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Kick-Off keynote by Sjoerd Boersma

Interconnected Systems: A Systems Engineering Approach to Biodiversity and Climate Change.

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Sjoerd Boersma, DLO Researcher

We are delighted to introduce Dr. Sjoerd Boersma, a distinguished DLO Researcher, as our keynote speaker for DataFest 2023. Dr. Boersma holds both an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Systems and Control from Delft University of Technology. His work spans across various crucial sectors from optimizing wind farms to identifying and controlling power systems in the Supergrid-Institute, France. Currently, his research is focused on modeling and predictive control of greenhouses with tomato crops, aiming to enhance yield while minimizing energy consumption.

With his expertise in Systems Engineering, and his work on a digital twin of tomato crops in a greenhouse (a 3D simulation model that is fed in real-time with sensor information from a real greenhouse.). Dr. Sjoerd Boersma maintains a holistic view on biodiversity and
climate change, recognizing that these systems do not exist in isolation. His keynote address will provide invaluable insights into the dynamic relationships between different systems, emphasizing the importance of understanding these interconnections in our quest to solve the pressing issues of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Dr. Boersma’s address will set the tone for DataFest 2023, challenging participants to keep a keen eye on the intricate interplay of systems throughout their data exploration. Prepare to be inspired and informed as he kicks off our event with his reflections on Systems Engineering and its critical role in understanding and mitigating the impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.

Workshop Generative arts by Bente Sinke

Why Generative Art? – Made by the creativity of “humans” or through coding? Ultimately, visual art always speaks to our imagination. Generative art creates amazing images and compositions doing justice to artistic and aesthetic value of the works.

Works of art have always been a reflection of society, now in an age where rapid AI innovations continuously change both the digital landscape but also our interactions with and within the world around us, Generative Art or Art that relies on AI, seamlessly combines ‘traditional’ visual art with state of the (art) techniques of today.
This workshop explored the place of AI Art within the cultural tradition and provides and introduction to hands on experience with creating your own Generative Art!


The Endjury will consist of:

  • Prof. Dr. Wolter Hassink
    Professor Law, Economics and Governance, Utrecht University
  • Drs. Jo-Annes de Bat
    Lid Gedeputeerde staten van Zeeland, Provincie Zeeland
  • Dr. Cor Schippers
    Advisor marine biology & Ecotoxicology, Rijkswaterstaat
  • Dr. Alexei Karas
    Associate Professor of Economics, Director of Education, Universit College Roosevelt

Midday feedback

The midday feedback team will consist of:

  • Dr. Mischa Beckers
    Lector Data Science, HZ University of Applied Sciences
  • Dr. Marijn Jansen
    Assistant Professor of Data Science, University College Roosevelt
  • Roel van Endhoven BSc
    CIV Datalab Data/Software Engineer, Rijkswaterstaat
  • Ing. Erik Leemreijze
    Advisor Climate adaptation, Provincie Zeeland


  • Best overall data insights
  • Best data visualization
  • Best data storytelling
  • Best use of outside data