Fourth of four expert meetings on the impact of Covid-19 on science, researchers and trust in science

Science and digital technology

18 January 2022 from 15:00 to 16:30 hrs
Online, via Zoom
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Digital technologies offered many advantages during the pandemic that we no longer wish to do without in research and education. But digitalisation also poses risks to security, and to academic values, for example, proctoring during examinations. 

Universities are growing ever more dependent on Big Tech. Is it time for them to create a counterforce, and if so, how? The opposite side of the coin is that digitalisation has made many new forms of cooperation possible, offering scientists unprecedented opportunities. Who should take the lead in developing policies to harness the potential of digital technology in this regard? 

The expert meeting will consist of four brief presentations and a panel discussion. The language of communication is English. You can register here.


  • Natali Helberger, professor of Information Law at University of Amsterdam, chair of the Academy committee on the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on science, researchers and trust in science. Helberger will be moderating this expert meeting.
  • Linnet Taylor, professor of International Data Governance, Tilburg University, about security, surveillance & resilience and about academic values and digitisation. 
  • Thomas Poell, professor of Data, Culture & Institutions, University of Amsterdam, about growing reliance on Big Tech.
  • Valentina Mazzucato, professor of Globalisation & Development, Maastricht University, about digital technology as an enabler of new forms of (international) cooperation.
  • Joris Hoboken, professor of Law at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels (VUB), about the role of politics.
  • Rens Vliegenthart, professor of Media and Society, Amsterdam School of Communication Research (ASCoR), University of Amsterdam. Vliegenthart will be part of the panel discussion.

Four expert meetings on the impact of Covid-19 on science

The Covid-19 pandemic brought about many changes in the world of science, both positive and negative. The pandemic’s consequences affected scientists on a personal level, with the true impact depending on their field of study, career phase and family responsibilities. Scientific practice also changed dramatically during the pandemic. Which of these changes do we wish to retain? Which would we rather not? The Academy has established a committee that will advise on these questions. The committee has decided on a forward-looking approach. In the coming months, the Academy will organise four expert meetings to generate input for the committee’s advisory report. You are cordially invited to attend.