Your Invitation to Present

Abstract submission closes 17:00 Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday 4 September – there will be no further extension to this deadline. 


We invite you to present at the 2020 eResearch Australasia ‘Online’ Conference,
19 – 23 October 2020.

eResearch Online will offer delegates the opportunity to engage, connect, and share their ideas and exemplars concerning new eResearch capabilities, and how information and communication technologies help researchers to collaborate, collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, understand and re-use data and information.

Submissions are invited for the following presentation types:

  • BoFs
  • Oral Presentations
  • Poster & Lightning Talks
  • Solutions Showcases

We strongly encourage authors to review the below content for more information about how sessions will be delivered and submission requirements, as we have made some changes to suit the online conference model.

Changes include a simple 250 word abstract for all submissions, uploaded as text directly to the online portal.   

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the prevailing registration fee. Authors should not submit an abstract if this is not possible.

Abstract submission closes 17:00 Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday 4 September – there will be no further extension to this deadline. 

All submissions must be made via the online Abstract Submission Portal.

We look forward to receiving your submission and seeing you at the conference!

2020 eResearch Australasia Conference Program Committee


Topics and Streams

The organisers have identified over 60 topics of interest to conference attendees.  These are grouped in seven Streams and can be viewed by clicking on the Stream headings below.  Submitters are asked to review these topics and select the Stream which best matches the topic(s) covered in their submission.

As always, the conference welcomes exemplars and case studies of “eResearch in Action” in any field of research.  We particularly encourage submissions which are co-authored and/or co-presented by research users and eResearch service providers.

COVID-19 Stories & Experiences
Digital Humanities
Social Sciences
Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Chemical & Life Sciences
Human Health & Medical Research
Earth, Marine & Environmental Sciences
eResearch in Other Disciplines
Transdisciplinary eResearch
Cloud & High Throughput Computing
Virtual Laboratories
High Performance Computing
High Performance Data Technologies
Modelling & Simulation
Infrastructure as a Service
Development Methods, Tools & Practices
Optimisation & Parallelisation
Workflows & Workflow Tools
Reproducible Research
Software as a Service
Case Studies
Making Software FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)
Instruments & Data Capture
Databases & Datacubes
Mobile Devices
Autonomous Vehicles
Internet of Things
Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science
Data Science & Analytics
Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning
Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality & Haptics
Decision Tools & Dashboards
Data Storage Infrastructure
Managing, Manipulating & Preserving Data
Making Data FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)
Data Curation
Data Collections
Data Citation
Standards for Data & eResearch
Data Provenance
Data Quality Strategies
Data Licensing & Security
Data Integration
Who Owns Your Research Data?
Indigenous Data Rights
Data as a Service
Data Management Strategy
eResearch Service Integration
Libraries Supporting Research
Institutions Facilitating eResearch
eResearch Intermediaries
eResearch Outreach, Training & Capability Development
Legal & Policy Frameworks
Engagement & Cultural Changes
National Programs & Partnerships
Sustaining eResearch Initiatives
eResearch Other Aspects

Presentation Formats

While you will be asked to indicate your preferred presentation format, the conference committee may request an alternative format be considered. The committee will allocate presentations to the program taking into account the preference of authors and the balance of the program.

BoFs (birds of a feather sessions) are extended sessions that bring together individuals interested in each topic for guided discussion and networking. They provide a more open forum for exploring issues and questions, such as a panel or point/counterpoint format.

It is expected BoF’s will be live sessions of 60 minutes in duration.

Standard presentations are short conversation starters which provide enough information to encourage the audience to engage and seek further information.

It is expected Oral Presentations will be 15 minutes in duration, plus 5 minutes for questions and changeover. Oral presentations will be a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions. Authors will be asked to nominate their preference when submitting an abstract online.

Posters & Lightning Talks enable individuals or groups to display information about innovative projects or activities in an informal, interactive environment.

It is expected Static Poster’s will be available to view on demand at the time of the conference in the poster gallery with the option to include a short 3-minute pre-recorded video about their poster.

We are planning a dedicated poster session which will give presenters the opportunity to network and engage directly with conference attendees.

Poster presenters may also will also be invited to deliver a 5-minute lightning talk.

Solutions Showcase sessions are for brief and informal demonstration-style presentations.

Each presenter is allocated 15 minutes, including a maximum of 5 minutes for questions and discussion. It is expected Solution Showcases will be delivered online as live sessions.

For more information about the Showcase, please click here.

Submission Procedure

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the submission portal. You will be required to enter:

  • The title of your presentation
  • Preferred presentation type
  • A topic/theme most suitable to your presentation
  • Authors’ names (indicate presenting author), affiliations, and biography (up to 100 words – presenting author/s only).
  • Abstract (maximum 250 words). Use the above word template to write your abstract, then copy and paste into the submission portal.
  • Where possible, set the abstract out in the Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusion format. Should this format not be suitable for your submission, we suggest the following alternate formats:
    • Background (problem statement and project aim), Method or Actions, Results, Conclusion
    • Situation, Task, Action, Result (STAR)
    • Leave one line between paragraphs.
    • Specify all abbreviations in full at the first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses, thereafter abbreviation only should be used.
    • If easier users can copy and paste an abstract and biography from a word processing doc directly into the submission portal.
    • Abstracts need to be written in English.
    • Check abstract thoroughly for spelling and grammar.
    • Do not include references.


Please complete all author details requested in the online portal. Note the submitting author will be considered the principle point of contact for all communication regarding the abstract including acceptance notification.

By submitting an abstract all authors agree to release the content to the Conference organisers and give permission to publish the abstract in the conference publications and on the website, and in so doing certify that the abstract is an original work.

Review Process

Selections for all submissions will be based on the following criteria

  • Interest and relevance to the eResearch community
  • Novelty and timeliness of content
  • Potential to be engaging and enhance the conference
  • Quality of the submission – clarity and readability
  • Sufficiency of information
  • Authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection of abstract via email in early September.

Confirming your presentation

Accepted authors are required to confirm your intention to present at the conference by emailing within 2 weeks of receiving notification that your submission has been accepted.

Failure to notify Conference Design of your intention to present may result in your presentation being withdrawn from the program.

All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the appropriate registration fee.

It will be assumed that any presenter not registered has withdrawn from the program and their abstract will be removed from conference publications.

Online Conference Presentation FAQ’S

To present at the eResearch online, you will be required to have access to a good internet connection, a computer or laptop, a recording camera (not essential) and a microphone (headset is preferred to eliminate background noise and feedback).

Your presentation may be pre-recorded or shown live. This will be clarified in the lead up to the event. The type of software you may be required to download to participate in the conference will depend on whether your session is pre-recorded or live.

eResearch will not be responsible for any costs associated with the production of your presentation or any audio-visual equipment you may be required to purchase to present.

There will be a live Q&A component where delegates can answer questions, we will have a session chair moderating these questions.

Pre-recorded presentations are to be uploaded to the appropriate portal by 28 September 2020 to confirm inclusion in the program.

Presenters with a live presentation will be contacted separately to confirm their requirements.

About the conference

eResearch Australasia provides opportunities for delegates to engage, connect, and share their ideas and exemplars concerning new information centric research capabilities, and how information and communication technologies help researchers to collaborate, collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, understand and re-use information.

Conference Managers

Please contact the team at Conference Design with any questions regarding the conference.

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