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Seminar: Agent Based Modelling for Policy - *New date*

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This seminar is aimed at widening the understanding of the contributions that agent based models (ABMs) can have on supporting public policy. Experts from across the UK and international organisations will provide insights and applications of these models in key policy areas.

A joint academic and policy seminar, tailored to promote and widen understanding of the application of agent based modelling (ABMs) in supporting the development of public policy.

There is growing interest in the application of agent based modelling into policy development and exploration across a range of policy areas. Researchers can model complex systems such as, urban development, use of natural resources or networks by describing simple rules of behaviour for individual agents. With the increasing availability of geo-spatial and micro socio-economic data, combined with increased computational power, the potential for the use of ABMs in supporting more realistic exploration of policy impacts are being recognised.

Digital Catapult has been working with a growing network of researchers and practitioners in this field to promote understanding and increased adoption within UK policymaking. The network has an enviable representation across different disciplines including the Institute for New Economic Thinking at Oxford, Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at UCL, the Centre for Research in Social Simulation at Surrey and the Centre for Policy Modelling at Manchester Met. There is active engagement from government departments such as BEIS and Defra, as well as ONS, the Intellectual Property Office and Innovate UK.

Digital Catapult will be hosting a seminar for the network on the 5 October 2020. The agenda consists of panel discussions comprising experts across the fields of academy and policy in the application and use of ABMs in policy.

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09:30 - Opening Keynote: Andy Haldane, Chief Economist at Bank of England

10:00 - Panel 1: Innovation and Economic Growth

Chair: Dr. Mike Keoghan, Chief Economic Advisor at BEIS

Panellists:

  • Dr William Hynes, Head of the New Approaches to Economic Challenges Unit, OECD

  • Prof Nigel Gilbert, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Centre for Research in Social Simulation, University of Surrey

  • Brian MacAulay, Lead Economist, Digital Catapult / Dr Nigel Shardlow, Planning Director, Sandtable / Dr Lies Boelen, Senior Data Scientist, Sandtable

  • Sergi Martorell, Co-Founder, Glass AI

11:30 - Coffee break

11:45 - Panel 2: Infrastructure

Chair: Dr Helen Bowkett, Senior Technical Director, Arcadis

Panellists:

  • Prof Liz Varga, Professor of Complex Systems, University College London

  • Prof Ed Manley, Professor of Urban Analytics, University of Leeds

  • Prof Nick Malleson, Professor of Spatial Science, University of Leeds

13:15 - Lunch

14:15 - Panel 3: Natural Environment

Chair: Henry Leveson-Gower, Head of Food Innovation, Defra and CEO at Promoting Economic Pluralism

Panellists:

  • Dr Peter Alexander, Lecturer in Global Food Systems, University of Edinburgh

  • Dr Helen Wilkinson, Director, Risk Solutions

  • Dr Gary Polhill, Senior Research Scientist, The James Hutton Institute

15:45 - Coffee break

16:00 - Panel 4: Health and Social Policy

Chair: Prof Bruce Edmonds, Professor of Social Simulation, Manchester Metropolitan University

Panellists:

  • Prof Laurence Moore, Director of the MRC/CSO Social and Public Health Sciences Unit, University of Glasgow

  • Dr Natalie van der Wal, Marie Sklodowska Curie Senior Research Fellow, University of Leeds

  • Dr James Woodcock, Principal Research Associate, University of Cambridge

17:30 - Seminar ends

The event is open to all parties interested in understanding more about ABMs and how they can be applied into the policy arena. No technical knowledge is required, just an enthusiasm to discuss and learn more about this exciting approach.

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