National eScience Symposium 2016

in a Digital World

National eScience Symposium 2016


13 October 2016
09:30 - 18:00 hrs


Amsterdam ArenA

For the National eScience Symposium 2017, please go here.

Discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice

'Science in a Digital World' is a day-long event where scientists and researchers from different fields meet to discover how digital technology impacts scientific practice.

The symposium will feature five thematic sessions showcasing world-class data-driven and compute-intensive research in different fields: 
Sports & eHealth  |  Social Data  |  Astronomy  |  Smart Energy |  Data Science.

At the symposium the Young eScientist 2016 will also be announced - the prize is €50,000 worth of expertise. Read more about this award here.


Fernando Pérez (University of California, creator of IPython)
Data Science: hype, substance and intellectual challenges

Ronald Stolk (University of Groningen)
Big Data in health research

Sally Wyatt (eHumanities KNAW)
Stories with/about BIG (Open) Data

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Digital technology cross-cuts all scientific domains. Our understanding of the Universe, dealing with the challenges of climate change and discovering new energy sources, analyzing population dynamics, or tracking athletes' performances are just a couple of areas where digital technology is being used to enhance scientific research. 

The cross-cutting aspect means that technologies used in one field can be applicable across other fields. This annual symposium is an opportunity to meet with researchers (from academia and industry), students, data scientists, scientific administrators, CIOs and CTOs dealing with the challenges and potential of digital technologies; from the humanities to physics and beyond.


Scientific Tracks

Sports & eHealth

In different sports (football, sailing, rowing and speed skating), many different kinds of data are gathered - from wind and tides to tactics, training programs and health data. How can we analyze the data in order to discover patterns to, for example, help improve athletes’ performances or determine team tactics? 

In partnership with the Leiden Centre of Data Science (LCDS)


Astronomy is Big-Data analytics to the extreme. The daily raw data generated by sky survey projects around the world will soon exceed on Exabyte; more than twice the information sent around the internet on a daily basis and 100 times more information than the Large Hadron Collider produces. How do astronomers collaborate with data scientists to deal with the challenges and opportunities provided by these massive amounts of data?

In partnership with ASTRON (ASTRON)

Smart Energy

The way in which we consume energy has a huge impact on our physical, natural and political environment. It affects our health, our climate and our economy. Discovery of new energy sources, sensor-based energy forecasting, data-driven transport and distribution of energy are just a number of areas where digital technology can help building a cleaner, safer and healthier energy future. This track explores different aspects of this theme.

In partnership with SURFsara / Amsterdam Business School (SURFsaraABS)


Social scientists increasingly use data sources not designed for research (administrative/web/mobile devices). Linked together on the micro level and/or aggregated, they can be very useful to model life course and population dynamics. What are today’s possibilities and challenges in using these data? Social media can be another rich source for studies on social phenomena like the emergence and functioning of social networks. How do you go from such messy data to insightful social statistics?

In partnership with the Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek (CBS)

Data Science

"The Sexiest Job of the 21st Century" affects academic and applied research in many domains, from the humanities to physics and beyond. In this track new developments and the state-of-the-art in the field of data science will be presented. 

In partnership with COMMIT2data (COMMIT2data)

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Keynote Speakers

Fernando Pérez
University of California
Sally Wyatt
eHumanities KNAW
Ronald Stolk
University of Groningen
Lieke Hamers

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