Environmental Intelligence: Can AI Change the World?

Dartington Hall, Dartington

£6.00 Ticket

Artificial Intelligence enables us to track environmental footprints, extreme weather events, carbon emissions, and biodiversity loss. But can it help us to find solutions to tackle some of our society’s most pressing environmental issues? AI has a staggering carbon footprint itself – but can it help us find solutions in a rapidly changing climate?

We are delighted to welcome the UK’s leading data scientists and environmental thinkers for this special fringe event as part of AI UK Fringe. Join us on Dartington Estate to hear about how scientists and companies focus their efforts and research on how AI can support communities to navigate their water supply, what the technology can tell us about our changing weather, and whether it can increase harvest globally.

Join in on the conversation, ask questions and make comments.

This event is in partnership with the University of Exeter’s Institute for Data Science and Artificial Intelligence.


Penelope Endersby FREng, Hon FInstP

Chief Executive
Met Office

Professor Penny Endersby is an outstanding government scientist and inspirational leader who has made significant national and international contributions to the delivery of life-saving science, services in defence and security, and weather and climate. She was appointed Chief Executive at the Met Office in 2018, President of the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF) in 2023 and is the first woman appointed in each role.

Prior to joining the Met Office, Penny had a distinguished career at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), where she was instrumental in building up Dstl’s capabilities in cyber and data science research and increasing their pipeline of innovative research and intellectual property. She was awarded the 2021 Society Medal by the British Computer Society, became an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2021 and awarded CBE in 2024.

Hywel Williams

Computer Science
The University of Exeter

Hywel is a computational scientist focused on challenges around sustainability and environmental change. Hywel leads an active research group of postdoctoral fellows and PhD students, with diverse interests in environmental data science at the University of Exeter’s Institute for Data Science & Artificial Intelligence and the Global Systems Institute. His work has applied a range of methods including modelling, network analysis, natural language processing and machine learning. Currently, Hywel primarily focuses on the application of artificial intelligence techniques to environmental problems.

He is Co-Director of the Joint Centre of Excellence in Environmental Intelligence, a collaborative research centre operated by University of Exeter and the UK Met Office. He is also Director of the UKRI CDT in Environmental Intelligence and leads the Environmental Intelligence Research Network at Exeter.



George Monbiot

The Guardian

George Monbiot is a best-selling author, environmental activist and Guardian columnist. His works include Feral and Heat. George has made several viral videos: How Wolves Change Rivers has over 40 million views, and Nature Now (with Greta Thunberg) over 60 million. In 2022, George was awarded the Orwell Prize for Journalism. George’s 2023 book, Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, explores pioneering ways to grow more food with less farming. His upcoming book, The Invisible Doctrine: The Secret History of Neoliberalism (& How It Came to Control Your Life) will be published in May 2024, with a companion film (release date tbc).

Seth Bullock

School of Computer Science
University of Bristol

Seth’s principle research interest is complex system simulation, namely the application of modelling techniques developed within artificial intelligence, complexity science, maths and physics to understanding how complex systems behave. In 2015, Seth joined the University of Bristol’s Department of Computer Science as Toshiba Chair in Data Science and Simulation. Previously, he was Professor of Computer Science and helped found the Agents, Interaction and Complexity (AIC) research group at the University of Southampton.

Sarah Hartley

Business School
University of Exeter

Sarah joined the Business School as Senior Lecturer in Management in 2016. Her research and teaching revolves around the responsible governance of science, technology and innovation. As an interdisciplinary social scientist, Sarah works closely with natural scientists, engineers, regulators and policy-makers, and employs qualitative methods to understand the governance of cutting edge emerging technologies, particularly the biotechnologies including GM insects, gene drive, and genome-editing.  I have advised the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology on GM insects, the Nuffield Council on Bioethics on genome-editing, and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council on stakeholder engagement.


James Coomarasamy


A British presenter of the BBC Radio 4 evening programme The World Tonight, and the flagship Newshour programme on the World Service.

Before joining Newshour in 2010, Coomarasamy spent a year presenting the Europe Today. Before becoming a presenter he had been a BBC correspondent in Warsaw, followed by Paris, then Washington, D.C.