Monday, December 7, 2009

And so it begins

Well we’re currently all installed at the Kassam Stadium in Oxford for the AHM / e-science meeting. It’s been a hectic day so far - my taxi to the train station didn’t turn up this morning, the rain is pouring down, they ran out of coffee and lunch turned into a treasure hunt. All the fun of the fair on the first day of an AHM!

The first thing I had to do today as soon as I walked in the venue was to find a presentation for someone to use as they were standing in for a NGS user who was ill. Luckily thanks to our shiny new website a suitable presentation was found and they made their slot with minutes to spare. A huge thank you to Shiv and Dave F for stepping in at the last minute with a presentation on using the NGS for in-silico drug screening.

The exhibition area where the NGS has a booth has been particularly busy. I’m not sure if it’s more compact than in previous years but we do have a good number of exhibition stands. As usual it’s been great catching up with people from the e-science community that I only see once a year and it’s good to chat over a cuppa about what people have been working on.

We had our first demo this afternoon on the NGS booth and I am pleased to say that it was extremely busy. Photos will follow tomorrow to prove this! The UI/WMS demo was given by Jonathan Churchill and was very popular with people staying way past the demo slot to ask more questions and find out more. More information on the user interface / work management system (UI/WMS) can be found on the NGS website.

This evening brings the poster session and the journey back into Oxford to find and check into our accommodation for the week.

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