The Marconi Foundation has awarded Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, its 2002 international fellowship.

To mark the 30th award, Berners-Lee will take part in a conference: "WWW Redux: Trends, Obstacles, Potential" at the Marconi Foundation's base at Columbia University on November 8. This will look at the role of the Web following the dot-com collapse.

"The Internet and the Web are very much alive and will continue to evolve as a tool for information sharing," said Michael Noll, professor of communications at the University of Southern California and conference chairman.

"In recognizing Tim Berners-Lee, we have an opportunity to assemble the creators and shapers of the Internet, including many past Marconi Fellows, to help chart the far-reaching future role of the Web in light of the real-world dot-com experience," he explained.

The Fellowship is given to recognize individuals whose aspirations, careers and achievements in communications emulate those of communications pioneer Gugliemo Marconi - "creativity in service to humanity".

"In just a few years since inception, the Web has revolutionized information access and exchange across all human endeavors, truly creating a global village," said Francesco Paresce Marconi, chairman of the Marconi Foundation.

"It's only fitting that the Marconi Foundation bestow this recognition on the man who first conceived and initiated this notion," he explained.