We are delighted to announce that Lord Robert Winston, Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College London, and presenter of the BBC’s The Secret Life of Twins, Child of Our Time and the BAFTA award-winning The Human Body, will be speaking at The Alan Turing Institute’s public conference, AI and data science in the age of COVID-19: Lessons learned and the way ahead on Tuesday 24 November.

Lord Professor Robert WinstonProfessor Winston runs a research programme at the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology at Imperial College that aims to improve human transplantation. He has over 300 scientific publications about human reproduction and the early stages of pregnancy. He is also Chairman of the Genesis Research Trust – a charity which raised over £13 million to establish the Institute of Reproductive and Developmental Biology and which now funds high quality research into women’s health and babies.  

In its role as the national institute for data science and AI, the Turing is convening a public conference to assess the response of the UK's data science and AI community to COVID-19. 

Professor Winston will be discussing the topic of communicating COVID-19 with the public at the one-day conference which will explore the lessons learned during the pandemic. The event is being held to convene researchers and policy makers to share best practice and work together to understand how the UK AI and data science research community can be better positioned to respond to major crises in the future. The conference will take place just days before the scheduled end of the latest national lockdown.

The event is free to attend and will run from 09:00 until 16:30 on 24 November 2020. It is completely virtual and open to all. Register here to attend. 

This is an opportunity to hear from some of the country's leading voices in the UK's response to COVID-19 and ask the questions at the forefront of everyone's minds. The conference will include keynote talks suitable for a general audience and some more technical talks suitable for an academic audience.  

Professor Winston joins a prestigious line-up of speakers, including: 

  • Professor David Spiegelhalter, Professor and Chair, Winton Centre for Risk and Evidence Communication at the University of Cambridge, who will open the conference with his talk ‘Trustworthy communication of statistics and risk in the age of COVID-19.’ 
  • Professor Devi Sridhar, Professor and Chair of Global Public Health at the University of Edinburgh, who will discuss the global response to COVID-19, explaining and demystifying COVID-19 in a global context. 
  • Associate Professor Adam Kucharski, Associate Professor and Sir Henry Dale Fellow at London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, who will speak on the topic of COVID-19 modelling and open outbreak science. 

David Spiegelhalter, Devi Sridhar and Adam Kucharski are regular commentators on COVID-19 in the national media and bring many years of relevant expertise to the conference. 

Additional speakers include Professor Neil Lawrence, DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge and Senior AI Fellow at the Turing; Professor Christina Pagel, Professor of Operational Research at UCL; and Professor Charlotte Deane, Deputy Executive Chair, EPSRC and COVID-Response Director UKRI.   

The conference will be chaired by Professor Michael Wooldridge, Programme Co-Director for AI, and Turing Fellow at The Alan Turing Institute.