08 Mar
13:00 - 18:00
Women in Data Science

WiDS Maastricht Conference 2022


The Institute of Data Science, in collaboration with the Department of Data Science and Knowledge Engineering, FEM MaastrichtBrightlands Heerlen and sponsor COMPUTD, is pleased to announce the third edition of Women in Data Science (WiDS) Maastricht Conference.
WiDS Maastricht will take place online on the 8th of March 2022. All genders are invited to attend! WiDS Maastricht features outstanding data science contributions from women working in data science, AI and related technical fields.

This year’s focus will be on the impact of Data Science on health care. The event targets the data science community and aims to inspire and educate both students & professionals. The invited speakers come from academia and industry and are experts on various healthcare related aspects.

The conference is open to all members of society and provides a great opportunity to learn about the latest developments in data science, upgrade your network and start fruitful collaborations! 


Women in Data Science started as a conference at Stanford University in November 2015. In 2021 the WiDS Worldwide conference reached over 100,000 people across the globe and organised 200+ WiDS regional events in 50+ countries. The WiDS Maastricht Conference is an independent local even of the originating from the WiDS global initiative. WiDS aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field.


Time Activity Speaker(s) Title / Description
12:55 - 13:00 Log-in and presentations    
13:00 - 13:15

Welcome & Opening remarks

Dr. Visara Urovi & Dr. Mirela Popa  
13:15 -13:45  Keynote 1 Dr. Sveta Zinger (TUe)

Where are AI driven decision support systems in healthcare?


13:45 - 14:05 Tech Talk 1 Dr. Rianne Fijten (MAASTRO)

Opportunities and challenges in data science for healthcare.


14:05 - 14:20

Datathon Winner - Prize Ceremony

Chang Sun (IDS)

Short Presentation on the Climate Change Challenge from the Datathon Maastricht winning team.

14:20 - 14:30 Break    
14:30 - 14:50 Interactive Sessions    
14:50 - 15:20 Keynote 2 Dr. Katerina Stañková (TU Delft)

Improving cancer treatment through game theories.


15:20 - 15:50 Keynote 3 Dr. Calina Ciuhu-Pijlman (Philips Research)

Human centric data-driven innovation.


15:50 - 16:10 Tech Talk 2 Dr. -Ing. Julia Hoxha (Zana Health)

Bringing AI Innovation to the Healthcare Market – a Founder´s Perspective.


16:10 - 16:20 Break    
16:20 - 16:35 Amrapali Zaveri Awards for Data Science – Prize Ceremony Dr. Martina Kutmon (BiGCaT, MaCSBio) and Birgit Wouters (IDS, HES) Announcement of the award winners.
16:35 - 17:20 Data Science Career Discussion

Dr. Aurélie Carlier (moderator)

Conference Speakers (panel)

17:20 - 17:25   Closing remarks  

Related Events

The WiDS Maastricht Datathon, preceding the WiDS Conference on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 February.

The Amrapali Zaveri Awards 2022: The Amrapali Zaveri Awards aim to recognize scholars at Maastricht University for their contributions to the field of data science. 

The winners of the WiDS Datathon and the Amrapali Zaveri Awards were announced during the conference on the 8th of March.

WiDS Regional Ambassadors

  • Visara Urovi, Associate Professor, Institute of Data Science, Maastricht University.
  • Mirela Popa, Assistant Professor, Department of Knowledge Engineering, Maastricht University
  • Chang Sun, PhD student, Institute of Data Science, Maastricht University


WiDS Maastricht is organized by the Institute of Data Science at Maastricht University with support from DKE, FEM and BISS. The WiDS Maastricht events are partially funded by an Aspasia-NWO Grant and are sponsored by COMPUTD.