy and the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking and to contributing to the achievements of the European objectives in terms of digital and environmental transformations. Furthermore, the Association benefits from a privileged position in supporting the establishment of networks and forms of collaborations between Digital Innovation Hubs and i-Spaces in Europe and supporting the development of a European Data Space. The overarching objective of DAIRO is to “boost European Artificial Intelligence (AI), Data and Robotics research, development and innovation and to foster value creation for business, citizens and the environment”. 

This modification in its Statutes also allowed the Association to continue serving both the community and European interests, taking into account its new and emerging needs, i.e. in terms of collaboration across technologies and applications, the establishment of new value chains, etc., bringing new opportunities for members and Europe. All Association partners (both European Commission and other associations, Public Private Partnerships etc.) should expect no changes or obstacles to the ongoing activities and collaborations and will be contacted individually to further explain these developments. 

The Association brand remains unchanged and the BDVA/DAIRO brands will continue to co-exist. 

The Big Data Value Association has been established in 2014 as the private counterpart of the European Commission in the Big Data Value Public Private Partnership. Since then, the Association has served the community within and outside the scope of the Partnership and has been instrumental in developing research and innovation agendas and roadmaps, guidelines for industry and policy-makers and in creating a forum for knowledge-sharing and discussions on Big Data, Data Value and Data-driven AI at the EU level. A very large portfolio of projects has been running since 2017 as a result of the Big Data Value PPP and will continue to actively implement the BDV PPP SRIA until 2024 in close collaboration with BDVA/DAIRO. 

If you have questions on BDVA and DAIRO and/or on the implications that the change of Statutes can have for you, do not hesitate to reach out to BDVA’s office. 

BDVA/DAIRO is an open and inclusive community and we are open to accept new members. If you want to join our community in this new adventure contact info(at)bdva.eu here.