September 2018 National eResearch Newsletter

Welcome to the September AeRO eResearch Newsletter

Just one month to go until eResearch Australasia, so I’m happy to be announcing two more guest speakers:
• Dr Sarah Jane Pell presenting “The impact of technology on the space exploration and the arts – Bending Horizons”.
• David Smith of Revolution Analytics on “Supporting human ingenuity with AI”.
They join the previously announced Dr Drew Berry, Professor David V Ford, Dr Jacky Pallas, and Professor James Whisstock.

We have also added a tutorial on Deep Learning for Computer Vision to the list of workshops and we’re working to make the exhibition floor more interactive with VR/AR demonstrations.

Hope to see you there!
Sam Moskwa, AeRO CEO.

NESI_HPC Special Event: Machine Learning & Supercomputing in Science

On 25 Sept, New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) and Cray are gathering global and local innovators in Artificial Intelligence (AI) to discuss the opportunities and impacts of AI and supercomputing on NZ’s research ecosystem.

 DHA2018 The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH) is pleased to announce its fourth conference, ‘Making Connections’, to be held at the University of South Australia in Adelaide, 25-28 September 2018

The aim of DHA 2018 is to advance and critically assess the uses of digital technologies in humanities research and the communication of its outcomes. The conference offers a supportive, interdisciplinary environment to explore the challenges and opportunities of working with digital tools and techniques.


The conference will explore how the Digital Humanities enhance our ability to make connections between disciplines, sectors, countries, ways of thinking, people and possibilities. Sessions will focus on praxis and innovation across the international scene, with emphasis on local and regional communities of practice in Australasia and the Pacific. Together, delegates will explore how academics can use data and digital tools to tackle real world challenges in partnership with collecting organisations, industry, government and communities.


For more information, program and registration, please visit the website:

 Pawsey-Forum Pawsey Roadshow & User Forum – Brisbane 27-Sep

The Pawsey Roadshow is an event showcasing services and resources that Pawsey Supercomputing Centre provides to researchers across Australia.


This free event will see researchers presenting their experiences as high-performance computing (HPC) users and how their projects have been impacted by Pawsey’s services and expertise. Staff from Pawsey will also be presenting information about the organisation and answering questions from researchers who would like to take advantage of HPC and related services.


Pawsey experts will also be in Brisbane to showcase our services and researchers’ outcomes to Queensland’s researcher community. They will also take the opportunity to get together with users and potential users as part of the Pawsey User Forum.


 Pawsey-Friday Pawsey Friday with Ivica Janekovic

Next Pawsey Friday is taking place on Friday 28 September, this time showcasing the research of Dr Ivica Janekovic, a physical oceanographer with more than 15 years of experience in numerical modelling and ocean observing systems.


Physical ocean modelling is relatively novel discipline within physical oceanography, having fully developed its potential in last 50 years. This talk will briefly cover numerical modelling in physical oceanography, influenced mainly with high-performance computer system development, leading to the development of the coastal near-real-time, high-resolution atmosphere-ocean coupled system for the western coast of Western Australia.



 galaxy Galaxy Australia training series: 3. Introduction to Galaxy Australia: Differential Gene Expression from Bacterial RNA-seq Data, Tuesday 23 October

EMBL-ABR and the Biosciences Data Enhanced Virtual Lab Galaxy Australia project team are coordinating a national training program to introduce Galaxy Australia capabilities to life science researchers. Workshops use live online Galaxy experts with local trained facilitators. All workshops are free, but places are limited.


Workshop 3 is at: James Cook University: (Cairns & Townsville); Melbourne Bioinformatics (University of Melbourne); Monash University (Clayton & Malaysia); QCIF (UQ & USQ); SIH (University of Sydney); SBI (UNSW); and Universities of Adelaide and Tasmania.


Full details:

 Dig-Pathways Digital Humanities Pathways Events Coming up in October

You are invited to attend the upcoming 2018 Digital Humanities Pathways Forum events in Melbourne (12 October) and Brisbane (26 October)!


Presented by Tinker, tailored research tools for the HASS community, an NCRIS funded project which is a product of the HASS DEVL, the DH Pathways events will bring together HASS and GLAM researchers and professionals to speak about the links between research, data, tools and national infrastructure, and to find out about contemporary data and technology-intensive research and collection practices.


Register for the Melbourne event here:


Register for the Brisbane event here:

 CESSDDE Digital Disruption in Exploration Symposium

Exploration for mineral, energy and water resources is facing disruption – driven by more complex geological targets, new commodities and new technologies. The growing volume of high-quality data from disparate sources presents an enormous opportunity to develop new ways of collecting, interpreting and understanding geoscientific data.


CSIRO’s symposium “Digital Disruption in Exploration” will bring together international and Australian experts from industry, government and academia to Perth for one week (22-26th October) to examine the science drivers and disruptors that are changing the way we explore for resources.


For more information please see the symposium website at, or contact us at

 Pawsey-Train Pawsey Training – Perth

Pawsey Supercomputing Centre offers a series of training courses every year. These courses range from introductory sessions on Pawsey, Supercomputing, Cloud computing and Linux, to more advanced sessions on MPI, OpenMP and GPU programming.


On November 28-29, Pawsey will be running training in Perth.


To find out more details on the course descriptions, please visit Pawsey Training Page


To register your attendance, visit:

 Kempsmall Carina Kemp Starts as AARNet’s eResearch Director

Dr Kemp joins AARNet from Geoscience Australia (GA), where she has been an integral member of the leadership team for the past 6 years. Most recently she has been Chief Information Officer, with responsibility for providing strategic leadership for setting enterprise ICT directions, architecture and priorities to enable science across GA.


Dr Kemp will lead the AARNet eResearch team and AARNet’s engagement in the Australian eResearch community. Peter Elford, who filled the Director, eResearch role for the past 4 years, will continue as Director, Government Relations, and will focus on developing partnerships and growing AARNet’s engagement across federal and state government.

 NCI-Artist Award-Winning NCI Artist Collaboration

Long-time NCI Australia user and artist Dr Erica Seccombe has won the 2018 Waterhouse Natural Science Art Prize, Australia’s premier prize for art reflecting natural science and the environment.


Dr Seccombe has been a user of NCI’s visualisation tools and expertise for many years, developing her own expertise in manipulating the NCI-developed Drishti visualisation software. This award-winning work, a beautiful video of the metamorphosis of a fly larva from maggot to insect, relied heavily on Drishti, along with NCI’s data processing capabilities, to come to fruition.


Read more at:

 NCI-Dig-Earth-small NCI’s GSKY HPD Service Enhances Digital Earth Australia

The world-leading data produced by Digital Earth Australia will become even more accessible thanks to the new GSKY data service and software created by NCI Australia.


Digital Earth Australia’s massive time-series datasets of Australian digital imagery, combined with NCI’s GSKY service, provide an online tool that will allow farmers, land managers, researchers and government to explore changes in the Australian landscape, be it water usage, erosion or bushfire patterns.


Read more at:

 NESI-Future Looking to the Future of New Zealand Research Powered by Advanced Computing

With its new advanced platform in place, New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) is now looking ahead for how to best position NeSI to power the research of tomorrow and beyond.


Consultations for this future strategy began earlier this year with an eScience Futures Workshop at eResearch NZ 2018 and a reflection report from that workshop is now available online.



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