External Events

The Reform team is regularly asked to speak at external events to discuss our research and contribute to the policy debate on key issues. See below for our latest appearances. 

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AI & Automation in the public sector

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, will be on a panel on "exploring the latest innovations in public sector AI", from 10:40-11:10. 

More details here.

Public Health England webinar session

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation and Claudia Martinez, Research Manager, will be presenting their healthcare regulators project at a webinar session for Public Health England on the 11th December 2019.

Guardian Public Service Awards 2019

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, will be a judge for the Guardian's 2019 Public Service Awards. 

More information about the event can be found here

British Heart Foundation Alumni event: An evening of Big Data & AI

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, will be speaking at the BHF alumni event at King's College London. The event will explore new horizons for research, policy and practice in the life sciences.

More information here

Healthcare Unblocked 2019

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation at Reform, will be speaking at Healthcare Unblocked 2019, on the panel: 'Do no harm - The ethics of sharing medical data', from 10.00-10.45am. 

More details here.

Exploring Intelligent Interfaces: Healthcare Digital Technology Congress

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, will be speaking at this conference, from 09:35-10:05. 

More details here. 

IHPN Annual Summit 2019

Charlotte Pickles, Director of Reform, will be speaking at the Independent Healthcare Providers Network (IHPN) Annual Summit. 

She will be speaking on the topic of "'May you live in interesting times!': changing the story for the independent sector in a time of political change".

Full details can be found here.

BMA Conference: 'How can we embrace AI and assistive technologies in a way that works for care staff and patients?'

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, will be presenting on the topic of 'Uptake and adoption of innovation in the NHS' at 16.00-16.30.

Emerging technologies: what does the future of health care look like?

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation at Reform, will be speaking at The King's Fund event. She will be participating in a debate on 'AI in healthcare: How do we move from the research to practical application?', from 9.00-9.45am. 

More information here.

FITI2019-Frontiers of Research: An Inspire Conference on Translational and Innovative Medicine

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, will be speaking at FITI2019 - Frontiers of Research: An Inspire Conference on Translational and Innovative Medicine at the College of Medical and Dental Sciences, University of Birmingham, from 11:00-11:30. 

Read more here.

The Guardian’s Future Work Event

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation at Reform will be speaking at the The Guardian’s Future Work Event panel at the Conservative Party Conference 2019.It is on the topic of 'Who's watching the watchers: Keeping track of ethics in recruitment'.

Other speakers:

  • Chair: Alex Hern, UK technology editor, The Guardian
  • Eleonora Harwich, Director of research and Head of digital and tech innovation, Reform - Reform is a think tank and Eleonora’s work focuses on how tech innovations can help public services deliver better outcomes for people
  • Kate Glazebrook, CEO, Applied - Recruitment platform designed to allow teams to measure candidates on what actually matters
  • Ankur Modi, Founder and CEO, StatusToday - Uses AI to understand human behaviour in the workplace through people analytics

Conservative Party Conference

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation at Reform, will be speaking at the Conservative Party Conference Tech Morning on the Future of AI. 

Other speakers include:

  • Matt Warman MP, Minister for Digital, Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
  • Lucy Yu, Director of Public Policy, FiveAI
  • Aleyne Johnson, Director of Government and External Relations, Samsung
  • Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, Reform
  • Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech Nation

AImed Europe Conference 2019

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, spoke on the ethics of AI in healthcare. 

More information about the event can be found here.

Read the blog post about the event here.

Social Outcomes Conference 2019

Senior Reform Researcher, Dr Joshua Pritchard, spoke in a plenary session at the Blavatnik School of Government, Government Outcomes Lab, Social Outcomes Conference.

To watch the session back, click here.

Women in Health Tech Supper Club

Eleonora Harwich spoke Women in Health Tech Supper Club about diversity issues and in HealthTech and what can be done about it.

Innovation and technology in the NHS, Westminster Health Forum

Reform's Director of Research, Eleonora Harwich spoke at a panel event on 'Addressing barriers to innovation and developing health technologies - regulation, workforce engagement and meeting user need'.

Homeless link policy forum

Luke Heselwood and Imogen Farhan presented the findings of Reform's report 'Preventing youth homelessness: an assessment of local approaches'. 

You can read the full report here

Public Sector Solutions Expo

Imogen Farhan spoke on a panel at the Public Sector Solutions Expo on 'Optimising workspaces to support smarter working'. She discussed Reform's research on 'Smarter working in public services', which is available to read here

UK Imaging and Oncology Congress

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation at Reform, spoke at the UKIO’s conference in Liverpool. She presented on two different themes throughout the day on 12 June 2019. The first was on ethical considerations around data usage, ownership and commercialisation in relation to creating IP. The second was about how the NHS can become more efficient.

Modernising Criminal Justice

Aidan Shilson-Thomas, Researcher at Reform, led several 'hot-seat' sessions at the 2019 Modernising Criminal Justice conference. These sessions covered topics including the probation service, tackling the root causes of crime, and the merits of 'stop and search' policies.

Taking the Pain out of AI

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research at Reform, spoke at an Edge Health panel event on navigating the challenges of introducing advanced technologies into the NHS. She addressed the issue of patient data confidentiality, arguing that private service providers must take it upon themselves to design systems which command the trust and confidence of patients.

You can find a write-up of the event here.

Power of the Profession: Delivering Value in a Transforming World

Imogen Farhan, Researcher at Reform, spoke at the APM Project Management conference, addressing the importance of smarter working programmes. She argued that technological changes alone are insufficient to deliver the benefits of smarter working, and must be accompanied by meaningful cultural change.

Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare

Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research at Reform, chaired a University of Salford conference on the issue of AI in healthcare. She also spoke on the impact of the NHS Code of Conduct on data-driven services, making reference to Reform's recent report, 'Making NHS Data Work for Everyone'.

The Future for UK Public Procurement

Dr Joshua Pritchard, Researcher at Reform, spoke on the issue of driving innovation through public procurement and local wealth building at Westminster Business Forum’s Keynote Seminar on the future for UK public procurement. He argued that there needs to be a greater focus on skills and training to ensure the public sector has the capacity to procure public services effectively and responsibly. He called for a greater investment in training institutions and the wider use of digital e-learning courses for local contracting authorities.

Privitar Data Policy Evening

On 7 March 2019, Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, spoke at a Privitar data policy evening on equitability. She presented the findings of Reform’s report on Making NHS data work for everyone

The Royal Society of Medicine: ‘Recent developments in AI and digital health 2019’

On Tuesday 22 February 2019, Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, spoke at The Royal Society of Medicine’s event, ‘Recent developments in AI and digital health 2019’. She spoke about the macroeconomic ethics of the AI market in healthcare.

The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium Teaching Week 2019

On Friday 22 February 2019, Eleonora Harwich, Director of Research and Head of Digital and Tech Innovation, spoke at The London Interdisciplinary Biosciences Consortium Teaching Week 2019. She presented the findings of Thinking on its own: AI in the NHS and Making NHS data work for everyone. She argued that good implementations of AI in the NHS are the ones that solves issues that people face on the ground. 

World Health Organisation Symposium: Future of digital health systems

On Thursday  7 February 2019, Eleonora Harwich spoke at the World Health Organisation Symposium on the future of digital health systems. She presented the findings from the Making NHS data work for everyone research report.