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Digital Science Webinar: Science in the Cloud

12th May 2017
By Katy Alexander

Join Amazon Web Services, Digital Science and Figshare for our next thought leadership webinar ‘Science in the Cloud’, on May 25th at 4pm BST / 11am ET

You’ll hear about the trends in cloud-based computing and the importance of failure in innovation and how this can lead to great science. Discussions will also look at the benefits of investing in cloud-based applications and infrastructure.


Thought leaders speaking:

Brendan Bouffler (“boof”) – Global Manager, Amazon Web Services Research Cloud Program

Based in London, Brendan Bouffler has 25 years of experience in the global tech industry creating very large systems in high-performance environments. He has been responsible for designing and building hundreds of HPC systems for commercial enterprises as well as research and defense sectors all around the world and has quite a number of his efforts listed in the top500, including some that have placed in the top 5.

Brendan previously led the HPC Organization in Asia for a hardware maker but joined Amazon in 2014 to accelerate the adoption of cloud computing in the scientific community globally, and is the author of the Research’s Handbook – the missing manual for research in AWS. He holds a degree in Physics and an interest in testing several of its laws as they apply to bicycles. This has frequently resulted in hospitalization.

CERNTim Bell – Group leader of the Computer and Monitoring group within the IT department, CERN

On top of Tim’s duties as Group Leader of the Computer and Monitoring group in CERN’s IT department, he is also a member of the OpenStack management board working to provide an open source Infrastructure-as-a-Service cloud. They are deploying an OpenStack cloud at CERN as part of the extension of CERN IT’s computing capacity to a second data centre in Hungary and a rework of the tools to handle the increased scale and complexity of operations.

Dan Valen – Product Manager, Figshare

dan vDan is an expert in everything STM publishing and brings a wealth of experience to Figshare. Dan’s love of technology, innovation and fixing the broken meant a career in science was his destiny.


Steve Scott – Director of Portfolio Development, Digital Science

Steve Scott As a member of the founding management team of Digital Science, Steve has been involved in the majority of Digital Science’s portfolio investments, taking founders through product and business model validation to launch and growth.

An entrepreneur himself, Steve has founded, or been involved in setting up, three of his own companies. He also oversees the Catalyst Grant award, a twice-yearly award of up to £25k ($30k USD) to early stage ideas.

Host: Laura Wheeler – Head of Digital Communications, Digital Science

Laura is in charge of growing the presence of Digital Science and is always busy helping to build online communities. Having studied Biochemistry Laura left the lab life for science communication roles at the BBC and at Nature Publishing Group.


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