Who is going to speak on SURF Research Week? On this page you will find an overview of all our great speakers.
Every week we will add more speakers on this page so make sure you come back regularly.
Emmelie is an experienced moderator, host and camera professional. Originally she comes from a theatre background, but over the last seven years she has developed herself as a colourful, diverse moderator for live and online events.
In her own words "there’s nothing I enjoy more than telling stories, setting the tone with my energy and enthusiasm to captivate an audience." Her own personal development journey has taken her from the theatre stage, to becoming a chairman at Speakers Academy. As the former host from Super Day she has a certain connection with research, ict, innovation and SURF.
Maurice is innovation manager Research at SURF. After obtaining a PhD in nuclear physics at Nikhef, Maurice worked as a post-doc in nuclear physics at DESY in Hamburg (Germany). In 2004 he joined SURF(sara). Maurice has a long track record setting up lasting collaborations with consortia in diverse scientific disciplines. Currently he has a strong focus on setting up innovation projects with SURF members that will benefit researchers. Particular areas of interest are open science, collaboration with organized research communities, and a National Program Research Data Management.
Sybren van Doesem
When you think of the trumpet as a loud and piercing instrument, think again. There are few people who can play a trumpet so soft and with feeling as trumpet player Sybren van Doesum and that's why he is a much sought after musician for theatre, jazz, poetry and congresses. Because with every note he plays, he tries to tell a story.
Sybren has performed in venues all over the Netherlands, and occasionally in other countries such as Germany, Belgium France and the USA.
Live daily interactive experiments from the NEMO Science Museum
The NEMO Science Museum in Amsterdam makes the importance of science and technology accessible to everyone. NEMO has something unique to boost the SURF Research Week. NEMO gives you a short break with a scientific touch in which a NEMO expert demonstrates interactive experiments live from NEMO and the participants can participate themselves with simple home-garden-and-kitchen utensils.
Tuesday 13 April
Opening by Jet de Ranitz
Jet de Ranitz has been Chair of SURF's Executive Board since May 2020. Previously, she was chairwoman CvB of Inholland and the Amsterdam School of the Arts, business director of Nederlands Dans Theater and the Faculty of Economics and Business Administration of Tilburg University, and coordinator in the commercial sector. She is also a supervisor in the arts, care and insurance sectors.
14:00 - 14:30 | Sneak Peek Super Computer
Detlef Lohse got his PhD at the University of Marburg in Germany in 1992, on the fully developed turbulence. After some time as postdoc in Chicago and Marburg again, in 1998 he became Chair of Physics of Fluids at the University of Twente in the Netherlands, where he as been ever since. He is also Member of the Max Planck Society and of the Max-Planck Institute in Göttingen/Germany. His present research focus is on turbulence, thermal convection, multiphase flow, and on micro- and nanofluidics (bubbles, drops, inkjet printing, wetting). He and his group do both fundamental and more applied science.
“Snellius, the new Dutch national supercomputer: a brief glimpse into some of its design choices, architecture and performance.”
Walter is Manager Research Services at SURF. He studied mathematics at the UvA and worked from the mid-eighties as a scientific programmer at CWI. In that capacity he used virtually all supercomputers in the Netherlands. From 2001 he worked as a software engineer on predictive analytics software at Data Distilleries/SPSS. In 2007 he joined SURF as an HPC consultant and soon became manager of the supercomputing team. Nowadays he is responsible for four Research Services teams, including the supercomputing team.
Theme Challenges in Data Processing
15:00 - 15:45 | Complex and Scattered Computing
"What we came against (and over won) when we wanted to create a simple standardized platform to provide Campus data to researchers."
Lolke Boonstra works for TUDelft. Here he states: “Academic researchers should bother about their research subject and not their ICT needs. I want to collaborate with researchers to solve these needs. This by delivering ICT infrastructures to their laboratory from network to HPC and data sets.”
His expertise is found in network infrastructure, HPC, Quantum Internet, Data Science and ICT Governance.
