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The Cambridge Strategic Research Initiative for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

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4th Data Study Group (application deadline: 19th November 2017)

Data Study Groups bring together researchers, data practitioners, and industry representatives from leading organisations to work together on data science challenges posed by partner organisations in multi-disciplinary teams, enabling researchers to build collaborations and work with real-world industry datasets.
When Dec 11, 2017 09:00 AM to
Dec 15, 2017 05:00 PM
Where Alan Turing Institute
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In December the following challenges will be hosted (along with one or two others who are still confirming their participation):

  • Can data science help identify potential drivers of engaging in extremism?
  • Can the news help us understand global instability?
  • Can we use time-series analyses to predict the geospatial demand for a global satellite communications network?
  • How do our food choices affect climate change?

PhD students, postdocs and other early career researchers are invited to participate.

Particularly relevant skills could be associated with the analysis of time-series and geospatial data, neural networks,  natural language processing (sentiment, topic and grammar), clinical studies, survey data, and web-scraping. The teams will also benefit from anyone with a background in sociology, psychology, political science, or computer science (compilers or static program analysis).This is not an exhaustive list and there are no specific prerequisites.

The application form asks for your technical experience and your experience working in collaborative groups. There is very wide definition of both, please be creative in your answers. If you think you can help our partners to answer these important questions, we want to hear from you.

The Institute will cover travel and accommodation expenses, and provide food and drink throughout the week.


Please find further information here and apply here by 19th November 2017. 

If you have any questions, you can reach out to Dr Kirstie Whitaker at, particularly if you are unsure about your qualifications or suitability for membership of the Data Study Group.


The Global Challenges Initiative is a Strategic Research Initiative of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing global challenges and achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.


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