Bristol Data Week 2020 took place online with data science talks, training and workshops

Bristol Data Week is an annual week-long series of talks, seminars and workshops in data science and data-intensive research, open to both University of Bristol attendees, as well as external individuals and organisations.  

A week of talks, workshops and training in data science  

Talks included the role of data science in the COVID-19 response, data and social change, increasing engagement in your data through visualisations and insights into projects revolutionising healthcare and engineering through machine learning. The Advanced Computer Research Centre (ACRC) team ran training sessions daily as part of the week, including data analysis in Python, deep learning and software engineering. Other sessions included managing sensitive research data and Tableau.  

Taking Data Week Online  

By taking the event online it was possible to accommodate higher numbers of attendees and over the course of the week we welcomed 945 participants attending 13 events via Blue Jeans, Microsoft Teams and Zoom.  Attendees came from across all Faculties at the University of Bristol, other universities nationally and internationally, as well as charities and industry. It was a truly global event, with participants joining from as far afield as Australia, Netherlands, Finland, India, Kenya, Ghana, Turkey, Spain, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, Singapore and United States.  

This is what some of the attendees said:  

“Brilliant experience of #DataWeekOnline so far. Positive of global pandemic is removal of geographical barriers. Delivering engaging content online is no mean feat and @JGIBristol have certainly delivered!”   

“Very enjoyable, just the right speed, appreciate the course notes and You Tube video to look at later for practice and reinforcement”  

“Perfect pace and perfect explanation and support”  

Thanks to everyone involved 

We would like to thank our collaborators, without which Data Week Online 2020 would not have been possible: Advanced Computing Research Centre, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute Health Data Strand, Luna 9, Mango Solutions, MRC Integrative Epidemiology Unit, Population Health Sciences, Tableau, The Alan Turing Institute, The Information Lab and University of Bristol Library Research Services. 

What’s next  

The Jean Golding Institute continue to host regular data science co-working meetings for the remainder of the academic year and coming soon is a new data competition in collaboration with the Food Standards Agency. 

More information  

For slides and films from Data Week Online 2020 please visit Data Week Online 2020