National eScience Symposium 2019: Digital Challenges in Open Science

9 May 2019 - 3 min

The Netherlands eScience Center will host its 6th annual National eScience Symposium on on 21 November 2019 at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam. The theme of this year’s edition is ‘Digital Challenges in Open Science’ and will focus on the ways that innovative digital technologies can be used to advance Open Science. The Dutch National eScience Symposium is a one-day event where academic researchers, industry representatives and policy-makers from various disciplines come together to discuss and share views on the latest developments in eScience.

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Using digital technologies to advance Open Science

According to the European Commission “Open Science represents a new approach to the scientific process based on cooperative work and new ways of diffusing knowledge by using digital technologies and new collaborative tools. The idea captures a systemic change to the way science and research have been carried out for the last fifty years: shifting from the standard practices of publishing research results in scientific publications towards sharing and using all available knowledge at an earlier stage in the research process.” The 2017 Coalition Agreement of the Dutch cabinet states that very soon “Open Science […] will be the norm in scientific research”.

The systematic change of the practice of science is made possible only by a close collaboration between practitioners, policy makers, and the designers and developers of new digital solutions and tools. In particular, the role of research software and support is essential. The 2019 National eScience Symposium is an opportunity for anyone working in academia, industry, research funding, research publishing, and research policy to engage in fruitful discussions with advanced technology experts. It is the place for knowledge exchange on these topics, and to help shape and define the future of Open Science.


The symposium will feature thematic sessions showcasing world-class research and digital developments around Open Science. Topics include digital challenges in open science, the role of open science in space and earth research, and the European Open Science Cloud. In addition, the symposium will showcase several demos of cutting-edge research software developed by the eScience Center and her partners, as well as the announcement of the Young eScientist Award 2019.

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The Young eScientist Award 2019

Each year young and ambitious researchers can participate in the Young eScientist Award competition. The award aims to stimulate a young scientist demonstrating excellence in eScience: the development or application of digital technology to address scientific challenges. The Netherlands eScience Center awards €50,000 worth of expertise to the winner. At the symposium the Young eScientist 2019 will be announced. Would you like to get motivated to participate this year? Read the winning research idea of 2018 by Esther Bron.


09:00 – 09:45: Registration & Coffee
09:45 – 10-00: Welcome by director Netherlands eScience Center
10:00 – 10:30: Keynote Speech by Prof. Frank Miedema, Vice Rector for Research at Utrecht University
10:30 – 11:00: Coffee & networking – incl. information stands partners
11:00 – 12:30: Sessions on various Open Science topics, including keynote, lightning talks and discussions
12:30 – 13:30: Lunch & networking – incl. information stands partners
13:30 – 15:00: Sessions on various Open Science topics, including keynote, lightning talks and discussions
15:00 – 15:15: Young eScientist Award 2019
15:15 – 15:30: Closing + Young eScience Demo
15:45 – 18:00: Demo exhibition, networking, and drinks


Johan Cruijff ArenA
ArenA Boulevard 1