We are in the Sir Ambrose Flemming lecture theatre in University College London at the start of the e-Science town meeting.
The room - which has space for nearly 200 people - is full. The meeting has just started.
On his perch high above me - resplendent in his finest plumage - is Steven Young, our official NGS tweeter.
You can follow Steven as he reduces the sweet sounds of e-science to 160 characters-or-less on the NGS twitter feed.