CIVICA Data Science Seminar Series

Launch Event

The launch event will take place on Wednesday, 4:00 PM CET February 24, on Zoom and Youtube Livestreaming

About The Series

The CIVICA Data Science Seminar series is a unique multi-disciplinary series focused on applications and methodologies of data science for the social, political, and economic world.

Launch Event Details

The launch event will feature a round table discussion on "Data Science and Digital Transformation in the Time of Coronavirus, and What Happens After". Four notable experts from academia, government and business will give their perspectives on how social data science is being used to tackle the problems of the twenty-first century, and their thoughts on how the rapid transformations we have seen over the last year will result in lasting changes. The session will be chaired by Professor Slava Jankin, Director of the Hertie School Data Science Lab, and Professor Kenneth Benoit, Director of the London School of Economics Data Science Institute. Hertie School and the London School of Economics are among Europe’s leading social science research institutions, brought together by the CIVICA research network which will be funding ongoing programmes in data science for social applications.

Seminar Speakers

Speaker 1

Dr. Martin Waehlisch

Innovation Cell, United Nations DPPA

Speaker 2

Dr. Caroline King

Global Head of Government Affairs, SAP

Speaker 3

James Palmer

Principal, Data Innovation Hub, OfCom

Speaker 3

Dr. James Hetherington

Data Science, Alan Turing Institute

Speaker 4

Prof. Slava Jankin

Director, Hertie School Data Science Lab

Speaker 5

Prof. Kenneth Benoit

Director, LSE Data Science Institute

Speaker 6

Dr. Erica Thompson

Senior Fellow, LSE Data Science Insitute


Slava Jankin

Welcome Introduction Prof. Slava Jankin, Hertie School Data Science Lab

Setting the scene: Context and Goals for the CIVICA Data Science Seminar Series

Institutional Update

Introducing CIVICA Partner Institutions' Directors

Kenneth Benoit

Round Table Discussion Chair: Prof. Kenneth Benoit, LSE Data Science Institute

Topic: Data Science and Digital Transformation in the Time of Coronavirus and What Happens After, with panelists:

  • Dr. Caroline King, Global Head Business Development, Government Affairs, SAP.
  • James Palmer, Principal, Data Innovation Hub, OfCom
  • Dr. Martin Waehlisch, Head of Innovation Cell, United Nations DPPA
  • Dr. James Hetherington, Director of Data Science in Practice, Alan Turing Institute

Erica Thompson

Closing Dr. Erica Thompson, LSE Data Science Institute

Closing remarks

Event Access

The event will be conducted via Zoom and live-streamed to YouTube for a wider audience. We expect that the audience will include our pan-European network of social science researchers and students, as well as representatives from business, government and third sector. This is the kick-off event for a series of seminars which will prioritise the exploration of real-world applications of data science in a social context. You can register to participate with the form below