The Data Crunch: Weekly Data Studies breakfast gathering
Traditionally, the Data Studies group gathers every Monday 9AM at La Touche on Streatham Campus, together with IDSAI's data governance strand; with anybody welcome to join us if they want to discuss! Since the pandemic, most meetings are Zoom-only. Contact us to participate!
ISHPSSB panel: Plant data science between policy and technology (July 2021)
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”.
Towards Responsible Plant Data Linkage: Global Challenges for Food Security and Governance (March 2021)
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.
4S/EASST Track: Flows and overflows of personal health data (August 2020)
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.
Book launch: Data Journeys in the Sciences (July 2020)
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
Conference: AI between Plant and Agricultural Science (December 2019)
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.
Keynote: Placing AI at the service of public health: The role of data management and linkage (December 2019)
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).
Keynote: Research Data Management: Lessons from the Study of Data Journeys (November 2019)
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.
Keynote: Distributed Reasoning in (Big) Data Interpretation (October 2019)
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).
Pleanary: La Ricerca Scientifica nell’Era dei Big Data (September 2019)
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.
Keynote: La Scienza dei Dati Oltre il 2020: Verso l’Innovazione Intelligente, Efficiente e Sostenibile (September 2019)
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).
Workshop: Animal Research Unbound (July 2019)
Sabina Leonelli, Rachel Ankeny, Gail Davies and Rob Kirk organised the International workshop “Animal Research Unbound” at the University of Exeter (July 15-17).
Session: Organism Names In and Out of Biology (July 2019)
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).
Conference: Values in HPS (June 2019)
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).
Symposium: Big Data: Overcoming Challenges to Facilitate Data Re-Use (February 2019)
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.
PSA2018 SPSP session: Beyond Theory-Centric Studies of Scientific Progress (November 2018)
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.
PSA2018 Public forum: Values and Accountability in AI and Data Science (November 2018)
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.
Lakatos Award lecture: Understanding Science from the Data Up (October 2018)
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.
Final conference: Varieties of Data Journeys (November 2017)
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’).
Session: Trustworthiness, quality and value in an age of Big Data (October 2017)
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).
Symposium: Epistemic Strategies for the Integration of Big Data (September 2017)
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.
Session: Challenges and Opportunities of Data Integration (July 2017)
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.
Conference: Critical Studies of Citizen Science in Biomedical Research (March 2017)
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.
Workshop: Data Journeys in Biomedicine (January 2017)
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.
Symposium: Data in Time (November 2016)
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.
Track: The Lives and Deaths of Data (August/September 2016)
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.
Workshop: Pace Science (May 2016)
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.
Workshop: From Big Data to Discovery (April 2016)
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.
Symposium: The Art and Science of Modern Systematics (June 2015)
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.
Conference: From Cabinet to Internet (April 2015)
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.
Egenis workshop: Understanding in Scientific Practice (February 2015)
The open workshop `Understanding in Scientific Practice: Reasoning, Cognition, Mechanisms' was held on 16 February at Byrne House. Read on for programme and details.
Exploratory workshop: What Is Data-Intensive Science? (December 2014)
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.
Network meeting: Dark Data — Absences and Interventions (December 2014)
The fifth workshop in the Knowledge / Value series was held on 15–16 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.
International conference: Collecting, Organising, Trading Big Data (February 2014)
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.
Workshop: The Value of Open Science (December 2013)
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.