Leading Together in the Digital Economy (DEN Theme 4)

Leading Together in the Digital Economy was a one-day workshop for PhD students, early career researchers and academics, which focused on celebrating women in transdisciplinary careers and the identification of inclusive practices fit for the Digital Economy of the 21st Century,

  • DEN Theme 4: New Collaborative Initiatives
  • Event date: 6 July 2015
  • Venue: The Wesley Hotel, Euston, London
  • Organisers: Georgiana Avram and Annie Quandt (2013 cohort), Horizon Centre for Doctoral Training (University of Nottingham)
  • Number of attendees: 31

This one-day workshop held at The Wesley Hotel in Central London was organised by Horizon CDT Students Georgiana Avram and Annie Quandt, who successfully bid for DEN funding to the value of £1500 to help deliver this workshop.

Keynote talks:

Two keynotes were given at this event as follows:

  • Professor Sue Black OBE (pictured above) – Professor of Computer Science and Technology Evangelist at Durham University, a digital skills expert, social entrepreneur, consultant and international keynote speaker with over 20 years experience
  • Dr Helen Thornham, Associate Professor in Digital Culture at the University of Leeds and successful Author, delivered the talk entitled ‘Expertise is a man named Frank – and other tales of gender and technology’.


Dr Nela Brown and Ghislaine Boddington delivered showcase seminars about G.Hack and body>data>space respectively.

Panel members:

The expert panel members for this event were:

  • Professor Sarah Sharples – University of Nottingham
  • Dr Sarah Martindale – University of Nottingham
  • Dr Helen Thornham – University of Leeds
  • Dr Nela Brown – Queen Mary University of London
  • Dr Hamed Haddadi – Queen Mary University of London

Discussion topics:

The issues covered in details by the speakers, panel and delegates of this event included:

  • An analysis of skills across genders currently perceived as present within the Digital Economy.
  • The role that serendipity can play in career paths and progression.
  • The impact and importance of career mentoring, and best practice/effective methods of mentoring and coaching.
  • The challenges and barriers faced at different career stages.
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