Data Science Community Showcase 2023

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The Data Science Community Showcase took place 28 to 30 November 2023, when almost 2000 people from 280 organisations attended 32 data science sessions celebrating the power of community. 

About the Data Science Community Showcase

The Data Science Community Showcase 2023 was a celebration of the power of community that took place from 28 to 30 November 2023. 

The Showcase was a virtual conference event with a focus on data science and the networks that support data scientists. Featuring content curated by the Data Science Community team, its subcommunities and adjacent communities, there is something for everyone in the public sector with an interest in data science. 

There were 32 sessions at the Showcase, brought together by the theme of “the power of Community”

Discover our content strands

The Showcase featured content aligned to three themes: career insights, the latest tools and impact. These strands defined the showcase experience, offering a diverse exploration of data science. 

Day one: your career in data science

A multitude of opportunities to explore your career progression and consider your next steps, by engaging in skills workshops and career panels. Whether you are an aspiring data scientist or a future leader (or both!), there are events to suit all stages of a data science career. This is an opportunity to grow your network and make use of the community’s collective experience.

Day two: The data science toolshed

A showcase of public sector data science tools and packages, and opportunities to learn how to build tools and pipelines to share, with an emphasis on coding in the open and collaboration. This theme builds upon our highly popular Data Science Toolshed community meet-up held in June this year and we have strongly encouraged collaborative and open-source projects throughout.

Day three: Making an impact with data science

A chance to step back from the models and code to consider the bigger picture of data science in the public sector. Our speakers from across and beyond the public sector, explore how data science can be used to impact and improve the lives of the public. The sessions on this day aim to inspire our members to use their collective knowledge for good.

Our partner organisations

Each day featured sessions hosted by the Data Science Community and other cross-public sector organisations including:

  • The Text Data Subcommunity
  • The Data Science in Local Government Subcommunity
  • The RAP (Reproducible Analytical Pipelines) Network
  • The NHS-R Community
  • The Emerging Technology Community

We would like to extend a special thanks to Data Cymru, who collaborated with us to curate the content and engage speakers, ensuring that the voices of colleagues in local and devolved governments across the UK were incorporated into the Showcase.

We’d also like to thank our speakers and panellists, who came from organisations across the public sector including:

  • Office for National Statistics
  • Office for Statistics Regulation
  • 10 Downing Street
  • Government Office for Science
  • The Defence Science and Technology Laboratory
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Welsh Government
  • Alan Turing Institute
  • Department for Transport
  • DataKind
  • UK Health Security Agency
  • Department for Science, Innovation and Technology
  • HMRC
  • Department for Education

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

Can I view recordings from the Showcase?

We do not record our sessions because this encourages attendees and speakers to speak openly and candidly. Where slides are available they have been uploaded to our KnowledgeHub group (all public sector employees can join this group).

How can I attend a future Community event?

Join our mailing list and Slack workspace to stay up to date with Community events.


Find out more about the Data Science Showcase, please refer to our FAQs section. If you can’t find answers to your questions on this page, please email the Community team. Stay updated with the latest news about the Showcase by engaging with the Data Science Community through our events, mailing list, Slack channel and other platforms.

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