June 2019 national eResearch newsletter

Welcome to the June 2019 AeRO eResearch Newsletter

Message from the AeRO CEO

It was with great sadness that we learned of the passing of Dr Jacky Pallas, Director of eResearch and Research Platforms, King’s College London.  She delivered a wonderful keynote presentation at the eResearch Australia 2018 conference and made instant and personal connections with many in our community.  That ability to bond quickly and deeply is illustrated at https://lindamciver.wordpress.com/2019/05/28/remembering-jacky/ where comments will be seen and appreciated by her family.

Sam Moskwa, AeRO CEO.

Tech Talk Research in the Cloud:  14-Jun

Tech Talk has had a late kickoff this month.

It is on this week and has interesting speakers from AWS and Microsoft, on Research in the Cloud.


When:  14 June, 11.00am AEST.

What:  Research in the Cloud; platforms, tools and services – AWS and Microsoft

Register at:  https://research-cloud-platforms-tools-services.eventbrite.com.au.

Meetup:  https://www.meetup.com/monthlytechtalk/.


July’s Tech Talk will be held on Friday, 4-Jul:  topic and speakers TBA (check out the above URLs).

eRA2019: Call for Participation – Deadline Extended to 21-Jun

The submission deadline for the following participation types has been extended to Friday 21 June 2019.

  • Birds of a feather sessions (BoFs)
  • Hackathons
  • Lightning Talks
  • Oral Presentations
  • Pre & Post Conference Workshops

There will be no further extension to this deadline.


Don’t miss out on your chance to contribute to the content of Australasia’s pre-eminent conference for eResearch professionals in Brisbane 21-25 Oct 2019!


Submit at https://conference.eresearch.edu.au/abstract-submission/.

AeRO Forum 2019:  31-Jul

“eResearch – Challenges – Blockers – Planning for Success”.


You are invited to participate in the 2019 AeRO National Forum, to be held on the 31st of July 2019 in Sydney.


The Australasian eResearch sector is continually evolving and increasingly complex.  Increased focus on collaboration and leveraging existing investments pose countless challenges for all organisations.


Join sector leaders to openly discuss these important issues and foster a cohesive and sustainable future for Australasian eResearch.


The Forum will kick off with a tour of the UNSW EPiCentre on Tuesday 30th July.


Info at http://aero.edu.au/forum-2019/.

Register at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/10th-aero-forum-2019-eresearch-challenges-blockers-and-planning-for-success-tickets-63313661867.

Bioinformatics Training for Australian Researchers

This is a reminder that EMBL-ABR has an established registry of workshops offered by Nodes across Australia.  These are input to an Elixir-EU database and the widget is on the EMBL-ABR website.  Researchers who are travelling may widen their search to include any global destination.


All 2018 training events were recorded and are online at this link (https://www.embl-abr.org.au/about/events/), also and scrolling down will display the registry listing – we omitted the Web links last week (apologies!).


Australian trainers wishing to list their training events may contact crhall@unimelb.edu.au.

CAUDIT Award for ‘Excellence in Research Support’

Finalists:  https://www.caudit.edu.au/award-finalists-2019:

  • Prosecution Project Griffith University, eResearch Services, Prosecution Project Team.
  • The Research Hub: Design and Realisation of Better Connected Research IT Support Services: The University of Auckland, Hub Development Team, Centre for eResearch.
  • Beyond Support to Partnership – Proactive Engagement with the Research Community: La Trobe University, Sheila Mukerjee.


Winner:  https://www.caudit.edu.au/award-winners-2019:
The University of Auckland with The Research Hub.


These were some of the 54 submissions for these inaugural CAUDIT Awards announced on Wednesday 22 May.  The Awards highlight the terrific work undertaken by people working with technology in our universities and research organisations.

Call for CVL Champions Opens on 18 June

The Characterisation Virtual Laboratory (CVL) Champions are a community of researchers, university lecturers, and bioimaging professionals taking part in a skills development program.  The program is to enhance the national characterisation computing infrastructure and apply FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) data principles to research workflows, by upskilling scientists and bioimaging professionals for continuation of these goals.


The CVL Champions Program 2019 opens on 18 June.
See https://characterisation-virtual-laboratory.github.io/CVL_Community/champions/.

