Call for participation

The 2017 eResearch Australasia Conference call for participation is now closed.

Thank you to all who have put forward a submission to participate in this year’s conference.


We invite you to present at the 11th eResearch Australasia Conference.

Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 16 – 20 October 2017.

eResearch 2017 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 information.

Conference workshops will be held on Monday and Tuesday, with the main conference program running from Wednesday to Friday.

Submissions are invited for the following presentation types:

  • Posters – closed
  • Solutions Showcases – closed
  • International Workshop on Science Gateways – closed
  • Presentations – closed
  • Lightning talks – closed
  • Birds of a feather sessions (BoFs) – closed
  • Workshops – closed
  • Hackathons – closed

Presenters will be required to fund their own attendance at the conference and should not submit an abstract if this is not possible.

We look forward to receiving your submission and seeing you at the conference in October.


As always, the conference welcomes exemplars and case studies in any field of research.

Topics of interest include the following. Please click on the headings below for presentation ideas and suggestions.

Digital Humanities
Social Sciences
Mathematical & Physical Sciences
Chemical & Life Sciences
Human Health & Medical Research
Earth, Marine & Environmental Sciences
eResearch in Other Disciplines
Cloud & High Throughput Computing
Virtual Laboratories
High Performance Computing
High Performance Data & Extreme Data Science
Modelling & Simulation
Infrastructure as a Service
Development Methods, Tools & Practices
Optimisation & Parallelisation
Workflows & Workflow Tools
Reproducible Research
Software as a Service
Case Studies
Instruments & Data Capture
Databases & Datacubes
Mobile Devices
Autonomous Vehicles
Internet of Things
Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science
Analytics & 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 Quality Strategies
Data Licensing & Security
Data Integration
Who Owns Your Research Data?
Data as a Service
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

Submission Information and Types of Participation

Please contact Conference Design if you require assistance submitting your abstract.

+61 3 6231 2999

Abstract Submission Portal

The eResearch 2017 submission portal is open.

Authors who have made a submission to the conference are able to log into their accounts.

May 2017

Call for Abstracts Open:

  • Presentations
  • Posters
  • Lightning Talks
  • BoFs
  • Solutions Showcase
  • Workshops
  • Hackathons
  • IWSG-A

30 June 2017

Call for Abstracts Close:

  • Presentations
  • Lightning Talks
  • BoFs
  • Workshops
  • Hackathons
  • IWSG-A

Early August 2017

Notification of Abstract Acceptance:

  • Presentations
  • Lightning Talks
  • BoFs
  • Workshops
  • Hackathons
  • IWSG-A

8 September 2017

Call for Abstracts Close:

  • Poster submissions
  • Solutions Showcase

Week of 11 September 2017

Notification of Abstract Acceptance:

  • Poster submissions
  • Solutions Showcase

15 September 2017

Early bird and presenter registration closes

Solutions Showcase

Speakers are invited to give a brief presentation of 10 minutes, plus 5 minutes for questions and discussion, in an informal and intimate setting.

For more information about the Showcase, please click here.


Posters enable individuals or groups to display information about innovative projects or activities in an informal, interactive environment. They can include live demonstrations. Posters will remain in the display area throughout the conference. A dedicated poster session will allow poster presenters to stand near their posters and talk with delegates, exact time is indicated on the programme.

International Workshop on Science Gateways

IWSG – Australia offers participants the opportunity to engage with other members of the Science Gateways community, to explore common issues and share successes.

IWSG-A will be held on the Monday and Tuesday preceding the main conference program.

Submissions for IWSG-A should be submitted via the IWSG-A webpage.


Standard presentations are short conversation starters of 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions, providing enough information to encourage the audience to engage and seek further information.

Lightning Talks

These are 5 minute presentations in which participants speak about their ideas, current activities, challenges and professional passions. The goal is to enlighten the audience on a subject, creating awareness, thought, and generating action on the subjects presented. The motto is “Enlighten us, but make it quick!”

Hints and tips on presenting an enlightening talk can be found here.


BoFs (birds of a feather sessions) are extended sessions that bring together individuals interested in a given 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.