SRON Netherlands Institute for Space Research
Otto Hasekamp (PhD 2002) is senior scientist in the Earth Science Group of SRON - Netherlands Institute for Space research. His main research topic is to study the role of aerosols in climate change making use of novel satellites and data analysis techniques. He is Principal Investigator for the SPEXone instrument on the NASA PACE mission, member of the ESA/EUMETSAT Science Advisory Group (SAG) of the 3MI instrument and the Project Science Team of the PACE mission.
"Fresh perspective in research informatics, with a strong background in the life sciences."
I am a technical advisor at SURF, working with our distributed data processing team, supporting the Grid and Spider SURF’s high-throughput data processing services and MS4 a custom cloud solutions service.
With a backgound in solely life sciences projects in Canada, at SURF I now get the opportunity to support a diverse set of large research initiatives across Europe. From particle physics, and earth observation to large dementia genotyping studies working at SURF never gets dull.
Theme Challenges in Data Processing
16:00 - 16:45 | AI for Science
"My mission is to tame the raw power of deep learning for precision analyses of the dark Universe.”
Christoph Weniger (PhD 2010) is an associate professor for Astroparticle Physics at the University of Amsterdam. He is leading the ERC Consolidator project "UnDark – New Approaches to Uncover Dark Matter in the post-WIMP Era", and was previously awarded the NWO vidi grant. Christoph's group is hosted at the GRAPPA institute (Gravitation and Astroparticle Physics Amsterdam), and works on exploiting the algorithms of deep learning and differentiable probabilistic programming to shed light on the nature of dark matter.
“My aim is to use artificial intelligence to help pathologists better understand diseases and select the right treatment to help the patients.”
Francesco Ciompi (PhD 2012) is an engineer who works on developing novel artificial intelligence algorithms to automate analysis and understanding of digital pathology whole-slide images. As an assistant professor at the Radboud University Medical Center, he is leading research projects funded by the KWF, H2020 and NWO VIDI to develop deep learning approaches to help pathologists in clinical routine diagnostics and to predict cancer patient’s outcomes such as treatment response or prognosis.
"On the one hand, we all witness how AI is revolutionising scientific discovery and will undoubtedly be instrumental for finding solutions for our biggest problems, including the energy crisis, global warming, and the plastic pollution, but at the same time we get to appreciate how impressive the human brain is, as we are still so far from artificial general intelligence."
Bernd Ensing is a computational chemist who works on molecular modeling algorithms to simulate and understand material behavior and (bio-)molecular processes. He is associate professor at the University of Amsterdam, director of the AI4Science Laboratory, and member of the Amsterdam Center for Multiscale Modeling. Ensing is a chemical engineer with a PhD in theoretical chemistry and he held postdoctoral positions at the University of Pennsylvania and the ETHZ in Switzerland. His research in complex molecular behavior could be more focused.
Theme HPC Landscape
15:00 - 15:45 | Accessible HPC
"We are used to a Europe without borders, we can travel easily from country to country. However, when it comes to HPC, we experience many hard borders, when accessing top Tier machines, when moving from say Tier1 to Tier0 machines, when moving from one machine to the next, or when we are in need to couple machines togethers. We need a European Schengen zone for HPC."
Prof. dr. ir. Alfons G. Hoekstra is full professor Computational Science and Engineering at the University of Amsterdam. He is also the director of the Informatics Institute at that university. His research focusses on multiscale modelling, actionable simulations, and high performance computing. His research is driven forward by and applied in the biomedical domain. His main interests are currently in multiscale modelling of hemodynamics with applications in cardiovascular diseases, and in the development and accreditation of in-silico trials.
"Find out SURF’s perspective on access to (future) HPC and upcoming developments in the field."
Valeriu studied Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Bucharest, and followed up with a PhD in Computer Architecture at the same institute. He continued as a postdoctoral researcher at TU/e and RUG, working on GPU computing, computer vision, and embedded systems. In 2014, Valeriu joined SURF as HPC consultant, becoming the PI of SURF’s Intel Parallel Computing Center in 2017. In 2020, he started as group leader of High-Performance Computing and Visualization, responsible for the HPC services at SURF.
