Call for participants to attend a virtual workshop: "Identifying challenges for a Sustainable Digital Society"
Deadline for submission of expressions of interest - Thursday 14 May 2020 16:00
Applicants notified of decision - Week commencing Monday 18 May 2020
Workshop date and venue - Thursday 11 June 2020. The workshop will take place virtually (using Zoom)
This is a call for expressions of interest to take part in a one-day scoping workshop to explore how research can tackle the challenges in establishing a Sustainable Digital Society. The outputs of the workshop will be used to scope a Digital Economy Theme call to be funded by EPSRC for up to £5m.
The workshop will be held on Thursday 11 June 2020. The workshop will be held virtually; further details will be circulated to successful applicants in due course.
The EPSRC Digital Economy Theme would like to build a picture of the research challenges and opportunities in establishing a Sustainable Digital Society (SDS), building on the newly developed Digital Economy Theme Priority area.
We would like to identify key areas for future research and understand important gaps in the current research landscape.
The one-day workshop on Thursday 11 June 2020 will provide an opportunity for participants to engage in discussion, identify research challenges and initiate new collaborative working partnerships. The outputs of this workshop will be used to develop the scope of a targeted call for research projects, which will be published in summer 2020.
There will be a pre-workshop activity for delegates to complete online using the Well Sorted tool, which will help to frame our discussions on the day. (Please note that discussion sessions at the workshop may not cover all points submitted to Well Sorted.)
The outputs of the workshop will be summarised in a workshop report and published on the website following the event, to inform the wider community and feed into future Research Council strategy.
Objectives of the workshop
The principal objectives of the workshop are to:
- Establish the main research challenges and opportunities within the EPSRC "Sustainable Digital Society" priority area
- Discuss the current capabilities in the UK to create a Sustainable Digital Society and pinpoint any gaps
- Produce a list of priority areas and sub-priorities for research that will be used to develop a targeted call for research projects
- Generate output that will inform future Research Council strategy
Applying to attend and selection procedure
Applications are encouraged from diverse disciplines (technological, economic, cultural, social, legal, ethical, behavioural and political), including participants who represent academia, business, users and policymakers.
Those wishing to attend the workshop should complete the short Expression of Interest form (please see list of questions asked, provided for information only). This will be used to select a balanced group of participants, with the aim of securing a diverse representation of institutions/organisations, expertise and career stages.
Places are limited and the number of attendees from a given organisation may be restricted in the event of high levels of interest. Applicants should be willing to share any information with colleagues and act as an ambassador on their behalf.
All submissions should be sent using the form below. The deadline for submission of Expressions of Interest is 16:00 on Thursday 14 May 2020. We are unable to accept applications after this deadline. Applicants will be notified of the decision the week commencing Monday 18 May 2020.
An attendee handbook will be distributed to successful applicants prior to the workshop (including attendee name, organisation, department and a brief bio). This is to allow the delegates to engage with their colleagues prior to the workshop and to contribute any thoughts they may wish to feed in.
Location and date
The workshop will take place virtually (using Zoom) on Thursday 11 June 2020. An application will be considered as confirmation of availability on this date and a commitment to attend if selected. Full details of the virtual set-up and an agenda will be made available to the selected participants.
Please note that parts of the workshop may be recorded. Any recordings of discussion sessions will only be used internally within EPSRC.
For further information, advice or queries regarding the workshop or application procedure please contact:
Sonia Raikova – firstname.lastname@example.org
Gemma Adams – email@example.com
Digital Economy inbox – firstname.lastname@example.org