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The Web Team @ the dConstruct conference @ Brighton Dome.....



Hi folks.....I don't know how you are all feeling on today, the dreaded Monday - but thought I would get online some thoughts about me and the Web Team's visit to the dConstruct Conference last Friday.

After having arrived at around 09:15hours at the Brighton DOME, it was a typical meet and greet with coffee, orange juice and tea - the classic refreshers before having a little walk about the place to see what was being displayed in the foyer. The main sponsors were there alongside my old company - which was great as it was a nice opportunity to catchup with a few people whom I hadn't seen in years Laughing. Lunch was good - having eat with the team at Gourmet Burger Kitchen - which are really nice burgers!!!

There were a fair number of speakers organised for the day, but to be honest, I think the most interesting & enjoyable were the following:

Leveraging Cognitive Bias in Social Design - by Joshua Porter

Playing the Web (how gaming makes the internet [and the world a better] place) - Aleks Krotoski

Designing for Interaction - Daniel Burka

Designing for the Coral Reef - Matt Jones & Matt Biddulph

The conference speakers covered a wide array of concepts and areas - and it was fair to say that the consensus within the entire group was that Aleks Krotoski had the most interesting presentation - talking about gaming and the Experience Economies - the different systems within these economies as Controlled Systems/Enabling Systems & Psychological Systems. I won't go into her talk into too much detail here, as shortly the conference site will upload the talks as podcasts here.

I do employ you to check regularly on the podcasts page - as you will no doubt enjoy some of the points put forward by some of these individuals - a combination of practitioners and academics in the field of social interactivity and design.

Finally, having moved on into Brighton for a few drinks and then onto the Yahoo Developers sponsored Free Bar at Audio - you can imagine how the evening concluded! Yes Jack, I,m also referring to you! Tongue out




So, I love coffee shops. They are one of my most favourite places to work...I work best in them, really, as I don't like the silence of libraries and don't like the distractions (ie: internet) in my room. So, I like nothing better than to sit down in a coffee shops with a nice latte or chai tea and get down to some work; it makes the whole experience of studying more enjoyable, and I get much more done. I also love reading books or magazines in them, or of course meeting friends for a good catch-up in them.

Where am I going with this? Well, as I'm sure you may be aware, Seattle is the home of Starbucks, which is kind of a big thing. And there are 325 Starbucks' in my 25 mile radius here, no kidding. Now, when I'm in the UK, I like Starbucks, don't get me wrong. I don't really support their whole taking-over-the-world-one-street-corner-at-a-time thing, but I'm fond of them. Mainly just because it's reliably good (okay not amazing, but good enough) coffee...and there aren't that many good independent coffee shops in the UK; if you go to one, it's always a risk. So in the UK, I usually go to Starbucks to meet friends or study. When I went back home at Christmas, all my friends joked "I bet you go to Starbucks ALL the time in Seattle", and when I said "Actually, no..." they seemed most shocked. But honestly, despite how many there are here...I don't. Okay, so I didn't waste my time in being touristy and finding the first one, and I do still go into one occasionally (given how many there are, it's kind of unavoidable), but mostly, I frequent independent coffee shops. Because, ironically, despite the fact it's home to one of the biggest chain coffee shops in the world, Seattle is best for independent coffee shops. The Northwest in fact, is famous for its's apparently one of the best places for coffee bar Italy. And it's true...I've never had such amazing coffee before I came here. And of course, the atmosphere in the independent coffee shops is much nicer than Starbucks! And this is not just in downtown Seattle, in the university district alone there are a ridiculous amount of nice independent coffee shops too, which is very convenient.

In other news, I went to the tulip festival upstate last weekend, which was beautiful. Plus, my tutor moved my exam back because the English graduation was on the original day, so my flight back is okay now. I find it very odd that I have only six weeks's gone by so quickly! So I'm going to make sure I fit in as much as I can in the little spare time I have left!

Achim Rosemann lecture on Tuesday 26th March: 'Regenerative medicine research as global collaborative project: opportunities, challenges, conflicts'



Hey everyone - here's some information about the Centre for Bionetworking's latest lecture - great speaker, fascinating subject and free tea and coffee - what more could you want?! This is a great event for anthropology, sociology, politics, medicine and the life sciences so come along!!

