• Nathaniel Byrne

Newsletter November 21st 2019

Updated: Nov 22, 2019

Calls & Opportunities

PhD Enrichment scheme at The Alan Turing Institute

The Turing Enrichment scheme offers students enrolled on a doctoral programme at a UK university an opportunity to boost their research project with a placement at the Turing for up to 12 months.

Enrichment places are offered for 6, 9, or 12 months with start dates in October 2020 and January 2021 on a full or part time basis. Places are based at the Institute, headquarters at the British Library in London, where students will continue their PhD in conjunction with their current supervisor, while enriching their research and making new collaborations during their time at the Institute.

Enrichment students may be eligible for a stipend top up of up to £7,000 (exact maximum to be confirmed) and/or a travel allowance.

To find out if you are eligible and for details of how to apply please visit the website.

Applications should be made directly to the Turing by Tuesday 21 January 2020.

HDR UK Turing PhD Programme

Applications are now open for the new PhD programme run by Health Data Research UK, in partnership with The Alan Turing Institute and funded by Wellcome.

This new four-year funded doctoral programme provides an in-depth training for graduates interested in bringing their numerical and computational skills to health data science.

Applications for the first cohort starting in October 2020 are open now.

This is an opportunity for students who want to make a difference. People who want to work together to combine statistics and computation skills within a health setting to overcome existing challenges and look to develop new opportunities.

You will develop your background in quantitative science (e.g. maths, statistics, physics, engineering, computing) and learn new skills within the health and biomedical communities, so that together you can undertake ground-breaking research.

For full details of eligibility, assessment criteria and how to apply, please visit the webpage.

Turing Artificial Intelligence Acceleration Fellowships

The internal deadline for applications has closed, Colleges will nominate up to 3 candidates each by November 28th, 2019.

Good luck to all who applied

Pre-call announcement: Turing Artificial Intelligence World-Leading Researcher Fellowships

In addition to the Turing AI Acceleration Fellowships, outline proposals will soon be invited for Turing AI World-Leading Researcher Fellowships. This £18 million programme will invest in the international recruitment and retention of a small number of world-leading AI researchers, with significant packages of support (£3-5 million) to enable the building of new UK capability and capacity in key areas of AI research. It will enable world-leading researchers in AI technologies to move to (or remain in) the UK, thereby building and growing the UK’s international competitiveness and reputation in AI. The full call document will be published on the UKRI website in mid-November.

Turing Save Haven Secure Compute Environment

Turing’s Safe Haven secure compute environment is currently available through the Alan Turing Institute. Check out the background information here  and a more in depth paper can be found via this arxiv link:

European AI Policy Conference

Taking place on 5th March, 2020, this conference will bring together some of the leading voices in AI from across the continent to discuss why European success in AI is important, how the EU compares to other world leaders today, and what steps European policymakers should take to be more competitive in AI.



Tuesday 24 Mar 2020 - Wednesday 25 Mar 2020

Turing Presents: AI UK

Tickets are now available for the Alan Turing Institute's first major conference. For the first time a dynamic, two-day showcase will see the Turing bring together all three of these goals in an unrivalled showcase featuring the very best of UK academic work in AI and machine learning.

Turing Fellows are eligible for a 10% discount, please contact Nathaniel Byrne,, for details.

Upcoming Events

Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

Hate and harassment: can technology solve online abuse?

The third event of the 'Driving Data Futures' lecture series in the Public Policy Programme, where we invite audiences to learn and critically engage with new research at the intersection of new technologies, public policy, and ethics. At this event, there will be presentations delivered by academia, industry, and government, in addition to the Turing’s Hate Speech project team presenting their latest research in the field.

Wednesday 27 Nov 2019

Turing Bright Club comedy showcase

Bright Club has been transforming researchers into stand-up comedians for ten years, promoting public engagement by scientists, academics and others with specialist knowledge. The Alan Turing Institute is delighted present some of its brightest minds to the comedy stage. Ticket includes a free drink.

Friday 29 Nov 2019

Data Debates: AI and fake news

Fake news is fuelling rising public mistrust of the media, politics and big business, with even health services subject to conspiracy around life-saving vaccines and other treatments. What role does AI play in creating and disseminating fake news and how can we harness the same technologies to counteract them? With confirmed panellists Chloe Colliver, Alex Krasodomski-Jones, Yulan He, and Bertie Vidgen, chaired by Timandra Harkness.

Monday 02 - Tuesday 03 Dec 2019

Data science for physics and astronomy scoping workshop

This hands-on workshop will bring together physics and astronomy researchers, data science practitioners, as well as industry partners and public sector funders at The Alan Turing Institute to discuss current challenges and opportunities in data science for physics and astronomy, launch new interdisciplinary collaborations, and work towards a more permanent forum for data science knowledge exchange.

Wednesday 04 Dec 2019

Turing Lecture: Secrets and lies

Join Hannah Fry, Associate Professor in the Mathematics of Cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL, as she takes us on a tour of the ways mathematics can shed new light on the social sciences. This exclusive talk will not be filmed so don't miss it.

New: Friday 06 Dec 2019

Network Science in Financial Services

This workshop will showcase potential applicability of network analysis tools to problems of interest within the realm of finance and economics, discussing topics that include community detection and clustering, temporal multilayer networks, analysis of the interbank market, network models of systemic risk, portfolio construction, analysis of large-scale supply chains, and anomaly detection in transaction networks.

Monday 09 Dec 2019 - Friday 13 Dec 2019

Data Study Group - December 2019

The latest in Turing's intensive five day 'collaborative hackathons', hosted at the Institute, which bring together organisations from industry, government, and the third sector, with talented multi-disciplinary researchers from academia. Organisations act as Data Study Group 'Challenge Owners', providing real-world problems and datasets to be tackled by small groups of highly talented, carefully selected researchers. Researchers brainstorm and engineer data science solutions, presenting their work at the end of the week.

Future Events

Monday 13 Jan 2020

Statistics and computation Monday 20 Jan 2020

Computational archival science (CAS) symposium Friday 24 Jan 2020

Reliability and reproducibility in computational science

NEW: 06 May 2020 - 07 May 2020

Data-Centric Engineering: Inaugural Global Summit

Many events are recorded, find the archive on YouTube.