At Data Donation Symposium 2024 we bring together applied researchers, methodologists, legal and ethical experts, research engineers and software developers with an interest in using digital trace data for scientific research purposes.

May 30-31st at the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands


We thank all participants of the symposium for their contributions! Photos to the symposium can now be accessed here.


An overview of the program can be found here. Find here an extended version of the program including all abstracts and authors.


The symposium takes place at Zoku Amsterdam, Weesperstraat 105. See here for more details on the location.


We are happy to announce Melinda Mills as the keynote speaker for the symposium, where she will talk about Data4Science, a platform for individuals to take control of their own data, donate, understand it, shape their own behaviour and share it for broader health and behavioural research.

Mills is Professor of Demography and Population Health and Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Demographic Science at the University of Oxford. She also holds a part-time position as Professor of Data Science and Public Health Policy at the University of Groningen. Data4Science emerged out of her ERC Consolidator Grant SOCIOGENOME, ERC Advanced Grant (CHRONO) and ERC Proof of Concept Grant DNA4Science. She has written 7 books and over 150 articles, including two applied statistics books, in the areas of demography, genetics, inequality, sociology, statistics, health and policy.

See the program to read the keynote’s abstract.

Short course

In the morning of the 30th of May, a course is organized where we teach the basics of how to prepare your own data donation study using the data donation software Port. A document providing further information about the course can be found here.

The course is currently fully booked. Please email to be added to the waiting list.


Registration to the symposium is now closed.


Both the symposium and the short course are free of charge.

Past editions

Below you can find the program of earlier data donation symposia:

2023, University of Zurich

2022, Utrecht University

This event is funded by PDI-SSH and ODISSEI.