Sabina Leonelli organized a panel at the (online) ISHPSSB 2021 conference, titled “Plant data science between policy and technology: Reframing plant research to serve global food security”.

Hugh Williamson and Sabina Leonelli organise this combined Alan Turing Institute/ University of Exeter online workshop over four Friday afternoons in March 2021. Read more for the programme and videos/slides of the presentations.

Niccolò Tempini, together with Mary Ebeling and Tamar Sharon convenes the track "Flows and overflows of personal health data". Deadline for abstracts is 29 February 2020. Read more if you're interested in submitting.

Join us on Friday 3 July for the official launch of the Springer Open Access volume Data Journeys in the Sciences, edited by Sabina Leonelli and Niccolò Tempini! Register here or

Sabina Leonelli and Hugh Williamson organised a conference "AI between Plant and Agricultural Science: Green Paths towards Environmental Intelligence” , at the Alan Turing Institute on December 16.

Sabina gave a keynote “Placing AI at the service of public health: The role of data management and linkage” at the cidacs anniversary celebration in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (6 December).

Sabian Leonelli was invited to the panel “Who is afraid of data misuse?” at the Springer/Wellcome Trust Conference “Better Science through Better Data 2019” (#scidata19), panel , London, November 6. Slides available on Figshare.

Sabina Leonelli gave a keynote “Research Data Management: Lessons from the Study of Data Journeys" at the roundtable discussion “EU-LIFE Focuses on Open Science: Research Data, Research Institutes and Researchers”, at the European Institute of Oncology (Milano), November 5.

Sabina Leonelli gave a keynote “Distributed Reasoning in (Big) Data Interpretation” at the fourth edition of the Avant-Conference: Trends in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Porto (October 24-26).

Sabina Leonelli gave a pleanary speech (in Italian:) "Scientific Research in the Era of Big Data" at Trieste NEXT - Festival della Ricerca Scientifica (Italian Festival for Scientific Research), which had the theme "Le Nuove Frontiere della Ricerca Europea (The New Frontiers of European Science): Big Data, Deep Science"; Trieste, 27-29 September.

Lectio magistralis given by Sabina (in Italian:) "Data Science Beyond 2020: Towards intelligent, efficient and sustainable innovation", at the “Contemporary Harmonia Mundi" event at EnergyWay, Modena (13 September).

Sabina Leonelli, Rachel Ankeny, Gail Davies and Rob Kirk organised the International workshop “Animal Research Unbound” at the University of Exeter (July 15-17).

Sabina Leonelli and Beckett Sterner organised a thematic double session “Organism Names In and Out of Biology”, at the Biennial Meeting of the International Society of the History, Philosophy and Social Studies of Biology (ISHPSSB) in Oslo (July 9–12).

Together with Ric Sims, Adrian Currie and Kirsten Walsh, Sabina Leonelli organised the 12th meeting of the UK Network of Integrated HPS, "Values in HPS", at the University of Exeter (June 20–21).

Sabina Leonelli and Nancy Nersessian organized a symposium "Big Data: Overcoming Challenges to Facilitate Data Re-Use" during the AAAS, Washington DC, February 14-18. Details on the programme.

Seattle, 1 November 2018, 10:15 – 11:45

Rachel Ankeny and Sabina Leonelli have organized the session “Beyond Theory-Centric Studies of Scientific Progress: Repertoires in Biology”, to critically consider the constitution of research fields, disciplines, and groups through a broader philosophical analysis of scientific progress, which takes account of the materials, techniques, institutions, and financial arrangements underpinning research.

Together with Michael Dietrich, William Wimsatt, James Collins, Nathan Crowe and Joseph Rouse, they explored the relationship between scientific practices and repertoires (as well as other accounts of the organization of scientific communities), and by so doing aimed to help re-orient traditional philosophical discussions of progress and other major themes to promote richer engagement via philosophical approaches which incorporate consideration of the local, social, and material features of scientific practice.

More information about location and admission was on the PSA2018 Sessions Program webpage.

Seattle, 1 November 2018, 19:30 – 21:00

Sabina Leonelli, Heather Douglas and Eric Horvitz were panelists in the PSA2018 Public Forum. Titled “For the Public Good? Values and Accountability in AI and Data Science”, it was moderated by David Danks.

More information about location and admission was found on the PSA2018 Public Forum webpage.

London, 26 October 2018, 18:00 – 19:30

Sabina Leonelli was awarded the 2018 Lakatos prize for her book Data-Centric Biology: A Philosophical Study. Therefore she and her co-laureate Craig Callender gave the traditional lecture at the LSE's Hong Kong Theatre, on Thursday 26 October.

More information about location and admission was found on the LSE 2018 Lakatos Award webpage.

