COVID-19 message from our Director

An update from Jarmo Eskelinen on how the Data-Driven Innovation initiative is responding to the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak.

Firstly, the DDI team is committed to mitigating the impact of the outbreak, and the safety and wellbeing of everyone we work with is our top priority.

We are currently following the business continuity and safety measures being taken by the University of Edinburgh and have implemented remote working procedures and closed our office at 13-15 South College Street, in line with the wider closure of University premises.

The DDI leadership team and myself are now focusing on the core priorities of establishing systems for conducting business online, progressing business cases, and aligning our activities in order to best support the University and the society at large to cope with the situation.

We are coordinating our efforts closely with the University of Edinburgh’s Senior Leadership Team and central project management office for the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal.

There will inevitably be disruption over the coming months to our activities, but we will ensure key developments are communicated to stakeholder groups via email and digital communications channels.

In the meantime, please look out for updates and information on the website and social media.

Finally, please stay home and stay safe.


Jarmo Eskelinen, Executive Director, DDI initiative

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