17 January 2019
Yet another “start the week” that I take part in. What is the world coming to? This was followed by another meeting in the series to get ready for the Board meeting and a series of meetings about allocation of manpower on key projects.
09 January 2019
After 12 days of waking up when I felt like it, the 6 o’clock alarm on Monday morning was a nasty shock, but I SO wanted to take part in the first “start the week” meeting of the year I was determined to do it. Stupid really!!
27 December 2018
Since there was to be no-one around, the “start the week” was cancelled. Anyway, I had to be in London, so it was there I went!!
20 December 2018
I actually made a “start the week” meeting so found out what my colleagues were doing this week and next!!
13 December 2018
This was always going to be an odd week, because it was focused on the Digital Economy sandpit. Formally, the participants were to arrive on Monday morning, but the mentors had to meet with the facilitation team the evening before to plan the first day in more detail. Given that this was about design in the digital economy, we had set up a blog, a Ning space (user configurable social media space) and built a section of our Second Life island for interaction. The Ning space was by far the most used, with people arranging shared travel plans and taxis from High Wycombe railway station and Heathrow!!
06 December 2018
This week started a little early, for I flew out to Boston on Saturday for the 2008 Fall Materials Research Society Meeting. I am not sure how long I have been going to this meeting, but it must be close to 25 years. It has about 40 parallel sessions and covers nearly all of materials science. It provides a useful way to get primers in new areas and catch up with the latest thinking in others.
29 November 2018
I set off with the intention of making the “start the week” meeting but was delayed (a bit) by an accident and the fog and arrived to find that Cyrus and Paul W (the only ones there) had finished the meeting and got on with life!
22 November 2018
Yet another no-show at the “start the week” meeting, but instead I drove up to Sheffield to chair the first Board meeting of the Northern Way funded Molecular Engineering Translational Research Centre (METRC) – see http://www.molecularengineering.co.uk/ . This was born out of an N8 initiative to bring together virtual centres within the North of England to be capable of challenging at a global level.
15 November 2018
Another Monday, and another “start the week”. Once over, I got to meet Steve Price, Cyrus’s secret weapon in the war against ICT inertia. I sat with him and Tim (?) and talked through the needs (and frustrations) of the Innovation Programmes team and heard nothing but good sense and good ideas in return. Maybe one day we will have a CRM system.
08 November 2018
I should start by welcoming new readers. After an exchange of e-mails with David Golding, we realised we could have saved some time if I copied him in too and then leaving Paul Whittemore out seemed churlish, so here you are!!