After obtaining his PhD from Cambridge University, Joop Schaye spent 4 years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as a long-term member before taking up a faculty position at Leiden University in 2005. He still works at Leiden, since 2011 as a full professor.
Schaye works on simulations and observations of galaxies and the
intergalactic medium. He has led influential, international simulation
projects, including OWLS and EAGLE. The data from these simulation campaigns has been publicly released and resulted in about 500 refereed papers. In addition to the simulation work, he has developed analytic theories and has led observational campaigns to study the connection between galaxies and the gas around them.
Axel Berg is Innovation manager Technology at SURF. His focus is to make use of the opportunities offered by new technologies in innovation for Research and Education, as well as to contributing to solving the challenges in Research and Education through technology. For this purpose, we work together with our SURF members and other (industry) partners to develop validated concepts and pilots in technological innovation as well as in applications in research and education.
Axel had a background in Biochemistry & Biophysics (PhD at Wageningen University).
Theme HPC Landscape
16:00 - 16:45 | Cloud Technology— Why Not?
Martine de Vos
"Cloud technology is easier and more fun than I expected; we should consider it as a regular compute solution for our researchers."
Martine is coordinator of the Research Engineering team at Utrecht University. Her academic background is in biology and environmental science. In 2017 she optained her PhD degree in computer science at the VU University on the subject of knowledge engineering and linked data.
Together with her team she supports researchers with technological challenges on, for example, data handling and computing, and methodological issues, like the selection of the most suitable research approach or the validation of results
Bob van Dijk
"To facilitate researchers in an Academic Medical Center a large portfolio of ICT services must be available, such as safe and secure data and software repositories and archives and environments that fit project needs for cooperation, storage and compute. Researchers need to be enabled to find the best fit."
Bob van Dijk works at Amsterdam UMC at the department Research Support as HPC advisor. In my own career as a neurophysicist I have seen how ICT evolved and how this impacted neuroscience. Starting at the MEG centre of the KNAW, of which I was director, I have become more and more involved in ICT for virtual organizations. We needed not only to facilitate the recordings of brain activity, and brain structure we also needed to provide ICT services: storage, sharing, compute, user management, etc. to researchers that made use of our scanners.
“Cloud solutions are essential for our HPC Lab here at TU/e”.
Science is rapidly becoming more and more computational, where faster, better and more calculations enable better research and faster scientific publications. You can call it ‘compute to compete’ and it is Richards drive and goal to enable that.
Richard has over 20 years of experience in the Industry, among which he initiated the main HPC solutions for ASML. In his current role he is building and leading the High Performance Computing LAB for simulation and AI at the TU/e.
"This sessions focuses on if and how public cloud can help us, the researcher, unlock the power of large datasets. In my case to increase our understanding of how entrepreneurs contribute to societal missions. "
Jip Leendertse is a PhD Candidate at Utrecht University. His research focuses on how practitioners can build the conditions for sustainable entrepreneurship to flourish. His research contributes to understanding how and when sustainable entrepreneurs combine contributing to societal missions with business performance. For this Jip and his colleagues have developed metrics on the quality of entrepreneurial ecosystems in Europe and use this to understand the founding of sustainable start-ups, scale-ups, and unicorns. Currently, he uses web scraping and text analysis to determine where to find these start-ups.
Wednesday 14 April
13:30 - 14:00
"An important goal of the DCC is to be a node within the university. Bringing outside knowledge within the university and inside knowledge out. The Surf research week support this."
Marjolein Drent works as a university librarian at the University of Twente. Within the department Library, ICT services and Archive (LISA), Marjolein has a strong focus on libraries’ support for education and research. She is responsible for the development of the Digital Competence Center (DCC) within the University of Twente. She is co-chair of the DCC implementation network within the Netherlands. Marjolein has studied educational science and received her Phd. for a study on the use of ICT within teacher education.
Sandra Passchier works at SURF as a team lead of Relation Managers Research, Education and Procurement who maintain contact with substantive stakeholders of the SURF cooperation in order to achieve a supported range of services and innovation portfolio that matches the priorities of the members of SURF.
