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1st Bayreuth Workshop on AI Governance

June 17th - 18th 2024

Societies and law-makers around the world are grappling intensely with the question of how to ensure fast innovation in AI serves the common good. Join us and five experts in law, public policy, ethics and political philosophy to explore pressing questions for the governance of AI, like:

  • How can regulation be made to quickly adapt to fast changing and fundamentally new technology? 
  • How should we structure interactions between humans and machines? 
  • How do we justly distribute the gains from AI and protect citizens from its worst consequences? 
  • How can we do all that under conditions of deep uncertainty?

Invited Speakers: 

Thomas Ferretti (University of Greenwich)

Deirdre Ahern (Trinity College Dublin)

Sven Nyholm (LMU Munich)

Claire Benn (Cambridge) 

Florian Ostmann (Alan Turing Institute)


This workshop is a scientific event that will also include some social events. Prospective students of both the new Master’s programme “Philosophy & Computer Science” and the “Philosophy & Economics” programmes are welcome to join us to get to know teachers, city, and campus. 

For students already studying in Bayreuth, lectures will be embedded in two courses that can be taken for credit: “The Philosophy and Economics of Governing AI” (Prof. Thoma) and “AI Governance: Fairness, Transparency & Trustworthiness” (Prof. Kästner). For details please refer to CampusOnline. 

Preliminary Program: 

Monday, June 17th

11:00 - 12:00 Campus Tour 

12:00 - 13:00 Lunch

13:00 - 13:30 Welcome

13:30 - 14:30 Talk: Thomas Ferretti – "How to Govern AI Applications in Workplaces?"

14:30 - 14:45 Coffee

14:45 - 15:45 Talk: Deirdre Ahern – "Regulatory Sandboxes for AI Governance under the AI Act: Perspectives for Innovators, Regulators and Society"

15:45 - 16:00 Coffee

16:00 - 17:00 Talk: Sven Nyholm – "Generative AI and Authorship: Asymmetries between Credit and Blame for AI-Related Outputs"

Transfer to City

17:30 - 18:30 City Tour

19:00 Dinner

Tuesday, June 18th

09:00 - 11:00 Interactive Sessions 

11:00 - 11:30 Coffee

11:30 - 12:30 Talk: Claire Benn – "Ethics Must Be Seen to Be Done"

12:30 - 14:00 Lunch & Networking

14:00 - 15:00 Talk: Florian Ostmann

15:00 - 15:15 Roundtable Discussion

15:15 - 15:30 Coffee

15:30 - 16:30 Meet the Profs (for prospective students)


Registration is free but space is limited. If you would like to join us please send a short message to carla.renzi(at)uni-bayreuth.de. In your email please indicate your affiliation (if applicable) and whether you come as a researcher or a prospective student.


For the nights of the 16th, 17th and 18th of June, we have reserved single rooms in three reasonably priced and conveniently located hotels. All three hotels are close to a bakery, where you can get a cheap breakfast. You can access the reserved rooms using the keyword "Governance" and book them yourself. The hotels are the following: 

The ibis hotel is located next to the train station, which is convenient for those travelling by train. A single room costs €72 per night and breakfast is €10. Bookings can be made by phone on +49 921 800700 or by e-mail to HB3F5(at)accor.com until the 5th of May.

The B&B hotel is centrally located and a good choice for those who want to explore the city centre. A single room costs €78 per night and breakfast is €10.50. Bookings can be made by phone on +49 921 1513777-0 or by e-mail to bayreuth(at)hotelbb.com until the 10th of May. 

The FirstBoarding hotel is just a 10-minute walk from the campus. A single room costs €67 per night, breakfast is not provided by the hotel. Bookings can be made by phone on +49 921 21076900 or by e-mail to info(at)firstboarding.de until the 1st of May.

If you have any questions about travel and accommodation, please contact Carla Renzi (carla.renzi(at)uni-bayreuth.de).


For practical information on Bayreuth, how to get to and around Bayreuth it, please refer to the corresponding pages on the website of the 2023 summer school.

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