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date: Mon, 11 Aug 2008 16:47:55 +0200
from: Richard Somerville <>
subject: Invitation
to: Helge Drange <>, Michael Prather <>, <>, <>, <>, Piers Forster <>,, Nathan Bindoff <>,, Phil Jones <>,,

Dear Colleagues,

I have been asked to organize a session on climate change at a rather
unusual meeting to take place in Venice, Italy, December 17 - 19,
2008. This email is an invitation to you to attend.

The meeting is described at and if you
scroll down, you will see a theme on climate change. I have also
pasted below some descriptive material that was sent to me.

The event is held under the auspices of an information technology and
computer science organization described at and
having strong links to the business community. It is thus not one
that has had much previous contact with the climate science research

The location is attractive, and the meeting offers the promise of
interacting with a wide range of stimulating people. Unfortunately,
the organizers cannot offer financial support. There is also a
conflict with the AGU meeting in San Francisco.

Can you please send me a quick preliminary indication of your
potential interest in participating? Your response will not commit
you to anything, but it will help me give the organizers some feeling
for how the community reacts to the proposed climate change theme.
Thank you in advance.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Best regards,

Richard C. J. Somerville
Scripps Institution of Oceanography
University of California, San Diego, USA

In December 2008 (17-19, Venice, Italy) IT Revolutions
( will bring together funding agencies
and government representatives from around the world - with
corporations and visionary academic contributors - to set future
directions in ensuring a smooth transition while enabling IT to
unleash its full power in serving the world.

The Forum is structured around the Themes - and we will have position
papers for each Theme. IT Revolutions is envisioned as an
opportunity to raise awareness to the major challenges facing the IT

We want to have plenary sessions with the Keynotes from each Theme -
then we will split into parallel sessions - workshop style - for each
Theme. In addition - each Theme will have its own panel with the
funding reps and companies to discuss the way forward - and we will
have a joint panel with the funding agencies for all Themes - to see
how they all converge / diverge.

Each Theme Chair is one of the most prominent / emerging leaders in
their areas and will deliver one of the Keynotes for their Themes (as
Chairs they may select other position papers to become Keynotes to be
presented in the IT Revlutions planery forum.)

For all Themes we are seeking:

1. Position papers debating the paradox as it relates to the respective Theme.

2. Panels with industry and academia including funding agency rep.
and government reps. These shall be international.

3. 'Inter-Theme' panel discussions crafting future directions that
will conclude the IT Revolutions meeting. These directions will be
published by the ICST as a reference for where we are and where we
shall invest our efforts.

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