Virtual event: Doing Data Together - Ethical collaboration through Covid-19 and beyond

Author: Tracy Peet
Posted: 13 Oct 2020 | 11:13

The University of Edinburgh will hold its third Data-Driven Innovation conference (held jointly with The Scotsman newspaper) on Friday 6 November 2020. Join experts from inside the University of Edinburgh and beyond to hear about the enormous challenges – and real opportunities – in our increasingly data-rich world. 

Covid-19 was the first truly data-driven pandemic, with real-time information at the heart of life-or-death decisions throughout the crisis. How did Government, health services and other public bodies collaborate - often at great speed - to inform those decisions? What lessons have we learned to help us emerge from the pandemic and ensure we share and analyse data more effectively in future? 
We’ll be addressing these and many other questions with an excellent programme of speakers, including: 

  • Prof. Shannon Vallor, Baillie Gifford Chair in the Ethics of Data and Artificial Intelligence, University of Edinburgh 
  • Prof. Alexander Pentland, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Prof. Devi Sridhar, Chair of Global Public Health, University of Edinburgh 
  • Timandra Harkness, writer, broadcaster and comedian  
  • Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director, Scottish Government 

Further information

This virtual event will take place on Friday 6 November 2020, 10am-4pm GMT. Register for free: 

The University's Data-Driven Innovation initiative is a key deliverable of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, and comprises a network of innovation hubs that bring researchers together with businesses, charities, and the public sector, at the crossroads of data science, research, and real-world challenges – where exciting innovations can take place.




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