Archived events, training and webinars


See below a list of our events and training opportunities which have taken place in the past. On many
of these events you will find links to videos or slides so you can catch up on what you missed.
22 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Can… Enhance the Environment

Thursday 28 September

Darwin Conference Suite, University of Kent

Big Data is playing a large part in the areas of green infrastructure; agriculture; waste management; renewable energy; amongst other topics, and much work is being done in these areas.

29 June, 2017

ARCHIVED | The BLG Summer School in Data Analytics: Effective Tools and Techniques

10-14 July 2017

University of Essex, Colchester Campus

This summer, we are offering a week’s worth of training on effective data analytics tools and techniques, which can help organisations to tap into their data to make a real difference to their products and services, or to their internal processes.

2 June, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | EFiC Conference in Banking and Finance

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 July 2017

Venue: Essex Business School, Colchester Campus

We are delighted that some of our researchers are participating in this year's EFiC Conference in Banking and Finance being held at the Essex Business School.

24 April, 2017

Archived | Event | Seminar Series | Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age

5 May 2017

S2.15 (D’Arcy Thompson Room), University of East Anglia

School of Mathematics at UEA and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre are delighted to introduce a new cross-faculty seminar series.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | The Alternative Finance Revolution

25 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Professor Jerry Coakley, Professor at the Essex Business School and Deputy Director of the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, will analyse the alternative finance phenomenon and argue that it marks the beginning of a revolution in the financing of small businesses in the UK.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Using Python to Access and Manipulate Big Data

19 May 2017, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

In this webinar Dr. Kamaran Fathulla, Senior Lecturer at the University of Chichester Business School, will demonstrate the power and versatility of the Python programming language to access, manipulate, and visualise Twitter data.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | New Alternative Finance Funds for SMEs: A Breakfast Event

7 June 2017

Venue: University of Essex

The ESRC-funded Business and Local Government (BLG) Data Research Centre is organising a breakfast event to spread awareness of exciting new funding sources at a time when many successful SMEs are struggling to raise funds from traditional sources.

7 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event Series | Talk Big Data: Big Data, Big Questions

Autumn 2016

Essex Business School

BLGDRC, ADRN & HRBDT hosted a series of public talks throughout October and November 2016 to discuss the implications of big data and what it means for you and society.

7 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Survival Benefits of Statins: An overview of the Research

18 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Lisanne will discuss the research in detail, explaining the reasons for carrying out the study, how the research was conducted, as well as the findings and how these can be applied in “real-life” scenarios.

30 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Visualisation Tools and Techniques

26 May 2017

Venue: University of Essex

In this seminar, Dr Kamaran Fathulla, Senior Lecturer in Software Development at the University of Chichester Business School, will discuss various data visualisation techniques for big data processing, including using Python programming and its Panda data structure to access Twitter data.

24 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School 2017

24 July - 4 August 2017

Venue: University of Essex

We are delighted that some of our researchers are participating in this year's Institute for Analytics and Data Science big data summer school at the University of Essex.

24 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | EBS Data Dive 2017

22 June - 23 June 2017

Venue: The Forum, Southend Campus

This summer, the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre offers Essex Business School MSc students the opportunity to take part in a data dive competition.

23 February, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Chasing Impact | Using the Press and Social Media to Tackle the REF

14 March 2017

Essex Business School

This EBS Impact Academy interactive workshop poses using social media and the press as a way of demonstrating Research Impact within the Social Sciences.

16 February, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Seminar Series | Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age

3 March 2017

ARTS 2.01, University of East Anglia

School of Mathematics at UEA and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre are delighted to introduce a new cross-faculty seminar series.

3 February, 2017

ARCHIVED | SASNet Seminar | Mortality Estimation and Forecasting With Smoothing and Overdispersion

14 March 2017

Venue: Colchester Campus, University of Essex

The ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre in conjunction with SASNet invites you to participate in a free training seminar on Mortality Estimation and Forecasting With Smoothing and Overdispersion.

