May round up – where has the eScience Center been this month?  

31 May 2024 - 3 min

The eScience Center has been actively engaging with the scientific community through various events and conferences, showcasing the impact we make through the application of research software. Check out what we’ve been up to this month!  

A day of AI at #AI4Copernicus  

Research Software Engineers Ou Ku and Fakhereh (Sarah) Alidoost represented the eScience Center at the annual AI4Copernicus conference in Den Haag to support the application of artificial intelligence in the earth observation domain. At the conference, Ou and Fakhereh presented two posters that highlight three software tools developed by the eScience Center: DIANNA, SARXarray and STMTools. Thanks to everyone who stopped by to check out our posters!  

Expanding public engagement to Tbilisi, Georgia  

The eScience Center’s communications team recently attended the annual European Science Engagement Association Conference in Tbilisi, Georgia. At the conference, they made fruitful connections with researchers and science engagement leaders across Europe. Together, they discussed pressing topics from diversity, equity and inclusion, to accessibility at conferences, to how identities and cultures shape online engagement.  

Better software = better research  

Earlier this month, our director, Joris van Eijnatten, was in Heidelberg, Germany with Klaus Tschira Stiftung for an intensive two-day exchange to discuss opportunities for investing in ‘escience’ in Germany. The discussions were illuminating and we look forward to continuing our shared efforts in addressing the importance of research software in the Netherlands, Germany and beyond. 

Presenting on privacy preserving analysis at NWO Life 

This year at the NWO Life conference, our RSEs Djura Smits, Cunliang Geng and Walter Baccinelli presented on the topic, “Privacy preserving analysis using the open-source software, vantage6”. Many questions in health care often require incorporating data from various sources, which raises privacy concerns of sensitive patient data. That’s where vantage6 comes in. It aims to use federated learning as a technical solution to address these concerns by maximizing the potential of multiple datasets while minimizing data leaks and privacy risks. If you want to learn more about this software, visit  

Inspiring researchers from the Van Gogh Museum 

RSEs Maurice de Kleijn and Thijs Vroegh were invited to the Van Gogh Museum to present the work that we do and share our knowledge about research software for cultural heritage. They had a delightful time and look forward to continuing these discussions in future collaborations.