Welcome to the Microsoft Center Brussels

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A state-of-the-art space for discussions on topics shaping our world

To advance discussions on the digital policy issues shaping Europe in the digital age, the Microsoft Center in Brussels hosts a range of public events throughout the year (click here to see some of our past events). Located on Rue Montoyer, a stone’s throw from the European Parliament, we offer cutting-edge technology that helps to overcome barriers of location, language and accessibility, we convene conversations on the most pressing issues impacting Europe, and invite attendees to discover how technology is transforming our lives.

To learn more about the Microsoft Center, read on for a brief overview here or take a virtual tour here. Our event space is also available to external organizations and partners. If you would like more information contact MScenter@microsoft.com.

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Upcoming events:

January 20th, 2020 | #BookTalk with Brad Smith

Microsoft President Brad Smith joins us in Brussels for a conversation on ‘Tools and Weapons’ with Azeem Azhar, founder and editor of Exponential View, a highly-regarded newsletter and podcast covering issues at the intersection of technology and society.

Microsoft President Brad Smith operates by a simple core belief: when your technology changes the world, you bear a responsibility to help address the world you have helped create. The world has turned information technology into both a powerful tool and a formidable weapon, and new approaches are needed to manage an era defined by even more powerful inventions like AI. Companies that create technology must accept greater responsibility for the future, and governments will need to regulate technology by moving faster and catching up with the fast pace of innovation.

March 3rd, 2020 | Data Science & Law Forum

Significant progress has been made by researchers, industry and other stakeholders to develop tools and practices that help operationalize ethical principles for AI both in Europe and the rest of the world. At the same time, breakthroughs in machine learning, cognition and even in the field of quantum computing continue to accelerate. While this pace of innovation is enabling exponential progress in nearly every field of human endeavor, finding the optimal approach to rules and practices that fully encompass context, dignity, and human-centered intent is especially challenging.

Following the enthusiastic feedback on the first edition of the Data Science and Law Forum in September 2018, we are again gathering experts from the research community, civil society, policymaking and the legal practice to advance the dialogue on developing robust and responsible AI governance rules, and to promote early conversations on the state of quantum computing.

POSTPONED –  TBD | #BookTalk with Luuk Van Middelaar

Please join us for a #BookTalk with Luuk Van Middelaar, author of Alarums & Excursions: Improvising Politics on the European Stage.

In a revealing and candid portrayal of Europe, Alarums & Excursions offers the insider’s view of the political metamorphosis of the EU. Forced into action by a wave of emergencies – from the financial crisis, the conflicts with Russia over Crimea and Ukraine, or the turmoil created by Brexit, Europe has had to reinvent itself, and cast off its legal straitjacket to confront hard issues of power, territorial borders and public authority.

Luuk van Middelaar was the chief speechwriter and a close advisor to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy between 2010 and 2014. He is a political theorist and historian, and Professor of EU Law at Leiden University.

View previous events here.

Practical information:

Rue Montoyer 51, 1000 Brussels

Nearest public transport:
Bus:
Science (22, 27, 34, 38, 64, 80, 95)
Luxembourg Station (12, 21, 22, 27, 64)
By metro:
Lines 2 & 6: stop Trone
By train:
Brussels Luxembourg Station