24 January, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | An Introduction to Data Mining

9 March 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Dr Beatriz De La Iglesia will provide attendees with an introductory understanding of data mining techniques, the process of knowledge discovery in databases and how business can benefit from such techniques.

20 January, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | An Intermediary Understanding of SQL

22 February 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Richard Skeggs will provide attendees with an intermediary understanding of SQL (Structured Query Language), and will provide an understanding of how this can be used in “real-life” scenarios.

5 January, 2017

ARCHIVED | SASNet Seminar | Complex Networks Approaches to Supply Chain Management

24 January 2017

Venue: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Glasgow, G12 8QN

The Urban Big Data Centre in conjunction with SASNet invites you to participate in a free training seminar on Complex Networks Approaches to Supply Chain Management.

6 December, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Regeneration in Coastal Communities

24 January 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Fola Malomo will discuss the differences in economic trends between coastal areas that have performed well and coastal areas that have been less successful.

17 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Training | Empowering the Public Sector: Delving into Data Analytics

Venue: University of Essex

The course delivered in January will consist of three separate training sessions. Attendees are able to attend all three sessions or choose the session which they feel is most relevant to their needs.

17 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Understanding Open Source GIS

9 December 2016, 1pm to 2pm

In this webinar, Professor Andrew Lovett will discuss developments in open source GIS, in particular reviewing data and software sources.

16 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | An Introduction to Social Network Analysis

2 December 2016, 1pm to 2pm

This webinar aims to provide attendees with an introductory understanding of networks’ dynamics.

28 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | SASNet Training | Urban Informatics and Cities

17 November 2016

Venue: University of Essex

This event will be delivered as part of the SASNet project, and will explore urban Big Data, and their use in Urban Informatics, along with the challenges that arise.

27 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | SASNet Seminar | Using Big Data to Inform Care Policy

29 November 2016

Venue: University of Kent

In conjunction with SASNet, we invite you to participate in a free training seminar on using administrative and other datasets to inform policy regarding social care in England.

6 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | How complex networks approaches can benefit supply chain management

7 November 2016, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Dr Guven Demirel will provide a brief introduction to complex networks approaches that provide insights on the relationships between the supply network structure and the response to disturbances and disruptions.

30 September, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Seminar Series | Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age

14 October 2016

SCI 1.20 (Maths Common room), University of East Anglia.

School of Mathematics at UEA and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre are delighted to introduce a new cross-faculty seminar series.

29 September, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Art of the Possible Festival | Can you help your High Street?

18 October 2016

Venue: G6 Essex House, 200 The Crescent, Colchester Business Park, Colchester

Are you an Essex County Council employee? Come along to this Art of the Possible Festival session with your ideas for High Street improvements and see how you can get involved, and make a difference to your town.

15 September, 2016

ARCHIVED | Big Data. Big Questions. | Changing Lives Through Research

10 November 2016

University of Essex Colchester Campus

The third of five seminars exploring the impact of big data on today's society will focus on 'Changing lives through research'.

12 September, 2016

ARCHIVED | Big Data. Big Questions. | Big Data and Society: Is It A Game Changer?

28 November 2016

University of Essex Colchester Campus

The final seminar in this series will discuss 'Big Data and Society: Is it a game changer?'.

6 September, 2016

ARCHIVED | Big Data. Big Questions. | Big Data, Big Brother?

17 November 2016

University of Essex Colchester Campus

The third of five seminars exploring the impact of big data on today's society will focus on 'Big Data, Big Brother?'.

6 September, 2016

ARCHIVED | Big Data. Big Questions. | Big Data in Business: Help or Hindrance?

20 October 2016

University of Essex Colchester Campus

The second of five seminars exploring the effect of big data on today's society will focus on 'Big Data in Business: help or hindrance?'.

6 September, 2016

ARCHIVED | Big Data. Big Questions. | Charities, Humanitarian Action and Big Data: Friend or Foe?

13 October 2016

University of Essex Colchester Campus

The first of five seminars exploring the effect of big data on today's society will look at 'Charities, humanitarian action and Big Data: friend or foe?'.

