Education and Training Champions

Champions Conference Brockenhurst

The EDISON Champions of Education and Training are a group of pioneers driven to help create the new generation of Data Science professionals. EDISON seeks to support such pioneers particularly where they are exploiting the outputs of the EDISON initiative in the form of the EDISON Data Science Framework (EDSF). In addition to making use of the EDSF, Champions as early adopters provide crucial feedback into the evolution of the Framework.

Champions refers to teams at universities, colleges or other teaching or training establishments engaged in developing and /or delivering the courses that Data Science professionals need. Support for such teams varies and is dependent on particular needs that can help move things forward. In particular support will focus on bringing such teams together for various meetings and conferences to share best practice and lessons learnt.

If you are interested in becoming an EDISON Champion or attending meetings then please get in touch. See contact page.

Champions: New Forest Milestone

Champions graphical capture

The EDISON New Forest Milestone is a declaration of collective ambition to further the establishment of the Data Science profession that was agreed as a collective action at the first EDISON Champions Conference. The New Forest Milestone captures the key outcomes of the two-day event and paves the way for subsequent Champions Conferences.

    The New Forest Milestone

    from the 1st EDISON Champion Universities Conference

    13th - 14th July 2016

    The New Forest Milestone is an outcome of the first educational EDISON Champions conference held in Brockenhurst, UK. The EU-funded EDISON project is working to support growth of the Data Science profession, and help reduce the shortage of data science skilled professionals across the research infrastructure landscape and beyond.

    1. We understand the value of data, both big and small, together with data-driven technologies, and their ability to create value, increase knowledge and to bring societal communities together;
    2. We believe that data-driven and data-centric technologies should enable deprived communities to engage with the wider world, and so work as a fuel for future economic development;
    3. We recognize the need for many more trained data science professionals to make this a reality, and we feel responsible for a coordinated development to facilitate Data Science education and training by developing the Data Science curriculum and its wider educational framework across the digital ecosystem;
    4. We recognize the value of the EDISON Data Science Framework (EDSF) and we want to share our experiences in further development and implementation of the EDSF;
    5. We want to contribute to European and International initiatives to promote rigorous and ambitious data science programmes that are both competitive and empowering, and bridge traditional academic disciplines and professional divisions;
    6. We will help undertake initiatives for national action plans that address the demand for data skills, and we will also engage with other universities and similar stakeholders in our own countries and elsewhere to promote this vision;
    7. We expect EDISON to work on the set of learning materials on data-driven technologies literacy;
    8. We will welcome the growing number of Champion Universities and Data Science ambassadors who will share this vision, and we look forward to building on these achievements at the next Champions conference in Madrid early in 2017.


    The following were present at the first Champions Conference:


    • Nele Coghe - European Data Innovation


    • Kathrin Beck - Max Planck Computing and Data Facility (RDA)
    • Regine Freitag - Fraunhofer Institute for Intelligent Analysis and Information Systems
    • Christopher Jung - Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT)
    • Paul Schultze-Motel - Helmholtz Open Science Koordinationsbüro


    • Ari Asmi - University of Helsinki


    • Edit Herczog - Vision & Values SPRL


    • Gianluca Reali - University of Perugia


    • Marek Niezgódka    University Warsaw


    • Carlos Alberto Rodríguez-Solano Nuzzi


    • Nicholas Murgha - Polytechnic of Kiev


    • Panos Louvieris - Brunel university London
    • Natalie Clewley - Brunel university London
    • Ingo Frommholz - University Of Bedfordshire
    • Marc Conrad - University of Bedfordshire
    • Riinu Ots - University of Edinburgh
    • Rose  - Office of National Statistics (UK)
    • Chris Phethean - University of Southampton
    • Jon Forster - University of Southampton
    • Hugh Shanahan - Royal Holloway, University of London
    • Ali Syed - European Data Science Academy
    • John Wood - Association of Commonwealth Universities
    • Ruben Sanchez Garcia - University of Southampton
    • David Rew - University of Southampton Hospital

    The Netherlands

    • Maaike Duine - THOR
    • Silvia Delgado Olabarriaga - Amsterdam Medical Centre
    • Marcel Worring - Amsterdam Data Science
    • Hans Borgman - University of Amsterdam

    Plus the EDISON project team

    EDISON: first Champions Conference

    First Champions Conference

    The first EDISON Champions Conference was a great success. The pioneers of data science teaching and training assembled in the New Forest as the British Summer was making its first real appearance. The Champions enjoyed two days of stimulating and productive discussion triggered by the emergent findings of the project material. The source material can be found in the library section of the website. The presentations delivered at the conference can be found below. Please credit the EDISON project if this material proves useful to your work.


    Champions Conference group photo - New Forest July 2016
    Champions Conference group photo - New Forest July 2016 - (Photo: Natalia Talkowska)
    Graphical capture of first day by Natalia Talkowska
    Graphical capture of first day by Natalia Talkowska
    Graphical capture of second day by Natalia Talkowska
    Graphical capture of second day by Natalia Talkowska

    EDISON: second Champions Conference

    Puerta de Toledo Campus Madrid

    The second EDISON Champions Conference is coming soon. The meeting will be held in the historic and cultural heart of Madrid at the University - Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. The purpose of the meeting is to present and develop the activities of the education and training pioneers (EDISON Champions) who are utilising the EDISON Data Science Framework (EDSF) to develop and run new courses for Data Science.

    The two-day event will take place over the 15-16 March 2017 in central Madrid. In addition to presenting success stories of the intial use cases of the implimentaion of the EDISON Data Science Framework (EDSF), workshop attendees will have the opportunity to be briefed on how they too can be helped to accelerate the process of developing industry-aligned education and training courses at their own institutions and organisations. Furthermore experts from the EDISON team will be present and keen to gather feedback for the next release of the EDSF.