U21 DS³ Collaborative Group Annual Symposium 2019

Leveraging U21 DS³Collaboration: Sharing data and practice, and developing insights

The DS³ 2019 Annual Symposium will take place on 2nd and 3rd May at the University of Maryland. 

The Steering Committee invites all DS³ Network Contacts (or their designee) from member institutions across U21 to attend.

On the evening of May 1, symposium attendees are invited to join a welcome reception, to meet with fellow DS³ representatives, and also connect with the U21 Senior Leaders and Presidents who will concurrently be attending the U21 AGM and Presidential Meetings at the University of Maryland.  Our meeting will commence the next morning, and end following lunch on Friday, May 3.

The program will include a keynote address highlighting the value of data (see below), structured sessions on opportunities and challenges to data sharing across the consortium, featured sessions from various institutions highlighting best practices, and review and planning sessions on collaborative projects.

We are seeking Expressions of Interest from attendees, to showcase good practice projects and initiatives progressing at their institutions, in the area of data sharing, analysis, visualization and reporting. Attendees can express their interest in contributing to the practice sharing session through submission of a title and brief abstract on the Registration Form.  

Keynote speaker: Professor Robin Mason Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International), University of Birmingham 

With so much data, surely we can get some information?

Robin Mason
Professor Robin Mason

In his keynote address, Professor Mason will explore some ideas on how DS³ could support insight for U21 and engage the attention of U21 Senior Leaders.

Professor Robin Mason joined the University of Birmingham in March 2016, as Pro-Vice-Chancellor (International) and Vice-President. Robin moved to Birmingham after seven years at the University of Exeter, where he was first Professor of Economics, then appointed Dean of the University’s Business School in 2011, and Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Executive Dean in 2015. He had previously been the Eric Roll Professor of Economics and Head of Economics at the University of Southampton.

Robin likes nothing better than to work with data to gain new insights into problems and challenges. At Birmingham these have included understanding what influences international reputation, identifying potential partnerships ripe for development, and developed performance metrics.


Registration is now OPEN!  Register here to complete the registration form.  If you would like to express interest in showcasing a best practice project or initiative, please compose a title (15 words) and abstract (150 words) for submission on your registration form.

Register Here

Please note that accommodation and travel arrangements are the responsibility of individual delegates.  A preferential rate has been secured with The Hotel at the University of Maryland the details are here.

Hotel Details

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Questions about the symposium can be directed to Sharon A. La Voy, Assistant Vice President for Institutional Research, Planning and Assessment at the University of Maryland (slavoy@umd.edu), or Amanda Gibney, Associate Professor & Vice Principal for Teaching and Learning at the University College Dublin (amanda.gibney@ucd.ie).


Event start date
01 May, 14:05
Event end date
03 May, 15:05