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The University of Southampton
Web Science Institute


A Global Organisation

Our academics are taking the message about the WSI and our research to all corners of the globe through a broad range of international visits and activities.

WSI Directors deliver keynote talks and lectures about Web Science and Artificial Intelligence around the world, and our Web Science students take part in research partnerships to build links with other organisations.

Web Science Trust

The Web Science Trust (WST) is a registered charity that is hosted by the University of Southampton. It aims to support the global development of Web Science. The WSI was a founder member of the International Web Science Trust Network of Laboratories, which brings together world-class research laboratories to support world-class research laboratories to support Web Science research and education. The network now has 19 international research groups.

The WST has recently released a series of podcasts called Untangling the Web. Hosted by Professor Noshir Contractor, the podcasts seek to open up the fascinating and extremely timely discipline of Web Science to the lay listener through conversations between expert researchers across the field.



The ACM Web Conference

On behalf of the University of Southamton, the WSI has organised and hosted the last two ACM Web Science Conferences. 

WebSci'20 - Making the Web Human-Centric? New Directions in the Web and AI

WebSci'21 - Globalisation, Inclusion and the Web in the Context of COVID

W3C Consortium

The University of Southampton, through the WSI, is a member of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) – an international community that works together to develop Web standards. The W3C aims to lead the World Wide Web to its full potential by developing protocols and guidelines that ensure the long-term growth of the Web. Members help drive the direction of core Web technology and exchange ideas with industry and research leaders.

WebSci'21 highlights

WebSci'21 highlights

Watch the closing highlights for the 13t​h International ACM Conference.


Web Science Trust

The Web Science Trust (WST) promotes the understanding of the Web, through education and research in the discipline of Web Science and hosts the world wide network of WSTNet laboratories.

Distinguished Lectures

Distinguished Lectures

We run a series of distinguished lectures and seminars from leading experts around the globe offering opportunities for our staff and students to benefit from wide-ranging academic and industry expertise.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the WSI in any capacity, please contact Susan Davies, Coordination Manager at or call 023 80 593523.



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