30 August, 2016

ARCHIVED | SASNet Training | An Introduction to Open Geospatial Standards at UBDC

20 September 2016

Venue: Sir Alwyn Williams Building - Level 5

The Urban Big Data Centre in conjunction with SASNet invites you to participate in a free training training workshop on understanding and using open geospatial data standards.

18 July, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Royal Geographical Society’s Annual Conference

30 August - Friday 2 September 2016

Royal Geographical Society, London

The Business and Local Government Data Research Centre will be exhibiting as part of this conference alongside the Consumer Data Research Centre, the Urban Big Data Centre and the UK Data Service.

24 June, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | KIE Conference: The Role Of The (ESRC Business And Local Government) Data Research Centre In The Big Data Movement

21-24 June 2016

Berlin, Germany

Dr Fola Malomo, Research Fellow for the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre will be presenting on the role of data research centres in the big data movement at the International Conference on Knowledge, Innovation and Enterprise.

20 June, 2016

ARCHIVED | SASNet Seminar | Discrete Choice Modelling & Cause-Effect Case Studies at UBDC

22 June 2016

Venue: Hilton Glasgow Grosvenor

The Urban Big Data Centre in conjunction with SASNet invites you to participate in a free training seminar on Discrete Choice Modelling & Cause-Effect Case Studies.

14 June, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | 7th ESRC Research Methods Festival, 5-7 July 2016

5 - 7 July 2016

University of Bath

In the seventh ESRC Research Methods Festival, Administrative Data Research Part 2 will cover more examples of administrative data research, again with the focus on how the methodological challenges were overcome. Join Professor Vania Sena as she discusses whether data-driven policy-making is a reality or mirage.

14 June, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data And Employee Wellbeing: An ESRC Seminar Series 2016

21 June 2016

Sheffield University Management School

In the third of this series of seminars, which aims to critically explore the possibilities of big data in assessing health and well-being risks within organisations and for advancing knowledge on health and well-being prediction. Join Professor Vania Sena as she discusses big data in the context of research on wages and related gender gaps.

19 May, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | IADS Big Data and Analytics Summer School 2016

5 - 16 September 2016

Venue: University of Essex

We are delighted that a number of our researchers and staff are participating in this year's Institute for Analytics and Data Science big data summer school at the University of Essex.

10 May, 2016

ARCHIVED | Training | Sensing Human Behaviour with Internet Data

23 June, 11.30am to 3.00pm

We are now taking reservations for our Autumn session. This masterclass will build on the case studies used in the earlier webinar and focus on the practical skills to teach delegates how they can access and use online data to gain insight into human behaviour.

9 May, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Sensing Human Behaviour with Internet Data

23 June 2016

Join Suzy Moat for this webinar when she will explore how online data can be used to analyse human behaviour.

5 May, 2016

ARCHIVED | Training | BLG DRC Summer School in Analytics for the public sector

Venue: University of Essex

This one week training course, which is repeated over a two week period seeks to improve the data skills of analysts in the public sector. Focussing on five key areas, each subject compliments the other areas to give a rounded knowledge of using data analytics for the public sector.

21 April, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | An Introduction to Risk Modelling

12 May 2016, 2pm to 3pm

Join Dr Iqbal Adjali for this webinar as he introduces participants to Risk Modelling. No previous knowledge is required, participants will leave the webinar with a clear understanding of what risk models are, and when (and how) it can be a powerful approach to use.

13 April, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Where did I come from? Who am I now? Adoption and Identity

Date: 20 April 2016

Venue: Sir Brandon Gough Lecture Theatre, Enterprise Centre, UEA

Join Professor Beth Neil as she gives an inaugural lecture as part of the Social Work Anniversary Lecture series at the University of East Anglia.

18 March, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | An introduction to GIS

26 April 2016, 2pm to 3pm

Join Andrew Lovett for this webinar as he introduces participants to GIS. No previous knowledge is required, this webinar will demonstrate commonly used software and how GIS concepts can be applied.

