Queen Charlotte

Day 2

Wednesday June 21, 2017
12:00 – 14:30

Impact of AI on Science & The Environment

Industry Challenge

It is clear that AI methods make it is possible to build a digital dashboard for the planet, allowing us to monitor, model, and manage environmental systems at a scale never before possible. Time is short, resources are scarce, and the hope is that the transformative impacts of AI can help us reach environmental goals.

The challenges are real, the need for more information, more frequently, and at greater resolution than what is currently available makes progress very difficult. For example, the UN recently announced a plan to publish a global assessment of Earth’s biodiversity and ecosystem services in 2019, nearly 15 years after the last global assessment.

To date we’ve only scratched the surface of what collaboration between people and machines can accomplish for the conservation of biodiversity. To realise the full scope of what is possible will take a coordinated effort from all of us, including industry, government, and the academic and nonprofit sectors.

It won’t be an easy journey, but by applying the power of AI to help both humans and our natural systems thrive, we can help provide a better and healthier future for the planet.

In this panel we’ll discuss how, we could make this vision a reality?



  • 12:00 – 12:30 Keynote
  • 12:30 – 13:30 Panel
  • 13:30 – 14:30 Breakout Session / Lunch Break



  • Keynote: Alberto Arribas (Head of Informatics Lab at Met Office)
  • Panelist: David Ferguson (Head of Digital Innovation at EDF Energy)
  • Panelist: Gemma Milne (Co-Founder of Science: Disrupt)
  • Panelist: Michael Veale (PhD Researcher in Responsible Machine Learning at UCL, Machine Learning Advisor at Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre)