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Data, rivers and pollution: can open data and citizen science drive change?

In the first ODI Canalside Chat of 2022, Sir Nigel Shadbolt (Principal of Jesus College Oxford and Chairman and Co-Founder of the Open Data Institute) talks to Michelle Walker (Technical Director of The Rivers Trust) about how her conservation charity is using citizen science and open data to hold the water industry to account.

They’ll discuss the value of data visualisation tools in nudging behaviour and the £7.1 million Ofwat-funded project that Michelle describes as 'a revolutionary new approach to the way we gather and use evidence to drive collective action and make decisions about the water environment'.

Convene with other leading thinkers to hear from our expert speakers, and enjoy complimentary drinks and nibbles, opportunities to network and the chance to take part in a live Q&A.

This is a free, in-person event and will be held in Kings Place, King’s Cross, London.

About the speakers

Sir Nigel Shadbolt is a leading researcher in artificial intelligence and was one of the originators of the interdisciplinary field of web science. He is Principal of Jesus College Oxford, a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Oxford and a visiting Professor of Artificial Intelligence at the University of Southampton.

He is a Fellow of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a Fellow and former President of the British Computer Society. He was knighted in 2013 for ‘services to science and engineering’.

Michelle Walker is the Technical Director of The Rivers Trust and works with the rest of its Technical Team to provide innovative ways of using data and evidence to help understand river environments and deliver river improvements.

Michelle’s passion for making environmental data open and accessible to the public is driving industry change. She led the creation and publication of The Rivers Trust’s Sewage Map, which has become a vital resource in the fight against sewage pollution.

Covid-19 information

Face masks will be available at registration for those who wish to wear them. Speakers will not be wearing a face covering.

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