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ECS Professors take part in London technology summits

Published: 1 July 2010

ECS Professors Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Professor Dame Wendy Hall, and Professor Tony Hey have all been taking part in the Royal Society’s 'See Further: Festival of Science + Arts' at the South Bank Centre, London, this week, and Professor Nigel Shadbolt has been taking part in the Guardian 'Activate 2010' conference, also in London.

The See Further celebration is part of the 350th anniversary celebrations for the Royal Society and is a 10-day event exploring links between the sciences and arts, through cross-disciplinary collaborations, scientific and artistic events.

Tim Berners-Lee and Wendy Hall were panel members in the Future Technologies event which took place on Monday 28 June in the Queen Elizabeth Hall, joining Stephen Fry, Dr Jim Haseloff of Cambridge University and tech critic Bill Thompson of the BBC to discuss how current inventions could change our image of technology and the culture we live in. The panel discussion can be viewed here.

On Thursday 1 July Wendy Hall gave the keynote at Tomorrow’s Giants which was organized in partnership with 'Nature'. The event considered what is required across three different themes: Careers, Data, and Measuring and assessing to enable academic achievement of the highest quality .

Professor Tony Hey, Corporate Vice President of External Research at Microsoft, and former Head of School of Electronics and Computer Science, was a member of the afternoon panel along with Lord Drayson, former Minister for Science and Innovation. Dr Martin Charlton of the ECS Nano group was one of the event’s organizers.

Professor Nigel Shadbolt took part in The Guardian’s Activate Summit, as part of a very distinguished group of industry, academic and media representatives. The panel event was titled Technology, Society and the Future: Changing the world through the Internet and Nigel was part of the Panel talking about Politics, Democracy and Public Life, along with Martha Lane-Fox, UK digital champion, Steven Clift of E-Democracy, and Beth Simone Noveck , Deputy Chief Technology Officer at the White House Open Government Initiative.

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