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Autumn Lecture: Data Science and its Potential for Actuaries and Policy Making, Edinburgh

Wednesday 13 September 2017 17:30 - 20:30

Autumn Lecture speaker: Michael Sanders, Chief Scientist and Head of Research and Evaluation.

The IFoA will be running this lecture simultaneously in Edinburgh and London.

The lecture will be simulcast in Staple’s Inn, London. Attendees will be able to ask questions, and a networking drinks reception will follow, where canapes will be served. Register to attend this event now.  This event is also being live streamed online and is available to members and non members. Please register here to book for the live stream.

The Institute and Faculty of Actuaries' (IFoA's) biannual Thought Leadership Lecture is to be delivered by Michael Sanders, Chief Scientist and Head of Research and Evaluation at the Behavioural Insights Team, on ‘Data Science and its Potential for Actuaries and Policy Making’ at the Assembly Rooms in Edinburgh.

Our Autumn Lecture is an opportunity for thought leaders to share their insight on key issues. This year’s lecture takes a look at the uses of data science for actuaries and policy makers, and will be given by a member of the Behavioural Insight Team, formerly part of the Cabinet Office. There will be a Q&A session after the lecture, and an opportunity for networking will follow the event.

Speaker biography

Michael is Chief Scientist and Head of Research, Evaluation and Social Action at the Behavioural Insights Team. His team supports BIT’s policy work through the design and analysis of randomised controlled trials, as well as the use of quasi-experimental methods and data science. The team also leads a series of trials encouraging charitable donations, volunteering, and social action.

Michael is an Associate Fellow of the Blavatnik School of Government, where he teaches Behavioural Science and Policy. He is an affiliate of the Harvard Behavioral Insights Group, and in the 2016-17 academic year will also be teaching field experimental design at the University of Bristol. He holds an MSc in Economics and Public Policy, and a PhD in Economics, both from the University of Bristol. His PhD research focused on the application of Behavioural Science to Charitable Fundraising. He previously taught Public Policy Analysis at the University of Bristol, and worked as a Teaching Fellow at the University of Bath, and has completed post-doctoral research at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

Event organiser

Contact Events Team for more information.

0207 632 1498

17.30-18.00 Registration
18.00-18:15 Welcome and Introduction from the Chair
18:15-18.55  Lecture
18:55-19:30 Discussion / Q&A with the audience
19.30-20.30 Drinks Reception




Assembly Rooms Edinburgh
54 George Street

Nearest Public Transport

Bus: East-bound stops GF and GG are located across from the venue.

By Tram: The Princes Street and St Andrew’s Square stops are just a five minute walk away from the venue.

By Train: The venue is only five minutes from Edinburgh’s main station, Edinburgh Waverley. Services are available from London and the south, as well as from the north, south, east and west of Scotland.

By Plane
The nearest international airport is Edinburgh Airport, located just 7 miles away. The express Airlink bus (no. 100), will take you from right outside the airport terminal building to Princes Street and Waverley Train station.