Telepresence Meetings Will Provide Unique Educational Opportunities to Students Around the World

Telepresence World 2008 to educate attendees on the value of telepresence for distance learning applications.

London, United Kingdom, February 06, 2008 --( Telepresence can greatly enhance the effectiveness of distance learning by allowing students to take virtual field trips to distant locations and by connecting them with top-quality educators in the field. By using advanced communication technologies such as highspeed networks, high definition video and audio, and large, high resolution displays, telepresence technology produces realistic, interactive virtual experiences that far surpass traditional video conferencing. With telepresence, instructors and students feel like they are in the same room or even immersed in a remote environment. Telepresence is already being used today by a number of university and educational institutions for purposes as varied as medical resident training, admission interviews to screen prospective students, teacher mentoring, and inter-school academic planning.

Attendees of Telepresence World 2008 London, which will take place 18th – 19th March at the internationally acclaimed ExCel London Exhibition and Conference Centre, will learn how telepresence is used to bring high-quality educational opportunities to students, no matter where they live. The agenda will feature industry leaders, technology experts, and customer case studies. Delegates will be able to view live demonstrations by the world’s top telepresence providers, including Diamond Sponsors Teliris, Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard.

Telepresence can close the gap in distance education by allowing teachers to engage students and hold their interest by interacting directly with them as though they were in the same room. Asynchronous methods of teaching, such as stored videos or telecasts can quickly become boring and nonproductive. With telepresence, students relate to other class members, ask questions, and receive feedback easily and immediately. Teachers can also bring the outside world into the classroom, creating excitement and increasing students’ motivation to learn. In the United States and abroad, the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) use telepresence to allow students to interact with inaccessible environments such as the deep ocean and the international space station. Participants can control telerobotic instruments, cameras, talk with explorers, and even perform experiments remotely in some instances.

On the corporate level, telepresence allows employees to learn about new processes and procedures no matter where they are, in a fraction of the time it would take to bring staff onsite for training. This powerful technology will reduce the cost, wasted time, and stress associated with travelling to conferences and seminars. Rapid training through telepresence can lead to accelerated research and development cycles and increased return on investment.

Diamond Sponsors of Telepresence World 2008 London include Teliris, Cisco, and Hewlett-Packard. BT has joined as a Gold Sponsor and Network Sponsorship will be provided by Masergy Communications. The Interactive Media & Collaborative Communications Alliance (IMCCA) and the European Association of Healthcare IT Managers are Strategic Alliance partners. Organisational Supporters include the International Society of Presence Research (ISPR), Digital Content Forum (DCF), the Communications Management Association (CMA), the British Computer Society (BCS), and the Observatory on Borderless Higher Education (OBHE). Audio Visual (AV) Magazine, AV News, Connect World, CXO, Education Business, European CEO, Government Technology, Health Business, Healthcare IT, New Media Age, Report Buyer, Total Telecom, and Videoconferencing Insight Newsletter are among a growing listing of Media Sponsors who have signed on to promote the event. Telepresence World 2008 London is presented in association with Frost & Sullivan and is a CarbonNeutral event.

Additional major sponsor announcements will be released in the next few weeks; however partner and exhibitor opportunities are still available; please email for details. For more information on Telepresence World events, see: To view “Telepresence in Action,” please visit To find out more about telepresence, read the latest news, and participate in the global dialogue surrounding this fantastic technology, please join them at

About Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc.
Established in 1990, The Hemisphere Group has produced events throughout Asia, India, and the Americas. Their events portfolio includes conferences, seminars, and tradeshows on topics ranging from aerospace to finance. Known today as Hemisphere Expo Services, Inc., they provide expertise in the production and management of events relating to high-technology advancements (

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