11 March, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Actuarial Teachers’ and Researchers’ Conference 2016

Date: 4th and 5th July 2016

Venue: Arts 01.02, UEA, Norwich UK

The annual two-day event provides a forum for the exchange of the latest research ideas in Actuarial science and related areas.

7 March, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Innovation Growth Lab Conference

Date:25 May 2016

Venue: Fenchurch Street, London

The Innovation Growth Lab (IGL) is hosting its first Global Conference, to showcase the latest trends and cutting-edge ideas in innovation, entrepreneurship and growth policy, as well as examining the power of experimentation to transform this space.

19 February, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Introducing Agent-Based Modelling

9 March 2016, 2pm to 3pm

Join Peter Barbrook-Johnson for this webinar as he introduces participants to agent based modelling, explaining what it is, and when (and how) it can be a powerful approach to use.

21 January, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | Digging into Data Showcase

27 January 2016

Venue: Glasgow School of Art

The Centre is pleased to be exhibiting some of our latest research at the ESRC conference, Digging into Data.

5 January, 2016

ARCHIVED | Event | High Performance Computing and Big Data Conference 2016

4 February 2016

Venue: Victoria Park Plaza

Professor Vania Sena will chair the afternoon stream at this year's High Performance Computing and Big Data Conference with presentations from Transport for London, Professor Mark Birkin, Leeds Institute for Data Analytics and Dr Stefan Graf, University of Cambridge.

4 January, 2016

ARCHIVED | Training | Introduction to Java and Python

16 February 2016, 10.30am to 4.30pm

This one day course is suitable for both academics and non-academics that have knowledge of programming but no experience in Java or Python.

4 January, 2016

ARCHIVED | Training | Improving statistical analysis techniques with R and Stata

26 January 2016, 10.30am to 4.30pm

This one day training course is suitable for researchers with a basic knowledge of statistical analysis, but who want and need to improve their skills in Stata and R.

1 December, 2015

ARCHIVED | Event | Professor Jerry Coakley to chair IoD Essex Chairman’s Christmas Breakfast

11 December 2015

Venue: Stock Brook Country Club

Professor Jerry Coakley is to feature on the Essex Institute of Directors flagship event, the Chairman’s Christmas Breakfast. This year it will take the format of a Question Time debate with leading economists to answer burning questions about the global economy.

27 November, 2015

ARCHIVED | Event | Meta-analysis: Past, present and future

3 December 2015

Venue: University of Essex

Join Professor Elena Kulinskaya from UEA as she presents this seminar on meta-analysis.

24 November, 2015

ARCHIVED | Event | Big data and business

9 December 2015

Venue: University of East Anglia

For the final event in our series we are delighted to welcome, Bernard Marr the author of Big Data: Using Smart Big Data, Analytics and Metrics to Make Better Decisions and Improve Performance .

24 November, 2015

ARCHIVED | Event | Big data: Good for your health?

24 November 2015

Venue: University of East Anglia

Ain Aaviksoo, Deputy Secretary General for E-services and Innovation, Estonian Ministry of Social Affairs and Will Cavendish, Director General of Innovation, Growth and Technology, UK Department of Health discuss how big data can help the NHS and what the UK can learn from Estonia, a pioneer of e-government.

3 November, 2015

ARCHIVED | Event | Meet the Experts at Innovate 2015

10 November 2015

Venue: Old Billingsgate

Professor Jerry Coakley will be representing the Centre at Innovate UK and answering your questions about how analytics can enhance your business or project. Find him on the Research Council UK stand where he will be taking part in the Meet the Experts sessions.

27 October, 2015

ARCHIVED | Event | Supporting local authorities through data driven solutions

20 November 2015

Venue: Local Government Association, Westminster, London

The Business and Local Government (BLG) Data Research Centre jointly with the Local Government Association (LGA) invites you to this seminar where we will bring together researcher and local authority decision makers to understand, explore and define the questions for future research to address local problems.

