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Q-estival 2019: People, Data and Society

A week long celebration of Q-Step, with special guest speakers, arts sessions & drinks receptions

The Exeter Q-Step Centre is celebrating six years of teaching and research and our move to a new home. We are holding a series of workshops, seminars and keynote addresses around our key research labs: Education and Life Course Studies, Policing in Practice and Computational Social Science. We will also be hosting a related Arts & Culture stream.

Event details

The event, to be held 09th - 13th September, is intended to bring together members of University and the wider Q-Step community to enrich our understanding of social data science, the data needs of our community partners and the broader relationship between culture, data and society.

Click here to visit the event webpage for more details and booking links

Programme Outline:

Monday (Knightley Building)

11.30 - 12.30: Professor Vernon Gayle (University of Edinburgh) - "Transparent and Reproducible Social Data Science" A reflection on tools and techniques suitable for lifecourse and equality research

12.30 – 13.30:  Buffet Lunch

13.30 – 14.30: Janine Khuc, R-Ladies (Amsterdam) - “Diversity and Inclusivity in Data Science” – Janine’s talk will cover lessions learned from setting up the Amsterdam R-Ladies Group. Co-hosted by Exeter R-Users Group

15.00 – 16.00: Exeter R-Users Group - Networking Session including a guest IPA from Topsham Brewery

16.00 - 17.00: Judy Brown, Poet, Peter Challenor (University of Exeter), and Professor Beth Wingate (University of Exeter) - "What kind of creature is it? Mathematicians and poets quantify uncertainty"  

Co-sponsored by the Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence (IDSAI), and Arts and Culture (UoE)

17.00 - 18.00: Drinks Reception

Tuesday (Clayden Building)

12.00 - 15.00: Consultation Clinic for local Employers and Community Organisations - To book a slot please email

16.00 - 18.00: Q-Step Work Placement Celebration (by invite only)

Wednesday (Knightley Building)

12.00 - 13.00: Raya Muttarak (University of East Anglia) - "The role of education in enabling sustainable development"

13.00 - 14.00: Buffet Lunch

14.00 - 15.00: Dr Levi Wolf (University of Bristol) - “Local indicators of partisan bias” (provisional title)

15.00 - 16.00: Dr Heini Väisänen (University of Southampton) - “A life course perspective to fertility and women’s health”

16.00 - 16.30: Tea & Coffee

16.30 - 17.30: Professor Patrick Sturgis (LSE) - “Trust in science around the world: findings from the first global survey of public attitudes to science” Co-sponsored by the Wellcome Centre for Cultures and Environments of Health

17.30 - 18.30: Drinks Reception

Thursday (Knightley Building)

10.00 - 12.00: Catherine Cartright, Printmaker - "Animated Faces" Explore facial recognition through this creative workshop that combines simple printmaking and animation.

*this will take place at Thornlea

Co-sponsored by the University of Exeter Digital Humanities Lab, and Arts & Culture (UoE)

12.00 - 13.00 Buffet Lunch

13.00 - 14.00 Dr Jose Pina-Sánchez (University of Leeds) - “Could Sentencing be as much of a Science as it is an Art?” On the benefits of Empirical Sentencing Research

14.00 - 15.00: Dr Daniel Birks (University of Leeds) - “Exploring innovations in Policing and Crime Data Analytics”

15.00 - 15.30: Tea & Coffee

15.30 - 16.30: Dr Abigail Dymond (University of Exeter) - “Police Use of Force Reporting in England & Wales”

16.30 - 17.30: Drinks Reception

Friday (Clayden Building)

10.00 - 12.00: Quick Talks - Lightning talks on research techniques including:

• Secure Data Access & Safepod
• Setting up Github
• Threading Code in Python
• tidyverse in R
• Qualtrics
• Computational Social Simulation

12.00 - 12.15: Tea & Coffee

12.15 - 13.15: Louise Corti (University of Essex) - “Love Research – Love Data: getting the most out of sharing and using data”

13.15 - 14.15: Special end of celebrations street food lunch