Theme We Live to Support Research
15:00 - 15:45 | Tackle the Hassle
"See how we add (IT) value to our researchers, so they can complete their research project much easier, faster and saver"
Product Owner Virtual Research Environments within the ResearchIT department since 2019 at University of Amsterdam - Amsterdam University of Applied Science. Previously senior service manager, IT consultant, and Head of Operations working for different companies like the KLM, LogicaCMG and various government agencies.
As Product Owner I am responsible for implementing the Virtual Research Environment (VRE) service. A VRE is a cloud-based work environment that allows researchers to collaborate on data analysis easily and securely. A VRE can be fully customised in terms of computing power, storage capacity and other tools used to manage, process and analyse data.
Dr. ir. Claudia Kamphuis is an animal scientist and works at Wageningen Livestock Research – Animal Breeding and Genomics since 2016. Here, she is involved in several Big Data projects, where she wants to bridge animal sciences with data science and IT to find new and better ways to retrieve relevant information from the increasing volumes of structured and unstructured data.
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Erik van den Berg
“Discover how easy-to-use technology can help you answer new, exciting research questions!”
After completing a PhD in Bioinformatics, Erik has focused entirely on developing scientific compute and data infrastructures. At UK-based Earlham Institute, he worked on overseas expansion of the large-scale scientific data project CyVerse. He then designed and developed cloud based bioinformatics pipelines at the European Bioinformatics Institute. He is now working with Wageningen University and Research as Data Infrastructure Coordinator, connecting scientists and technology to further accelerate data driven science.
"Fashion Designer’s who are also Mathematicians, Data Scientists and/or Programmer’s are few and far between, in this project we used a VE to allow us to collaborate combing multiple software platforms to integrate Interactive Machine Leaning into a VR Fashion Experience Design platform."
Troy Nachtigall is Lector of Fashion Research and Technology at the AUAS. His research into the tools, craftsmanship and emerging technology builds upon his research as a Marie-Sklowdowska Curie Research Fellow.
Troy is currently leading research to understand how data can be used as a material (in design and fashion). Understanding “data as a material” helps practitioners, companies and municipalities use data in everyday practice. It also supports sustainability, circularity and ubiety by developing a designerly understanding of digital physical relationships.
"You too can listen to the sound of satellites”
Bart Root is Assistant Professor at the TUDelft, educated in astrodynamics, Earth and planetary sciences. His academic interests are the planetary gravity field interpretation, satellite tracking, lithosphere structure, planetary interiors and history of gravity field observations. In 2014, he developed with his students and colleagues a ground station on the campus of the TU Delft that listens to the radio signals of satellites in space. This laboratory enables hands-on learning for students on campus and online.
Peter’s interest in supporting research with ICT dates back to his time at Leiden University where he received a PhD in quantum chemistry and worked as a post-doc researcher. He has been SURF’s representative in many (inter)national research consortia and currently he works at SURF as relationship manager research. He is a contact for researchers and research-IT departments, identifying their ICT-challenges and informing them about the possibilities of the SURF infrastructure and services and coordinates the support to Digital Competence Centers (DCC’s).
Theme We Live to Support Research
16:00 - 16:45 | Research Without Borders
"Contributing to the Sweet Spot that precipitates the 4th Industrial Revolution: Big Tech!"
is a senior member of staff of CERN IT Department and has more than fifteen years of experience in distributed computing infrastructure, fostering several collaborations with academia and industry.
João is the director of H2020 EOSC ARCHIVER, an R&D project to establish hybrid cloud services for analysis, storage and long-term preservation of scientific data.
João holds a master degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering at Porto University, School of Engineering. Before joining CERN he was a research engineer at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) USA, with responsibilities in distributed computing providing a hub for massive scale real-time collaboration within the global Large Hadron Collider (LHC) research community.
"Stay on the edge leveraging platforms to make your impact"
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Thursday 15 April
13:30 - 14:00
"Imagine we make all data FAIR: will you come and use them? Let’s develop a FAIR culture."
