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C2D3 Research Symposium

Wednesday, 22 April 2020, 9.00am to 6.10pm
Location: West Court, Jesus College, Jesus Ln, Cambridge CB5 8BL


Updated 16 March 2020

The organising committee for the C2D3 Research Symposium, 22 April 2020, would like to inform you we have taken the decision to postpone the event due to Covid-19. We would like to thank you for your enthusiasm to join us for a day of exciting discussions.

We hope to reschedule the Symposium and would very much like you to join us. When we have more information, the C2D3 Network will be informed (join our mailing list to stay in touch).


Symposium 2020

During this one-day symposium, leading Cambridge academics will showcase their latest research alongside lightning talks from early career researchers. Invited industry leaders from innovative businesses will being joining us to discuss the use of advanced data science methodologies in real-world applied applications. Talks and discussions will come from across the academic Schools and a variety of industry sectors, delivered at an accessible scientific level; delegates are welcomed from all backgrounds.


University of Cambridge Keynote Speaker

Professor Neil Lawrence

Neil Lawrence is the DeepMind Professor of Machine Learning at the University of Cambridge, Senior AI Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute, visiting Professor at the University of Sheffield and the co-host of Talking Machines.

Neil’s main research interest is machine learning through probabilistic models. He focuses on both the algorithmic side of these models and their application. His recent focus has been on the deployment of machine learning technology in practice, particularly under the banner of data science.


Guest Keynote Speaker

Dr Orlando Machado, Aviva

Orlando is currently Chief Data Scientist of Aviva Quantum, a global data science practice with over 500 members. Starting his career in academia, he has spent over 20 years helping organisations get value out of their data…long before ‘data scientist’ was crowned the ‘sexiest job of the 21st century’.

In 2019, Orlando was ranked #1 'DataIQ' list of the 100 most influential people in data-driven business. Orlando is based in Aviva’s Digital Garage in London’s fashionable Hoxton Square. He holds a PhD in Statistics from the University of Warwick. Prior to joining Aviva in 2016, Orlando was: Chief Data Scientist at MoneySuperMarket, the UK's largest price comparison website; Head of Customer Insight at dunnhumby, a company at the cutting edge of data science for more than 20 years; Head of Analytics at Wunderman, one of the world's largest communications agencies.


Programme Schedule

The Symposium will start with delegate registration at 09:00 and finish with a wine reception and networking opportunity at 18:10.

A full programme schedule will be available shortly.


Lightning Talk & Poster - Abstract Call

Applications to present a lightning talk with a poster, or to present a poster only, are open to PhD students and Early Career Researchers, from across all the University Schools.

We are looking for talks that showcase the depth and breadth of data science applications from the University, and research that industry will find interesting and informative. A prize will be awarded to the best lightning talk with poster, assessed by our industry colleagues.

Applications for Lightning Talks will open on Monday 3rd February 2020. Spaces are very limited, you are advised to apply as early as possible. Closing date extended to 23:59 Wednesday 11 March 2020, or sooner if symposium registrations are full.

Before applying: you must read the Further Information document below, where you will find important dates and instructions. 

To present a lightning talk with a poster​: Apply Here



Speakers and Chairs

Speakers and Chairs will receive a separate email containing their personal registration link.


Aviva Industry Partner

Registration for our Industry Partner, Aviva is free of charge. Aviva delegates will receive a registration link separately by email.


University of Cambridge Staff and Students

Registration for University of Cambridge Staff and Students are ESSENTIAL as places are limited but attendance is free of charge. Registration will open at 09:00 on Monday 2nd March 2020 and close at 23:59 on Sunday 5th April 2020. Register here.


Industry, Other Organisations and Other Universities

There is a Registration Fee of £80 for Industry, Other Organisations and Other Universities. Registration will open at 09:00 on Monday 2nd March 2020 and close at 23:59 on Sunday 5th April 2020. Register here.

The Registration Fee includes admission to all seminars, copy of the programme, lunch, refreshments and a wine reception. Other meals or accommodation are not included.

Your registration will be confirmed once your online payment has been received.  Details of payment will be noted within the registration form and booking confirmation.


Further Information

Further information including, Lightning Talk application process, directions to the venue and our Event Terms and Conditions are available below.