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Don’t miss our virtual engagement series, where we’ll be speaking to experts and thought leaders from different sectors about how data, innovation and partnerships can tackle some of industry and society’s most pressing challenges.

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Wednesday July 1st | Webinar (available now)

The role of data and data innovation in the recovery from Covid-19


Paul Lawrence, Director of Place, City of Edinburgh Council

John Godfrey, Corporate Affairs Director, Legal & General

Andrea Wilson, UoE researcher and project lead for ‘Data-driven now-casting & forecasting of healthcare resource requirements associated with Covid-19’

Alessandro Rosiello, UoE researcher and project lead for ‘Impact of Covid-19 on high-growth businesses in Edinburgh City Region and beyond’


Thursday 23rd July | Podcast

Alex Pentland, MIT professor and author of Social Physics
Why it’s time for local communities to take back control of their data

Listen here. Read our article ‘Time to take back control of our data’ with Alex here.


Thursday 6th August | Podcast

Albert King, Chief Data Officer for Scotland
Data and better public services: adding value, not just noise
Listen here. Read our article ‘Mobilising public data in the Covid-19 fight’ with Albert


Thursday 20th August  | Podcast

Jamie Bartlett, author of The People Vs Tech
Why the march of technology threatens democracy, US presidential elections 2016 and 2020
Listen here. Read our article ‘Data and Democracy’ with Jamie here


Thursday 27th August | Webinar (Available now)

DDI Webinar: The role of data in global financial innovation

Panellists include:

Gbenga Ibikunle, Senior Lecturer in Financial Markets and Director, MSc Finance, Technology and Policy

Raffaella Calabrese, Edinburgh Futures Institute & University of Edinburgh Business School

Nicola Anderson, Strategic Development Director at FinTech Scotland.

Gavin Littlejohn, Chair FDATA Global

Chaired by ; David Lee

To watch the recording of the webinar: Click here


Thursday 10th September | Podcast

Shannon Vallor, Baillie Gifford Chair of Data Ethics and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Edinburgh’s Edinburgh Futures Institute

Fusing technology and ethics – to shape a future worth wanting

Listen here. Read our interview ‘Hardwiring ethics into a future worth wanting’ with Shannon here.


Thursday 24th September | Podcast

Rainer Kattel, Deputy Director, UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

East is east and west is west: what can we learn from different data approaches to Covid-19?

From the ‘free-tech’ approach of Silicon Valley to strong state control in China, what have the very different approaches to data and Covid-19 taught us? And should the west be more open-minded to the response from the far east, which led to far lower death rates?

Listen here. Read our interview ‘Climbing the learning curve’ with Rainer here.


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