Spirited conversations that bring world-leading experts together from a variety of backgrounds to discuss issues of critical interest where data science, artificial intelligence and the real world collide. Sponsored by The Alan Turing Institute, the National Innovation Centre for Data (NICD) and Newcastle Data.

About the event

Join us in-person in Newcastle at the award-winning Catalyst Building theatre, or virtually from the comfort of your own home, for a series of five Data Debates starting in April and running throughout 2022. The Debates are aimed at the general public and engage with complex questions with real-world relevance, including decision-making, artificial intelligence, the workforce of the future, health, data, and fairness.

Catch up on the previous series of Data Debates, a collaboration between The Alan Turing Institute and the British Library.


Health is one the most exciting and challenging application areas for data science and artificial intelligence.

Data-driven healthcare represents a paradigm shift for medicine, with huge potential for personalised, preventive healthcare and for early interventions. This is enabled by the progressive integration of digital health records with multi-omics data and medical imagery, as well as with self-monitoring data coming from personal wellness wearables—and all alongside advances in our capacity to manage, analyse and extract insights from the data at scale.

However, these technologies also bring new and old challenges to the fore, around privacy, ethics, and ownership of personal information. In this Northern Data Debate, our panel of experts unpacks the latest developments, and debates the myriad promises and challenges that surround innovations in healthcare and data.

Our compere for the evening will be Herb Kim, CEO Thinking Digital.

Full panel to be confirmed. However, the confirmed speakers include...

Nic Palmarni, Director of the National Innovation Centre for Data

17:00 - Drinks reception 

18:00 - Panel debate 

19:30 - End 



The Catalyst
Science Square
Newcastle Helix
Newcastle upon Tyne

54.973242844577, -1.624419936952