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Dorset & South Wilts - Arnold Barks Christmas Memorial Lecture


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As the World Wide Web celebrates its 25th anniversary, join Dame Wendy Hall, who worked with Tim Berners-Lee on its development, at the 9th Arnold Barks Memorial Lecture

Date and Time

03 December 2014 - 18:00-22:00


Salisbury, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)


Joint Event.

About this event

The Web is a critical global infrastructure. Since its emergence in the 1990s, it has exploded into hundreds of billions of pages that touch almost all aspects of modern life. Today the jobs of more and more people depend on the Web. Media, banking and health care are being revolutionized by it, and governments are even considering how to run their countries with it. Little appreciated, however, is the fact that the Web is more than the sum of its pages and it is more than its technical protocols. Vast emergent properties have arisen that are transforming society.

We are now rapidly moving into a world of data on the Web, which gives rise to even more opportunities and challenges, as well as the world of the mobile Web, which gives us yet more degrees of freedom and at the same time constraint. As we seek to understand its origins, appreciate its current state and anticipate possible futures there is a need to address the critical questions that will determine how the Web evolves as both a social and a technical network, what impact it has had and will continue to have on the world, and crucially who will determine where it is going next.

The Lecture will be followed by a canapés reception where members and guest will have the opportunity to talk to Dame Wendy Hall and other members.


About the Speaker

Professor Dame Wendy Hall, who worked with Sir Tim Berners-Lee on the development of the World Wide Web, will be presenting this year’s Arnold Barks Memorial Christmas Lecture on 3 December 2014.

A brilliant communicator on, what can seem to be impenetrable topics, Professor Dame Wendy Hall DBE FRS FREng CEng FIET FBCS PhD is Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Web Science Institute at the University of Southampton.  

As the World Wide Web celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2014, it is timely that Dame Wendy should deliver the 9th Arnold Barks Memorial Christmas Lecture this year.

The influence of her work has been significant in many areas including digital libraries, the development of the Semantic Web, and the emerging research discipline of web science. She has published over 400 papers and is frequently invited to speak at high-profile conferences and events.

With Tim Berners-Lee and Nigel Shadbolt she co-founded the Web Science Research Initiative in 2006 and she is currently Managing Director of the Web Science Trust, which has a global mission to support the development of research, education and thought leadership in web science.

In July 2014, she was named the most influential woman in UK IT by Within the last 18 months she has appeared on BBC Radio 4 as the subject of ‘A Life Scientific’, on Woman’s Hour and, very recently, was cast away on a desert island and appearing on Desert Island Discs.

In addition to playing a prominent role in the development of her subject, she also helps shape science and engineering policy and education.
She became a Dame Commander of the British Empire in the 2009 UK New Year's Honours list, and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2009.

She was President of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) from 2008-10 and the first person from outside North America to hold this position.
Other significant posts she has held include Senior Vice President of the Royal Academy of Engineering, member of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, founding member of the European Research Council, member of the EPSRC Council, President of the British Computer Society and EPSRC Senior Research Fellow.

Dame Wendy is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Council on Artificial Intelligence and Robotics and a member of the Chatham House Global Commission on Internet Governance.



18:00 Registration

18:30 Lecture, followed by networking and a canape reception

21:30 Close

Reasons to attend

  • A unique chance to meet and talk with Dame Wendy Hall
  • A chance to network with other members



Registration is essential and there will be a £10 charge to cover the cost of the reception.

Registration can be done online or by cheque or BACS 

Additional information

Jointly by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers Wessex Region/Salisbury Area Committee and Dorset and South Wilts LN of the IET.

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