IntroductionWorld-class scientists engage in public debate at Exeter.
Professor Douglas Kell and Professor Tony Hey visited Exeter to debate the characteristics of data-driven research and its significance for future research in the biological and biomedical sciences, in an open discussion organised by Egenis.
Professor Kell is chief executive of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and professor of bioanalytical science at the University of Manchester. Professor Hey is corporate vice president of the external research division of Microsoft Research and is responsible for the worldwide external research and technical computing strategy across Microsoft Corporation.
The debate, ‘Data-driven science: why and how?’, was organised by Dr Sabina Leonelli, Research Fellow at Egenis. Dr Leonelli's work focuses on the relations between regulatory and classificatory practices within contemporary biomedical science, with particular attention to the role played by bioinformatics in data sharing. Her project 'The regulatory role of bioinofrmatics: a case of soft governance' aims to elaborate a sociological and conceptual analysis of the various kinds of governance affecting genomic research and its applications.