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Academics are invited to collaborate with BBC production staff to consider the future of interactive media

Date posted: 26/02/2009

As part of an AHRC and BBC co-funded knowledge exchange project you are invited to one of two creative workshops for two groups of 20-30 academics and BBC staff which aim to 'invent and imagine' public service virtual environments. This is a unique opportunity to meet – and work alongside – senior production staff at the BBC who are interested in virtual environments, 3D media and gaming. It is not often such groups meet; this will be one of the first workshops to place production staff and academics together in a creative situation.

Over three hours several 'kits of parts' will be produced through drawing, model-making and discussion. Each of the resulting virtual environments - it is hoped - might appeal to a wide range of BBC audiences and fulfil the BBC's public service purposes in new and interesting ways.

The day will also introduce 'Beebac', a new online network for academics and BBC staff which will foster future collaborative endeavours.

The workshops will be held in London at BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane, London, W12 7RJ, on Thursday 5th March between 3pm - 6.00 pm, in Room B551 (a basement room).

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At BBC Manchester, on Friday 6th March between 9.30-12.30pm, in The Courtyard, Oldham Road, Manchester, M60, 1SJ.

Hospitality will be provided.

The work produced at the workshop will be organised, designed, and subsequently presented to developers in Future Media and Technology in April with the hope that one or two of the ideas will be taken forward for prototyping.

Please RSVP to: Lizzie Jackson ( L.Jackson3@wmin.ac.uk ), or phone if you have any questions - mobile: 0780.872.514.