The organising committee members for DISCo are listed below.

You can get in touch with the organisers by email at

Ellena Parsons, University of SouthamptonDISCo face

I’m Ellena, and I’m heading the Digital Futures track. My research interests are on how the Web has affected the tangibility of music, and exploring what has been lost or gained as a result of the Web’s influence on the music landscape. My academic background is fairly interdisciplinary, having studied a BA in English at John Moores University, an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Liverpool, and I am currently part of the iPhD CDT in Web Science at the University of Southampton.

Gefion Thuermer, University of Southampton Gefion

I’m Gefion, and I’m heading the Digital Societies track. I have just finished my PhD at the Web Science CDT in Southampton, with a thesis about the effects of online participation processes on members of the Green Party Germany. I am now a PostDoc at Southampton, working on the Data Pitch project, and researching data sharing processes.

Lesia Tkacz, University of Southampton IMG_20171105_123219_2

I’m Lesia, and I’m heading the Digital Culture track. I’m in the first stages of my iPhD in Web Science at the University of Southampton, where I draw on my background in Fine Art and the Humanities to approach research questions from novel perspectives. My inquiries are directed by my fascination with current, past, and forgotten technologies.

I hold a BFA in Art from Wayne State University, Detroit, and a BA in English Linguistics and Literature from the University of Amsterdam. I have also studied and worked on research which focuses on Natural Language Processing and the web.
Allison Noble, Social Media Manager, University of SouthamptonAlli

I’m Allison, and I’m a member of the DISCo organisation committee. My research interests focus on the Semantic Web, examining how the Web and AI’s evolving relationship with music impacts both society and industry, and also discovering how better relationships can be formed between users and the Web.

My academic background is rooted in music, having studied a BA in Popular Music Studies at The University of the Highlands and Islands, and an MMus in Musicology at the University of Edinburgh. I am currently enrolled on the iPhD Web Science programme at the University of Southampton. 

Right now, I’m primarily interested in the Internet of Things and how it could aid the musical soundscaping of different environments.

Felicia Black, Digital Economy Network, University of NottinghamFelicia2

I’m Felicia, and I’m a member of the DISCo Organisation Committee. I am the Project Manager for the EPSRC-funded Digital Economy (Doctoral Training) Network, a post I have held since March 2015. I am based at the University of Nottingham, but regularly travel to other Centres for Doctoral Training  and venues within the UK for network activities.

I am an experienced project and event manager, and have over twelve years of experience of working within the UK Higher Education sector.

My qualifications include a BA (Hons) Business Studies degree from the University of Derby, and the PRINCE2 Project Management Practitioner level qualification.