Of course, the biggest news around ECS lately is our very own Professor Wendy Hall becoming a Dame. It’s utterly fantastic news, and a wonderful accolade to an inspirational woman. As well as being a leading scientist, Wendy has contributed to the community in many other ways, including involvement in various diversity initiatives.
Web science is a current focus of Wendy’s. I’ve been following its rise with some interest, not least because my research seems to be sitting somewhere within this domain. I’m really pleased to see concrete things starting to happen: the first WebSci conference is happening next month; our Masters-level taught course began this week; finally (as I mentioned previously), ECS was recently awarded funding for a Centre for Doctoral Training in web science. WebSci is really beginning to crystallise from a set of abstract ideas into something more solid. These are interesting times!