TRANSFORM 2020: «in good data we trust» 13. November 2020

The conference TRANSFORM 2020 is dedicated to the transformative power of good data in the public sector. The event is being co-organized by the Institute for Public Sector Transformation, the Institute Digital Enabling and the BFH-center Digital Society. It is supported by the Partners of the Institute for Public Sector Transformation and the organization Swiss Data Alliance.

13.11.2020, 09:00-17:15 o'clock – Rathaus Bern, Rathausplatz, 3011 Bern

Data has become a major agent in transforming the public sector. However, there are many remaining questions to address in order to harness the full potential that data brings into play. What is good or bad data respectively? What strategies are there to differentiate among the two kinds? How can good data be used by governments to create public value? And which guidelines do governments need in this regard?

By answering these questions through an interdisciplinary and practice-oriented approach, the conference strives to enhance the digitization of Swiss governmental organizations and contribute to its resilience.

Our conference offers a variety of formats, from presentations, to world-cafés and a panel discussion, to bring practitioners from the public and private sector together as well as researchers and international key figures, to engage in an open dialogue about the transformative power of good data.

The main language of the conference is German.


  • Start date 13.11.2020, 09:00-17:15 o'clock
  • Place Rathaus Bern, Rathausplatz, 3011 Bern
  • Costs Full price 390 CHF / Members SwissICT 340 CHF / Students 90 CHF / Partners and BFH employees 0 CHF /



08:45 Meet and Greet
09:15 Opening

Prof. Dr. Ingrid Kissling 
President Bern University of Applied Sciences 

09:20 Political appraisal 

Dr. Jörg Mäder
Member of the Swiss national council


International: Strategic perspectives 

Barbara Ubaldi 

OECD, Digital Government Lead 


«The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly»

Prof. Dr. Reinhard Riedl 
Director BFH Centre Digital Society, co-director Institute Digital Enabling



Operational perspectives 

Dr. Anne Fleur van Veenstra

TNO, Policy Lab Lead


Data for innovation – The city of

Lausanne as an example 

(presentation in French) 

Jean-Daniel Schlaeppy 
Head of division digital transformation city of Lausanne 




Coffee break


Open Data – Learning in a time of crisis 

Andreas Amsler 

Head of Unit Open Government Data, Canton of Zurich


Good Data – 

Governance in the educational sector 

Andreas Klausing 

Member of the Executive Board 


Establishing a common master data management 

Prof. Dr. Bertrand Loison

Vice director, Head of Division Swiss Federal Statistical Office 

12:30 Lunch break

Tour d’horizon

Prof. Dr. Alessia C. Neuroni 
Director Institute for Public Sector Transformation

13:30 World-Cafés


  1: International data-based services

Prof. Dr. Maria Wimmer 

Institute for Information systems, University of Koblenz 


2: Process optimization

and innovative services 

taking data protection into account

Ursula Uttinger

Board member Swiss Data Alliance, Data protection specialist

  3: Data models and quality

Prof. Dr. Andreas Spichiger

Head of architecture, Federal IT Steering Unit

  4: Data-driven project management

Marco Bürli, Head of Project management, Department of Finance and Resources


Presentation of results


Principles of data governance in a swiss data space 

André Golliez, President 

Swiss Data Alliance

15:20 Discussion
15:30 Coffee break  

Panel discussion

Angelina Dungga, Research Associate in E-Government and Public Sector Innovation

  • Prof. Dr. Ali Asker Gündüz, Head of Smart Government Lab University of St.Gallen
  • Joëlle Glauser, Business Analyst, Federal Chancellery
  • Dr. Dominik Grögler, Federal Office of Transport
  • Bettina Hirsig, CEO Powercoders Switzerland
  • Jörg Mäder, Member of the Swiss national council
  • Matthias Mazenauer, Statistics Office of the Canton Zurich and board member KORSTAT

Trust: A philosophical approach 

Dr. Janina Loh

Department of Philosophy, University of Vienna

17:00 Closing remarks
17:15 Apéro


Partners Institute Public Sector Transformation

Logo Partner

Conference Partner

Logo Swiss Data Alliance und Gemeindeverband

Project management

Project lead und Event management