International Workshop on Science Gateways – Australia

Michelle Barker1, Steve Androulakis2, David Abramson3, Sandra Gesing4, Rebecca Pirzl5, Richard Sinnott6, Nancy Wilkins-Diehr7

1NeCTAR, Parkville, Australia,

2ANDS, NeCTAR, RDS, Parkville, Australia,

3University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia,

4University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA,

5ALA, Canberra,

6University of Melbourne, Parkville,

7San Diego Supercomputing Centre, La Jolla, USA,



Workshop Length: Two Days

Primary Presenter: Various, including Dan Katz as keynote, submitted talk and discussions.

Workshop Format: Invited speakers, Open Call for Proposals (Lightning talks, demonstrations), World Cafe.




This two day workshop offers participants the opportunity to engage with other members of the Science Gateways community, to explore common issues and share successes.

A Science Gateway is a community-developed set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated through a tailored web-based environment. Often Science Gateways leverage larger scale computing and data storage facilities that would otherwise be inaccessible to many domain scientists. Gateways can be used to tackle common scientific goals, engage with industry, and offer resources for educating students and informing non-experts.

To continue the development of this community, this workshop offers a venue for knowledge exchange and skills development. Australian science gateways evidence many valuable impacts for their research communities, including collaboration with international gateways in their field. The significance of science gateways programs is evidenced in the existence of a range of national/regional programs that facilitate development of science gateways.

The submission closing date for IWSG-A is 30 June 2017. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed and evaluated on quality and relevance.


Data Analysts

Data Managers

Government Representatives

HPC Managers & Specialists

IT Managers & Directors



Professionals in associated disciplines

Project Managers


Research Computing Specialists

Research Managers


Software & App engineers

University Representatives


Attendees don’t need to bring computers.


Call for Papers finishes 30 June 2017. Instructions for making a submission can be found on the IWSG-A web site:

COST:  This workshop isn’t subsidised. Full conference workshop fees apply.


Michelle Barker is Deputy Director (Research Software Infrastructure) at National eResearch Collaborative Tools and Resources (Nectar), a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) funded program. She is one of the convenors of the annual International Workshop on Science Gateways ­ Australia, and the International Coalition on Science Gateways. As Deputy Director at Nectar, Michelle directs the virtual laboratory program, which has facilitated the development of twelve virtual laboratories in diverse disciplines, with over 10,000 users. In this role she also facilitates national conversations around common challenges such as research reproducibility, software sustainability and impact metrics. She was previously Program Director of a science gateway for the malaria community, based at James Cook University. Follow her on Twitter as @michelle1barker

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