Events and Podcasts
Upcoming Events and Podcasts
#DDIdiscussions involves experts and thought leaders from different sectors about how data, innovation and partnerships can tackle some of industry and society’s most pressing challenges.
Podcast | IWD Special: Meet the Team
On this International Women's Day (2022) episode we are joined by our DDI colleagues: Helen Dundas, Ruth Donnelly, Gemma Cassells and Alison Muckersie. This discussion is a snap shot of their roles within DDI and their upcoming projects and challenges.
Events coming up
Data Conference 2023 - DataFutures, AI Futures | 27 September 2023 | 9:30 am - 4:30 pm
Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, 9 Queen Street, Edinburgh EH2 1JQ
How will data and artificial intelligence (AI) shape the way we live and work in the future? How will they shape future healthcare, future energy supplies, the future workforce and more? And how is Edinburgh leading the way as it seeks to be Europe’s Data Capital of the future?
Venture builder Incubator 3.0 Showcase | 3rd March 2-6pm
The Hawthornden Lecture Theatre, Scottish National Gallery, The Mound, EH2 2EL
Meet the founders on the Venture Builder Incubator programme, such as DeepQA who use AI to automate software testing to quickly identify development problems.
Come and network with the Scottish entrepreneurial community at this Showcase Event.
Love Machine | 6th March -5th May
Edinburgh Futures Institute’s Autumn 2023 programme: Love Machine
Love Machine focuses on the interdisciplinarity of Artificial Intelligence (AI), data and machine learning technologies and how we make room for such technologies within our lives and wider cultures. The co-produced events will explore the interconnections and intimacies of AI, data and machine learning with other disciplines, from the arts and humanities, sciences and engineering. This theme aligns with the University of Edinburgh’s fourth Futures Conversations series, as well as celebrations of 60 years of AI and Computer Science at the University.
Like our inaugural Autumn 2022 season, the Spring 2023 programme will offer a range of live events – in person, online and hybrid – including conversations, readings, participatory workshops and commissioned performances.
The full programme is free and open to all but booking is essential.
Find out more and book tickets!
The Future of Artificial Intelligence: Shaping Our AI Futures | 6th March
Edinburgh Futures Conversations, in-person Playfair Library and live stream
This panel opens the fourth in the University’s Futures Conversations series on Artificial Intelligence. In this Futures Conversations event, we bring together leading experts from the worlds of science, politics, and civil society to debate what our AI futures may bring, and to develop ideas for what is needed to advance our collective ability to put AI to the best possible use.
The Future of Artificial Intelligence Between Two Waters: A Performance | 8th March
This show is part of our Futures Conversations series – Shaping our AI Futures – and explores the delicate and intricately evolving relationship between humans and machines, through a dynamic dance between a dancer and a soft robot as the focal point. The representation of robots in art and media is often limited to their portrayal in science fiction, but this performance aims to challenge that narrative by depicting robots in unconventional, non-technological forms.
Previous Events and Podcasts
Podcast 10th June 2021 | Dr Allison Schrager
Women in Data lead, Poppy Gerrard-Abbott, sits down with author and economist Dr Allison Schrager to discuss her book on our everyday relationship with risk and whether we are setting the right objectives when it comes to change.
Wednesday 19th May 2021 | 'Data-driven innovation in AI'
The #DDIdiscussions on May 19th as we discussed the role of Scottish Universities in the development of AI. Scotland's recently released AI strategy, the exciting development of the National Robotarium and what sectors of the Scottish economy have untapped potential for AI implementation. - It's a discussion not to be missed!
Michael Rovatsos, Director, Bayes Centre; Steph Wright – AI Strategy Lead, The Data Lab; Roy Donaldson, Cisco; and Helen Hastie, National Robotarium, Heriot Watt University
Watch the event recording.
Thursday 29th April 2021 | Webinar ( Available online)
This panel discussion will explore the feasibility of open finance and innovation offering greater financial inclusion to those who currently face barriers – and the ethical issues of doing so. Part of the #DDIdiscussions series.
Varun Paul, Senior Manager, Fintech Hub, Bank of England
Sorcha Lorimer, Interim Chief Privacy & Risk Officer, Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence
Tynah Matembe, Co-Founder & CEO - MoneyMatiX
To watch the event click here.
Due to technical difficulties the start of the event was not recorded.
Wednesday 24th March 2021 | Online Event
Our #DDIdiscussions on the 24th of March 2021. Twelve months on from the UK’s first national lockdown in spring 2020, we discuss the lessons learned and how far the pandemic has helped the sharing of data for public health benefit with Jason Leitch, Nick Mills, and Devi Sridhar.
David Lee (Chair)
Professor Jason Leitch, National Clinical Director for Scotland, Scottish Government
Professor Nick Mills, Director, DataLoch at the Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh
Professor Devi Sridhar, Professor of Global Public Health, Usher Institute, University of Edinburgh
Watch the event recording here.