19 October, 2015

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Forecasting in finance: How sentiment analysis can make forecasting models more effective

18 November 2015, 2pm to 3pm

Join Professor Neil Kellard for this webinar as he asks: Does the use of sentiment and search engine data help when using forecasting models in finance? Neil will show that while other data are also useful in helping model and forecast prices, measures of sentiment and investor attention are likely to be more potent particularly in the short-term.

2 October, 2015

ARCHIVED | Event | Government, policy and big data

18 November 2015

Venue: University of East Anglia

Continuing our series of public lectures addressing the role of big data in society Professor Helen Margetts considers the impact big data can have on government and policy.

2 October, 2015

ARCHIVED | Event | Regulating big data: The view from Brussels

12 November 2015

Venue: University of East Anglia

This is the third in a series of public lectures addressing the role of big data in society. Join Giuseppe Abbamonte as he considers the importance of regulations surrounding big data .

2 October, 2015

Archived | Event | Digital data and public services in the smart city

4 November 2015

Venue: University of East Anglia

This is the second in a series of public lectures addressing the role of big data in society. Join Tom Baker from BT Global to find out more about the role data plays in our cities.

2 October, 2015

Archived | Event | Approaches to big data: Climate change, health care, and privacy

21 October 2015

Venue: University of East Anglia

In the first of a series of lectures and panel debates exploring issues around big data join UEA experts from the fields of climate science, public health and privacy law as they examine how big data can and should be used to improve our approach to societal challenges.

24 September, 2015

Event | Data Culture: Why we should all embrace it

13 November 2015

Venue: University of Essex

Join Ric Howe, Data Strategist – Data Platform, BI & Advanced Analytics from Microsoft as he explains what data culture means for us all.

24 September, 2015

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Linear and non-linear forecasting using Stata

14 October 2015, 2pm to 3pm

Join Dr Marianna Marra as as she takes you through an introduction to linear and non-linear forecasting using Stata. Aimed at analysts with some working knowledge, in this webinar Marianna will work through methodologies concerning linear and non-linear forecasting.

3 September, 2015

Archived | Event | Data Analytics in Logistics

30 September 2015

Venue: Colchester United FC

Making sense of Big Data in the Logistics Industry. Professor Vania Sena speaks at this Invest Essex event where the speakers consider the enormous benefit of big data and data analytics to the logistics industry.

11 August, 2015

Archived | Event | Data Research Day

17 September 2015

Venue: Firstsite, Colchester

We are pleased to offer an event to bring together all the researchers involved in the Centre. The day will be an opportunity for you to hear about the data we have and what datasets we are in the process of securing

6 August, 2015

Event | European Conference on Data Analysis 2015

2-4 September2015

Venue: University of Essex

We are delighted that the 2015 European Conference on Data Analysis is being held at the University of Essex this September. Hear about a wide range of topics covering data science, foundations, methods and applications.

16 July, 2015

ARCHIVED | Training | An introduction to data analytics

29 to 30 September 2015, 10am to 4pm

This two day training course seeks to improve the data skills of junior analysts in the public sector. Focussing on four key areas, each subject compliments the other areas to give a rounded knowledge of using data analytics in your work.

14 July, 2015

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Data mining with R

9 September 2015, 2pm to 3pm

Join Richard Skeggs as he talks about data mining using R. Aimed at analysts with some working knowledge Richard will cover pre-processing, anomaly detection, association rule learning, clustering, classification, regression and summarisation with R.

16 June, 2015

ARCHIVED | Webinar | An introduction to R

1 July 2015, 2pm to 3pm

Join Dr Raffaella Calabrese as she introduces you to R. Using real time examples this webinar will give you an understanding of R and its functionalities.

3 June, 2015

Archived | Event | Big Data and Analytics Summer School 2015

24 - 28 August 2015

Venue: University of Essex

We are delighted that a number of our researchers and staff are participating in this year's big data summer school at the University of Essex.

