Welcome to The Dish, the official Data Science for Health Equity newsletter!
It's been just two months since we soft-launched back in September, and already the buds of our vibrant new community are ready to blossom: our Slack workspace is wonderfully active, we've held our first DSxHE organisers' and supports' meeting, and even reached the heady 300 follower mark on Twitter. And there's lots more excitement to come...
What even is The Dish?
Every month, we'll serve up a rundown of what the DSxHE community is up to, upcoming events, job opportunities, awesome resources and funding calls from across the community. You'll also find out about the latest DSxHE community activities and all the different ways that you can get involved.
The DSxHE Team
PS Are you stressing about how to pronounce "DSxHE"? It's "dishy"
And on today's menu....
News from DSxHE
Upcoming DSxHE Events
We're kicking off our community activities with The Download, our regular monthly virtual community space to discuss podcasts, articles, papers and more, as well as meet other members of the DSxHE community!
The event is open to anyone, anywhere, no matter your level of experience or background. Join us on Tuesday 7th December at 8:15 am (GMT).
Meet the Team
We are SO thrilled to announce the first few volunteer members of the DSxHE organising team! Following our organisers' information meeting hosted by Brieuc and Maxine, so many lovely folks came forwards (from across UK, Qatar and Nigeria!) and we've had a busy few months of planning exciting things for you. Interested in joining in? Get in touch!
Also, we're recruiting for a community manager at Genomics England, whose role will also include looking after DSxHE! Apply by 6th December.
We're super excited to announce DSxHE Themes. These are particular focus areas at the intersection of data science and health equity, led by community members, i.e. you! We have four initial themes (Genomic Data Diversity, Infectious Diseases, Social Determinants of Health, and Statistical Methods), but we *clap* want *clap* more.
Call for events
Do you have an idea for an event that might be relevant to the DSxHE community? We have a fantastic (and growing) team of volunteers itching to help you plan, organise and promote it.
Call for themes
Want to shine a light on a specific area of interest in data science and health equity, and want to tap into the DSxHE community? Setting up a DSxHE Theme might be just the thing for you.
News from the Community
The DSxHE library
Every month we'll round up all the articles, podcasts, papers, blogs, videos, funding calls *gasps for breath*, events and training opportunities that have been shared across the DSxHE Slack workspace and put it in a single list for you. You're welcome.
Here's a few external events coming up in the next month that might float your boat. If there's an event you'd like to highlight on a future edition of this newsletter, then post in on #events on our Slack workspace or get in touch.
OHT London Reading Room - Invisible Women. Tuesday 30th November 19:00 - 20:00 London (GMT)
AI for Good Webinar. Tuesday 30th November 13:00 - 14:30 Geneva (CET)
Columbia University Data Science Institute's Race and Data Science Lecture Series. Throughout November & December.
The Alan Turing Institute: Interpretability, safety, and security in AI. Monday 13th December to Wednesday 15th December.
We've rounded up some highlights below - come and join our Slack channel to keep updated with the latest funding opportunities.
The Alan Turing Institute invites applicants to apply for the inaugural Post-Doctoral Enrichment Award (PDEA) scheme, offering flexible funding to enable researchers to build, develop and grow activities surrounding their current research, with a focus on data science, AI and related topics.
Queer in AI Graduate School Application Programme aims to alleviate the financial burden of queer students and connect them with senior queer scientists for application feedback.
Financial aid up to $1250 is available to cover application or test fees for queer people applying to STEM graduate and medical degree programs globally. Apply here (you need to register) or donate here.
An application review mentorship programme connects mentors at all levels of seniority with grad school applicants with similar research interests. Apply to get feedback here (you need to register) or become a mentor here.
Looking for your next career move or project? We'll bring you a rundown of new roles and opportunities to further health equity through data science:
Genomics England is recruiting a Community Manager for Diverse Data (which involves helping out with DSxHE alongside Maxine!).
International Agency for Research on Cancer is inviting applicants for a postdoctoral opportunity to undertake research activities on social inequalities and cancer.
Africa Health Research Institute is recruiting for a Research Data Manager and a Junior Research Data Manager - apply by 12th December!
The Department of Biomedical Informatics at Harvard Medical School invites applications for Assistant Professorships in Computational biology and genomics & AI/ML in precision healthcare - the application window closes on 31st December.
Social Science Research Council's Just Tech Fellowship supports researchers and practitioners investigating the intersection of technology and social justice. Fellows based in the US will receive two-year awards of $100,000 per year. Applicants should express interest before 2nd January 2022.
NHS Race and Health Observatory is looking to commission two pieces of research exploring digital exclusion and digital innovation in relation to ethnic health inequalities. These two invitations to tender are open until 3rd December.