Launch Amsterdam School of Data Science

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Zuiderkerk Amsterdam

Zuiderkerkhof 72

1011 WB Amsterdam


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The School is an initiative of Amsterdam Data Science, a partnership between CWI, HvA, UvA and VU. Currently, these institutes offer over 200 courses and programmes in Data Science related study - and the idea is to further intensify the cooperation to be able to cope with the huge demand for Data Science talent worldwide.


15:00 Opening by Kajsa Ollongren, Alderman City of Amsterdam and Marc Salomon on behalf of Amsterdam School of Data Science

15:10 School and Objectives by Maarten de Rijke, Director Amsterdam Data Science

15:20 “The Future of Data Science Learning” by Stéphanie Durand, Head Enterprise EMEA Coursera

15:40 Panel: “The Future of Data Science Learning & People Development”

  • Sanjai Bhulai, professor of Business Analytics VU Amsterdam

  • Karin Dekker, Team Manager Analytics Belastingdienst

  • Nanda Piersma, Researcher and Lecturer in Data Science Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences

  • Sacco van de Velde, Partner Ebbinge

  • Kim Verhaaf, Global Head Advanced Analytics ING Bank

  • Bart Voorn, Lead HR Analytics Ahold Delhaize

  • Moderator: Marc Salomon

16:00 Official Launch by Ger Baron, CTO City of Amsterdam

16:10 Drinks

17:00 Close

With the School we would like to achieve the following:

- Explain to a broad and diverse population what Data Science is and the opportunities in the labour market, for potential students and people who would like to re-train;

- Stimulate people on different levels and within a broad range of applications to attend programmes in Data Science;

- Show, in one place, all the available courses and programmes on Data Science in the Amsterdam region;

- Position the Amsterdam region within Europe as a region with strong Data Science expertise and Data Science related Start-ups;

- Increase the collaboration between companies, government and knowledge institutes to develop talent;

- Expand the international network of top institutes for knowledge and talent exchange.

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Zuiderkerk Amsterdam

Zuiderkerkhof 72

1011 WB Amsterdam


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All Data Science Education in One Place:

Amsterdam has a lot to offer everybody who would like to study in the field of Data Science. The School tries to help and give insight on all the possibilities. Amsterdam offers a lot of possibilities and the Amsterdam School of Data Science helps to figure out what fits with your needs.


Being the number one Data Science hub for education and research.


Giving insights on the Data Science possiblities in education as part of the Data Science ecosystem for society and business to stimulate and show the need of stuyding data science.

Data Science is unavoidable! The Amsterdam School of Data Science brings together all data science related education in Amsterdam to provide you with the most extensive offering in Europe. From computing and technology to analysis and applications, we offer students the unique opportunity to both specialise in one data science discipline and work together in interdisciplinary teams on data challenges. Using our course finder you will be able to see all the data science programmes offered by the Amsterdam Universities.

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