3 June, 2015

Archived | Event | Information sharing for smart places

2 July 2015, 10am to 4pm

Venue: University of East Anglia

What kinds of information sharing for what kinds of places is the third seminar in this ESRC series. Confirmed speakers include: Richard Muir, IPPR; Professor Simon Marvin, Durham University; and Stephen Curtis, Centre of Excellence in Information Sharing.

3 June, 2015

Archived | Event | 27th European Conference on Operational Research

12-15th July 2015, 9am to 5pm

Venue: University of Strathclyde

EURO2015 is the premier European conference for Operational Research and Management Science (ORMS), organised by the European Association of Operational Research Societies in conjunction with the UK OR Society.

3 June, 2015

Archived | Event | Policy-making in the Big Data Era: Opportunities and challenges

15 - 17 June 2015

Venue: University of Cambridge

This conference hosts over 150 presentations covering a wide range of topics by data scientists from top universities, policy-makers from the UK and EU government bodies, and professionals from the non-profit sector and businesses. We are delighted to be involved in parallel session 6 when Professor Vania Sena will be talking about how local governments can deal with big data.

29 May, 2015

Archived | Event | Institute of Analytics and Data Science Conference 2015

7 July 2015

Venue: University of Essex

The aim of the day is to bring together analysts and researchers from across the academic, business and local government communities to explore the potential of big data analytics, understand recent developments and identify areas of potential collaboration.

21 May, 2015

Archived | Event | TEDx University of Essex

4 June 2015

Venue: University of Essex

The University of Essex TEDx event is a combination of live presenters and TED Talks videos — sparking deep conversation and connections at the local level. Hear from the Centre's director, Professor Vania Sena on how data can be used for social good and from our business data manager Richard Skeggs as he searches for the elusive needle in the Internet of Things haystack.

13 May, 2015

Archived | Event | Seminar by Professor Diana Kornbrot

27 May 2015, 1pm to 2pm

Venue: University of East Anglia

Join Professor Diana Kornbrot at UEA as she presents a seminar looking at the application of mixed model analysis to ordinal survey data.

5 May, 2015

ARCHIVED | Webinar | The way forward: Simulations for analysing business data

27 May 2015, 2pm to 3pm

Join Dr Abhijit Sengupta and improve your knowledge of using simulation based techniques for data analysis. Using a real case study carried out in a fast moving consumer goods business focusing on mirco level online transaction data the webinar will present the advantages and limitations of using these techniques.

4 May, 2015

Archived | Event | Creative Colchester Board present Creative and Digital Industries Workshop

14 May 2015, 4pm to 7pm

In this workshop Creative Colchester Board aim to determine the skills and support the needs of creative and digital industries in north Essex.

19 April, 2015

Archived | Event | University of Kent Big Data Day

23rd April 2015, 10am to 4pm

Venue: University of Kent

Bringing together academics from across the University of Kent, Professor Andrew Fearne will explore how big data and smart analytics play an important role in many disciplines. At this informal data day there will be a chance to hear from people using data for their research and networking opportunities.

19 April, 2015

Archived | Workshop | A Dual View of University-Industry Engagement in the UK

20th April 2015

In this event Dr Abhijit Sengupta will present the findings from his research using a dual approach analysing the UK Higher Education Sector and its links with industry. Book to attend...

15 March, 2015

Archived | Event | Improving Public Service Delivery through Open Data

19 March 2015, 9am to 5pm

Professor Maria Fasli will be chairing this one day forum organised by Inside Government looking at the potential of enhancing the use and application of data in the public sector.

13 March, 2015

Archived | Event | Scrutton Bland Budget Breakfast Meeting

19th March 2015

Professor Jerry Coakley will be presenting to Scrutton Bland at their VIP Budget Breakfast meeting to find out how the Chancellors Budget will affect SMEs.

9 March, 2015

Archived | Event | Transform, Engage, Accelerate

10th March 2015

The Centre is delighted to have been invited to take a stand at the upcoming exhibition, Transform, Engage, Accelerate. This exclusive event will look at the pivotal role of technology in helping to create 21st century public services in the East of England: cost-effective and sustainable for the future, but also faster and more responsive to people’s needs. Professor Vania Sena, Director of the Centre will also be giving a short talk on the importance of our research...

