Government Data Science Festival 2020

The Government Data Science Festival is a fully digital event, which aims to bring together the data science community in the UK public sector.

The festival is delivered by the Government Data Science Partnership (GDSP) working together with members of the data science community across government and public sector in the UK.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Enabling the new normal: The role of data science in moving towards a post-COVID world”.

Colleagues across the public sector have worked together in recent months using data science techniques to support the UK government response to coronavirus (COVID-19). The festival will showcase some of this work.

Latest news

21 September 2020

Registration is now open.


Event information

Date 28 September to 2 October 2020
Location Online
Contact the organisers Email the Festival organising team

Registration

There will be sessions throughout the week,  with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is password protected.

Register your interest

If you have not previously registered your interest and would still like to attend:

Register for your sessions

  • Use the password to access the registration page for your chosen strand.
  • Register for each session using your public sector email address. This should be the same address you will use to sign into the digital conferencing platform. If you need to use a personal email address to access the platform, please also include this email in your registration.
  • You will receive a confirmation email from Eventbrite. This includes the ticket, an “add to your calendar” feature and the link to the online events page.

Accessing the online events page and video conferencing links

  • Visit the Eventbrite homepage and click the account icon in the top right corner.
  • Click the tickets option.
  • For each of your sessions there is a link to the online event page.
  • The online event page contains the video conferencing links and supplementary materials for the sessions you are attending.

Strands

Click on the each strand name for sessions and registration details.


Sessions

Data science in transport

Data science in transport brings together data scientists and friends to celebrate work in this sector and inspire one another. This half day session is split into three themes: “Evolution of data science in transport”, “Harnessing big data to understand COVID-19 travelling patterns” and “Data science to enable secure travel in COVID-19 times”.

Date Friday 2 October
Platform Microsoft Teams
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Data science in local government

This strand focuses on how the growth of data science changes the way that local government works, particularly its effort to tackle the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic using data science and analytical techniques to make decisions that impact people’s lives. This strand brings together data science expertise and practitioners across local government to talk and learn from exceptional data science projects ongoing and completed in light of the pandemic.

Date Tuesday 29 September
Platform Microsoft Teams
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Health

This strand focuses on the exceptional data science work being done to improve the health and well-being of the public and patients. Combining expertise from across data science and epidemiology, the speakers focus on applying these methods to improve public services. This strand aims to celebrate the exceptional data science work that public servants have done in the face of uncertainty and unprecedented challenges.

Keynote
Date Wednesday 30 September
Platform Microsoft Teams
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Session Two
Date Wednesday 30 September
Platform Microsoft Teams
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Session Three
Date Thursday 1 October
Platform Microsoft Teams
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Data infrastructure and operationalising data science

The talks in this strand are all about getting your code ready for production, and then unchaining those experiments and models from your local machines, and putting them to work in the real world.

Session One
Date Tuesday 29 September
Platform Microsoft Teams
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Session Two
Date Wednesday 30 September
Platform Microsoft Teams
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Trust, confidentiality and transparency

This strand looks at how data science sits within the bounds of effective public service. Confidentiality and transparency are vital to ensuring that the public trust data science techniques, as we improve public services using them. In this session, we will explore how we can embed trust within the practice of data science in government.

Date Monday 28 September
Platform Google Meets
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Machine learning

This strand will focus on describing the use of creative and valuable machine learning tools and technologies to exploit the growth and availability of new and existing data sources.

Session one
Date Tuesday 29 September
Platform Microsoft Teams
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Session two
Date Wednesday 30 September
Platform Microsoft Teams
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Data science careers

This strand will explore the resources and support available to enable government and public sector analysts to plan their careers and build their data science skills at all levels. Session one will focus on the Masters in Data Analysis for Government programme, showcasing the work of five graduates of the programme and session two will explore the opportunities and support available to build data science skills and careers in the public sector.

Session one
Date Thursday 1 October
Platform Google Meets
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Session two
Date Thursday 1 Ocotber
Platform Google Meets
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Government Data Science Partnership (GDSP)

The Government Data Science Partnership was formed to help the government realise the potential of data science and to support the development of skills and tools across government departments and agencies. Session one will focus on dashboard accessibility, reflecting on accessibility by design. Session two aims to share the lessons learned from the public sector data science audit, and main actions that will be undertaken as part of the National Data Strategy to improve access to the right skills, tools and data for data science practitioners across the public sector.

Opening keynote
Date Monday 28 September
Platform Google Meets
Registration Eventbrite
Session two
Date Tuesday 29 September
Platform Google Meets
Registration Eventbrite
Session three
Date Wednesday 30 September
Platform Google Meets
Registration Eventbrite
Closing keynote
Date Friday 2 October
Platform Google Meets
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Geospatial

Join us to hear and discuss presentations relating to the use of geospatial data science within government and partner bodies.

Date and time Thursday 1 October
Platform Microsoft Teams
Registration Eventbrite