Rethinking science and innovation in the era of datification

23 May 2019, 10.00 AM - 23 May 2019, 4.00 PM

Room 1.20, 35 Berkeley Square, University of Bristol, BS8 1JA

Data science is transforming the way in which we view and practisscience and innovation in various fields. Big data research, such as next-generation sequencing of genomes, has led to advances in genetic research. Big data from electronic patients’ records can be used to build predictive models that support clinical decision making and early interventions on patients at risk of developing a condition. Data science has also made breakthroughs in the arts and humanities, as shown by recent developments in computational archaeology and digital humanities. Data sharing platforms and online communities are collaborative spaces for user-led knowledge creation and innovation. 

Who is this event suitable for?

We would like to invite participants from academia, not-for-profit and public sector organisations, industry, and entrepreneurs across disciplines and sectors. The interdisciplinary focus of the workshop will offer you the opportunity to learn about latest developments in data science for research and innovation, including its challenges and benefits, in a series of thought provoking and inspirational talks by researchers and practitioners.  

Event topics

  • Advanced data science methods for scientific and social inquiry 
  • Data-driven product design and service innovation 
  • New modes of knowledge production and consumption through data analytics and social media 
  • Open innovation and citizen science 
  • The philosophy of science of big data research 
  • The ethics of data science in scientific inquiry and innovation 
  • Law and regulation of data science for research and innovation.

Preliminary agenda (see Speaker Biographies for more info about the people behind the talks)

Time What Who
10:00-10:30 Arrivals, Tea and Coffee All
10:30-12:40 Welcome and introduction Roberta Bernardi 
  Smart cities need thick data not big data Adrian Smith

No-Frills Innovation: How To Stay On Top in a Changing Economy

Rob Griffiths

Small trees, big data. A look at the amount of data stored by DNA testing companies, and the information that can be gleaned from online trees.

Penny Walters
12:40-13:40 Lunch All

Genie Out of the Bottle? Digital Platforms and the Future of Clinical Trials

Niccolò Tempini
  Redefining disease with big data: the Low Carb Program Krish Singh 

Conclusive remarks

Roberta Bernardi


Networking, Tea and Coffee


Event organiser - Dr Roberta Bernardi

Roberta Bernardi is a Lecturer in Management at the University of Bristol. She earned a PhD from the University of Warwick in 2012 and has almost 10 years’ research experience in ICT for healthcare including research on health information systems in Kenya and more recently telehealth and online health communities in the UK. The expected impact of her research is to guide academics, policy makers and practitioners in the formulation of IT policies and strategies to support healthcare integration and patient-centered care. Her research features in leading conferences and journals such as Management Information Systems Quarterly and the Journal of the Association for Information Systems. She is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of the Association for Information Systems and serves as Senior Editor of Information Technology and People. She is a Senior Associate Member of the Royal Society of Medicine (UK).

Data Week 2019 

This event is part of Data Week 2019, run by the Jean Golding Institute 

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