19 February, 2015

Archived | Event | East of England Local Government Association Innovation Event

19 February 2015

Professor Vania Sena will address a special roundtable for elected members on the Local Enterprise Partnership Boards in the East of England on the important research the Centre is undertaking...

15 February, 2015

Archived | Event | Professorial Inaugual Lecture Series: Algorithms from Nature for Practical Optimisation

16 February 2015, 6pm

Optimisation is the science of getting the best out of our resources. Optimisation problems are, typically, difficult to solve. Unfortunately they arise frequently. Traditional solution approaches are less than satisfactory. Professor Salhi describes new approaches and shows how they are applied to practical problems as arise in container ports and other contexts...

23 January, 2015

Archived | Closed event | Europe and International Panel

30th January 2015

Professor Vania Sena, Director of the Centre has been invited to speak to members of the Europe and International Panel at their upcoming forum for the discussion and determination of European and international issues within the East of England...

23 January, 2015

Archived | Closed event | Local Area Research + Intelligence Association East Event

30th January 2015

Professor Jerry Coakley has been invited to address the LARIA meeting in Chelmsford when he will speak about the importance of data and research...




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Archived events, training and webinars


See below a list of our events and training opportunities which have taken place in the past. On many of these events you will find links to videos or slides so you can catch up on what you missed.
22 August, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Can… Enhance the Environment

Thursday 28 September

Darwin Conference Suite, University of Kent

Big Data is playing a large part in the areas of green infrastructure; agriculture; waste management; renewable energy; amongst other topics, and much work is being done in these areas.

29 June, 2017

ARCHIVED | The BLG Summer School in Data Analytics: Effective Tools and Techniques

10-14 July 2017

University of Essex, Colchester Campus

This summer, we are offering a week’s worth of training on effective data analytics tools and techniques, which can help organisations to tap into their data to make a real difference to their products and services, or to their internal processes.

2 June, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | EFiC Conference in Banking and Finance

Friday 7 and Saturday 8 July 2017

Venue: Essex Business School, Colchester Campus

We are delighted that some of our researchers are participating in this year's EFiC Conference in Banking and Finance being held at the Essex Business School.

24 April, 2017

Archived | Event | Seminar Series | Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age

5 May 2017

S2.15 (D’Arcy Thompson Room), University of East Anglia

School of Mathematics at UEA and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre are delighted to introduce a new cross-faculty seminar series.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | The Alternative Finance Revolution

25 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Professor Jerry Coakley, Professor at the Essex Business School and Deputy Director of the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre, will analyse the alternative finance phenomenon and argue that it marks the beginning of a revolution in the financing of small businesses in the UK.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Using Python to Access and Manipulate Big Data

19 May 2017, 1.30pm to 2.30pm

In this webinar Dr. Kamaran Fathulla, Senior Lecturer at the University of Chichester Business School, will demonstrate the power and versatility of the Python programming language to access, manipulate, and visualise Twitter data.

11 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | New Alternative Finance Funds for SMEs: A Breakfast Event

7 June 2017

Venue: University of Essex

The ESRC-funded Business and Local Government (BLG) Data Research Centre is organising a breakfast event to spread awareness of exciting new funding sources at a time when many successful SMEs are struggling to raise funds from traditional sources.

7 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event Series | Talk Big Data: Big Data, Big Questions

Autumn 2016

Essex Business School

BLGDRC, ADRN & HRBDT hosted a series of public talks throughout October and November 2016 to discuss the implications of big data and what it means for you and society.

7 April, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Survival Benefits of Statins: An overview of the Research

18 May 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Lisanne will discuss the research in detail, explaining the reasons for carrying out the study, how the research was conducted, as well as the findings and how these can be applied in “real-life” scenarios.

