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e-Science 2008 4th IEEE International Conference on e-Science

Workshops & Special Sessions

Project Management and User Engagement


  • Dimitrina Spencer, University of Oxford, UK
  • Sharon Lloyd, University of Oxford, UK
  • Marina Jirotka, University of Oxford, UK
  • David Abramson, Monash University, Australia


This workshop invites both practitioners and researchers to discuss communication and collaboration challenges and opportunities facing e-science projects in the context of the growing scale, increasing complexity and distributed nature of e-science teams. We welcome participants from any discipline whose role currently involves or will involve the management or coordination of activity in e-Science, as well as those who research e-science projects. Focusing on project management as relationship management, we will discuss concepts, tools, and techniques for managing e-science projects, and how these may impact on design, development and user engagement. The aim of the workshop is to explore the mechanisms behind management and organisational life and research practices in e-science through sharing experience, analyses, observations and lessons learnt about:

  • developing and managing a common vision;
  • organisational barriers to collaboration and .team. development; legal, financial and social constraints among others;
  • managing sustainability, uncertainty, change, risk, and conflict;
  • managing different contexts, distributed teams and workers;
  • issues of power, implementation and responsibility;
  • managing barriers of language and culture in the teams;
  • managing different types of working groups, mixed teams;
  • building trust in a multidisciplinary/interdisciplinary team;
  • managing multiple projects;
  • tools and forms of communication to manage disparate teams and different stakeholders;
  • tools and forms of collaboration between different stakeholders;
  • the role of project managers in user engagement; requirements and design;
  • managing relationships with users and user expectations;
  • the role of funding bodies, commerce, industry, research councils, universities and departments and other important actors for the success or failure of e-science projects.
  • other related topics.

Date and Time

Monday, December 8, 1–5:00 p.m.


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