Sheffield hails ambassador programme after iSchools win

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Sheffield has hailed the success of its conference ambassador programme after bringing the iSchools’ annual international iConference to the UK for the first time.

Val Gillet, professor of cheminformatics at the University of Sheffield’s Information School, helped bring more than 450 global delegates to the event at the city’s Diamond Building. She jointly hosted the event with the iSchool at Northumbria University, bringing together thinkers and leaders from academia, industry and not-for-profit organisations to discuss emerging challenges and potential solutions for information and data management.

More than 400 of the delegates hailed from outside of Sheffield, with people travelling from North America, China, South East Asia, the Middle East and Europe to attend the four-day conference.

The Information School at Sheffield has been at the forefront of developments in the information field for more than 50 years and has recently been named number one by the QS World University rankings by subject.

Professor Gillet said: “I’m proud to be bringing the iConference to Sheffield. It’s a real coup for the university and is great timing given our recent top position in the QS rankings.”

Emma France at Marketing Sheffield said: “Val is a fantastic ambassador for Sheffield and this is proof of the success of ambassador led bids - it’s been fantastic to support her. Sheffield is increasingly building its international profile through close working with ICCA, our ambassadors (our programme is now entering its 11th year) and universities and we are looking forward to welcoming more international delegates to Sheffield across the year.”

Various social events are happening across the city, including an opening reception in the Winter Garden, a reception in the Town Hall, a conference banquet in Sheffield City Hall and an excursion to Chatsworth.

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