Applications open for Alan Turing Institute Data Study Group

Written by Rachel Furner
November 14, 2017

The Alan Turing Institute share the application form for the 4th Data Study Group which will be held at the ATI from 11 to 15 December 2017.

Data Study Groups bring together researchers, data practitioners, and industry representatives from leading organisations to work together on data science challenges posed by partner organisations in multi-disciplinary teams, enabling researchers to build collaborations and work with real-world industry datasets.

In December the ATI will host the following challenges (along with one or two others who are still confirming their participation)

  • Can data science help identify potential drivers of engaging in extremism?
  • Can the news help us understand global instability?
  • Can we use time-series analyses to predict the geospatial demand for a global satellite communications network?
  • How do our food choices affect climate change?

They are looking for PhD students, postdocs and other early career researchers to participate.

Particularly relevant skills could be associated with the analysis of time-series and geospatial data, neural networks,  natural language processing (sentiment, topic and grammar), clinical studies, survey data, and web-scraping. The teams will also benefit from anyone with a background in sociology, psychology, political science, or computer science (compilers or static program analysis).

But this is not an exhaustive list and there are no specific prerequisites. The application form asks for your technical experience and your experience working in collaborative groups. They have a very wide definition of both, and encourage applicants to be creative in their answers. If you think you can help our partners to answer these important questions, they want to hear from you!

For more information please see:

You can apply directly here: The closing date is Sunday 19th November.

The Alan Turing Institute will cover travel and accommodation expenses, and provide food and drink throughout the week.

The Alan Turing Institute is committed to increasing the representation of female, black and minority ethnic, LGBTQ+, disabled and neuroatypical researchers in data science. We believe the best solutions to challenges result when a diverse team work together to share and benefit from the different facets of their experience. If you have any questions, you can reach out to Dr Kirstie Whitaker at, particularly if you are unsure about your qualifications or suitability for membership of the Data Study Group.

Please share this announcement with any of your colleagues who might be interested in joining.