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OGF20 Registration is open

Much of the reason I haven't blogged here more frequently is that I am programme chair of OGF20 and this is taking much of my time. So I'm pleased to report that registration for OGF20 is now open. Here is the official announcement. Note that early registration rates are available until March 15th.

Some aspects of the programme have been confirmed; others are still being finalised. I'll post news here over the next few weeks.

Registration is now open for OGF20 and the EGEE 2nd User Forum being held May 7-11 in Manchester, UK. Register on-line by visiting

This event will feature:
• Keynote and Plenary presentations by leading grid luminaries
• Chartered Group Sessions including Standards Working Group Sessions and BoFs
• Enterprise Track including Requirements Alignment, Best Practices and Adoption Sessions
• e-Science Track featuring Community Workshops
• ‘Grids Means Business’ Industry Program showcasing business solutions and case studies
• Vendor Showcase and Exhibit Hall
• Demonstration and Poster Session Area
• Networking and Social Activities

About OGF20 and the EGEE User Forum
OGF20, presented by the Open Grid Forum and co-located with EGEE's 2nd User Forum, is the premier grid technologies event of 2007. At OGF20/EGEE UF, the global Grid community will gather to develop Grid standards, showcase real-world applications, workshop Enterprise and eSciences best practices and present business case studies and solutions. OGF20 is hosted by UK e-Science and the University of Manchester. Grids Means Business Program is sponsored by Grid Computing Now!


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