Synergy conference 2019

Registration is now open for the leading event for Social Sciences and Humanities (SSH) in the Netherlands: Synergy conference 2019. On 7 February 2019, plenary speakers, experts and young talents will debate with each other and you about the value and impact of the entire field of SSH research.

Insights, inspiration and interaction

Synergy conference 2019 is a dynamic day full of insights, inspiration and interaction. From a 360-degree perspective, different angles on key topics impacting the SSH disciplines will be debated. In short: THINK360! One of the main conference topics is the impact of digitalisation on science and on our everyday lives.


Plenary speakers

During Synergy conference 2019, eminent plenary speakers will give you powerful insights. Confirmed speakers include:

  • Philipp Blom: philosopher, historian and writer of award-winning books on cultural history
  • Birgit Meyer: professor of religious studies and expert on the shifting role and place of religion in our time
  • Sally Wyatt: professor of digital cultures in development and expert on the relationship between technological and social change
  • Maxim Februari: novelist, columnist in Dutch newspaper NRC Handelsblad

Parallel sessions and call for sessions

During both the morning and the afternoon, parallel subsessions are organized. Here you can explore current topics in smaller groups (max. 50 people). The themes of the sessions are cross-disciplinary and focus on the broad domain of SSH research. The sessions in the afternoon will focus on the theme digitalisation. How do big data and artificial intelligence influence SSH research, for example? What does the digitalisation of sources add to science? What do robotisation and virtual reality mean for society?

Science Battle

In 2014, René M. Broeders and Suzanne Streefland conceived the interactive performance Science Battle: PhD students leave behind their trusted laboratories and present their research on a podium in 10 minutes. But who tells the best story? That is what the public can decide. Join Science Battle on Synergy and be convinced by the best presentation!

Science Battle is part of the optional programme. You can join Science Battle during one of the four parallel session rounds.

Network Plaza

The Network Plaza will form the heart of Synergy. Outside of the plenary sessions, a continuous programme will be held at the Network Plaza. It offers, for example, possibilities to network, roundtable discussions with experts, and an info market with organisations from science, society and industry. and support. And at the walk-in theatre you can watch young talented PhDs battle for the Upcoming SSH Researcher 2019 award.

Registration is free for all professionals involved in SSH research

Synergy conference 2019 will be held on 7 February 2019 at Spant conference centre in Bussum. Registration is free of charge for anyone working in the Netherlands in SSH research: from PhDs and postdocs to professors. Directors, policy makers and professionals from civil society organisations involved in SSH research are also warmly invited to attend. Visit for details and registration