Celebrating women working in data and challenging industry to promote and retain women are core priorities for the  Data Driven Innovation  ’Women in Data’ project.   Professor Judy Robertson, Chair in Digital Learning, led the project and was also  one of 60 women interviewed about their work in the tech sector.  

“Women have a long history as a pioneers in the world of data, starting with Florence Nightingale, who used the power of graphs to change the mind of government. Our Women in Data project at the University of Edinburgh has collected stories of present day women who are making their mark with data. It’s vital we recognise the contribution of women data scientists and support more women to succeed in this field.”  – Professor Judy Robertson. 

Read Judy’s interview 

Throughout September and October the Women in Data project will showcase profiles of women working across industries in a variety of data, technology and innovation related roles.  Alongside Professor Judy Robertson you can already read about the work of  Marta Portugal  (Senior Data Scientist, Merkle Aquila),  Gillian Docherty OBE (CEO, DataLab),  Dr Jasmina Lazic  (Chief Data Technologist, the Bayes Centre). All the interviews can be accessed via  Women in Data  with more to follow over the next few weeks. 

The Data-Driven Innovation initiative is a partnership between the Universities of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt. It is part of the Edinburgh and South East Scotland  City Region Deal  and aims to help organisations and all people benefit from the data revolution. 


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