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Artificial intelligence in the biosciences virtual community building meeting

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Date: 19 May 2021, approx. 09:30 to 16:00
Venue: Online


Artificial intelligence (AI) and its application is an area of growing interest within the biosciences research and innovation community. This interest is reflected more broadly in the recently published UKRI statement of opportunity ’Transforming our world with AI’ (PDF), which sets out the cross-disciplinary and cross-sector opportunities to support AI research and innovation in the UK.

UKRI-BBSRC will run a virtual community building meeting for artificial intelligence in the biosciences on Wednesday 19 May 2021. The event aims to raise awareness of the potential AI has for the biosciences and to illustrate where it has already made a difference. It will also promote networking between communities and help UKRI-BBSRC understand the opportunities and challenges of AI for the biosciences in particular, inclusive of artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, neural networks and other related technologies.

The meeting will be virtual and hosted on Zoom as a whole day event (approx. 9:30 to 16:00). The format is expected to be a mixture of presentations in the morning, a poster session and time for networking over the two-hour lunch break and facilitated workshop discussion in the afternoon.

If you wish to participate in the event, please complete the Eventbrite registration by 7 May 2021.


Participants are welcome from across the bioscience research and innovation community and from all career stages. We would also particularly encourage professional support staff to take part, as well as members from outside the bioscience community working in areas that could become relevant to the biosciences.

While broad participation is explicitly encouraged, UKRI-BBSRC reserves the right to limit the total participant numbers should the level of interest substantially exceed the expected capacity of the event. If limiting participant numbers is required we will use the following selection criteria:

  • Relevance of research interests
  • Balance of research interests across the participants
  • Balance of representation across career stages and roles
  • Balance of organisations and departments
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion considerations.

Selection of participants will be undertaken by UKRI-BBSRC with the outcome notified by 14 May 2021. Although not anticipated, we reserve the right to invite additional participants directly. If you have any questions, please email