Wednesday, 15 July 2015

iFutures 2015 "Open Information Science: exploring new landscapes"

iFutures, now in its third year, was held on the 7th of July 2015. The conference is for all information science PhD students and is organised by PhD students from the University of Sheffield’s Information School. The conference is deliberately open and welcoming for early stage researchers to present their research to their peers in a constructive environment. 

The keynote speakers included Prof. Helen Kennedy in the morning session and Prof. Fabio Ciravegna in the afternoon session. As with previous years there were two parallel workshop sessions, one led by Prof. Paul Clough and the other by Dr Barbara Sen.

PhD students across the Information Science discipline presented their research over three sessions: the morning session: applied social media, the Pecha Kucha Session, and the paper session. Over lunch PhD students also had the opportunity to showcase their research via colourful poster presentations. 

This year saw PhD delegates and speakers from not only across the UK, but also internationally from Croatia, the U.S, and Australia. Overall the event was very well received with delegates already enquiring about next year’s conference. 

The conference was chaired by Matthew Seddon, and the committee was comprised of:

Wasim Ahmed (Social Media coordinator)

Marc Bonne (Secretary)

Edmund Deusbury (Webmaster)

Halima Egberongbe 

Jessica Elmore (Submissions Coordinator)

Lucyantie Mazalan 

One of the committee members, Wasim Ahmed, has created a Storify of the day’s tweets which can be found here.

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