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DE Summer School 2019

Digital Economy Summer School: July 2019
Theme: Research into Play and Play in Research

The EPSRC-supported Digital Economy Network Summer School 2019 will take place from 9-12 July 2019 at the University of Nottingham Jubilee Conference Centre, in collaboration with the Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence Centre for Doctoral Training (IGGI CDT).

The theme for 2019 will be Research into Play and continuing Play in Research.

  • Venue: Jubilee Conference Centre, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, Triumph Road, Nottingham, NG7 2TU.
  • Dates: Tuesday 9 – Friday 12 July 2019.
  • Times: The Summer School will start with an evening networking event on Tuesday 9 July and will finish by 1.00pm on Friday 12 July.
  • Delegate accommodation:  3 nights en-suite overnight accommodation will be provided for delegates on Jubilee Campus in Southwell Hall, one of the most modern  halls of residence at Nottingham, which is only a couple of minutes walk from the event venue. All rooms in this Hall are en-suite.

Further details of this event will be posted here shortly,





Increasing research writing productivity at Beamish Hall

PhD students from across multiple EPSRC-supported Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training and relevant research groups recently benefited from a two-day residential facilitated writing retreat, which was held at Beamish Hall in County Durham on 27-28 November 2018.

The aim of the residential retreat, which was attended by 28 PhD students from across 10 Universities, was to create a positive, quiet and productive environment in order to maximise writing productivity via eight time-facilitated sessions over the two days.

When registering for the event, attendees were required to specify what they would be using the retreat for, and they also discussed their short, medium and longer term writing goals in pairs at the start of Day One.

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PhD students at various stages of their programmes, from across the following nine EPSRC-supported Digital Economy Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs)/relevant research groups benefited from this event:

  • Cloud Computing for Big Data (Newcastle University)
  • Digital Civics (Newcastle University)
  • Embedded Intelligence (Loughborough University)
  • Healthcare Innovation (University of Oxford)
  • HighWire (Lancaster University)
  • IGGI: Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence (Goldsmiths)
  • Media and Arts Technology (Queen Mary University of London)
  • Web Science (University of Southampton)
  • The Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (Loughborough University London)
Above: The Beamish Hall venue, County Durham

The majority of PhD students present were concentrating on writing or editing their thesis, although other writing goals included drafting conference papers or journal articles, literature reviews, preparing for an annual review and coding.

Student feedback included the following:

“During this writing retreat I wrote an abstract for a conference. The DEN retreat helps create an ideal environment for producing quality writing material” (PhD Student – 2016 cohort, Embedded Intelligence CDT, Loughborough University)

“I set a challenge of writing the introduction to my thesis over the first day. The writing sessions helped me to focus on the goals and made the writing more manageable. I was able to achieve my goal of writing my introduction” (PhD Student – 2015 cohort), Digital Civics CDT, Newcastle University)

The feedback from the PhD student attendees indicated that they  also specifically valued the opportunity to talk and network with peers over the breaks and dinner, share common research interests and expertise, as well as providing and receiving advice. This retreat provided an opportunity to meet with other CDT students they may not have necessarily have met, would it not been for an event such as this.

#DENWritingRetreat       #WriteDEN

IGGI 2017: Intelligent Games & Game Intelligence conference


The IGGI Intelligent Games and Game Intelligence conference is your annual game research download from 100+ PhD students and researchers at the University of York, Goldsmiths and Queen Mary (University of London), and the University of Essex.

This free to attend event will be held in York on 14 and 15 September 2017 and you can find out more and register herehttp://2017.iggi.org.uk/

Work Ethics in the Age of Automation – Panel Discussion

An INTER/SECTIONS 2017 Symposium Panel Discussion co-funded by the Digital Economy Network

Friday 8 September 2017, 5.30-6.30pm, Mile End Art Pavilion, London, E3 4QY

*Free to attend*

Automation is seen as the most important development in labour since the Industrial Revolution with futurologists predicting seismic shifts in the jobs market, but where does this leave the technology sector?

This panel discussion, chaired by Jacqueline de Rojas (president of techUK) and including Dr Ildar Farkhatdinov (human-robot/computer interaction) and Luke Dormehl (technology journalist), will look at the changing nature of the sector, different models of working, and how this impacts on the individual.

This panel is included with your Inter/Sections Symposium ticket, or may be booked separately at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/intersections-work-ethics-in-the-age-of-automation-tickets-36745741502

Data Publics in pictures


Last weekend, the DEN co-funded Data Publics Conference took place in Lancaster, from Friday 31 March to Sunday 2 April, hosted in the University’s LICA Building. The event also live-streamed keynotes and sessions over the three days via Periscope to open up the talks and discussions to a wider audience.

Data Publics aimed to investigate the formation and representation of crowds, groups and clusters within the digital economy,  and accepted abstracts were grouped into four stands; activating publics, governing publics, provoking publics and emergent publics.

The conference consisted of keynotes, workshops, parallel sessions and an exhibition, and there was also a drinks reception and conference dinner at the Lancaster House Hotel.

You can download the Data-Publics-Programme and book of abstracts here.

There was also extensive live coverage of the event via Twitter throughout the weekend and you can catch up on this below:

  • You can see the #DataPublics Storify for social media highlights of the conference.
  • There are also pictures of Louise Mullagh and Serena Pollastri’s Walking with Data exhibit via Flickr.

Thank you to the conference organisers at Newcastle and Lancaster universities for putting on this fantastic and informative event, and to Lancaster’s Data Science Institute and the other partners that made Data Publics possible.