The opening ceremony for the Cambridge Weblab, developed by members of the Computational Modelling Group, took place on the 8th December 2006. This event brought together delegates from industry and universities with a common interest in process control, chemical engineering, and e-learning. In addition, there were several dignitaries in attendance, including the Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, Prof. Ian Leslie and Executive Director of the Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI), Prof. Mike Gregory. Demonstrating the Weblab's capacity for remote operation, the opening took place via an internet connection, with the official commissioning accompanied by speeches and talks. After the opening, the delegates were able to get hands-on experience of the Weblab during a discussion and demonstration session followed by a lunch at Emmanuel College.
Front row, left to right: Dr Markus Kraft (Principal Investigator), Prof Lynn Gladden (Head of Department of Chemical Engineering), Martin Kremer (Science Director at the German Embassy), Stephen Hughes (General Manager - Siemens), Mike Goodson (Teaching Fellow)
Back row: Prof Mike Gregory (Executive director of CMI), Brian Holliday (General Manager - Siemens), Prof Ian Leslie (Pro-Vice-Chancellor of University of Cambridge), Anders Selmer (Dept. of Chemical Engineering), Mike Abbott, Christian Callegari, Gert Rohrmann (all Siemens)