3 May 2017

Data Science Day 2017: virtual reality, big data and nerdy T-shirts

Data Science Day 13 april 2017

With two keynote speakers, several workshops and dozens of stands providing demonstrations, the Data Science Day on 13 April offered its visitors a wide-ranging programme. The recurrent theme in all components of the programme was the increasing extent to which data is part of our lives and hence a source for scientific research, as was evidenced by Rick Grobbee’s keynote speech, for example. As such, data science is an important new discipline for scientists.

Young audience

Researchers from all faculties, and amongst them many post-docs and PhD students, had registered to attend. In an increasingly digital world, it is hardly surprising that so many young researchers were interested in the Data Science Day. They are the data scientists of today and tomorrow.

Nerdy T-shirt (to win)

On a day where all things digital and data played a prominent role, it was also good to see that analogue manifestations of science are still appreciated. All visitors received a limited edition T-shirt with slightly nerdy text on it.

If you spot someone who is wearing one of the two shirts, be sure to take a photo and share it on Instagram, Twitter or Facebook using #datascienceday for a chance to win one of the ten T-shirts we are giving away.

Day of IT

Data Science Day is this year’s edition of the annual IT Day, an initiative of Information and Technology Services (ITS) which has taken place since 2016. Each year, the event focuses on current IT trends and developments impacting education, research and work at Utrecht University.