Robert Krimmer’s inaugural lecture analyses the digital transformation of the public sector

On 16 September at 16:15, Robert Krimmer, Professor of E-governance of the University of Tartu, will deliver the inaugural lecture “Digital Transformation of the Public Sector: How to build our digital future” in the assembly hall of the University of Tartu.

Digital is the new gold. Without the digital transformation, our lives would have looked quite different in the last 18 months: ordering groceries for home delivery, organizing the classroom-call for your children for their home-school, even voting online has quickly turned from a commodity to a necessity. Digital has moved from the exception to the norm.

In his inaugural lecture, Professor Krimmer will discuss what we have learned from empirical research how the digital transformation works and what we still need to do to build a real-time economy and a European Digital Single Market. His lecture will present a vision of a framework for building blocks of a fully enabled digital society.

Robert Krimmer is the Professor of e-Governance and the holder of the ERA Chair of e governance and digital public services at the University of Tartu. His research focuses on electronic participation and democracy, as well as e-voting, the transformation of the public sector, and all issues further developing a digital society. Professor Krimmer is the author of more than 200 international scientific articles and has been cited over 1,600 times.

The European Digital Development Alliance (EDDA) has nominated him as one of the top 21 Digital4Development influencers to follow in 2021.

As a member of the editorial board of the international scientific journal Government Information Quarterly (GIQ), he is in charge of participation issues. He has been one of the lead experts for the Council of Europe Ad-Hoc Committee on Electronic Democracy and drafted Annex 1 of the CoE Recommendation 1 (2009) on e-Democracy.

A live webcast of the inaugural lecture can be viewed via the UTTV video portal.

Regulations of the government and the Health Board are observed at the event and the participants’ infection safety is checked. Participants are asked to have their ID document with them and the certificate proving their vaccination against Covid-19, recovery from Covid-19 or a negative PCR test result (made by healthcare professional no more than 72 hours before the event).

Further information:
Robert Krimmer, Professor of E-governance, University of Tartu (in English),
Elis Vollmer, Project Manager, Johan Skytte Institute of Political Studies, University of Tartu, 5664 1404,