After the successful launch of our SD Talks Special Series on Data for Sustainable Development in 2017, we are pleased to announce the 6th webinar session of the series. Jointly organised by the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development and Data-Pop Alliance, this webinar session on “Big Data for Migration: Promises and Challenges” will be held on Thursday 27 September 2018 4:00 PM CEST. 

The speakers for the webinar session will be:

Michele Vespe is a Scientific Officer at the European Commission - Joint Research Centre (JRC), where he works for the Knowledge Centre on Migration and Demography (KCMD). He coordinates the activities of a team of researchers in transforming migration data into knowledge and scientific evidence for policy makers. This includes research in the fields of data integration, big data and innovative data sources on migration. He also manages the developments of the KCMD Dynamic Data Hub, a platform that allows and facilitates online analysis and time series visualisation of multiple data sets on migration.

Marzia Rango works as a Research and Data Officer at IOM’s Global Migration Data Analysis Centre, based in Berlin. Her work focuses on a range of issues pertaining to international migration data and research. She has conducted research and contributed to publications on a variety of topics including irregular migration to Europe, public attitudes towards migration, and the potential of new sources of migration data for the analysis of migration-related phenomena. She has also been involved in capacity-building projects on migration data collection, analysis and management in developing countries, facilitating workshops for government representatives in several African countries.

The webinar will be followed by a Q&A session where the speakers will take questions from the audience.

To join the live webinar, please go to (event number: 959 399 464, event password: Data4SD). Please register for this webinar in advance by going to, clicking on Register and entering your details.

For more information about the webinar series, please contact:

Julie Ricard, Data-Pop Alliance (

Samant Veer Kakkar, UNSSC Knowledge for Sustainable Development (

Visit the SD Talks website at to view the Special Series on Data for Sustainable Development