The UK e-Science programme is undergoing a transition which is reflected in
the theme of next week's All Hands conference in Nottingham -
achievements, challenges and new opportunities. Many early projects have
completed and their results are now being consolidated and moving into new
areas. Presentations at the conference will range from completed activities
to the challenges for new areas; from blue-skies research to industrial
take-up of prototype technologies.
Highlights include the move of e-Science into the arts and humanities, the
medical applications of e-Science (including how e-Science techniques can
enable the sharing of medical data while preserving patient confidentiality
and so contribute to improved treatment and research), and building an
e-infrastructure. Special sessions on the last theme will highlight how
Jisc is taking forward the development of the infrastructure necessary for
e-Science, building on earlier work by the e-Science Core programme.
The conference is a forum for all e-Science researchers, developers and
users, no matter what their discipline. Sessions will address key grid
middleware issues, as well as scientific applications, including how to
make e-Science usable, integrating data on the grid, virtual research
environments, text and data mining, security, visualisation on the grid,
and ontologies and the semantic web. e-Science results and achievements
will be demonstrated at a major exhibition throughout the week.
Keynote speakers include: Malcolm Atkinson, UK e-Science Envoy; Robert
Gurney, Director of the Environmental Systems Science Centre; and David de
Roure, Head of Grid and Pervasive Computing in the School of Electronics
and Computer Science, University of Southampton, and member of the Jisc
Support of Research committee, who will be speaking on 'e-Research the
The conference is organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences
Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of the e-Science Core programme and
co-sponsored by Jisc.