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ITFLOWS Project presented at the Dublin City University

During his invited lecture at Dublin City University on September 18, 2023, Dr. Haithem Afli delivered a captivating presentation that honed in on the profound influence of AI and Data Analytics in propelling the field of Computational Social Sciences forward. Dr. Afli’s discourse illuminated the extraordinary success of the transdisciplinary project, ITFLOWS, emphasizing its central … Continued

ITFLOWS researcher participated in the BACES Conference in Barcelona

Last 19th June, Daniel Morente (UAB researcher) participated in the 5th edition of the Research Conference on EU Studies, organised by Barcelona Center for Europeas Studies (BACES). The conference took place at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra premises, in Barcelona and gathered -both online and in person- researchers from several institutions to discuss and share different … Continued

The UAB hosted the Collaborative European Research Conference 2023

On 9 June 2023 the UAB hosted the Collaborative European Research Conference 2023 (CERC 2023) at the Sala de Graus of the Faculty of Law. The local organisation has been led by the Institute of European Studies and the Jean Monnet Chair EUPOL. The Collaborative European Research Conference is an annual and multidisciplinary conference that … Continued

ITFLOWS Project presented at the 12th OECD Annual Conference on Migration

On December 12 and 13, Konstantin Boss (UAB) presented the ITFLOWS project during the12th Annual Conference on “Immigration in OECD Countries”, held at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. The conference examined the economic aspects of international migration in OECD countries by mapping the migratory flows and analyzing their socio-economic determinants and consequences. Topics of … Continued

Emerging Technologies in Humanitarian Management

On the 30th November at the LSE library, the London School of Economics (LSE) and Brunel University London (BUL) organised an event called “Emerging Technologies in Humanitarian Management,” thanks to ITFLOWS researchers from the BUL Migration Modelling and Simulation Group, Derek Groen, Diana Suleimenova, Alireza Jahani and Yani Xue, who were participating and organizing alongside … Continued

The Bertelsmann Foundation Hosted Workshop: Predicting labor market migration to Germany from EU countries.

The Bertelsmann Foundation hosted a workshop in Berlin on the 6th of June 2020. At the workshop a group of experts from research, NGOs and policy institutions came together to discuss the role digital trace data in general and Google Trends data in particular can play in predicting different forms of migration. Tobiad Heidland and … Continued

CERTH presented the EMT at the RDI Day

On the 3rd May, Nikos Gkevrekis (CERTH) presented the ITFLOWS Project, particularly the EUMigraTool, at the MEDEA (Mediterranean & Black Sea Security Practitioners Network) Research, Development and Innovation Day. During the half day online event, security stakeholders, industries, academia, research organisations and SMEs were able to present pertinent solutions to MEDEA members and practitioners in high level of … Continued

ITFLOWS project members are organizing PoliticalNLP Workshop

ITFLOWS project proudly presents that project members (Munster Technological University, FIZ Karlsruhe, Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, European University Institute, The Centre for Research and Technology) are organising and steering the 1st Workshop or Natural Language Processing for Political Sciences in 24 June, 2022, Marseille, France. Its venue is co-located with the prestigious natural language processing … Continued

ITFLOWS Project Coordinator participated in a seminar organised by COMPAS (University of Oxford)

ITFLOWS Scientific Coordinator, Dr Cristina Blasi (UAB), presented the main features of our project and particularly the objectives, scope and functionalities of the EUMigraTool (EMT) as part of the Work-in-Progress seminar series (WIPS). The session was organised by The Centre on Migration, Policy and Society (COMPAS), a research centre at the University of Oxford. During … Continued

Cristina Blasi participates in the AEPDIRI Annual Conference

On December 15, 16, 17, the ITFLOWS Coordinator -Dr Cristina Blasi- participated in The Spanish Association of Teachers of International Law and International Relations (AEPDIRI) held in Tarragona. The whole conference was based on the theme The International Community Facing the Challenge of Sustainable Development Goals: The Role of the European Union. The 2030 Agenda … Continued

ITFLOWS Researcher Participates in Mirror Conference 2021

On the 15th of December 2021, ITFLOWS coordinator Dr Cristina Blasi participated in the Mirror Conference 2021 titled ‘Migration in Focus: Addressing Informational Challenges in Humanitarian Actions‘. The conference which was hosted by the EU-funded project MIRROR (Migration-Related Risks Caused by Misconceptions of Opportunities and Requirement), set out to provide an interactive and knowledge exchange platform. Key focuses included fostering … Continued

ITFLOWS participates in Workshop on Complex Data in the Study of Politics and Conflict

This 2-day Workshop took place on the 18 & 19 November, and aimed at bringing these experiences together and develop a network of experts working on related problems from different perspectives. The Workshop was technical innature and therefore targeted at practitioners or researchers in fields like economics, political science, data science, computer science or remote … Continued

ITFLOWS Researchers Present and Publish Work at the 20th International Semantic Web Conference

ITFLOWS FIZ researchers Yiyi Chen and Mehwish Alam co-authored and published a conference paper and poster during the highly prestigious International Semantic Web Conference. The paper itself, focuses on capturing the temporal evolution of migration-related topics on relevant tweets. It uses Dynamic Embedded Topic Model (DETM) as a learning algorithm to perform a quantitative and qualitative analysis of … Continued


The European Consortium For Political Research (ECRP) General Conference took place from the 30 August – 3 September 2021. ITFLOWS researchers Lenka Drazanova and Jerome Gonnot, from the European University Institute (EUI), participated in the event, entitled “Who deserves what and why? The driving forces behind public opinion towards immigrants’ integration“. During this event they … Continued

ITFLOWS Researcher participated in Seminar for Young Policy Professionals

Rosalina Todorova from the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) presented the ITFLOWS project at the XXI Summer Seminar for Young Public Policy Professionals, held in Albena, Bulgaria between September 6 and September 11, 2021. Organised by the Economic Policy Institute, Sofia, the Seminar explored Post-COVID Recovery Scenarios for Central and South-Eastern Europe. The … Continued

ITFLOWS Researchers will participate in the Global Borderlands conference

On Saturday 18 September 2021 at 9:00 CET, ITFLOWS is participating in the online conference Global Borderlands: getting to the core of crimmigration, that begins on Thursday 16 and finishes on Saturday 18 September 2021. Cristina Blasi (Coord.), Colleen Boland (UAB), Daniel Morente (UAB), Madalina Moraru (BUL) and Alexandra Xanthaki (BUL) will present in a … Continued

Gergana Tzvetkova (CSD) presented the ITFLOWS project at the Integration Working Group

On July 21, 2021 Gergana Tzvetkova from the Center for the Study of Democracy (CSD) presented the ITFLOWS project at а regular meeting of the Integration Working Group. It was established by UNHCR and the Bulgarian Council on Refugees and Migrants and exists since 2017. It aims at ensuring a coordination response to integration-related needs, … Continued

Cristina Blasi participated in the UAB information session on Horizon Europe framework programme.

On 7 July 2021 the ITFLOWS Coordinator Dr Cristina Blasi and UAB ethical leader Dr Jorge González Conejero participated in the UAB information session on Cluster 3: Civil Security of Societies, as part of the Horizon Europe framework programme. The session was aimed at giving tools and info to the UAB research staff. The session … Continued

Cristina Blasi participates in the Peer Learning of the Working Group on Alternatives to Detention (ATD) within the United Nations Network for Migration (UNNM)

The IOM’s work on ATD is detailed at the ATD Toolkit, prepared by the International Migration Law (IML) Unit. More information on the UNNM Thematic WG can be found here. Dr. Cristina Blasi, coordinator of ITFLOWS, has joined today the Working Group on the Alternatives to Detention (ATD) and participated in the peer learning session of the United Nations … Continued

Participation in the Border Management Community of CERIS

On 16 June 2021 Dr Cristina Blasi, coordinator of ITFLOWS, participated in the Border Management (BM) Community of European Research and Innovation for Security (CERIS) Working Groups. As an evolution of the European Commission’s Community of Users for Safe, Secure and Resilient Societies (CoU), CERIS seeks a proactive participation of technical experts and civil society , to discuss … Continued

Cristina Blasi (UAB) presenting ITFLOWS at the Museu Nacional d’art de Catalunya

Next 10 June, Cristina Blasi (UAB) -ITFLOWS Scientific Coordinator- will participate in an event on the social effects of armed conflicts, titled “Vidas Truncadas”. The session will discuss the lives of refugees, exiles and marginalised people during war times. The event will take place at the Museu Nacional d’art de Catalunya (Barcelona) and will also … Continued

ITFLOWS participated in a Workshop organised by FRONTEX

On May 20th and 21st eleven representatives of EU funded projects related to Border and External Security (BES) participated in a workshop organised by FRONTEX. In addition, members of DG Migration and Home Affairs, the Border Security Observatory and various governments joined the meeting. ITFLOWS Scientific Coordinator, Cristina Blasi (UAB), introduced the ITFLOWS Project to … Continued

BES Cluster first meeting

On May 19th, members of six different H2020 projects joined together for their first BES Cluster meeting. The ITFLOWS Project was represented by Cristina Blasi (Project Coordinator). The purpose of this Cluster is to convene EU-funded projects related to Border Security and External Security (BES) in order to learn from other each other, share relevant information, collaborate in … Continued

ITFLOWS Coordinator will participate in the Horizon Europe Week 2021

ITFLOWS Project coordinator, Cristina Blasi (UAB), will participate in the Horizon Europe Week 2021. This event is organised by the Catalan Government and will take place from May 31st to June 4th, with a variety of different seminars over the course of one week. In particular, Cristina Blasi will participate in a session focused on … Continued

Migration Policy Centre webinar on attitudes towards immigration and immigrants.

On May 19th, Lenka Drazanova and Jerome Gonnot, researchers from the European University Institute (EUI), will participate in the MPC webinar entitled “Public attitudes towards immigration and immigrants: what are the factors affecting them and what can we do about it?” This MPC Webinar will examine what are the most influential factors affecting public attitudes … Continued

ITFLOWS at the 113th EMN-NCP Meeting

Today Cristina Blasi, scientific coordination of ITFLOWS, has presented the project to the 113th meeting of the Member States’ National Contact Points of the European Migration Network (EMN). The EMN is an EU network of migration and asylum experts from Member States, coordinated by DG HOME, established in 2008. The event included also presentations from … Continued

ITFLOWS participated in the P2PKOS

On March 22 and 23, the European Commission (EC) Research Executive Agency (REA) organised its second annual “Project to policy kick off seminar” (P2PKOS) for security research. It included participation from 43 projects of the 2019 H2020 Secure Societies call, as well as representatives from the REA, DG HOME (Directorate-General for Migration and Home Affairs), … Continued

Lenka Dražanová participates in an IPW Lecture speaking about factors affecting attitudes to immigration

On Wednesday 24th March, at 16:00 GMT, Lenka Dražanová (European University Institute) will participate in IPW’s lecture speaking about factors affecting attitudes to immigration and the work she is currently undertaking as part of ITFLOWS. The lecture will answer these questions, especially focusing on generational and educational differences in attitudes to immigration and why these … Continued

Andreas Pottakis participates in the Webinar “Deportation Union: the role of Frontex”

On Monday 14 December at 14:30 CET (13:30 in the UK), Andreas Pottakis, Greek Ombudsman and member of ITFLOW Advisory Board, will discuss the creation of the Nafplio Initiative, an independent mechanism for the external monitoring of forced returns by the EU, and other issues relating to Greece. The Webinar, entitled “Deportation Union: the role … Continued

Nicosia Risk Forum 2020

On 26th November, the ITFLOWS Scientific Coordinator, Dr. Cristina Blasi (UAB), participated in the Nicosia Risk Forum 2020, presenting the ITFLOWS Project. The presentation was entitled “ITFLOWS: Predicting Migration Flows and Preventing Risks of Tension in the EU”. The Nicosia Risk Forum is an innovative event for the area of South-Eastern Europe, which brings together … Continued

