Discovery Talks: Our digital future in-the-making

Discovery Talks, sharing the latest innovations and discoveries being made across arts, humanities, science, and engineering at the University of Bristol.


Join researchers from the Bristol Digital futures Institute – Marisela Gutierrez Lopez and Jessica Ogden – as they share stories of ‘digital futures in-the-making’, and explore opportunities for agency in opening up more sustainable, inclusive and prosperous digital futures for all.

This event is taking place at the S.S. Great Britain and this ticket will also give you access to our Up Late at the S.S. Great Britain event featuring talks, demonstrations, and hands-on activities from researchers at the University of Bristol. Visit the FUTURES2021 website for full details of the programme for Up Late at the S.S. Great Britain.


Digital technologies and innovations are inextricably woven into the fabric of modern society. These technologies are changing our world, for better and for worse. To harness the opportunities and address the challenges, we need to fundamentally transform the way we do digital innovation.

This panel discussion brings together researchers to reflect on the opportunities of digital transformation and its challenges.

We ask: What happens when we post content online? How are decisions made about us using tools like machine learning? And how can we participate in shaping our digital futures?

The session will feature two short talks, followed by open Q&A with the researchers.


 The Bristol Digital Futures Institute is a community of researchers from across the University of Bristol brought together with 27 partners from across a range of sectors from world-leading technology businesses, industry, and creative companies to local government and community organisations to better understand how digital innovation and technologies can create more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous futures for all.


Marisela Gutierrez Lopez, Senior Research Associate, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.
Marisela’s research specialism is in investigating how the outcomes of AI can be meaningfully explained to different data publics, and the adoption of emerging technologies in the workplace. At BDFI she will apply her experience in interdisciplinary and design-led participatory research to create more diverse, equitable and inclusive data-driven futures.

Jessica Ogden, Senior Research Associate, School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies.

Jessica’s research centres on the politics of data/archives, with a focus on the ways that digital culture, media and knowledge are constructed and represented online, as well as the broad implications these have for contemporary and future digital scholarship. She is excited to continue this research with BDFI, in particular on the role and future-making capabilities of data in everyday life, with a view towards building more inclusive digital futures.



Event Details

S.S. Great Britain
Great Western Dockyard, Gas Ferry Rd

Date: 24/09/2021
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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