ODISSEI Community Conference

22 october 2019, Utrecht, Stadium Galgenwaard

ODISSEI will be organising a conference for its community on Tuesday 22 October. During this event, ODISSEI will be presenting projects that used the ODISSEI Secure Supercomputer (OSSC), projects granted during the LISS call 2018, and those that received a Microdata Access Grant (MAG). Plans for the future will also be shared.

Grasp this opportunity to learn about the possibilities of ODISSEI, broaden your network and learn from each other. Register now!


(English spoken)

10:15Keynote: The future of ODISSEIPearl Dykstra (ODISSEI)
11:00The ODISSEI Secure SuperComputer: First Results
• Analysing social network Netherlands
A genome-wide association study of health care costs
Effects of spatial contextual characteristics on personal income
Jan van der Laan (CBS)
Eveline de Zeeuw (VU Amsterdam)
Ana Petrović (TU Delft)
13:00 Panel session – Open science, led by Pearl DykstraPearl Dykstra (chair, EUR)
Stan Gielen (NWO)
Joep Verheggen (Elsevier)
Erik Fledderus (SURF)
13:45LISS Panel
Collective nostalgia and group dynamics
Understanding Concerns of Using Algorithmic Decision Making Systems

Anouk Smeekes (UU)
Banu Aysolmaz (MU)
14:30Coffee break
14:45Microdata Access Grants
• Suicidal acts in the Dutch context
• Gene-environment interplay in education: the impact of school quality and tracking
• Utilizing a natural experiment to investigate the effect of educational failure on
mental health
Katya Ivanova (UvT)
Kim Stienstra (UU)
Perline Demange (VU)
15:30 Panel session – Future directions of social sciences, led by Pieter HooijmeijerFrank Takes (UL, UvA)
Chantal Kemner (UU)
Sofie de Broe (Centre for Big Data Statistics)
Pieter Hooimeijer (chair Supervisory Board)


The ODISSEI Community Conference will take place in Utrecht, at the Stadium Galgenwaard. Please follow directions to ‘Hoofdingang/Ingang Noord’.

Herculesplein 241
3584 AA Utrecht

This location can be reached by public transport as well as by car.


Please register before 14 October using this form.
Participation is free.

Contents program

Keynote – The future of ODISSEI

Last June, a financing application for further development of ODISSEI was submitted to NWO. In this keynote, ODISSEI will explain the four goals it proposes to work on:
• Accessing, linking, and analysing sensitive data—that bridge different disciplines, analytical levels and time periods—in a safe, secure, and ethical manner (Work stream: Data Facility)
• Sustaining and optimising valuable, long-standing data collections (Work stream: Observatory)
• Opening up new avenues of inquiry by exploiting innovative digital technologies (Work stream: Laboratory)
• Acquiring skills and approaches for more complex and comprehensive modelling of social phenomena (Work stream: Hub)

The ODISSEI Secure SuperComputer: First results

In the ODISSEI Secure Supercomputer (OSSC), researchers can analyse their data linked to CBS Microdata in SURFsara’s high performance computing environment Cartesius. After a successfull Proof of Concept in 2018, three pilot research projects  present their results. How did they like working in the OSSC environment?

Panel session – Open science

Open science has been a beautiful promise for several years. In the mean time, little seems to have changed. How does NWO stimulate open science? Which support is available to make this happen? And how is this related to the industries? Stan Gielen (president executive board NWO), Erik Fledderus (director SURF) and Joep Verheggen (VP Global E-Operations Elsevier) will discuss these questions, led by Pearl Dykstra (scientific director ODISSEI).

Liss and Microdata projects

ODISSEI offers several discounts and calls to employees of its member organisations who use Microdata or the LISS panel. Katya Ivanova (UvA), Kim Stienstra (UU) and Perline Demange (VU) will explain their work with the Microdata Access Grant.  Anouk Smeekes (UU) and Banu Aysolmaz (MU) will elaborate on their free time using the LISS panel.

Panel session – Future directions of social sciences

A revolution is going on in the social sciences. On the one hand, there is the rapidly increasing amount of data and the emergence of supercomputing. On the other hand, there are complex societal challenges like an aging population, climate change and increasing social inequalities. How do the social sciences deal with these developments? Frank Takes (Leiden University, University of Amsterdam), Chantal Kemner (Utrecht University) and Sofie de Broe (director Centre for Big Data Statistics) will discuss this.

Featured photo: MG Fotografie – Michel Groen