The Alan Turing Institute is delighted to announce that Dr Kirstie Whitaker has today (27 April) transitioned from her role as Turing Research Fellow to become its first Programme Lead for Tools, Practices and Systems.

Whitaker joined the Institute in January 2017 (from a postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Cambridge) and has advocated tirelessly for reproducible research from her very first day.

Alongside the Turing’s Director of Research Engineering Martin O'Reilly – Kirstie was awarded a seed funding grant to "make reproducible research too easy not to do" in 2017 and that project has grown into an exciting cross-cutting theme in the AI for Science and Government research programme. The research explores how tools, practices and systems should be designed, and how they can become more solid, generalisable, and effective.

Kirstie leads The Turing Way: a handbook for collaborative, transparent and ethical data science and is the chair of the Turing's Ethics Advisory Group. She is excited to connect members of the Turing community and national and international endeavours to improve the efficiency of open source data science.

Kirstie said, "I've always loved working at the Turing, the breadth of skills and interests has always meant fascinating discussions in the (now virtual) kitchen over coffee. I'm delighted that I have the opportunity to support our national responsibility to maintain the open source tools, practices and systems that underpin and enable the ethical and responsible use of data to solve the biggest challenges around the world."

AI for Science and Government (ASG) is delivered in partnership with the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and in collaboration with a number of other research councils.

To stay informed about the Tools, Practices and Systems please contact project manager Katherine Dixey ([email protected])