FIZ presents ITFLOWS results at ISWC 2020 conference

Last November 2020, FIZ researchers M. Alam, G. A. Gesese, Z. Rezaie and H. Sack presented the paper MigrAnalytics: Entity-based Analytics of Migration Tweets at the A* ranked conference ISWC 2020. The event took place online from 1 to 6 November 2020. FIZ paper includes initial findings within WP5 of ITFLOWS regarding public sentiment towards … Continued

New Pact on Migration and Asylum

Mr. Andreas Pottakis, Greek Ombudsman and member of the ITFLOWS expert Advisory Board, will participate in a seminar on the New Pact for Migration and Asylum, released on the 23d September 2020 by the EU Commission. Dr Andreas Potakis will be joined by Ms Chyssa Ηatzi, Senior investigator of the Ombudsman Office. The session will be hosted by Brunel … Continued

National EMN Conference 2020

On 29 September, two members of ITFLOWS, Tobias Heidland (IfW) and Andre Gröger (UAB), participated in the National EMN Conference 2020 "Forecasting the Future of Global Migration" in Austria. The National EMN Conference, organised in partnership with IOM's Global Migration Data Analysis Centre (GMDAC), provided an overview of existing models, studies and tools to predict … Continued

ITFLOWS Final Meeting

The Third -and Final- Annual Meeting of ITFLOWS Project took place in Brussels on 13 September September and it was organised in a hybrid scheme (presential/online). The event took place at the headquarters of Alliance 4 Universities and all ITFLOWS partners have participated. Work done under each Work Package during the last 18 months was … Continued

ITFLOWS Policy Workshop (Brussels)

On the 12th September 2023, the ITFLOWS Policy Workshop will take place at the Alliance4universities, in Brussels (Rue du Trône 62, 7th Floor). This event will mainly gather policy makers, and migration officers and researchers from different European countries. There will be four panels devoted to present and discuss the cluster of ITFLOWS Policy Briefs … Continued

Final Round of Testing of the EMT by the Users Board

On 16 June 2023 several NGOs part of the ITFLOWS Users Board gathered in Thessaloniki (Greece) to conduct the last round of testing and validation of the EMT. They were presented the progress in the different models composing the tool and also they were asked to test of the functionalities according to a Case Study. … Continued

Migration Prediction, Policy and Human Rights

On the 28th April, Brunel University London will organize an in-person policy Conference: “Migration Prediction, Policy and Human Rights” The aim of this 1-day interdisciplinary conference is to highlight the main human rights implications when using migration flow prediction technologies for humanitarian purposes. In 3 separate panels, this conference has the aim to discuss 1) … Continued

ITFLOWS Users Board Workshop – Florence, Italy

Members of ITFLOWS Users Board (UB) and ITFLOWS Consortium participated in a UB workshop during ITFLOWS Mid-Year Three Meeting on February 3rd 2023 in Florence, Italy. The purpose of this was to validate the EUMigraTool. The workshop took place at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Members joined online also.  A special thank … Continued

ITFLOWS 5th Steering Committee and General Assembly Meetings

On the 3rd February 2023,  ITFLOWS held it’s Mid-Three Year Meeting in which the 5th Steering Committee and General Assembly meetings took place at the European University Institute (EUI) in Florence, Italy. Members joined online also.  The ITFLOWS Steering Committee is a decision-implementing body that includes all the Work Package leaders. This meeting gave all … Continued

ITFLOWS Second Annual Meeting

The Second Annual Meeting of ITFLOWS Project took place in Barcelona, from 28 to 30 September, being the first ITFLOWS event to be celebrated in an hybrid scheme (presential/online). The 3-day event took place at the Casa de Convalescència, one of the last great works of Catalan Modernism, which forms part of the complex of … Continued

ITFLOWS Policy Conference 2022: Challenges and Opportunities in Predicting Migration

War, violence, human rights abuses, and natural and man-made disasters, in combination with other mediating and individual factors, will continue to influence how people move: whether forcibly displaced, seeking international protection or aspiring to improved livelihoods for themselves and their families. Advancements in technology and communication, climate change, and the increasing global polarization of thought … Continued

ITFLOWS partners organised the first workshop on Natural Language Processing for Political Sciences

