26 September 2018 from 10:00 to 19:30

Day of Digital Times

Day of Digital Times

On 26 September, the Day of Digital Times is celebrated at Utrecht University School of Economics. Bringing together keynote speakers from science, government, and business, and four workshops combining science and practice.

10.00 – 12.15

Plenary session (venue: Auditorium)

10.00 – 10.15

Registration, coffee + tea

10.15 – 12.15

Plenary speaker - Marieke Blom  (Chief Economist ING bank). Title: “Do the digital times truly change the economic and corporate landscape in The Netherlands?

Plenary speaker - Dominique Guellec (Head of Innovation Policy of the OECD)

12.15 – 13.15

Lunch (venue: Main Hall, Adam Smith Hall)

13.15 – 14.15

Workshop round 1

13.15 – 14.15

Session 1 (venue: Spinoza Hall)

    Jan-Maarten van Sonsbeek (Chief Science Officer of the Dutch Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment)

    Maarten Das (director of CentERdata) 

13.15 – 14.15

Session 2 (venue: Spinoza Hall)

Erik de Bruijn (Social Tech Entrepreneur, co-founder of Ultimaker BV). Title: “Research and Practice of 3D printing: Towards a New Economic Reality”

Jeroen de Jong (Professor of Marketing and Business Development at Utrecht University School of Economics)


14.15 – 15.15

Workshop round 2

Session 1 (venue: Spinoza Hall)

Bert Willekens (Economic Advisor in Chief Economist Team at Belgian Competition Authority) Title: “Competition Policy in the Digital Economy”
Maarten Goos (Professor at Utrecht University School of Economics) Title: “The Impact of Automation on Firms and Their Workers”

Session 2 (venue: Spinoza Hall)

Guido Berben, (Tikkie Partner Manager bij ABNAMRO)

15.30 – 15.50

Coffee + tea (venue: Main Hall, Adam Smith Hall)

15.50 – 16.45

Plenary speaker - Scott Stern (David Sarnoff Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management)

16.45 – 17.15


17.15 - 19.30

Drinks + live music (venue: Main Hall, Adam Smith Hall). Organized by ECU’92 - the student organization of U.S.E.


Marieke Blom is the Chief Economist of ING in the Netherlands. The research team in Amsterdam covers a broad range of themes: from monetary policy and trade to specific industries, sustainability and technology. Marieke is a member of ING’s global leadership council and member of the board of the Dutch Royal Economic Society (KVS).  She regularly appears in the media. Before joining ING, Marieke worked as a senior manager at start-up Amsterdam consultancy “De Argumentenfabriek”. She was a political advisor at the Dutch Labour Party (PvdA). She started her career as a trainee at ABN AMRO in 1999. Marieke holds a Master’s degree in monetary economics and wrote her thesis at the research department of the Dutch Central Bank. Marieke lives in Amsterdam with her husband and two daughters. 

Marcel Das has been the director of CentERdata since September 2000. He graduated (cum laude) in General Econometrics / Statistics at Tilburg University and later received his PhD from the same university. He worked as a researcher following his PhD and later as a senior research at CentER Applied Research – an institute for applied economic research affiliated with Tilburg University. Marcel has led a large number of national and international research projects and published scientific articles in international journals in the field of statistical and empirical analyses of survey data and methodological issues in web-based (panel) surveys. He has been professor of Econometrics and Data Collection at the Department of Econometrics and Operations Research at the Tilburg School of Economics and Management since 2009.

Dominique Guellec is Head of the Science and Technology Policy Division (STP) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).  This division covers notably: innovation policies, science policies, biotechnology and nanotechnology issues, national innovation studies, innovation for development, the STI Outlook, the Innovation Policy Platform, the Space Forum, and the ocean economy activity. Mr. Guellec joined the OECD in 1995, working on statistics and economic policy analysis of science, innovation and growth.  In 2004-05, Mr. Guellec was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office (EPO). Mr. Guellec has authored several books and many articles on patents, innovation and economic growth. His (co-)publications in English include The Economics of the European Patent System (Oxford University Press, 2007); and From R&D to Productivity Growth: the Sources of Knowledge Spillovers and their Interaction (Oxford Review of Economics and Statistics, 2004). Of French nationality, Mr. Guellec is a graduate of the École nationale de la statistique et de l’administration économique (ENSAE, Paris).

Scott Stern is the David Sarnoff Professor of Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Stern explores how innovation and entrepreneurship differ from more traditional economic activities, and the consequences of these differences for strategy and policy.  His research in the economics of innovation and entrepreneurship focuses on entrepreneurial strategy, innovation-driven entrepreneurial ecosystems, and innovation policy and management.  Recent studies include the impact of clusters on entrepreneurship, the role of institutions in shaping the accumulation of scientific and technical knowledge, and the drivers and consequences of entrepreneurial strategy. Stern has worked widely with practitioners in bridging the gap between academic research and the practice of innovation and entrepreneurship.  This includes advising start-ups and other growth firms in the area of entrepreneurial strategy, as well as working with governments and other stakeholders on policy issues related to competitiveness and regional performance.  In recent years, Stern has developed a popular new MIT Sloan elective, Entrepreneurial Strategy, co-founded the MIT Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program, advised the development of the Social Progress Index, and served as the lead MIT investigator on the US Cluster Mapping Project. Stern started his career at MIT, where he taught from 1995 to 2001.  Before returning to MIT in 2009, he held positions as a Professor at the Kellogg School of Management and as a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution.  Stern is the director and co-founder of the Innovation Policy Working Group at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  In 2005, he was awarded the Kauffman Prize Medal for Distinguished Research in Entrepreneurship. Stern holds a BA in economics from New York University and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.


Start date and time
26 September 2018 10:00
End date and time
26 September 2018 19:30