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Data Science & Society Symposium

When:Th 29-06-2023 10:30 - 18:00
Where:The Beurs (Wirdumerdijk 34) Leeuwarden

Join the 1st Data Science & Society Symposium

During this symposium, societal and academic experts will discuss the current state of datafication in society.

Data Science is changing rapidly with the continuous emergence of new technological capabilities, enhanced methods to analyse, store and share data which stem from the ‘datafication’ process happening in society. These rapid and profound changes occurring in different scientific disciplines raise the question of how society could and should engage with the developments.

Our mission is to identify interdisciplinary approaches and solutions that enable society to reap the benefits of datafication, and use data to produce fair, just and sustainable outcomes that promote human dignity. 

This symposium also marks the end of the first year of the Data Science & Society bachelor programme at Campus Fryslân, University of Groningen.


10:30 - 10:45
10:45 - 11:00
Welcome by prof. dr. Ronald Stolk, director CIT, CIO of the UG
11:00 - 11:30
Keynote by Ming Cao, Director of the Jantina Tammes School
for digital society, technology and artificial intelligence.
A multidisciplinary approach to data science and data science for multidisciplinary research
11:30 - 13:00
Panel discussion, debating the themes of the  keynote
Moderated by Oskar Gstrein
  • Barteld Braaksma, Statistics Netherlands (CBS)
  • Charlotte van Beijsterveld, Microsoft Netherlands
  • Ming Cao, Director of the Jantina Tammes School

  • Giulia Zanella - Philips Women Lead, Drachten Chapter
  • Marianne Franklin, Faculty of Arts, University of Groningen

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch with poster presentation of the Data Science and Society students
14:00 - 15:15
Panel 1: The state of Artificial Intelligence: industry and research perspectives
Moderated by Klaus Glanzer and Noman Haleem
  • Niels Taatgen, AI department - University of Groningen
  • Maya Aghaei, NHL Stenden - Computer Vision department
  • Tiemen Rozenboom - Innovation cluster Drachten

  • Doekle Yntema, Wetsus
15:15 - 15:30
Coffee Break
15:30 - 16:45
Panel 2: Polycentric Perspectives on Global Data Governance
Moderated by Malcolm Campbell-Verduyn and Dario Rodighiero
  • Jan Art Scholte, University of Leiden
  • Janet Hui Xue, University of Twente

  • Stefaan Verhulst, GovLab

  • Carolina Aguerre, Universidad Catolica del Uruguay (online).

Closing remarks by Oskar Gstrein
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