Friday 3 April 2020 Coronavirus Update

The coronavirus pandemic is a rapidly changing situation and these are truly extraordinary times.

The Institute Director and Chief Executive Adrian Smith agreed (in consultation with senior leaders and the Chair of the Board of Trustees) to close the Turing’s offices at the British Library from 17 March until further notice

This decision was taken in the interests of the safety and wellbeing of our community.

The Institute’s reputation is built on our ability to convene and collaborate. We are using a suite of online collaboration tools and platforms to continue to facilitate conversation and engagement with colleagues, universities, businesses, the third sector organisations and the public.

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We will review this situation in the coming days and weeks alongside the latest public health advice and we will continue to keep you informed through our updates and communications channels.

General advice and resources


After careful consideration we have decided to postpone AI UK scheduled for 24 – 25 March. We are hopeful we can deliver our first, national showcase in the future, once the public health situation stabilises.

International travel on behalf of the Institute

The Institute has suspended all international travel funded by, or, undertaken by staff and researchers on its behalf.

Visitors to the Institute

The Turing is currently closed but you can continue to contact us.

Further information

We have been hugely impressed by the thoughtfulness of our community during this difficult time and would like to thank you for your continued support.

Finally, we encourage everyone to remain respectful and supportive of those members of our community who, at what is already a time of heightened anxiety, may feel subjected to unfounded scrutiny.


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