05 Mar
09:00 - 16:00

Women in Data Science Maastricht

The Women in Data Science (WiDS) initiative aims to inspire and educate data scientists worldwide, regardless of gender, and to support women in the field. 

​WiDS started as a conference at Stanford in November 2015. Now, WiDS includes a global conference, with approximately 150+ regional events worldwide; a datathon, encouraging participants to hone their skills using a social impact challenge; and a podcast, featuring leaders in the field talking about their work, their journeys, and lessons learned. ​

We are happy to announce that there will be a Maastricht edition of WiDS on 5th March 2020 ! We have a line-up of fantastic speakers by Women doing Data Science (see Agenda below). To save your spot, please register before 28th Feburary!

WiDS Maastricht is an independent event organized by Amrapali Zaveri (†) and Visara Urovi (Institute of Data Science, Maastricht University) to coincide with the annual Global Women in Data Science (WiDS) Conference held at Stanford University and an estimated 150+ locations worldwide. All genders are invited to attend WiDS regional events, which features outstanding women doing outstanding work.

This conference is partially funded by Diversity and Inclusivity Grant of Maastricht University and the Aspasia grant from NWO.

Programme (tentative)

Time Session


Walk-in & Registration


Welcome & Opening Remarks
Dr. Visara Urovi, Institute of Data Science, Maastricht University, Netherlands


Keynote 1: A tech driven society, who rules the data?
Prof. Dr. Lisette Van Gemert, University of Twente, Netherlands


WiDS Datathon Winner - Prize Ceremony
Short presentation of the Datathon challege


Keynote 2: A new mdel for National Statistical Institutes
Dr. Sofie De Broe, Center Statistics Netherlands (CBS), Netherlands






Technology Vision Talks
How Blockchain chould improve the way we manage our dealth data
Wanting Huang, Accenture, Netherlands

On machine learning and remote sensing
Dr. Lyana Curier, Center of Big Data Statistics, Netherlands


Lunch & Table Discussions


Keynote 3: Translating food images into nutrient information: AI for dietary assessment
Prof. Dr. Stavroula Mougiakakou, Bern University, Switzerland


Data Science Research Competition - Prize Ceremony
Short presentation from the winning team


Keynote 4: Deep Learning in Life Sciences and Healthcare - stories from the trenches
Dr. Helena Deus, Technology Research Director, Elsevier, United States




Keynote 5: Rules for Robots, Ethics & Artificial Intelligence
Dr Kathleen Gabriels, Maastricht University, Netherlands


Panel Discussion: Future of Data Science

Moderators: Dr. Visara Urovi and Dr. Rachel Cavill
Panelists: Dr. Sofie De Broe, Dr. Helena Deus, Dr. Katleen Gabriels, Wanting Huang, Dr. Lyana Curier


Closing Remarks


Networking & Drinks


WiDS Regional Ambassadors

  • Visara Urovi, Associate Professor, Institute of Data Science, Maastricht University
  • Amrapali Zaveri, (†) Postdoctoral Researcher, Institute of Data Science, Maastricht University


We are very sorry to inform you that one of our WiDS ambassadors, Dr. Amrapali Zaveri, suddenly passed away. We realise that some you might have personally known her, and are very sorry for your loss.

The Institute of Data Science would like to make Amrapali proud on this day. We are continuing to plan for a great conference, which we hope will inspire you and create a data science community around you.

Read: 'In Memoriam: Amrapali Zaveri