Looking back on the ODISSEI Conference 2022

On 3 November, the ODISSEI Conference for Social Science in the Netherlands 2022 took place. The conference, which welcomed over 300 participants, was the perfect platform for anyone interested in computational social sciences to learn, share and network. The event took place in the Media Plaza of the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht.

Participants from the entire country gathered in the plenary hall where ODISSEI’s Deputy Director Tom Emery welcomed everyone before handing over the stage to the day’s first keynote speaker: Professor Frauke Kreuter (University of Maryland, University of Munich). Kreuter’s keynote addressed social science’s issues with data quality, ethics and privacy and outlined the essential conditions for a fair use of Artificial Intelligence.

After a coffee break, the participants spread out throughout the Media Plaza for the first parallel session of the day. Next to the aforementioned plenary hall, in which the parallel sessions were recorded and livestreamed, there were four more rooms that hosted these sessions, each of which had its own theme. Themes ranged from methodological subjects such as Methods for Computational Social Science and Stimulating Respondent Participation to COVID-related themes such as The Social Impact of COVID and Learning from the Pandemic. Curious about the other topics? Take a look at the full programme here.

The Jaarbeurs catering team prepared a wonderful vegetarian lunch in the ‘Transit-zone’. Meanwhile, a selected group of researchers shared their research with poster presentations. Fully refreshed, participants started the afternoon programme with two back-to-back parallel sessions, with themes ranging from Migration & Generations to Language and Archival Infrastructures.  Following a coffee break and a revitalising snack, the participants went back to their rooms of interest for the final parallel session of the day.

After the final parallel session, everyone hurried back to the plenary room, where the second and final keynote presentation of the day was set to begin. ODISSEI’s Community Manager Suze Zijlstra welcomed Professor Matthew J. Salganik (Princeton University) to the stage where he talked about the unpredictability of life outcomes and why this is not necessarily a problem easily solved by computational social sciences.

ODISSEI’s Scientific Director Pearl Dykstra closed the day. The conference’s attendees went once-more to the ‘Transit-zone’ for well-deserved snacks and drinks, which, despite the late hour (it was past 5.30 pm) many participants stayed for. If you want to keep up-to-date on future events or want to share your work at the next conference, please subscribe to our newsletter so that you will be notified when the next Call for Papers goes out.

Some presenters have already made their slides available on the ODISSEI Zenodo Community. If you presented at the ODISSEI Conference please consider uploading your slides or poster, or feel free to send us a message if you want us to do it on your behalf.


Photos: MG Fotografie – Michel Groen

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