Data Morgana: Milestones of Data Science
Data Morgana is a short lecture series, divided into four parts, about the promises, hype, and misconceptions surrounding data science. Join us at this second session, where we look at the milestones and accomplishments of data science. (English / SG-Certificate*)
Time: 16:00-16:45 hrs.
Data is the new gold! Does that mean data scientists are the new alchemists? In this short lecture series, we discuss the role of data science in general scientific practice, and in our global society. We look beyond the hype, beyond the mirage of unlimited promises and beyond hollow buzzwords. What have we accomplished with data science; what has it cost us; and what can we actually expect from it in the future? In this second session, our focus is on the Milestones of Data Science.
New methods, new results
Data science has become a controversial topic in many scientific and societal debates. We hear a lot about the pitfalls of data science; inherent biases in algorithms; privacy issues; the illusion of objectivity – which are all valid concerns. But are we forgetting the great possibilities and progress data science has brought us? Data scientists are not only the evil geniuses behind Cambridge Analytica and social media algorithms: all around the world, data scientists work to provide humanitarian aid, to fight for equality and sustainability, and to fight against hunger and poverty. In this session, we are zooming in on a few of those milestones of data science to assess: what good can data science do in our troubled world?
Meike Reusken is a PhD candidate at the Zero Hunger Lab of Tilburg University. She is working together with the United Nation’s World Food Program and the Dutch Food Bank to find innovative and sustainable solutions to tackle hunger in the Netherlands and worldwide.
The academic background of Meike is diverse as she studied multiple disciplines over the past years. She received her Bachelor in International Business Administration at the Erasmus University for which she attended a semester abroad at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Additionally, Meike holds two master titles, in Economics (Erasmus University) and in Econometrics (Tilburg University).
Contact: Oskar Knötschke (Studium Generale).
* For students, this event may count towards the SG-Certificate. Check the SG-Certificate website for all the terms and conditions.