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.


“People in this country have had enough of experts” - Michael Gove 

With our third Northern Data Debate, our panellists address fundamental and timely questions around public trust, the nature of “expertise”, and the potential perils—and vital importance—of science and public engagement.

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

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

James Cheshire, Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography, University College London. 

17:00 - Drinks reception 

18:00 - Panel debate 

19:30 - End 



The Catalyst
Science Square
Newcastle Helix
Newcastle upon Tyne

54.973242844577, -1.624419936952