On June 24, 2022, ITFLOWS Consortium partners organised and participated in the first workshop on “Natural Language Processing for Political Sciences,” as part of the European Language Resources Association’s 13th Edition of its Language Resources and Evaluation Conference (LREC 2022) in Marseille, France. Haithem Afli of Munster Technological University (Ireland) led this initiative, joined by … Continued

ITFLOWS hosts panel at CEPS Think Tank Ideas Lab

Our partner, Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) hosted an in-person edition of Ideas Lab. Taking place on the 1st of June, the CEPS Think Tank Ideas Lab focused on today’s key challenges, including the unprecedented wave of refugees caused by the war in Ukraine. ITFLOWS hosted the panel “‘Food for Thought’ Session: Europe’s next … Continued


PREDICTING MIGRATION: Challenges, Opportunities and PoliciesJune 21-22, 2022Brussels & Online Тhe ITFLOWS Consortium will hold an international conference entitled PREDICTING MIGRATION: Challenges, Opportunities and Policies. It will take place in person (hosted by the Centre for European Policy Studies, CEPS in Brussels) and virtually on June 21 and 22, 2022. The two-day conference will engage … Continued

ITFLOWS presented at Roundtable with EU Agency for Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems (eu-LISA)

On Thursday November 4, ITFLOWS Project Coordinator Dr. Cristina Blasi presented the ITFLOWS project at the eu-LISA Industry Roundtable “Artificial Intelligence and Large-Scale IT Systems: Opportunities and Challenges,” in the event’s first session from 13:00 – 16:30 CET. eu-LISA is the European Union Agency for the Operational Management of Large-Scale IT Systems in the Area … Continued

ITFLOWS Policy Webinar, 16th Nov 2021: The EU Pact on Migration: A New Framework for Predicting and Anticipating ‘Crises’?

ITFLOWS researchers will host a policy webinar on Tuesday, the 16th of November 2021, 12:30 – 14:30 (CET). The webinar titled ‘The EU Pact on Migration: A New Framework for Predicting and Anticipating “Crises”?’, will focus on a number of key thematic focuses within the EU’s approach to ‘crisis anticipation and response’, which are derived … Continued

Drivers, patterns and governance of mixed migration in the EU and its wider region

From the Taliban’s takeover of power following the withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan, to the protracted conflicts in Syria and Libya, from the on-going armed clashes in the Tigray region to the turmoil following the coup d’état in Mali, and from the prolonged crisis in Venezuela to the recent political unrest in the Caribbean, … Continued

ITFLOWS First Annual Meeting

ITFLOWS Project will have its First Annual Meeting in an online format with events spread throughout the month of September. On 10 September, the Consortium will gather for a one-day internal meeting to take stock of the work done in the first year of the project and to discuss next steps and dissemination strategies. This … Continued

Predictive AI technologies for migration governance: An ITFLOWS EUMigraTool Symposium

When: 16 September 2021, 11:00 – 13:00 CEST Format: Virtual – Zoom International migration governance, increasingly a policy priority, is a complex field involving multiple actors across multi-level global migration networks. Predictive artificial intelligence (AI) technologies have been identified as a promising new set of tools to anticipate and manage future migration flows. The feasibility … Continued

ITFLOWS Steering Committee meeting

On Wednesday 3 February, the second Steering Committee meeting took place. Due to the current COVID-19 situation, the meeting was celebrated virtually. The ITFLOWS Steering Committee is a decision-implementing body that includes all the Work Package leaders. This meeting gave all members the opportunity to discuss about the progress of every Work Package and the … Continued

Workshop with the ITFLOWS Users Board on the EUMigraTool

On Wednesday 20 January 2021 at 15:00 CET, ITFLOWS is organising a workshop to officially welcome the Users Board (UB). The workshop seeks to introduce them to the project and to the EUMigraTool, which intends to provide modular solutions to practitioners managing migration by prediction of migration flows and identifying risks of tensions between migrants … Continued

Kick-off Meeting

The ITFLOWS launch meeting ends after a day and a half of online meetings. ITFLOWS met on September 24 and 25 to celebrate the project kick off meeting. The online meeting hosted more than 50 people from the 14 Partner institutions that form the consortium plus the 5 external committees that supervise the project. {{ … Continued

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