IRISS'98: Internet Research and Info for Social Scientists

John Kirriemuir (
Tue, 6 Jan 1998 16:59:45 +0000 (GMT Standard Time)

2nd call for delegates for IRISS

IRISS'98 Internet Research and Information for Social
25-27 March 1998
University of Bristol, UK

A three day conference hosted by the Institute for Learning
and Research Technology at the University of Bristol
The first international IRISS conference aims to bring
together social scentists who are interested in the
Internet, either as a means of supporting and
enhancing their work, or as a focus for their research.


The themes of this year's conference are Internet skills, sites and
social effects. The conference aims to reflect the practical and
theoretical questions raised by the increasing role of networked
information in the social sciences and society. Topics for debate

* how can social scientists make effective use of the
Internet in their work?
* where and how are social scientists using the Internet
to enhance their work and what effect is it having on
traditional roles and working methods?
* what high quality information can the Internet supply to
social scientists?
* what impact does the Internet have on individuals and
society and what visions do we have for the future?

This is the second call for delegates for IRISS. Confirmed, to date,
for the conference are:

* four high-profile keynote speakers
* a large variety of papers and presentations, covering all of the
conference themes, and presented by speakers from a combination of
academic, commercial, public and social/voluntary organisations
* hands-on workshops, in fully networked rooms and conducted by
experienced Internet for Social Scientist trainers
* the main conference dinner, held in the prestigious Harveys
Restaurant and Museum - see: well as a social evening, and guided tours of the more scenic
areas of Bristol

Details of speakers and papers are being added to the IRISS Web site;
those details currently available include:
* Details of the four keynote speakers
* Details of paper presentations, including abstracts, from over 40
* Details of 33 of the presenters in the Internet Gallery
* Details of the 7 workshops pre- and during conference workshops (5 of
which are free to IRISS delegates)


Bristol is a city in the west of England; it is served by an
international airport, located 11 miles south of the city. The city has
two major train stations, with frequent train services to London (in
under 2 hours) and other cities. South Wales is a few minutes away by
train or car, and the scenic areas of the Cotswolds, Cornwall and Devon
are all easily accessible, as are attractions such as the city of Bath
and Stonehenge.

Bristol itself is a thriving, compact, cosmopolitan city, with a very
lively social and cultural scene. The city has many famous sites of
interest, such as the Clifton suspension bridge and the S.S. Great
Britain, which are within a short distance of the conference location
and accomodation. Various on-line guides to Bristol include:

Note: A reduction is available to all delegates registering before 31st
January 1998.