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Opening: October 20, 2021. Seminars Nov21–Apr22

Responsible modelling in uncertain times: ethics of quantification in action | INETxUCL

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Quantification is more and more central in many spheres of society, driving business and policy decision-making. CEST and the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) are pleased to announce a new series of webinars funded by the Young Scholars Initiative of the Institute for New Economic Thinking (INET-YSI). The series’ title is “Responsible modelling in uncertain times: ethics of quantification in action” and will cover five key principles of best practice around uncertainty, complexity and transparency in applying modelling insights to policies. Leading experts, young and senior scholars and policymakers will be involved as speakers.

Spanning over six months (October ’21 – April ’22), webinars will be held on a bi-weekly basis, every Wednesday, starting October, 20 with the opening lecture by Andrea Saltelli (University of Bergen). A panel discussion will follow, with Kate Roll (UCL), Daniele Vidoni (European Commission) and Tommaso Vitale (Sciences Po).

The seminars will occur on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month until April 2022 (no seminars in January), between 5-6 PM (UK time). Two seminars per month will analyse technical and sociological aspects of the responsible modelling principles, starting with “assumptions” of the models up to the communication of their results and, equally importantly, of the unknown aspects.

Each seminar will host a short keynote speech (15 mins) followed by a panel discussion involving also young scholars.

Registration for all the seminars is mandatory at the link: https://bit.ly/EoQ_Series

Below a preliminary list of confirmed keynote speakers:

  • November 3, 2021 – Mind the assumptions 1/2
    Cynthia Rudin, Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Statistical Science, and Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Duke University
    What assumptions do we make when using black box predictive models?
  • November 17, 2021 – Mind the assumptions 2/2
    Paul Pfleiderer, C.O.G. Miller Distinguished Professor of Finance, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
  • December 1, 2021 – Mind the hubris 1/2
    Mary Morgan, Albert O. Hirschman Professor of History and Philosophy of Economics, London School of Economics
  • December 15, 2021 – Mind the hubris 2/2
    Bin Yu, Chancellor’s Distinguished Professor and Class of 1936 Second Chair, Departments of Statistics, UC Berkeley
  • February 2, 2022 – Mind the framing 1/2
    Sir John Kay, Emeritus Fellow, Oxford University
  • February 16, 2022 – Mind the framing 2/2
    Erica Charters, Associate Professor of Global History and the History of Medicine, University of Oxford
  • March 2, 2022 – Mind the consequences 1/2
    Jayati Ghosh (TBC), Professor of Economics at the Centre for Economic Studies and Planning, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
  • March 16, 2022 – Mind the consequences 2/2
    Speaker TBD
  • April 6, 2022 – Mind the unknown 1/2
    Gabriele Bammer, Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Australian National University
  • April 20, 2022 – Mind the unknown 2/2
    Speaker TBD

In partnership with UCL-IIPP, Institute for New Economic Thinking, Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies


Andrea Saltelli

Visiting Researcher, University of Bergen


Kate Roll

Assistant Professor and Head of Teaching at UCL’s Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP)

Daniele Vidoni

Policy Officer at European Commission, DG Competition

Tommaso Vitale

Associate Professor of Sociology at Sciences Po


Elisabetta Cappa

PhD Student in Economics at the Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa & member of CEST

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