Chris Lintott, (pictured) professor of astrophysics and citizen science lead, at the University of Oxford is confirmed to speak on technology enabled citizen science – scientific research that is conducted, in whole or in part, by amateur or non-professional scientists.
Lintott is involved in a number of popular science projects aimed at bringing astronomy to a wider audience. He is the primary presenter of the BBC series The Sky at Night. Lintott is also a co-author of the book Bang! – The Complete History of the Universe with Patrick Moore, and Queen guitarist and astrophysicist Brian May. He is also the principal investigator for citizen science web portal Zooniverse.org’ which will form the basis for his presentation.
He said: “I’m looking forward to talking to all sorts of people at Networkshop about how we can really open up science so that it becomes something everyone does, not just a privileged few.”
Aimed at network managers and technical staff in UK higher and further education, Networkshop43 has become an established and unrivalled event on the academic conference calendar. It showcases developments in UK education IT services and provides an opportunity for IT professionals from across the sectors to share best practice.
Tim Kidd, executive director Jisc Technologies, said: “I see Networkshop43 as a great place to showcase how far along the road we are with our vision to make the UK the most digitally advanced education and research nation in the world. The conference provides a forum for discussion on the latest technologies that will help keep the UK at the forefront of international practice.
“This is your opportunity to meet and talk face-to-face with other experts, and to increase your awareness and knowledge of new technologies and innovations. Alongside this, the programme has something to offer both the further and higher education sectors, and will also address key challenges around security, telephony, network technology, trust and indemnity, and wireless technology.”
Networkshop43 also provides attendees with the opportunity to engage with suppliers and commercial companies who will be exhibiting throughout the duration of the event. A number of leading organisations in the learning technologies space have already confirmed as exhibiting, including Dell, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, BT, Infinity and The Cloud.
This year’s Networkshop43 will be hosted at the University of Exeter from 31 March – 2 April.