Work-Life Balance in the IT Profession

Wednesday 7 December 2016

12.30pm - 5.00pm

University of Portsmouth, School of Computing, Buckingham Building, Lion Terrace, Portsmouth, PO1 3HE | Map


This is a joint event with the BCS Hampshire Branch and Balance Network event hosted by the Systems and Information Systems research group, University of Portsmouth.

Dr Penny Hart, University of Portsmouth
Marta E. Cecchinato


Dr Penny Hart, from the University of Portsmouth, will be presenting her teams work on the Global IT project capturing work life balance issues from the Global IT professional community.

The plan for the session is:

  • 12:30pm for 1.00pm - arrival and welcome
  • 1:00pm - Finger/Buffet Lunch and refreshments
  • 1:30pm - Introduction and Welcome
  • 1:45pm - Introduction to the Balance Network Projects and initiatives
  • 2:15pm - Work Life balance in the IT Profession Insights from the World IT Project
  • 3:15pm - Keynote speaker from Balance Network
  • 4:00pm - Panel discussion: Key themes for Work Life balance in the IT Profession
  • 5:00pm - Close

The session will include speakers from the Balance Network, and an update of results for a global project exploring the Work Life balance issues across the IT profession. It will also include a panel discussion session exploring the wider issues and challenges in achieving sensible work life balance within the IT sector.

This builds on the work of the Balance Network and some current research from the Systems and Information Systems research group, University of Portsmouth. 

Marta E. Cecchinato is a third year PhD student at the UCL Interaction Centre, working in human-computer interaction. She has a BSc and MSc in Psychology from University of Padua (Italy) and has recently completed an internship at Microsoft Research Cambridge, in the Human Experience & Design group. Her current research focuses on understanding the impact that communication technologies have on people’s work-life balance, and particularly on understanding the strategies that people put into place through technology to regain control. This work has been published in top tier HCI conferences (MobileHCI2014, CHI2015, CHI2016, and forthcoming CHI2017). Marta has also been working in the UCL Psychology and Language Sciences (PALS) Committee for the Athena Swan submission, helping to ensure gender equality in the department.


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