Seminars, Journal Clubs, & Reading Groups

Information on seminars, journal clubs, and reading groups for the EPSRC CDT in Data Science.

The formal components of the CDT are supplemented with local journal clubs, tutorials, seminars, and other events relevant to your research. Because this is a new programme, you may have good ideas for events that we haven't thought of yet - if so, please let us know!

Other CDT events are listed here:

Data Science Research Day

Data Science Research Day, an annual event, is designed to be a collaborative and networking event amongst the programme’s students, supervisors, partners, and students studying related areas within the Schools of Informatics and Mathematics. The event gives CDT students the chance to meet with external partners, discuss research problems and data sets that might influence first year projects, and (in later years) get practical feedback on ongoing research. Students will be asked to present their work, e.g. presentations or posters (including the MScR Summer Projects).

Data Science Seminars

This series will include seminars hosted by the CDT in Data Science alongside seminars selected from existing programmes within the School of Informatics. Academic seminars will feature prestigious UK, European and international speakers, exposing students to leading research worldwide. Students will have the opportunity to meet individually with speakers in order to ask informal questions and discuss their own research. Data Science seminars will be announced via an email list, of which all CDT in Data Science students will be members.

School of Informatics Seminar Programmes

The institutes within the School of Informatics, as well as related departments, hold frequent events and seminars. These will likely be of interest to CDT in Data Science students and you are encouraged to attend these. Most of these seminars and events have mailing lists for which students can request membership. Even when the topic of a seminar is not situated directly within a student's field, the seminars should give students valuable opportunities to interact with academics and students from other research areas, other institutes and other universities, which will help in formulating ideas.

All institutes within the School of Informatics hold seminar programmes. For information, please see:


The CDT Tea, which is led by students in the CDT in Data Science, is a fortnightly meeting for presenting on-going research. For further information, please contact datascience[a]

CDT Pizza Club

Another student-run event, held fortnightly, which provides a relaxed environment in which research interests can be communicated, talks heard from internal/external experts of your choice and discussions take place to help sweat out problem topics.  It also provides the opportunity to practice public speaking.  For further information, please contact datascience[a]

School of Mathematics Seminar Programmes

The School of Mathematics also holds regular seminar programmes that may be of interest to you. The two most relevant seminar series are the Edinburgh Research Group in Optimization (ERGO) and the All Hands Meetings on Big Data Optimization.

Statistics seminars can be found here:

All School of Mathematics seminars are listed here:

School of Informatics Reading Groups

We have a large number of reading groups. These are smaller, more informal groups that discuss specific research papers of interest. Here is a partial list of reading groups that are relevant to CDT students. (More formal seminar series are listed above.)