Marjan Grootveld is head of the Projects and Policy team at DANS, the Dutch national center of expertise and repository for research data. She is involved in data steward training, certification of trustworthy repositories, and leads the Synchronisation Force in the FAIRsFAIR project, which aims to connect international activities on the journey towards more FAIR data.
"The future is open! How Open Science Communities can help transition towards Open Science as the future modus operandi."
Vera Heininga is the Open Science coordinator of the University of Groningen. She is a great fan of Open Science, meaning that she: loves research transparency; pre-registers her confirmatory analyses a priori; uses Open Workflow Tools (e.g., R Markdown); publishes in Open Access journals; and makes her well-annotated programming code publicly available. Vera is also an interdisciplinary postdoc at the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences of the University of Groningen, and co-founder of the Open Science Community Groningen (OSCG).
Ymke van den Berg
I started four years ago within SURFsara as unit manager Data Processing Services to help researchers to process and analyse their (big amounts of) data. Since Oktober 2020 I’m now the manager of our Research Development domain.
A team of about 45 highly skilled, enthusiastic professionals who can help you to manage, store, process and analyse your big data. Offering services like iRODS, ResearchDrive, SURFdrive, High troughput processing, scalable data analytics and cloud computing on both our private and public clouds.
Theme Open Science & Collaboration
15:00 - 15:45 | The Impact of Open Applied Science
"Come and learn how open science enhances the social impact of your research!"
As innovation project manager at SURF, I work with universities of applied sciences to make applied research as accessible as possible. Our mission for this type of research is to work on relevant, topical, and complex social issues. At SURF, I work on tools and networks to ensure that the results of that research end up in society in the best possible way!
“We want to offer valuable assistance to researchers in projects dealing with intelligence”
Wim Rill is a member of the board of Mensa (the High IQ Society) in the Netherlands and responsible for research, marketing and communications. He has worked as a manager for various companies like Douwe Egberts, Dutch Railways and Postbank (ING).
After completing a MSc in Environmental Systems and Resources Management, Wim has focused on System Dynamics. He now researches the dynamics of intelligence and high giftedness.
Danae Bodewes is a researcher of curiosity at Fontys University of Applied Sciences. Based on her research she develops tools and education to map curiosity and make students and professionals more aware of the diversity and power of (their) curiosity.
She recently finished a project on talent management and the curiosity of highly gifted students. This research resulted in free downloadable tools for the professionalization of teachers and the awareness and emancipation of highly gifted students at Universities of Applied Sciences.
Theme Open Science & Collaboration
16:00 - 16:45 | Identify Yourself!
“You are unique, find out how ORCID can help you to stay unique.”
Fabiana Visentin is an Assistant Professor at UNU-MERIT. Before landing in the Netherlands, she had the opportunity to study and work in Italy, the United States, and Switzerland. Her work relates mainly to the investigation of knowledge production and transfer. She investigates the activity of scientists working alone or in teams. For example, she studies the scientists’ publishing activity identifying what affects scientists’ outcomes and what stimulates their learning when collaborating with peers.
"How to reach the whole world from your home office? It can be done with just 4x4 numbers"
Felix Weijdema is Faculty Liaison Veterinary Medicine at Utrecht University Library. Next to managing the library needs of veterinary staff and students, he hosts a workshop on improving your online presence. Participants are not just veterinary staff, but researchers and staff from all fields of research, and from all over the world.
Theme Fearless Data Sharing, Across Borders
15:00 - 15:45 | Data sovereignty: dare to share!
Michiel de Jong
"Connected but Sovereign, with Federated Bookkeeping"
Michiel de Jong is an independent developer who uses crowdfunding and (European) grants to work on open source technology. Over the years, he worked on Personal Data Stores such as Solid, Unhosted and Nextcloud, on advocacy projects like "Terms of Service; Didn't Read", on Firefox OS Phone at Mozilla, on the Interledger protocol at Ripple, and more recently, on Federated Bookkeeping.
"It’s my personal mission is to enable data access and research for a broad community and to pioneer in innovative developments."