Tuesday 26th March, 4pm – 5.30 pm

Room 115Jubilee Building


'Regenerative medicine research as global collaborative project: opportunities, challenges, conflicts’

Achim Rosemann


This lecture focuses on the formation of the first trans-continental clinical trials infrastructure in the field of regenerative medicine, across the contexts of North America and Asia. It contributes to an understanding of the processes and challenges involved in the development of large-scale clinical research collaborations in stem cell medicine, an emerging field of medical research for which currently no internationally harmonized regulatory framework exists. The lecture explores the roles and challenges of scientific self-government and standardization, against a background of regulatory, institutional and cultural heterogeneity. It shows that the creation of standardized inter-institutional zones, in the context of international research projects, is a complex and highly contested process that is based on the intensive restructuration of local research and innovation practices. Unsurprisingly, in the context of Asia, these processes go along with vital forms of resistance and alter-standardization, that gradually result in a pluralization of international clinical research standards and practices itself. 

Achim Rosemann is a researcher for the ESRCBionetworking in Asia project, at the University of Sussex. His recent research has focused on the forging of trans-continental knowledge partnerships in translational medicine between researchers in China and the USA.


Confessions of a wannabe QC part 1



Ok, so it's day 2 here at Sussex... I'm not just lazy, I'm a postgrad and I live at home (back with the parents) so, there's less for me to do here- no moving in and buying posters and attending parties every night. I'm trying not to sound bitter... really. It feels a bit strange starting up somewhere new and then contrasting it with living back home, I'm not sure if I feel ancient or juvenile... this is going to take some figuring out. So, I'm sitting in the library, trying to concentrate on the seemingly impossible search and retrieve pre-seminar activity, honestly, it's like when a dog watches you throw a ball and then just sits there trying to work out what to do (in this scenario, I am the dog) and I'm struck by how quiet it is in here, not just study quite but kinda empty quiet, but I think that's just because I don't know anybody yet. At my last uni I lived in the library and it became like a refuge for the study-weary. We were like a little community held together by coffee and humour and, I miss that. I'm hoping to meet and get to know a few more people and have that again... working alone's a bit weird, I'm not the silent section type, I like a bit of commotion. I don't know who actually reads this, hopefully somebody will and I hope that if they do it doesn't come off too much like a desperate personal ad for friends!

Confessions of a wannabe QC part 9



Suddenly, things got very real. It's like someone just turned up the gas underneath the saucepan I call 'The Bar' and now, things are moving so fast. It's 2015, the holidays seemed to pass by in such a blur of revision and family crisis that I think I missed the last year pass away. Now, I'm back and in the middle of exams and hand ins and, I'm looking at the final stretch. We are half way through teaching... half the way through all the law I am actually going to learn and now I'm trying to remember it all and avoid failing the first set of exams. It's like sitting on an overfilled suitcase to get it closed and then then realising you've left an important outfit in the wardrobe! I wish I was Sherlock, or Sheldon or some other famous geek with the brain storage of a super computer.

   Additionally, because this is barrister life and it never rains but it pours, I have also had to submit my BPTC application this week. So firstly, like everything else in this strange parallel world, it costs a bomb. I don't see how UCAS can process the whole country's uni applications for £20 but it takes £58 for the BPTC? I smell a rip off here. And, I wouldn't mind so much, but the website has already crashed once this week... I was lucky to get the damn thing submitted! And, of course, there is never a human being to speak to when things go wrong- just some charming robotic interface in the form of a tech support email address. For people who supposedly spend their lives communicating, barristers go through much of it via bloody email!

   Ok, rant over. It is gone, I am "happy" and now I anxiously wait to see if any of my choices will actually like me enough to give me a place on the course. It's the next piece of the puzzle and officially my ticket out of Worthing so, no pressure. It's nice to be back in the GDL room. For starters, I know people here. Actually, they're pretty much the only people I do know on campus, but it's nice to work in company. Secondly, we have a kettle and central heating. Basic provisions I know but, for anyone who has spent any of the holidays in the library, you will understand what this means. I went in one day and there was an electrical fault with the heating which turned it into the ice palace, and I'm not talking about the pretty one from Frozen. I did not feel like Elsa let me assure you. Then, there were no cafe's open so, no coffee to combat the cold and fatigue. When we eventually located a vending machine for hot drinks, it was malfunctioning and producing everything milk-less. This is not an experience I am keen to repeat! Hurray for the GDL room... I have missed you!

Right, so I'd best stop procrastinating. Can't go to bar school if I fail and I have a hand in tomorrow- all the joys!