Northern Data Debates 3: We have had enough of experts

The third in a series of five hybrid Northern Data Debates igniting spirited conversations with world-leading experts.

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“People in this country have had enough of experts”.

These words, from Michael Gove, date to the time of the Brexit referendum but have continued to resonate in the intervening years. The pandemic response, in particular, has highlighted the wide range of challenges inherent to communication of science and public engagement in the21st Century.

With our third Northern Data Debate, our panellists address fundamental and timely questions around public trust, the nature of “expertise”, and the potential perils—and vital importance—of science and public engagement.

Sponsored by the Alan Turing Institute, the National Innovation Centre for Data and Newcastle Data.

Our compere for the evening will be Herb Kim, CEO Thinking Digital.


James Cheshire, Professor of Geographic Information and Cartography, University College London

Rebecca Riley, Associate Professor for Enterprise, Engagement and Impact , University of Birmingham

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