Big Data, Small Area symposium 14 & 15 November 2017

The UK Small Area Health Statistics Unit (SAHSU) celebrated their 30th anniversary with an international symposium, “Big Data, Small Area”, held at the Royal Geographical Society on 14 & 15 November. Around 150 delegates attended across the two-day symposium, which was opened with presentations from Professor Sir Mark Walport, incoming Chief Executive of UK Research and Innovation, and Professor John Newton, Director of Health Improvement at Public Health England. As well as marking the anniversary of the founding of SAHSU in 1987, the Big Data, Small Area symposium symposium gave an opportunity to present and explore the current developments, future prospects and scientific methods and techniques involved in using big data in small areas The poster sessions on day one saw twenty exceptional posters presented, alongside a demonstration of the Rapid Inquiry Facility (RIF), developed in SAHSU with the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) . Speakers came from across the UK, as well as China, USA and Europe, and included plenaries from Dr Dominic King of Google DeepMind on “Big Data: Challenges in delivering AI-enabled care” and Professor Danny Dorling at Oxford University on “Social Inequalities”.