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BL Labs Symposium - Climate Change Edition
In response to the Climate Emergency and issues raised by COP26, we are dedicating the 9th BL LABS symposium to a reflection on our digital practices and climate change.

A panel will explore different aspects of climate change in relation to all aspects of work that underpin the Labs – digitisation, digital archiving practices, digital humanities, as well as AI and machine learning. The audience are invited to ask questions and share their experiences with the panel.

Dec 7, 2021 04:30 PM in London

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Maja Maricevic
Head of Higher Education and Science @British Library
Maja is responsible for the development of strategic relationships, policy and partnerships with higher education and science sectors. Her research is focused on broadening our understanding of research and science functions within heritage institutions, especially the changing relationship between the State, heritage institutions and broader research environment. Maja is interested in research infrastructures and the way they are evolving in digital environment. Maja is responsible for the British Library’s collaboration with the Alan Turing Institute, the UK’s national institute for data sciences and artificial intelligence. She is currently Co-Investigator on the Living with Machines project, a 5-year collaborative project between the Alan Turing Institute and the British Library investigating history of the Industrial Revolution using data-driven approaches. She is an Advisory Board member for the Art and Humanities Research Council and a Board member of the Knowledge Quarter.
Gavin Shaddick
Chair of Data Science and Statistics @University of Essex
Professor Gavin Shaddick is Chair of Data Science and Statistics at the University of Exeter. His research lies at the interface of AI, big data and environmental science. He is the Director of the UKRI funded Centre for Doctoral Training in Environmental Intelligence: Data Science and AI for Sustainable Futures, co-Director of the University of Exeter-Met Office Joint Centre for Excellence in Environmental Intelligence and is an Alan Turing Fellow. He is a member of the UK government’s Committee on the Medical Effects of Air Pollutants (COMEAP) and its subgroup on the Quantification of Air Pollution Risks (QUARK). He leads the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Data Integration Taskforce, including the development of the WHO’s Data Integration for Air Quality (DIMAQ) and its implementation in producing air pollution related Sustainable Development Goals indicators.
Helen Hardy
Science Digital Programme Manager @Natural History Museum, London
Helen Hardy is responsible for mass digitisation of the Museum’s colections of 80 million items. She came to the Museum sector five years ago after a long career in digital transformation at HM Revenue & Customs. Helen leads the Programme team to develop innovative digitisation workflows for a wide variety of specimen types, from tiny organisms on microscope slides to huge whale bones. She also works on the Museum's underlying data infrastructure; the policies, standards and cultural aspects around digitisation; the data challenges of major collections moves; and national and international collaborations. Data from the Museum’s digital collections have been used in over 1,400 publications on critical topics from climate change and biodiversity conservation to human health and agriculture.
Schuyler Esprit
Founding Director @Create Caribbean Research Institute
Schuyler Esprit is the Founding Director of Create Caribbean Research Institute, the first digital humanities center in the Caribbean. As a scholar of Caribbean literary and cultural studies, her research areas of interest include Caribbean literary and cultural studies, environmental and ecological humanities, digital scholarship and new media studies. Dr. Esprit has placed digital humanities in conversation with community activism, public education and student civic engagement in the Eastern Caribbean. Dr. Esprit continues to write and publish on Caribbean literature, including on the impact of reading in communities in real and virtual spaces. Her book Imprinted: The Social History of Caribbean Reading. She is currently Research Officer for the School of Graduate Studies and Research at The University of the West Indies, Open Campus.