Celebrating the Centre's 10th anniversary as an applied interdisciplinary research hub

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On 21 June 2016 the Centre celebrated its 10th anniversary as an applied interdisciplinary research hub at the University of Oxford. For the past decade our interdisciplinary teams have been engaged in partnerships across the University and have led the way in national and international research collaborations.

Read our new brochure celebrating 10 years of interdisciplinary research.

To mark the occasion we held an event for our partners and collaborators to celebrate our joint achievements, including afternoon tea, talks and presentations, followed by a formal dinner at the Ashmolean Museum.

We were joined by Tony Hey (Professor of Computation, University of Southampton) and Anne Trefethen (Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Academic Services and University Collections), who were instrumental in setting up regional e-Science Centres over 15 years ago, including one in Oxford which was hosted within OUCS (now IT Services). This evolved into the Oxford e-Research Centre as we know it in 2006, which over the following 10 years has grown to house over 50 researchers and support staff. The Centre now delivers an £11m portfolio of research and development projects funded from a broad range of sources, including UK Research Councils, Innovate UK, industry, the European Commission and charitable foundations. 

A panel discussion with Professor Sir Nigel Shadbolt (Principal and Professorial Research Fellow in Computer Science at Jesus College Oxford), Professor Jeremy Frey (Professor of Physical Chemistry at the University of Southampton), Professor Alyssa Goodman (Professor of Applied Astronomy at Harvard University) and Alexander Brink (Head of Science Alliances at IBM), explored whether academia is ready for the new onslaught of data supply arising from the Internet of Things.

We were also pleased to be joined by Ron Perrott, visiting professor at the Centre, who was recently given the Association of Computing Machinery's Distinguished Service Award. You can read about Ron's distinguished career and see the video screened at the award ceremony on 11 June.

Hover over the image below to enjoy a slideshow of pictures from our event on 21 June, taken by Julie Stevens and Ric Gillams.

In the run up to the anniversary we did Q&As with some of the research staff at the Centre about their work and research interests - and got some surprising answers! To read the profiles, visit our page "Our research is not just data-intensive, but intensely about people too".


Oxford e-Research Centre 10th Anniversary