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The local scene of data science enthusiasts met at the 2nd WiDS Villach conference

An independent regional initiative of WiDS at Stanford University

Already in the 1st year of WiDS Villach we where amazed by the large number of people attending the event. But this year we were blown away! More than 230 data science enthusiasts met on October 1, 2021 at the 2nd WiDS Villach conference.

The conference featured technical vision talks ranging from data science in the area of text analyses and natural language processing to data science in health applications. In the afternoon Katja Schechtner, Senior Urban Scientist at MIT and OECD gave a keynote about the usage of data and data science to understand urban mobility and to develop new concepts for it.

Recapping the conference day shows that the regional data science community exists and is vibrant. Apart from great presentations on stage from regional experts and lively Q&A sessions (on site & online), many data science enthusiasts participating on site engaged into discussions during the breaks.

Building up a regional network was one of our goals when starting WiDS Villach and we are more than happy that already in the 2nd year we achieved so much.

Thanks to all participants for making the conference a great success!

You missed the conference?

No problem! The records of the talks will be available soon on our YouTube channel. Meanwhile you can have a look at the exciting speaker line-up of WiDS Villach 2021, browse through the agenda or scroll through the pictures from the conference day.

What’s next?

We are already in the planning phase for WiDS Villach 2022, taking place in May 2022. The exact date will be announced soon. Please follow us on LinkedIn or subscribe to our newsletter to get the latest information.

You want to support WiDS Villach?

Great! We are constantly looking for people who would like to join our organizing team, for people who help spreading the word in their network and of course for sponsors. If you are interested, just drop us a line at

We are looking forward to meeting you again in May 2022!

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


October 1, 2021


Carinthia University of Applied Sciences
Europastraße 4
9524 Villach


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Impressions from the 2nd WiDS Villach Conference

Meet the WiDS Villach 2021 Organization Team

Andrea Appe - WiDS Villach

Andrea Appe
Data Scientist at Infineon Technologies Austria

WiDS Villach - Speaker Anja Zernig

Anja Zernig
Data Scientist and Project Manager at KAI GmbH

Christoph Ungermanns - WiDS Villach Organization Team

Christoph Ungermanns
Professor at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences


Claudia Morocutti WiDS Villach

Claudia Morocutti
Junior Researcher at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences


Lukas Sommeregger - WiDS Villach

Lukas Sommeregger
PhD Student at Infineon Technologies Austria

Logo of Women in Data Science Villach, Kärnten, Österreich

Meet the WiDS Villach 2021 Speakers & Panelists

You will experience live talks, a streamed talk from the WiDS worldwide conference in Stanford and a panel discussion

Anna Jenul

Data Science PhD student, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway

In her research Anna develops machine learning algorithms and statistical methods for healthcare data such as treatment outcome prediction of cancer patients

Elisabeth Oswald

Professor of Cybersecurity, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

A cryptographer known for her work on information leakage attacks. She currently leads the Cybersecurity research agenda for the University of Klagenfurt.

Eva Eggeling

Head of Fraunhofer KI4Life, Klagenfurt, Austria & Member of AI Carinthia

Eva is a mathematician with expertise in simulation methods. She leads the Fraunhofer Center for Data Driven Design with business units in Graz and Klagenfurt.

Katja Schechtner

Senior Urban Scientist, OECD and MIT, Austria, France & USA

She is an urban scientists and a global urban nomad who develops new technologies and shapes innovative policies to keep cities on the move.

Natalia Grion

Data Scientist at Pronto Pro, Trieste & Milan, Italy

Born as a Biologist and raised as a Neuroscientist, Natalia matured as a Data Scientist. In October 2019 she joined the BI Team of ProntoPro.

Natalie Vollert

Data Science Consultant & Project Manager, Applied Statistics, Klagenfurt & Vienna, Austria

As a Data Science consultant she supports companies in their digitization processes by developing custom data-driven solutions based on statistical methods.

Stephanie Schasché

Junior Researcher, University of Klagenfurt, Austria

In the interdisciplinary project MobiCar she contributes with her expertise on environmental management, sustainable mobility and customers.

Valerie Woop

Communication Specialist, Infineon Technologies, Villach, Austria

In her role as internal communication representative Valerie supports the mobility management project “Green Way” of Infineon Technologies Austria.

Verena Venek

Data Scientist & Project Manager, Salzburg Research, Austria

At Salzburg Research Verena focuses on data analysis and algorithm development in the fields of digital sports and health, rehabilitation and prevention.

Agenda WiDS Villach – October 1, 2021

Location: Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Friday, Oct. 1, 2021

Thank you very much to all WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsors & Supporters!

Data Science Visionaries

WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - LAM Research
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Carinthia University of Applied Sciences

Data Science Enthusiasts

WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Infineon Technologies Austria
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Crayon Austria

Data Science Supporters

Sponsor WiDS Villach 2021 - KWF Kärntner Wirtschaftsförderungs Fonds
WiDS Villach 2021 sponsor - Evonik
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Industriellen Vereinigung
WiDS Villach Partner - AI Carinthia
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Lakeside Science and Technology Park
WiDS Villach Partner - Villach in English
WiDS Villach 2021 Supporter -
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Kärntner Raiffeisenbanken
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Kelag
WiDS Villach Sponsor 2021 - KAI- Kompetenzzentrum Automobil- und Industrieelektronik GmbH
WiDS Villach 2021 Sponsor - Stadt Villach

Media Partner

WiDS Villach 2021 media partner -