Big Data & The Environment ‘book club’ at the Curious Lounge

Study alone but together with Big Data & The Environment at the Curious Lounge – a new style of ‘book’ club, Nov 4, 12 & 18 

Our free online course, Big Data & The Environment, opens on Monday, November 4th on the Future Learn platform and to mark the launch the first ‘Big Data Book Club’ meets in Reading to chat about the course face-to-face


Posted November 1st 2019

By Sally Stevens, Communications & Marketing Manager at the IEA


You’ve heard of book clubs, well here comes Data Skills ‘Book’ Club – all the benefits of self-paced studying in your own time and space with the bonus of meeting up with a friendly community of like-minded people to extend your learning experience.

Already thousands of people around the world have studied this highly regarded course to improve their data skills and learn cutting-edge techniques from the leading experts such as Prof Ed Hawkins, the scientist behind the famous Climate Stripes.

A new dimension for online learning

Big Data & The Environment was produced by the Reading-based Institute for Environmental Analytics (IEA) and the University of Reading and for this new run we are linking up with Reading’s newest life-long learning hub, The Curious Lounge to add a face-to-face dimension.

The Curious Lounge is an exciting new skills and event hub featuring a programme of exceptional speakers, events and training around technical, creative and digital skills, just 2 minutes’ walk from Reading station. You can grab a coffee, enjoy the chat and meet new people who are interested in the same things that you are.

Get more out of Big Data & The Environment

In the same way that book club members meet in a social setting to explore themes, ideas and reactions to a book, meeting each week at The Curious Lounge is an opportunity for people studying Big Data & The Environment, or thinking about joining, to do the same, once a week for the 3 week run of the course. If you can’t start on Monday, November 4th, don’t panic, there is a 6-week study window because we know that there are lots of demands on our busy lives, so it is the perfect way to fit learning new skills around your job, education, family and social life!

Vicky Lucas, the course Editor and Training Manager at the (IEA), will start an informal discussion around the course content, answer questions and motivating your learning in a friendly and sociable setting. The importance of open data, the challenges of working with data, how it affects our everyday lives, the potential benefits for business and career paths will be just a few of the topics covered.

Gain new skills or become a citizen scientist

Formerly a weather forecaster and air quality scientist, Vicky combines a scientific knowledge with a passion for training. Vicky has worked around the world, from teaching English in Brazil, to developing air quality policy in New Zealand to forecasting in the Antarctic.

From urban planning to monitoring wildlife, Big Data & The Environment explores the complexities of managing and analysing big data to seek innovative solutions and applying data analytics to business, even creating exciting new commercial and start-up ideas!

Whatever your background or age, wherever you are, you can gain new skills, update existing ones and learn how to use data to protect our environment from threats including climate change, whether you are applying for a new job or want to join the growing community of citizen scientists.

Register to join the course and book now for the Curious Lounge

Registration for Big Data & The Environment is open now and completely free. The self-paced course requires around 3 hours studying a week for 3 weeks with online mentoring too and there is a 6-week study window. Register here.

To join the weekly meetings at the Curious Lounge, use the links below. The Big Data & The Environment events are completely free but for other events at the new Curious Lounge various membership packages are available.

Introduction to Big Data on Monday, November 4th, 12-2pm FREE

Data to Discovery on Tuesday, November 12th, 12-2pm FREE

Big and Small Data on Monday, November 18th, 12-2pm FREE

Look forward to seeing you there!

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