prof. Gabriel Chodick

Maccabitech | College of Law and Business, Ramat Gan, Israel

It has been estimated that nearly one third of world’s data volume are generated by the healthcare industry. The exponential growth of data and the development of personalized medicine is already reshaping provision of medical care.  The presentation is aimed to illustrate of the use of clinical and administrative data to bring value to consumers and decision-makers in real-time. Maccabitech is the database research arm of Maccabi Healthcare Services, the second largest state-mandated health provider in Israel. Its research is heavily based on rich electronic data that spans over 30 years and over 3 million individuals. Using high-quality data and cutting edge analytics, Maccabitech is devoted to expanding knowledge, enhancing quality and efficiency of care, and promoting research and innovation.

To demonstrate the use of big-data analytics at Maccabitech, several cases will be presented. This includes early success stories of implementing automated algorithm for identifying patients at increased risk of colorectal cancer, an automated symptom checker freeware, digital pathology, and population-based bio-banking. A special emphasis will be given to the use of data to analyze COVID-19 epidemiology and risk factors and to assess vaccine effectiveness as conducted in real-time during the pandemic and as published in high visibility medical journal.  Plans for future developments and strategic avenues of research.

Dr. Itzkovich Yariv

KINNERET College on the Sea of Galilee, Israel

 His primary interest is the study of deviant interpersonal behaviour. Throughout the years, he has acquired expertise, knowledge, and a strong reputation in this field in both academia and industry. He has been involved in research across diverse organizations. He is also involved in policy creation at a national level to mitigate incivility and bullying, manifestations of deviant interpersonal behaviours. Currently, Dr. Itzkovich is heading the HR program in the faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities and is heading the research institute for applied ethics in organizations.

Dr. René Glass

Utrecht University, Netherlands

René Glas is Assistant Professor of New Media and Digital Culture in the Department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University. With a background in Film and New Media Studies, his primary field is Game Studies, in which he teaches and writes about a variety of topics, including game history and culture, playful media literacy, games and paratexts, and play as method. Glas is a founding member of Utrecht University’s Center for the Study of Digital Games and Play.

Dr. Jasper van Vught


Jasper van Vught is assistant professor in the department of Media and Culture Studies at Utrecht University, the Netherlands. His research focuses on videogame theory, playful methodologies, game ethics and game history. He is part of the Centre for the Study of Digital Games and Play and is currently involved in various projects that use (the language of) game design for educational purposes.

prof. Samo Bobek

University of Maribor, Slovenia

Samo Bobek is full professor of E-business and Head of the Department of E-business at the Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Maribor. His research is focused on e-business, e-learning, digital transformation, and knowledge management. He has published more than 200 articles, book chapters and conference papers. He has participated in several projects related to the transformation of teaching in management and business studies.

He has participated in international and national research projects in the field of education and management. Currently, he is participating in the Slovenian research program “Entrepreneurship for Innovative society” funded by Slovenian research agency. He has led or participated in several bilateral research cooperation funded by Slovenian research agency, namely with the USA, China, India and Russia. He has participated in the Tempus EDUSFE project “Restructuring study programs in finance and banking in Siberia and far East of Russia” in Jean Monet project “Big data” and in Erasmus+ project “Spationomy”. Currently he participates in the Erasmus+ project »Spationomy 2.0«.

assoc. prof. Simona Sternad Zabukovšek

University of Maribor, Slovenia

Simona Sternad Zabukovšek is an associate professor of E-business at the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Maribor. Her research areas have recently been related to digital transformation focused on business process reengineering (BPR), business information solutions (ERP, CRM) and e-business with an emphasis on e-business models. Great emphasis in the research is also placed on the concepts of e-learning in comparison with blended learning and their implementation in organizations and user acceptance of IT / IS. She has been involved in several projects related to teaching transformation in management and business studies. She has published more than 150 articles, book chapters and conferences.

She has participated in international and national research projects in the field of education and management. Currently, she is participating in the Slovenian research program “Entrepreneurship for Innovative society” funded by a Slovenian research agency. She led or participated in several bilateral research cooperation funded by Slovenian research agency, namely with the USA, China, and India. She participated in Erasmus+ project “Spationomy”, and currently, she participated in Erasmus+ projects “Spationomy 2.0” and “Economics of Sustainability”.

Clarissa Eichenauer

Founder, CEO - TeamBrid

Clarissa Eichenauer is a physical geographer (B.Sc.) and co-founder of TeamBrid UG. During her scientific studies, she worked independently for a number of years in the areas of tourism, culture and teaching. The focus of her work and research is on the areas of „New Work“ and „Social Empowerment“.

After her studies her start-up preparation was funded by the European Commission through the European Fund for Regional Development & Ministry of Economics, Innovation, Digitization and Energy of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia through the “ EFRE-Hochschulausgründungen NRW“ program. The funding is used to support those from North Rhine-Westphalian universities who are willing to start a business in order to further develop research results/know-how with great market potential and a convincing business concept and to implement them economically.

In addition to her work as a founder, it is important to her to inspire young people to found innovative start-ups and to actively support them in doing so.

Dr. Milan Ščasný

IES, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic

Milan Ščasný (PhD 2006, Charles University) is Senior Research Fellow and the Head of Environmental Economics and Sociology Unit at Environment Center and Lecturer at Institute of Economic Studies at Faculty of Social Sciences, and collaborating with University of Warszawa, Prague University of Economics and Business, and OECD. In the past, Milan also collaborated with Economics Institute at Czech Academy of Sciences (CERGE-EI), Center for Social and Economic Research (CASE, Poland), and Industrial Economics (Cambridge, USA), and carried consultation studies for ECHA, Health Canada, OECD, and WHO-Europe. His research has focused on consumer behaviour, valuation of non-market goods, particularly of health risks, the external costs assessment, and energy and economic impact assessment using various models (TIMES-CZ, CGE, E3ME-CZ, EE MRIO). Milan is Coordinator of large scale project GEOCEP (2022-2026) and Deputy Coordinator of another two (GEMCLIME 2016-2021, ECOCEP 2014-2018), all on excellence in climate and energy economic modelling funded within the European Commission’s H2020 MSCA Research And Innovation Staff Exchange program. He is a scientific coordinator of GACR EXPRO project on “Frontiers in Energy Efficiency Economics and Modelling” (2019-2023). He has been involved in more than 30 research projects funded within European Commission RTD programs and another 30 funded by various funding agencies operating in the Czech Republic. Milan has also been collaborating with OECD on residential energy efficiency (EPIC Project), OECD-CIRCLE Program, and recently he is involved in OECD’s SWACHE health benefit valuation project. He is a member of the Czech Government Council on Sustainable Energy and RVVI’s Climate. He conducts regular courses on Environmental Economics at the Institute of Economic Studies.

He is publishing regularly in a variety of journals, including J Health Econ (AIS=3.345, IF=3.88), J Risk & Uncertainty (AIS=1.344, IF=1.72), Renewable & Sustainable Energy Reviews (AIS=2.57, IF=14.98), Energy Journal (AIS=0.868, IF=2.41), Ecological Economics (AIS=1.454, IF=5.39), Energy Policy (AIS=1.36, IF=6.14), Economic System Research (AIS=0.848, IF=2.69), Climate Policy (AIS=1.473, IF=5.08), Environment & Behaviour (AIS=1.712, IF=6.22), J Consumer Affairs (AIS=0.80, IF=2.13), Appetite (AIS=1.088, IF=3.87). He has published 54 articles in journals included in the Thomson Reuters’ / Clarivate’s Web of Knowledge database with over 600 citations and H-index 14 (WoS), 16 (SCOPUS), or 22 (Google Scholar).

assoc. prof. Izabella Steinerowska-Streb

University of Economics in Katowice, Poland

Izabella Steinerowska-Streb works as an Associate Professor in the Entrepreneurship and Management Innovation Department at the University of Economics in Katowice. Her research is focused on entrepreneurship, innovation, organizational creativity, social enterprises, and family businesses. She is the author and co-author of numerous scientific articles and books that refer mainly to small and medium-sized enterprises.

assoc. prof. Ondřej Holý

Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic

Ondřej Holý, is associated professor of epidemiology, vice-dean for Strategic Management and Quality and director of the Science and Research Centre at the Faculty of Health Sciences, Palacký University Olomouc. Web of Science metrics: 358 citations, H-index 8. He is author and co-author of more than 40 scientific papers, as well as 5 textbooks. His main area of expertise includes epidemiology of infectious diseases, emerging and re-emerging infections, hospital-acquired infections, transmission of infectious diseases and its prevention, history of epidemics and pandemics and public health issues. He is also known for refutation of fake news in medicine within “Lovci šarlatanov” project ( – mainly about COVID-19, vaccination etc.