UK to host EGI Community Forum 2013
The event will be hosted by the departments of IT Services and Particle Physics, University of Manchester, UK between 8-12 April 2013.
The forum will be held at University Place, a purpose-built conference centre in the heart of the University of Manchester's main campus in Oxford Road, only minutes away from the city centre. Manchester is the second largest city in the United Kingdom and it has a long tradition in the history of Science and Computers. Just across the road from the venue, Ernest Rutherford devised the nuclear model of the atom, Hans Geiger built his first radiation counters and Marie Stopes began her academic career. It was also in Manchester's campus that Freddie Williams and Tom Kilburn developed Manchester Mark 1 (the first stored-program computer) and that Alan Turing pondered the prospect of machine intelligence.
"We are delighted to have the opportunity of hosting the EGI Community Forum at the University of Manchester, hosted jointly by IT Services and the School of Physics and Astronomy” said Paul Harness, Head of IT Services. “The University has a long and proud tradition of collaboration with national and international initiatives to develop computational communities. In recent years we have hosted the Open Grid Forum 20 in 2007 which attracted over 900 participants. We are sure that the delegates will have a memorable meeting and will be able to sample the vibrant cultural atmosphere of Manchester, famed for its music, sport, internationalism and rich intellectual tradition." Stefan Soldner-Rembold, leader of the Particle Physics Department and co-host with IT services commented “The recent discovery of the Higgs particle at CERN was made possible by world-wide Grid Computing. The University of Manchester, together with other UK sites, plays a major role in processing the Higgs data on local Grid computing farms. We are therefore delighted to host the EGI Community Forum where Tom Kilburn and Alan Turing invented the Computer Age.” More information about the EGI Community Forum can be found at the forum website http://cf2013.egi.eu/