London Higher Europe holds its first Big Data working group session

On Monday the 3rd of October London Higher Europe held its first Big Data working group session, part of our network of interdisciplinary working groups which include migration, creative, food and health.

The aim of the meeting, which took place at Senate House, University of London was:

  • To establish new ties between universities with research interests in Big Data.
  • To learn more about upcoming funding calls in Horizon 2020 and the policy aims of the EU’s research funding.
  • The group also looked at new ways of engaging with the European Union to raise the profile of London’s higher education institutions among key stakeholders.

In attendance were senior academics from Birkbeck University, University of Greenwich, London South Bank University, University of Westminster, Brunel University and theUniversity of the Arts London. Also in attendance was a special guest from Innovate UK, National Contact Point for ICTGeorgios Papadakis, who delivered a presentation on Horizon 2020 funding and Big Data.

The senior academics exchanged information on current research topics, which included:

  • Exciting advances in virus mapping.
  • Updates on their current research relating to big data and money laundering.
  • Potential collaborations between several universities on NHS datasets for increasing service delivery efficiency.
  • Refining selection methods for Nobel Prize winners and peer review mechanisms for academic journal publishing.

Following the presentation by Innovate UK and a lively discussion the group arrived at a set of action points:

  • Exploring the benefits of Big Data Groups, such as the Big Data Value Organisation (BDVA), in raising the profile of London’s institutions in Brussels.
  • Coordinating with healthcare organisations to explore the benefits of big data in patient datasets, with a view to aiding university collaboration on the topic amongst our members.
  • Achieving greater knowledge of the European funding process and the options available for London’s Big Data academic’s in the European context, with the potential for organising an event in Brussels.

With a topic as diverse as Big Data it’s clear that London Higher Europe will have to pursue many avenues of engagement and coordination to truly maximise the potential of London’s high quality research. For further information on actions not outlinedin this news item, please contact