Royal Society of Chemistry Lab Integration, 20th May in London

I’ll be contributing to the Royal Society of Chemistry workshop on “The Challenges Facing Laboratory Systems’ Integration” on the 20th May 2010 in London. More information here.

We’ll also have a couple of iPads with us if people are interested – we think this class of device has great potential in Labs.

IQPC ELN conference in Brussels 28th – 30th Sept

I’ll be at the IQPC ELN Conference in Brussels in just over a week, as will a bunch of other interesting people – out of respect for their privacy I won’t list them in a public, Google-findable place – but it is going to be well worth attending if you want to meet some people with real ELN experience.

I think Jo and I are doing a Workshop on ELNs in Biology on Monday afternoon, and I’ve got a presentation in the main conference. None of which I’ve started working on… which will hopefully make them “fresher” and more relevant. I’ll put the presentations up on SlideShare when I’m done.

I’m not sure if we’re holding a formal “Amphora Dinner” this year but I’m sure we’ll all be getting together most evenings whatever happens – grab Jo or I in the meetings and we’ll sort something out.

Anyone for a Twitter hashtag….?

ELN conferences

My first post! – I’m Jo Worthington, I look after the marketing for Amphora. I want to use this space to tell like minded people who read this blog about places where they can feed their thoughts about this still emerging industry.

I constantly have calls from conference organisers or publications requesting our presence or penmanship. All of them offering a dangling prize at the end. We like to choose our marketing very carefully and our presence even more so. I would go so far as to say we could spend our entire lives attending conferences on one subject or another vaguely related to the software that we produce. Our rationale behind our decisions are that we want attend events as  “Thought leaders” not as a cheesy exhibition vendors, we want to educate on the subject, and evoke peoples thoughts on the matter. Not, which is the usual way, have an exhibition stand with 3 or 4 people milling around it dressed in super sharp suits looking to pounce, with rather cheap looking regimented branded naffery, and an arrangement of monitors with their solution splashed all over them.

Is this what people want to see, or what they expect to see?

By pimping out the Overlord and ruler – Simon, and me sitting in the audience watching peoples’ faces and seeing who asks questions gives us a platform to stir a hornets nest up, getting people talking and asking questions, we get far more from the one or two people who come up to speak to us afterwards than we would positioned behind a stand tweaking the giveaway mugs into position.

We try to have at least 2- 3 conferences in the wings coming up. Here is a list of the up and coming events.

IQPC – ELN’s and Advanced Laboratory Solutions – Renaissance Hotel, Brussels.

Pre conference focus day and workshops  28th September 2009

Simon and I will be hosting a workshop on “The use of ELN’s in Biology”

Two day conference 29th- 30th September – Simons presentation is on day 1 and is addressing “Are “ELN” projects doomed from the start?” ( A favourite subject)

Supreme conferencing –  ELN  2 day Workshop – Sandton, Johannesburg, South Africa

November 9th & 10th 2009

Two day workshop with a collaborative team from Amphora and Phasefour Informatics. Simon and John Trigg have been working together as thought leaders in this space for many moons and this year they have allowed me, the young upstart to claim some of their glory. We will be addressing a wide variety of topics that cover the ELN scope. The organisers are looking too emerging markets so this workshop will focus very much on why, how, who and when.

SMI – Electronic Laboratory Notebooks – Crowne Plaza Hotel – St James, London, London,

27th – 28th January 2 day conference – Simon will be speaking on day one, subject to be confirmed but you can be assured it will be different:-)

29th January – Workshops – “ELN’s – Concept to Reality” An afternoon joint venture between Simon and myself. The morning workshop features John Trigg of Phasefour speaking on “Laboratory Integration – The Next Hurdle?”

My presentation at next week’s IQPC conference in Frankfurt

I’m giving a talk at the IQPC “Data Management and Knowledge Discovery” conference in Frankfurt which is next week – I’m speaking on Tuesday, following Colin Sandercock (which is always a pleasure, even if I feel somewhat intimidated!).

It won’t be a surprise to know that by now I have very little to do with the topics I speak on – there’s a discussion between our marketing people and the conference people, and I don’t really think about it until a few days beforehand.

So imagine how pleased I am to be giving a talk entitled “Lessons from the edge: Think now or pay later”. Maybe it’s me being suspicious but the titles of my talks are getting ever-more “interesting” – I suspect down in marketing they’re having a great time dreaming up weird titles just to see how I cope with making them somehow interesting & relevant. I also notice that the titles get especially fun when I’m going to the conference on my own, with no one from marketing within striking range.

Don’t worry guys, I will get my revenge, at a time and place of my choosing…

And now, to work!