The Turing Presents: AI UK

23–24 March 2021

A showcase featuring the very best of UK academic work in AI and machine learning

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The Alan Turing Institute


In March 2021, the Turing is hosting its unique two-day online event, AI UK, to showcase the very best of UK academic work in artificial intelligence (AI); bringing together leading thinkers, innovative businesses and specialist third sector bodies. The event will:

  • connect UK academics working in AI and machine learning (ML) with research users from industry, commerce, and government to discuss, learn and meet
  • facilitate new UK AI collaborations
  • showcase state-of-the-art AI and ML in the UK
  • offer increased awareness and ways to engage in the Turing as the national institute for data science and AI


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AI UK is supported by the Office for Artificial Intelligence, a joint BEIS and DCMS unit.


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AI UK is also supported by The Economist.


About the event

The event will take place via an online platform designed to bring a community together. The two interactive stages will include panels and presentations from expert UK academics, policy makers, and industry leaders. There will also be roundtable discussions, hands-on ML demonstrations, and lots of opportunities to chat and interact throughout the day.

This event is for everyone operating in the UK AI community, and there will be content from technical talks to accessible panel discussions. The themes and content are structured around the national AI research challenges identified by the Turing, the role of AI post-COVID-19 and the important key themes of the UK AI Council’s Roadmap:

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Technology against climate change

As the UK takes the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) Presidency in 2021, the AI and data science sector is ramping up its research across environmental sciences and the use of technology to forecast and mitigate against climate change. 

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Resilience to shocks

Coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic, the UK must be poised to deal with future shocks and crises, from health, to defence and climate. Let’s talk about the different ways AI and data science can help make the UK more resilient.

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A new epidemic

Following 12 months of lockdown life, the UK is facing the challenge of a new epidemic. Our panel of mental health and AI experts will talk about the current research and applications of AI and data science, to bolster and improve the mental health provision and services to UK society.

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Doing better in data science

In the last 12 months the AI research sector has profoundly woken up to the importance of diversity and inclusion, with the growth of the Black Lives Matter movement, to the Ofqual grading controversy. How can our community continue to do better and ensure AI is for everyone?

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Can AI fix it?

In an event co-hosted with Accenture, academics and market-leading companies will brainstorm challenges live, using the knowledge of a business or public sector challenge and turning it into an academic study. Come along and watch the action live and consider submitting your business for a future Data Study Group.

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AI for smarter science

We’ll be showcasing multidisciplinary research happening across labs in the UK, from the biosciences, through to chemistry and astrophysics.

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Bridging the skills gap

In a recent global index, the UK was ranked third amongst 54 countries for accelerating the development of AI. But how exactly do we work out whether the skills we are cultivating today will be enough to bring the UK to the future we are already committed to?

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The UK AI Roadmap

Hear and engage with the UK AI Council as they discuss how can we build public trust in AI, and what is the roadmap to making real actionable impact for the UK’s communities.

See the full programme below.

The conference is designed to showcase the best in academic AI research, and as a result the content is designed for an informed audience rather than the general public. However, we do encourage anyone with a general interest in AI to visit the YouTube channel for recordings of the keynote speaker talks after the event, and to explore our The Turing Lectures and Data Debate series.

How to register

Registration for AI UK 2021 is now closed.

Access fund

AI UK is the first national showcase of The Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute of data science and AI. We want to invite as many people as possible from the wider UK academic, industry and public sectors to get engaged in the incredible research taking place across the country and the access fund provides an opportunity for those who may otherwise not be able to participate because they cannot afford the price.

Our initial set of free tickets have been allocated due to high demand.


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Ruby Wax

Comedian, Presenter, and Chancellor, University of Southampton

Tom Standage

Deputy Editor, The Economist and Editor of The World in 2021

Derek Long

Scientific Advisor at Schlumberger and Professor at King's College London

Dr Kate Devlin

Senior Lecturer in Social and Cultural Artificial Intelligence at King's College London

Simon McDougall

Executive Director of Technology and Innovation, Information Commissioner’s Office

Karen Croxson

Deputy Chief Economist / Head of Social Data Science, Financial Conduct Authority

Dr Amrita Kumar

Consultant Breast Radiologist | AI Clinical Lead Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust

Kate Brand

Director of Data Science, Competition and Markets Authority


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