Call for Submissions: OpenMP Con – Auckland, NZ, Deadline 21-Jun

There’s still time to submit a poster, talk, tutorial, or other idea to OpenMPCon 2019, the annual gathering for the global OpenMP developer community, coming to Auckland, NZ on 9-10 Sept 2019, alongside IWOMP 2019 (11-13 Sept).


The deadline to submit is 21 June.

More information: https://openmpcon.org/call-for-submissions/.

Your Tools, Projects & Challenges in Coding Deadline 12-Jul

New Zealand’s Science Coding Conference is one of the few opportunities where scientific programmers, software engineers, developers, coding enthusiasts, and big data analysts can gather in one place to share and discuss how they’re supporting research ecosystems.


Hosted by New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), registration is now open and we’re seeking submissions of lightning talks, presentations, Birds-of-a-Feather sessions & workshops.  Deadline to submit is 12 July 2019.


More information:  http://sciencecodingconference.nz/.

Australian eResearch Skilled Workforce Summit, 29 – 30 Jul, Sydney

The Australian eResearch Skilled Workforce Summit aims to bring together key stakeholders to collaboratively develop a vision for a digitally skilled research workforce.


You can register for the Summit at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/australian-eresearch-skilled-workforce-summit-tickets-62558297552.

Australian eResearch Skilled Workforce Summit – Input Sought

ARDC is seeking presentation proposals for the Australian eResearch Skilled Workforce Summit, to be held in Sydney from 28 to 29 July.  Submissions are welcomed from any organisations, individuals or teams seeking to collaborate on developing aspects of an Australian research workforce composed of both digitally skilled researchers, and research support professionals with digital expertise, to maximise research impact.


Submissions close 25 June.  See https://ardc.edu.au/news/seeking-presentation-proposals-for-the-australian-eresearch-skilled-workforce-summit/

ARDC Discovery in Storage & Compute and Data & Services Announced


Successful applications have been announced for the Australian Research Data Commons’ Discovery Activities in Storage and Compute (at https://ardc.edu.au/news/storage-and-compute-discovery-activity-successful-applicants/) and Data and Services (at https://ardc.edu.au/news/data-and-services-discovery-activities-successful-applicants/).

ARDC Survey on eResearch Workforce Size

The Australian Research Data Commons is attempting to answer ‘How large is the research support workforce?’ and we need your help!  Please complete this short survey to provide an accurate indication of the size of the national workforce involved in supporting digital data, research software and associated infrastructure.


Access the survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ARDC-workforce.

NSF Effective Practices for Data

On 20 May, NSF published its “Dear Colleague” Letter on Effective Practices for Data.


See https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19069/nsf19069.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click.


You will find there some interesting changes in attitude by NSF as a funder towards curation of data counting, and the need for machine actionable Data Management Plans and identifiers.

New Zealand eScience Infrastructure Shares Community Consultation Advice

In 2018, New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) reached out to various research leaders in New Zealand to ask:  What are the opportunities and challenges around advanced computing for NZ’s research communities 5 to 7 years in the future?

A summary its process has been published as a brief guide for carrying out a research community consultation.

More information: https://auckland.figshare.com/articles/Research_Community_Consultation_Guide/8247194.

National Researchers Collaborate to Model Effects of Climate Change on Biodiversity
The Biodiversity Climate Change Virtual Lab (BCCVL) is one of the most accessed services via the Australian Access Federation (AAF).  BCCVL’s almost 4000 registered users originate from around the world, including Australian universities, research organisations and government agencies.The high user demand for a cloud modelling platform that provides biodiversity and climate change modelling, demonstrates the success of the BCCVL as a national research service and the importance the AAF plays in providing access.


Learn more about how the AAF helps researchers at https://aaf.edu.au/news/index.html.

Jobs  AeRO Jobs Board


Don’t forget that AeRO is helping spread the word on the latest eResearch job opportunities.  We post jobs immediately to https://twitter.com/AeRO_eResearch and also update on our website at http://aero.edu.au/eresearch-careers/.


This is a free service for the eResearch community – to advertise a position, simply email loretta@aero.edu.au.


Here’s a sample of current vacancies:

Data Scientist Biostatician, ITS Change and Communications Officer, Senior Identity Management Developer, Network Architect, eResearch Analytics Officer, Research Services Coordinator, Data Engineer, Data Innovation Program Manager, Social Analytics Lab Systems Coordinator, Digital Environment Manager, Identity Software Developer, Multiple eResearch Analyst Positions.


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