Workshops & Retreats

We have supported our members in developing data science research, providing financial support to enable collaboration with colleagues in industry and other educational institutions both at home and from overseas.

Activism Storytelling and Data Science

In January 2020 40 academics, activists, storytellers and data scientists from the UK and internationally came together to explore the relationships between data, story and social change. The Activism by the Numbers retreat was a wonderful opportunity for a diverse group of people to share their research, experience and ideas. Participants explored how to find data to bring about positive change, how to make sense of data and stories relating to activism, as well as considering how to make data easier to access and use, and how people with expertise in data, activism and story can collaborate. The event instantiated a network of people who are now working on new ideas and collaborations for a fascinating range of projects and initiatives.  


For more information about the project Remembering Resistance can be found here 

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Machine Learning and Genomics

In June, a Machine Learning and Genomics workshop took place. Around 60 people came to the 2 day DSI workshop at Forrest Hills.  Speakers presented on topics ranging from methods to provide alerts in intensive care through to methods to detect DNA sequencing errors. About 50 people attended – the vast majority from outside Lancaster University with representations from companies including Microsoft and GSK. The second day doubled as a meeting of the North of England Genetic Epidemiology Group (NEGEG).

This event was organised by Dr Frank Dondelinger, Lecturer in Biostatistics - Professor Joanne Knight, Chair in Applied Data Science and Tom Palmer, Lecturer in Statistics



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Administrative Data Research and the Real World

In June 2019 DSI supported an early career workshop held alongside our Distinguished Speaker event. About 50 people attend a talk on The Value of Administrative Data for the Family Justice System given by Professor Anna Vignoles and Judge Carol Atkinson. Both talks were extremely interesting and provoked a number of questions and conversions about the value of research data and its effects of influencing social policy and decision making. This event was hosted by Professor Karen Broadhurst and Dr Linda Cusworth and was held in the Charles Carter Building at Lancaster University.

Big Data in the Geosciences

A 2-day workshop on the use of big data and data science across geophysical applications from the depths of our oceans to the boundaries of outer space, and everything in between including the atmosphere and cryosphere.  Around 50 academics and scientists came to hear talks from a range of speakers including Professor Sandra Chapman, University of Warwick, Dr Ben Booth, UK Met Office and Dr Neil Massey, STFC Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The workshop included interactive working sessions and a poster competition.  The event was organised by Dr Adam Sykulski, Paul Young and Dr Amber Leeson.



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Data Driven Systems Retreat

In May 2019, the Data Sciecne Institute organised a 2-day workshop was held at the Low Wood.  Lancaster academics, from a range of backgrounds, Phd students, lecturers and senior academics were invited to explore Data Driven Resilient Systems.



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Stories and Mental Health Retreat

In December 2018 a 2-day workshop was held at the Low Wood, Windermere and brought together 26 Lancaster academics, from across many disciplines, to discuss the area of story telling, mental health and adolecence. Academics were invited from Linguistics, Health, Psychology and Computing.



The Next Generation of Surrogate Modelling in Environmental Science

This workshop will discuss the implementation of novel statistical methods (e.g. multivariate emulators) to improve the computational efficiency of complex environmental models.

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Monitoring Parkinson's Symptoms and regaining control through IoT

A 2-day workshop was held at Lancaster House Hotel made up of 24 attendees with a wide range of backgrounds including clinical, lived experience of Parkinson's, third sector, HCI, data science, and software and hardware engineering.

Emergent and Self Adaptive Systems workshop

As part of DSI’s Fundamentals Theme we held a two-day workshop on Emergent and Adaptive Systems: Theory and Practice.  The workshop attracted almost 50 attendees from these disciplines, for research talks, panel sessions, posters and a future thinking session.

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International Glaciological Society British Branch Meeting 2017

This year’s IGS British Branch meeting was hosted by Lancaster Environment Centre in association with the Data Science Institute at Lancaster University.

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