This year’s conference-within-a-conference will explore the need to reassess an important element of knowledge: Uncertainty. From climate modelling to financial services, from counterterrorism to particle physics and health, uncertainty is increasingly being recognised as a tool and a resource. Uncertainty has a bad press, but this transdisciplinary gathering of professionals and researchers that deal with it every day, will look at how we can turn uncertainty into a fertile, productive condition.

AM – Hosted by Carlo Buontempo

10.30 – Carlo Buontempo
10.45 – Ben Still
11.15 – Izabella Kaminska
11.45 – Angela Cassidy
12.15 – Q&A

PM – Hosted by Richard Stanton

14.05 – Charlie Winter
14.30 – Ruth Garcia-Gavilanes
15.00 – Lydia Nicholas
15.30 – Q&A


Dr. Carlo Buontempo is a senior climate scientists at Met Office where he leads the climate service development team. Carlo, a physicist by training, spent  the last 15 years working on the interface between climate modelling and the end-users. He led a number of international projects involving the use of climate information to inform decisions and policies at regional, national and international level in both the private and the public sector. Since 2012 Carlo is the science coordinator of EUPORIAS a project funded by the European Commission through its seventh framework programme to develop climate services in Europe.

Lydia Nicholas is an anthropologist who works in places where data, identities, bodies and biotechnologies meet, focusing on futures and networks, often using speculative fiction as a research and communication tool. In recent years she has used speculative fiction to explore information flow through interdisciplinary synthetic biology projects, researched antibiotic resistance for the Longitude Prize and edited a science fiction collection to spread awareness. Her research into lay understandings of big data took her to the UK Cabinet Office and the Science Museum. She currently works as a Senior Researcher in Collective Intelligence at Nesta, exploring how people use new digital platforms to collaborate and the ethics and regulation of using machine learning systems in government decisions.

Angela Cassidy is a Wellcome Trust Research Fellow in the Department of History, King’s College London, where she is investigating the history of bovine TB in the UK since the late 1960s, including public controversies over badger culling. She works across the history and social studies of science, technology and medicine, with specialist interests in public scientific controversies, science and policy, interdisciplinarity, and the histories of humans, animals and environments. Alongside badgers and bovine TB, she has investigated these issues in case studies of ‘One Health’ (the convergence of human and animal health); food risk communication; and popular evolutionary psychology.

Ben Still is a multi-award winning science communicator and physicist. Ben has a PhD in particle physics, and is currently Honorary Research Fellow at Queen Mary, Unihas over 8 years of experience researching in the field of neutrino particle physics; developing particle detectors and statistical methods to get physics from their data. Alongside his research career Ben has worked with artists, designers, and illustrators to convey complex physics research in innovative and accessible ways. versity of London. He A published popular science author, he also writes science journalism. A passion for sharing science has also led Ben to teach classroom secondary school science.

Charlie Winter is a Senior Research Associate at Georgia State University¹s Transcultural Conflict and Violence Initiative, where his research focuses on transnational jihadist movements and insurgency. As well as managing a Department of Defence Minerva Research Initiative Project, he is quantitatively and qualitatively assessing Islamic State’s outreach strategy, and specializing in the sourcing, translation, and analysis of Arabic-language documents circulated online by jihadists. Charlie Winter regularly consults with governments on policy options/alternatives vis á vis Islamist militant groups in the MENA region. His work has been published by, among others, the Legatum Institute, Brookings Institution, Jamestown Terrorism Monitor, Philosophia Journal, and Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research, as well as Jihadology, War on the Rocks, CNN, BBC News, and The Daily Beast.

Izabella Kaminska is a writer, commentator and blogger for the Financial Times and its blog FT Alphaville. She’s always been a journalist, whether for Reuters, CNBC or the Warsaw Business Journal. She’s interested in connecting the dots between all the stuff that nobody really thinks is related. How does a computer processor cause the 2008 banking crisis? What does the price of oil have to do with Switzerland? What’s the London super sewer got to do with faster payments? How is the art world a precursor to bitcoin? After university she spent some time messing about in the Post Soviet republics of Azerbaijan and Georgia, trying to cut her teeth as an adventurer/reporter. Academically she holds an undergraduate in Ancient History from UCL, a master’s in journalism from what was then LCP and an art foundation course from Chelsea College of art.

Ruth García-Gavilanes is a member of the Computational Social Science group at the Oxford Internet Institute (Oxford University). She is interested in understanding online footprints, utilizing/developing computational human behavior from methods and leveraging big data. The main objective of her research is to discover methods and algorithms that can turn recorded traces of activities into behavioural metrics that deliver insights about human habits, values and culture. Currently, her main interests are centred in studying collective memory based on the information seeking patterns of large number of individuals on the web. She obtained her Master Degree and PhD from the Information Technology department of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona-Spain. Her Master’s thesis was done at Telefonica R+D in Barcelona and her PhD at Yahoo Labs with an internship at the Qatar Computing Research Institute (QCRI) in Qatar Foundation.