Timandra Harkness
journalist, writer & broadcaster; presenter, FutureProofing; author, Big Data: does size matter?

Timandra is a regular on BBC Radio 4, writing and presenting FutureProofing, a series looking at the social impact of new big ideas, and documentaries such as Data, Data Everywhere and Personality Politics. She was resident reporter on social psychology series The Human Zoo.

As well as data, she speaks and writes on AI, robotics and other topics around our relationship with science and technology. Timandra chairs events with a variety of partners, including Cheltenham Science Festival, the British Council, the Royal Society, the RSA and the Wellcome Collection as well as a robotics conference in Moscow. Her book Big Data: does size matter? was published by Bloomsbury Sigma in June 2016.

After years of improvised and stand-up comedy, cabaret, and touring with a tented circus, she formed the first comedy science double-act in the UK with neuroscientist Dr Helen Pilcher. In 2010, she co-wrote and performed Your Days Are Numbered: The Maths of Death, with stand-up mathematician Matt Parker, to average audiences of 100.3 and four-star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, then touring in the UK and Australia. Her science comedy since then includes cabaret, gameshows and a solo live show Brainsex.

Timandra is a visiting fellow in the University of Winchester Centre for Information Rights and holds a BSc (Hons) degree in mathematics and statistics.


Sunday 29 October, 10:00 Frobisher Auditorium 1
Was it Big Data wot won it? Political campaigning today

Sunday 29 October, 12:00 Garden Room
The final frontier: who owns space?

Sunday 29 October, 14:00 Frobisher Auditorium 1
From AI to Big Data: can technology save the NHS?

Sunday 29 October, 17:30 Frobisher Auditorium 1
Rage against the machines: is automation a threat to jobs?