Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Poster award

James Wallace achieved runner-up in the poster section of the 2013 Northern England Postgraduate Chemistry Competition organised by the Royal Society of Chemistry and held in York. James is a PhD student in the Chemoinformatics Research Group and his poster is entitled: A novel approach to De Novo design utilising Reaction Networks.

Thursday, 25 July 2013

iFutures - first Information School doctoral conference taking place today

Taking place today 25th July 2013, iFutures is a one-day conference run by and for PhD researchers in the information science community. It has been organised by the Information School at the University of Sheffield to mark the 50th anniversary of the founding of the University’s Information Studies department.

Based on the theme of "The Next 50 years," our aim has been to create an event for future information science researchers and practitioners to explore the potential impact of our research, and determine how we can help shape the future of our discipline, both in academia and beyond.

We hope that the conference will provide a valuable opportunity for students to present innovative and forward-thinking research to their peers in a non-judgmental and supportive environment. Best Paper and Best Pecha Kucha prizes will be awarded.

Keynote speakers:

Diane H. Sonnenwald is Professor, Chair of Information & Library Studies at the School of Information and Library Studies at UCD, Dublin, Ireland, and an adjunct professor of computer science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is currently serving as Immediate Past President of ASIS&T, the Association for Information Science & Technology. She served as President of ASIS&T in 2011-2012. Diane is on the editorial boards of the Journal of the American Society of Information Science and Technology(JASIST), Information Research, and several other journals. 

Vanessa Murdock is a Principal Applied Researcher at Microsoft. Previously she was a Senior Research Scientist at Yahoo! Research in Barcelona, where she led the Geographic Context and Experience group. Her research interests focus on statistical retrieval methods for short texts such as sentences, image tags, ad creatives, and textual metadata, combining structured and unstructured information for applications such as local search, mobile search and geographic information retrieval. She holds a PhD from the University of Massachusetts, where she was a student of W. Bruce Croft. 

See for more information about the conference.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

The Sixth Sheffield Conference on Chemoinformatics draws to a close today

The Sheffield conference on Chemoinformatics ( is being held at The Edge and is being run by Val Gillet, John Holliday and Peter Willett on behalf of the Molecular Graphics and Modelling Society and the Chemical Structure Association Trust. 

The conference has brought together over 140 delegates from industry and academia from across the globe to discuss the latest techniques in computer-aided drug discovery. 

With over 75 oral and poster presentations and an exhibition from leading software companies, it has been a very busy but enjoyable three days.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Graduate wins IFLA First Timer award

Congratulations to Paul Tovell (MA Librarianship 2004/5) as the winner of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) IFLA First Timer Award. The prize, awarded to a CILIP member who has made a positive contribution to the sector, helps fund attendance at the 79th World Library and Information Congress in Singapore on 17 – 23 August 2013. Paul is Library Development Officer: East Staffordshire for the Staffordshire Library and Information Service.

Monday, 22 July 2013

iSchool at Northumbria

There are presentations from iSchool staff and students at the 10th Northumbria International Conference on Performance Measurement in Libraries and Information Services this week.
- Partial Findings from a Case Study Exploring the Strategic Orientations Adopted by a Public Library Service in Relation to their Performance and Success (Barbara Sen, University of Sheffield)
- Total Quality Management Applications in the Saudi University Libraries (Faisal Altamimi (University of Sheffield), Sheila Corrall (University of Pittsburgh), Barbara Sen (University of Sheffield), Peter Willett (University of Sheffield)
- Evaluating the Intellectual Assets in the Scholarship and Collections Directorate at the British Library (Alice Schofield, University of Sheffield)

Monday, 8 July 2013

Cox and Sen present at Umbrella

Last week on the 2nd day of CILIP's annual Umbrella conference, Andrew Cox and Barbara Sen presented on Research data management for you. One of our successful PhD students, Eva Hornung, also presented in the same session (which focused on Future Skills and Future Roles).

Presentations from Clough and Pinfield

Tomorrow Paul Clough is giving a talk on " Challenges in providing multilingual information access" at the UK ISKO conference in London. Stephen Pinfield also spoke today at the Europe PubMed Central funders' meeting at the Wellcome Trust, London.

Monday, 1 July 2013

Sheila Webber at CILIP's Umbrella conference

Sheila Webber is presenting at CILIP's Umbrella conference in Manchester, UK, tomorrow. She will be giving a talk Helping citizens develop their own information literacy curriculum for lifelong learning (available at co-presented with Bill Johnston, Honorary Research Fellow at Strathclyde University.