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Professional Development for Data Scientists in Policy

When Sep 18, 2015
from 10:00 AM to 05:00 PM
Where BIS Conference Centre, London
Contact Name
Attendees Early-career civil servants and researchers
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A Professional Development Policy Workshop for early-career civil servants and researchers


18 September 2015 (10:00 – 17:00 + drinks/networking) BIS Conference Centre, London


You are invited to attend a Professional Development Policy Workshop for early-career civil servants and researchers to take place on 18 September at BIS Conference Centre, London.  The workshop has been organised jointly by the Centre for Science and Policy and Cambridge Big Data and will be hosted by the Government Office for Science – please see attached the provisional programme. 


The purpose of the workshop is to introduce early-career civil servants and researchers to the role of evidence and analysis in policy making through a series of panel discussions and worked examples. The workshop will aim to provide attendees with a better understanding of the relationship between research and policy and, in particular, the potential for big data to provide insights for policy and its implications for law, ethics and the economy. 


Speakers from both academia and government will present examples of how big data research and analysis has contributed to policy-making – what worked well and how they dealt with any technical, moral and ethical issues. Presenters will offer advice on how early-career policy makers and researchers might best engage to improve the exchange of ideas and practices.


About Cambridge Big Data

Big Data research at Cambridge brings together fundamental research into data analysis methods with applications in science, medicine, technology and society, addressing important issues around law, ethics and economics in order to solve challenging problems for society.


About the Centre for Science and Policy (CSaP)

Through our programmes and activities CSaP provides policy professionals with access to the best academic thinking in engineering, science, computing, mathematics, and the humanities and social sciences in order to deliver better public policy. 


Who should attend

This workshop is designed for early-career data scientists across a range of disciplines as well as those who have an interest in the legal, political, and ethical implications of data. ‘Early career’ in this context refers to Masters/PhD students and postdocs. Please contact with any queries. 


How to register

This workshop is FREE TO ATTEND, however you will be expected to cover your own travel expenses. If you would like to attend, please download and complete the application form and return to by close of business on Monday 17 August 2015. You will be notified by Friday 21 August if you have been offered a place at the workshop. 


Best wishes


Dr Clare Dyer-Smith, Co-ordinator

Cambridge Big Data


Jackie Ouchikh, Head of Programmes

Centre for Science and Policy

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