30 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Big Data Visualisation Tools and Techniques

26 May 2017

Venue: University of Essex

In this seminar, Dr Kamaran Fathulla, Senior Lecturer in Software Development at the University of Chichester Business School, will discuss various data visualisation techniques for big data processing, including using Python programming and its Panda data structure to access Twitter data.

24 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Essex Big Data and Analytics Summer School 2017

24 July - 4 August 2017

Venue: University of Essex

We are delighted that some of our researchers are participating in this year's Institute for Analytics and Data Science big data summer school at the University of Essex.

24 March, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | EBS Data Dive 2017

22 June - 23 June 2017

Venue: The Forum, Southend Campus

This summer, the Business and Local Government Data Research Centre offers Essex Business School MSc students the opportunity to take part in a data dive competition.

23 February, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Chasing Impact | Using the Press and Social Media to Tackle the REF

14 March 2017

Essex Business School

This EBS Impact Academy interactive workshop poses using social media and the press as a way of demonstrating Research Impact within the Social Sciences.

16 February, 2017

ARCHIVED | Event | Seminar Series | Statistics and Data Science in the Digital Age

3 March 2017

ARTS 2.01, University of East Anglia

School of Mathematics at UEA and the ESRC funded Business and Local Government Data Research Centre are delighted to introduce a new cross-faculty seminar series.

3 February, 2017

ARCHIVED | SASNet Seminar | Mortality Estimation and Forecasting With Smoothing and Overdispersion

14 March 2017

Venue: Colchester Campus, University of Essex

The ESRC Business and Local Government Data Research Centre in conjunction with SASNet invites you to participate in a free training seminar on Mortality Estimation and Forecasting With Smoothing and Overdispersion.

24 January, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | An Introduction to Data Mining

9 March 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Dr Beatriz De La Iglesia will provide attendees with an introductory understanding of data mining techniques, the process of knowledge discovery in databases and how business can benefit from such techniques.

20 January, 2017

ARCHIVED | Webinar | An Intermediary Understanding of SQL

22 February 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Richard Skeggs will provide attendees with an intermediary understanding of SQL (Structured Query Language), and will provide an understanding of how this can be used in “real-life” scenarios.

5 January, 2017

ARCHIVED | SASNet Seminar | Complex Networks Approaches to Supply Chain Management

24 January 2017

Venue: Sir Alwyn Williams Building, Glasgow, G12 8QN

The Urban Big Data Centre in conjunction with SASNet invites you to participate in a free training seminar on Complex Networks Approaches to Supply Chain Management.

6 December, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Regeneration in Coastal Communities

24 January 2017, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar Fola Malomo will discuss the differences in economic trends between coastal areas that have performed well and coastal areas that have been less successful.

17 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Training | Empowering the Public Sector: Delving into Data Analytics

Venue: University of Essex

The course delivered in January will consist of three separate training sessions. Attendees are able to attend all three sessions or choose the session which they feel is most relevant to their needs.

17 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | Understanding Open Source GIS

9 December 2016, 1pm to 2pm

In this webinar, Professor Andrew Lovett will discuss developments in open source GIS, in particular reviewing data and software sources.

16 November, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | An Introduction to Social Network Analysis

2 December 2016, 1pm to 2pm

This webinar aims to provide attendees with an introductory understanding of networks’ dynamics.

28 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | SASNet Training | Urban Informatics and Cities

17 November 2016

Venue: University of Essex

This event will be delivered as part of the SASNet project, and will explore urban Big Data, and their use in Urban Informatics, along with the challenges that arise.

27 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | SASNet Seminar | Using Big Data to Inform Care Policy

29 November 2016

Venue: University of Kent

In conjunction with SASNet, we invite you to participate in a free training seminar on using administrative and other datasets to inform policy regarding social care in England.

6 October, 2016

ARCHIVED | Webinar | How complex networks approaches can benefit supply chain management

7 November 2016, 2pm to 3pm

In this webinar, Dr Guven Demirel will provide a brief introduction to complex networks approaches that provide insights on the relationships between the supply network structure and the response to disturbances and disruptions.




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