Jisc announces this year’s Networkshop49 as online only event

The virtual conference is set to take place on 27–29 April 2021

Today, edtech non-profit Jisc has announced that the Networkshop49 conference will be delivered online from 27–29 April this year.

The theme for 2021 is ‘enabling agile infrastructure in a digital world’, designed to empower key figures in both education and IT, as well as non-IT heads of business transformation, heads of department, estate managers, HR, data analytics managers and training development leads.

The event will follow four programme streams, including:

  • Building digital infrastructure, resilience and flexibility
  • Digital culture as the new normal
  • Network resilience – preparing for challenging demands and threats in the new world
  • Lessons learned from rapid transformation

Dr Hannah Fry, associate professor in the mathematics of cities at the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis at University College London (UCL) is set to deliver a keynote speech, along with Ewan Birney, deputy director general at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) and director at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI); and Ahmed Benallegue, networks and security team leader at the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts.

“Networkshop is always a great chance for IT professionals working in research and education to get together and discuss the most topical issues across our sectors,” said Jeremy Sharp, chief technology officer for the Janet Network at Jisc. “Although this year, circumstances have meant we have to run Networkshop49 online, we have set up an exciting virtual environment that maintains the real essence of Networkshop that has made it such a popular annual event. Attendees will still be able to engage with each other and have those creative conversations.

“We’re also running continued professional development (CPD)-accredited training courses for the first time this year, so there’s something extra to gain from taking part. We’re looking forward to hearing about extraordinary challenges and celebrating achievements throughout this difficult time – we hope to see you there.”

Earlybird booking is available until January 31 2021, and more information about the developing programme and keynote speakers is available to view here

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