I have been in discussions with the UK National e-Science Centre in Edinburgh. Part of NeSC's mission
is to resource relevant groups who want to hold events.
They are v. positive about receiving a proposal from me for an event which could enable us to meet. They have funding which could enable us to contribute to travel and accommodation for UK participants, and I can prioritise funding for key overseas speakers. They have great conference facilities, and Edinburgh is a fabulous location.
So this is to solicit interest and feedback:
* Given the venue, the event would be around how e-Science tools can help promote more effective dialogue and debate amongst climate change stakeholders. We could be looking to bring in scientists with an interest in the use of discourse tools, plus policymakers from government, UN, and other advocacy groups.
* good to have a focus on climate, but indicating that this is just one possible application of such tools
* we could shoot for a possible week late this year, eg Nov/Dec to keep momentum going, else early next year, eg. Feb-Apr 2009
* NeSC is keen that this would be an international conference/workshop, open to anyone. I see no reason why we could not really build momentum and do this.
* But I would say we also need close, private working time. One formula is Mon-Wed with us meeting in closed session, then Thurs-Fri public conference. Or 2 days closed workshop, 2 days with policy experts, and then another 1-day workshop/'business meeting' to assimilate what we learned from our time with real users and plan concrete next steps
* other thoughts welcomed!