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Researching patterns of opening and closure in the UK museum sector

Venue: Online

Prof. Alex Poulovassilis and Prof. Peter Wood are Co-Investigators on the AHRC-funded 'Museums in the Pandemic' project, 2021-22.

In this talk, they will discuss the computational techniques they have developed for collecting, managing and analysing data about the UK museum sector so as to enable the research of two interdisciplinary projects: Mapping Museums and Museums in the Pandemic: risk, closure and resilience

Online session

This event will take place online on Microsoft Teams. Pre-event information and joining links will be emailed to you before the session. Please ensure you book your place via the link above to receive the joining instructions.


Alexandra Poulovassilis is Professor Emerita in Birkbeck's Department of Computer Science and Information Systems and a College Fellow. She served as Deputy Dean for Research Enhancement in the School of BEI (2015-21) and Director of the Birkbeck Knowledge Lab (2016-2021). Her research interests revolve around data, particularly flexible querying of complex data, integrating data from diverse datasets, and supporting learning and knowledge communities in extracting value from their data. Her research has been funded through over 20 externally awarded research grants, from the UK Research Councils, EU, JISC and industry. Much of her work has been in interdisciplinary collaborative projects with domain experts from the arts, life sciences and social sciences, most recently in the 'Mapping Museums' and 'Museums in the Pandemic' projects which are the focus of this talk.

Peter Wood is a Professor of Computer Science in Birkbeck's Department of Computer Science and Information Systems. His research interests are in the area of data management, in particular query processing and optimisation. Apart from his involvement in the 'Museums in the Pandemic' project, he is also a co-investigator on the 'Action against Stunting Hub', a GCRF-funded project aiming to address the causes of childhood stunting.

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