Annette is head of the team Microdata Services, at Statistics Netherlands in the Hague. She is a psychologist and methodologist (PhD) with experience in both fundamental scientific research and in applied survey research. Previously, she has been a survey manager, responsible for the organization and data collection of large scientific studies.
With the Microdata Services team, she enables researchers to use the enormous amount of register micro data available at Statistics Netherlands in a secure and convenient way.
" Learn how to take control of your data, and let others re-use it at the same time."
With a background in computer networks, Freek is now committed to get more confidential data in the hands of researchers, whilst making sure that the data owner retains in full control of their data. He has shown this using a prototype, and is now exploring the applicability with researchers from UvA, KB, ODISSEI, and many other partners.
" You will learn how to use all data of all people in the world for AI development and validation"
Prof. Andre Dekker, is a medical physicist and professor of Clinical Data Science at Maastricht University Medical Center and Maastro Clinic in The Netherlands. His Clinical Data Science research group (40 staff) focuses on 1) federated FAIR data infrastructures, 2) AI for health outcome prediction models and 3) applying AI to improve lives of patients and citizens. Prof. Dekker has authored over 180 publications, mentored more than 30 PhD students and holds multiple awards and patents on the topic of federated data and AI.
leads the Data Preservation Services group at SURF, which operates SURFsara Data Archive, a long-term tape archive that stores dozens of petabytes of data from Dutch and European research communities, including LOFAR and LHCb.
She also consults researchers in finding storage and data management solutions that best suit their needs, and has been involved in the EUDAT and EOSC-hub projects. Sara is trained in Computer Science and Logic at the CWI, ILLC (UvA), and Sharif UT in Tehran.
Theme Fearless Data Sharing, Across Borders
16:00 - 16:45 | Data Backpacking through Europe
“Bob will explain how European Open Science Cloud can help you accelerate your daily research chores”
Bob Jones is a director of the recently formed EOSC Association . He is a senior member of the scientific staff at CERN and was the coordinator for the award winning Helix Nebula Science Cloud Pre-Commercial Procurement project procuring innovative cloud services for the European research community and contributing to the EOSC. His experience in the distributed computing arena includes mandates as the technical director and then project director of the EGEE projects which led to the creation of EGI.
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"If you want to know how European collaborations are going to help you doing your research, join us at the "Data backpacking through Europe session"
Ron Trompert is group leader of the Online Data services group at SURFsara. This group provides large scale online storage services like dCache, used to facilitate high-throughput computing, SURFdrive, SURF Research Drive and the SURF Object Store. He has studied Aerospace Engineering at Delft University of Technology, got a PhD in Mathematics from the University of Amsterdam and has been involved with a number of European projects over the past 20 years.
"We support Research Data Management for data-intensive and complex workflows in an international setting, click to find out more!"
Narges Zarrabi is a senior advisor in the Data Preservation Services team at SURF. She holds a PhD in Computational Science from University of Amsterdam. Narges is consulting researchers on FAIR research data management, data preservation and online data services. She is involved in different national and international projects, such as ODISSEI, CompBioMed and EOSC-hub. Narges also gives trainings and workshops on data management at university level to train researchers and graduate students for managing and making reproducible research data.
Mark van de Sanden
"Learn how to get access to free resources through EOSC!"
Mark van de Sanden is working as a Research Services specialist within the Data Preservation Services team at SURF. He has more than 20 years of experience in managing supercomputers, large scale data infrastructures and in participating in European projects. He is a data expert and has been leading the data services team for more than 10 years. Mark is the technical coordinator in EUDAT, has been involved in many EOSC related projects and member of the EOSC Architecture WG.
"SURF can accelerate your science project, tune in to find out how!"
Raymond Oonk is a senior advisor in the distributed data processing (DDP) team at SURF. He holds a Ph.D. in Astronomy. Together with the DDP team, he is responsible for the Data Processing and the Custom Cloud Solutions services. Here, Raymond advises large (inter)national research collaborations on efficiently deploying and using scalable IT solutions. Raymond leads SURF's innovation project on Big data science driven technologies and manages SURF's involvement in the European Open Science Cloud projects EGI-ACE and C-SCALE.