London Citizen Cyberscience Summit Print
Written by Virginia Gonzalez   
Wednesday, 18 August 2010 12:07
*London Citizen Cyberscience Summit *
2-3 September 2010, King’s College London

The world’s first summit on citizen cyberscience will be held at King’s College London on 2-3 September.

Citizen cyberscience is a growing trend where ordinary people use their computers and the world wide web to contribute in meaningful ways to an increasingly wide range of scientific challenges.

Citizen cyberscience activity takes place all over the world and by its very nature participants very rarely – if ever – meet. This event will showcase a cross-section of these projects and will provide a platform for scientists and citizens to share their thoughts on the impact of citizen cyberscience face-to-face.
The summit will be hosted by King’s College London, and is organised jointly by the Citizen Cyberscience Centre, based at CERN in Geneva; the Centre for e-Research at King’s; Queen Mary, University of London; Imperial College London; University College London and GridRepublic. It is supported by the Shuttleworth Foundation, the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), e-ScienceTalk and Microsoft Research.

Confirmed speakers include David Anderson, director of the SETI@home project, Space Sciences Laboratory, University of Berkeley; George Dyson,  historian and philosopher of science and author of ‘Darwin Among the Machines’; and Myles Allen, head of ClimatePrediction.net at Oxford University.

There are currently more than 100 active citizen cyberscience projects - many address topical themes, such as modelling climate change (ClimatePrediction.net) or simulating the spread of malaria (MalariaControl.net). King’s staff will demonstrate how citizen cyberscience can be applied to the cultural heritage sector through the East London Theatre Archive project (elta-project.org).

The event will be of interest to both amateur and professional scientists, to people who care about the impact of science on society, and of society on science, and to those working in the digital humanities and cultural heritage. The Citizen Cyberscience Summit will take place on 2-3 September 2010
in the Anatomy Theatre & Museum at King’s College London’s Strand Campus. To see the full programme and to book tickets, see www.citizencyberscience.net/summit . The event will also be webcast.