Microsoft’s external research hosts an annual conference which provides a platform for the emerging field of eScience.  The workshop draws hundreds of practitioners including scientists and academics many of which demonstrate their projects in areas including astronomy, medicine, ecology and social sciences.

This year, the conference featured a new award for great work in eScience, the Jim Gray eScience Award.  The inaugural award was given to Professor Carole Goble of the University of Manchester and was presented by Microsoft’s Professor Tony Hey.  I’m really pleased to see this go to a UK University.

More details here http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/features/2008/dec08/12-12eScienceworkshop.mspx and in Manchester’s words http://img.cs.manchester.ac.uk/