Exeter, 2–3 November 2017

The final conference of the ERC project DATA_SCIENCE, organized by Sabina Leonelli and Niccolò Tempini was a two-day meeting aiming to systematically review the differences and similarities in the characteristics and implications of data-intensive research and datasets (‘Big Data’) and their dissemination (‘Open Data’).

Sabina Leonelli organized an open session in Exeter for everyone interested in ‘Big Data’, with Ed Humpherson, Director General for Regulation at the UK Statistics Authority (UKSA).

Sabina Leonelli organized a symposium during EPSA 2017 in Exeter, where the focus lies on the methods of inference, sampling, modelling and data processing employed in data integration exercises, and their impact on whether and how data are triangulated, reproduced, reused and validated. The epistemic implications of integration efforts are of special consideration, particularly the potential to cluster data in the absence of unifying theories and related opportunities to bridge across research perspectives.

Sabina Leonelli organized a session during ISHPSSB 2017 in São Paolo, to look at how data produced from different sources and through diverse techniques can be integrated and visualized, what role technology does play in such efforts, and how do the challenges and opportunities offered by data integration affect the development and content of scientific knowledge claims.

A one-day conference was held on the Strand campus of KCL on 2 March 2017 in London, co-organized by Alena Buyx (Kiel), Sabina Leonelli, Barbara Prainsack (KCL), and Bruno Strasser (University of Geneva). The aim was to take a critical look from a wide variety of perspectives at the role of citizen science in biomedical research in the 21st century.

Exeter, 11–13 January 2017

This was the third milestone workshop in the ERC DATA_SCIENCE project, devoted to exploring the movements of data in biomedicine, and their relation to practices of medical knowledge production, treatment and diagnosis.

The Epistemology of Historical Data
Altanta, 5 November 2016

Sabina organised this symposium at the 2016 Biennial meeting of the Philosophy of Science Association (PSA), 3–5 November in Atlanta, with the aim of identifying and investigating the epistemological concerns and challenges involved in processing data to facilitate their preservation and analysis in the long term.

Sabina Leonelli and Brian Rappert convened Track T002, “The Lives and Deaths of Data”, at the joint conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology (EASST) and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) which was held 31 August – 3 September in Barcelona.

This Leverhulme/ESRC/ERC workshop highlighted and critically examined assumptions and implications of focusing on research as a historical process, whose various stages inhabit different temporal expectations from researchers, funders, governments, regulatory agencies, and relevant publics.

This workshop on 21–22 April brought together prominent biologists, data scientists, database leads, publishers, representatives of learned societies and funders to discuss ways of harnessing and integrating large plant data to foster discovery. We reviewed strategies used withing the plant science community, identified best practices and successful re-use, and discussed conditions for effective data mining. 

The Volkswagen-Symposium `Labels, Catalogues and Architectures: The Art and Science of Modern Systematics', co-organized by Staffan Müller-Wille and Michael Ohl brought together taxonomists, science scholars, and artists on 24–27 June 2015, in Schloss Herrenhausen to discuss the historical development, dynamics, and open future of modern systematics. The focus was placed on the material organisation of large European natural history museums (inventories and card catalogues, manuscript collections and libraries, specimen collections and exhibitions, as well as digital databases) and their historical evolution in the past 250 years. The programme and abstracts are available here: pdf.

The conference `From Cabinet to Internet: Digitising Natural History and Medical Manuscripts', held at the Linnean Society (London) on April 27–28, was co-organized by Staffan Müller-Wille, and brought together scholars, archivists and librarians, as well as IT specialists to discuss digital humanities projects in the history of medicine and natural history. The programme and video registrations of all talks can be found at the here.

The open workshop `Understanding in Scientific Practice: Reasoning, Cognition, Mechanisms' was held on 16 February at Byrne House. Read on for programme and details.

The exploratory workshop of the ERC project [DATA_SCIENCE] was held 17–19 December 2014 at the Jury's Inn Hotel in Exeter. Read on for a list of participants, programme and report.

The fifth workshop in the Knowledge / Value series was held on 1516 December 2014 in Exeter. This collaborative, interdisciplinary, and trans-institutional network is led by Kaushik Sunder Rajan but collectively conceptualized by a larger group, including Data Science members Sabina Leonelli and Brian Rappert. More information can be found here.

This conference on 20–22 February 2014, organised by the Swiss STS community at the University of Lausanne, included a keynote by Sabina Leonelli titled What Difference Does Quantity Make?” (slides as pdf here) and a joint paper by Nadine Levin and Sabina Leonelli titled "Questioning the Openness of Big Data in Biology". The full conference programme can be found here as well as small podcast fragments of the keynotes.

On 12–13 December 2013, Egenis hosted a workshop sponsored by the ESRC Cross-Linking Grant Trajectories of Emerging Science and Open Innovation”. The workshop report, published in the EASST Review, is available here: pdf. Read on for a full programme and presentation slides.
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