GDS Academy masterclasses

A series of talks by world-leading academics and industry experts about the new technologies impacting public services.


GDS Academy masterclasses bring academic expertise into the heart of government with a series of seminars by world-leading academics and industry experts on the new technologies impacting public services.

Masterclasses are free to people working in the public sector. You can:

Future events

Please come back later for new dates.

Past events

Date Event Speaker
18 September 2019 Immersive heritage experiences: virtual and augmented reality and engagement Dr Jenny Kidd (Cardiff University)
12 September 2019 Digital government and digital citizens Professor Helen Margetts (Oxford Internet Institute)
28 August 2019 Women in tech Dr Mariann Hardey (Durham University)
8 August 2019, 2pm to 3pm What is cyberpsychology and what is it good for? Dr Alison Attrill-Smith (Wolverhampton University)
24 July 2019 Keeping and discovering secrets online Professor Wendy Moncur (Dundee University)
3 July 2019 State responses to cyberattacks: an exercise in risk management Monica Kaminski (Oxford University)
13 May 2019 The VOLT project: Voting on Ledger Technologies Professor Steve Schneider, Secure Systems at the University of Surrey
2 May 2019 Rethinking public diplomacy for a digital age Professor Nick Cull, Public Diplomacy at the University of Southern California, USA
12 April 2019 Data Science in Local Government: Challenges and Opportunities Dr Jonathan Bright, Senior Research Fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute (Oxford University)
26 February 2019 Digital government: decision-making under uncertainty Dr Ivan Palomares Carrascosa, Lecturer in Data Science and AI, University of Bristol
31 January 2019 The value, contributions and limitations of digital diplomacy Dr Corneliu Bjola, Head of the Oxford Digital Diplomacy Research Group
13 December 2018 Quantum computers – the world’s most incredible machines Professor Winfried Hensinger, Head of the Sussex Ion Quantum Technology Group and director of the Sussex Centre for Quantum Technologies
  Perceiving and interacting with artificial agents: insights from social neuroscience Professor Emily Cross, Professor of Social Robotics at the Institute of Neuroscience and Psychology, University of Glasgow
12 December 2018 Machine learning in tele-rehabilitation Dr Crina Grosan, University of Brunel
22 November 2018 Developments in augmented and mixed reality: living with intelligent machines Professor Steve Benford, Professor of Collaborative Computing in the Mixed Reality Laboratory at University of Nottingham
Professor Nello Cristianini, Professor of Artificial Intelligence, University of Bristol
31 October 2018 Artificial intelligence, Rubik’s cubes and ethics Terence Eden, Head of Open Standards at GDS
Published 24 January 2019
Last updated 12 July 2019 + show all updates
  1. Restructured tables; added new events to upcoming events and past events.

  2. Added registration link for the masterclass on 26 February 2019: Digital government: decision-making under uncertainty.

  3. First published.