Bayes Centre

Doing data right: Through people and partnerships

With over £600m investment committed for data driven innovation programmes as part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal, this conference will examine what needs to be done more widely to reach the Deal’s aims of inclusive regional development alongside business and economic growth.

This conference will bring together all of the key stakeholders involved in the regional collaborations and activity that will drive forward the DDI agenda.


8.30 – Networking over coffee

9.15 – Welcome from the chair

Paul Forrest – Chairman, MBN Solutions

9.20 – Vision for the DDI program

Jarmo Eskelinen– Data-Driven Innovation Programme, University of Edinburgh

Session 1: Adopting and fostering data innovation in industry

9.40 – Elizabeth Hollinger, Agrekko

10.10 – Speaker 2 expert from Mudano

10.40 – Break for coffee

Session 1 continued…

11.00 – Speaker 3 expert from Accenture

11.30 – Panel discussion on session with previous 3 speakers and Ruth Donnelly, The University of Edinburgh & Professor Bruce Whitelaw, The University of Edinburgh

12.15 – Networking Lunch

13.15 – Keynote address

Peter Mathieson, Principal, University of Edinburgh

Session 2 – Woman in data

13.30 – 5 key players from the woman in data will discuss key topics within the industry. Speakers include:

  • Catherine Stihler, Open Knowledge Foundation
  • Gillian Hogg, Heriot-Watt University
  • Talat Yaqoob, Equate Scotland

Break out session

There will be 4 break out sessions for delegates to attend. There will be the opportunity to attend 2 sessions on:

  • Research highlights
  • Design informatics

Final session – Data for public good: Unicef case study

15.55 – A panel will discuss this case study as well as answer questions from the audience.

16.30 – Closing remarks

Jarmo Eskelinen– Data-Driven Innovation Programme, University of Edinburgh


Further information and registration

Sep 10 2019 -

Doing data right: Through people and partnerships

How big can data science become in the region, and what needs to be done to make it the data capital of Europe?

John McIntyre Conference Centre
The University of Edinburgh Pollock Halls
18 Holyrood Park Rd
EH16 5AY