The conference organisers are calling for proposals to run appropriately aligned “hackathon” events during the conference.  Proposals are expected to include details of institutional or commercial sponsorship to underwrite the costs of hosting the event (e.g. venue, catering) as these will not be subsidised by the conference.  To project these costs, please see the fee schedule for workshop participants on the registration page.


If you are submitting a workshop, please note the conference charges delegates a registration fee per workshop that is not included in the conference registration fee. This is necessary in order to cover catering, venue, and organisation costs for the workshops. Please see the registration page for the fee schedule. If you would prefer your delegates to pay a reduced cost to attend your workshop you are very welcome to subsidise their attendance; this can be arranged with the conference organisers.

Helpful Information

Please click on the headings below for more information to assist in the submission of your abstract and your participation in the conference.

Please follow these steps to make a submission:

1. Download the submission template (word document) for the type of submission you are making:

  • Presentation Template
  • Poster Template
  • Lightning Talk Template
  • BoF Template
  • Showcase Template
  • Workshop Template
  • Hackathon Template

2. Complete the description of your topic using the template. Submissions for eResearch Australasia are extended abstracts rather than full papers. Your submission should be no longer than two pages.

Abstracts must be submitted electronically through the abstract submission portal at the top of this page. You will be required to enter:

  • The title of your abstract
  • Preferred presentation type
  • A theme/topic from the broad category list above best suited to your submission
  • Authors’ names (indicate presenting author), affiliations, and biographies (presenting author/s only).
  • Abstract (uploaded using the appropriate submission template as a word document).

Biographies may include presenters’ positions, career details and major work achievements to date. Biographies should be written in third person. Your biography will be used when introducing you as a speaker at the conference and in the conference proceedings.

For further detail, presenters and conveners with an ORCiD are welcome to include a link to your ID URL (in full) along with your biography. The link to your ORCiD will be included in the conference proceedings with your biography.

3. Submit your abstract electronically through the abstract submission portal at the top of this page.

If it is your first time submitting an abstract, you will need to create a new account with your email address and make up a password. If you are logging into an existing account, you will need to log in with your existing email address and password.

Your abstract must be submitted as a word document using the appropriate template available above.

4. You can return to the abstract submission portal and submit another abstract at any time, however once an abstract has been submitted you will not be able to edit this. If you wish to make any changes please email an edited version of your abstract to

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 August.

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. Presenters also need to meet their own travel and accommodation costs.

All presenters will be required to register for the conference by 15th September 2017.

It will be assumed that any presenter not registered by 15th September has withdrawn from the program and their abstract will be removed from conference publications.

AV Requirements

Please provide any specific audiovisual requirements to the Conference Secretariat at Your presentation should be created and presented in PowerPoint.  Each room will be equipped for the presentation of PowerPoint slides and include a data-projector, laptop, lectern and microphone.

An Audio Visual technician will be located in your room throughout the course of your presentation and will provide assistance in the unlikely instance an issue occurs. Please ensure you take the time to familiarise yourself with the technology prior to your presentation.

Please ensure your presentation is brought to the conference on a USB Stick for uploading.  Embed any content such as audio or video – do not link to external files.

The conference will seek your consent to post your presentation slides to the conference website following the event. Consent forms will be available in the Speakers Preparation room and need to be signed prior to your presentation.

PowerPoint Presentation Tips

Find our ‘how to design a great PowerPoint presentation’ here.

  • All text should be in PowerPoint, preferably in light text on a dark background.
  • PowerPoint should be in 16:9 aspect ratio.
  • There should be no more than 5 x 1 line bullet points per slide.
  • Optimum title text is 45 – 55 points and no smaller than 36 points.
  • Body text should be at least 26 points.
  • Avoid UPPERCASE letters as they are hard to read.
  • Please keep to the time limit of your presentation.

The poster should be a visual presentation of your submitted abstract and should meet the following criteria:


The title should be the same as in the submitted abstract.


The poster must be A0 size (A0 size is 841mm x 1189mm) in portrait orientation.


The poster should be easily readable at a distance of two metres. Use UPPER and lower case for general content as the use of all-capital text is difficult to read. Avoid using a mixture of type/font styles.


Include the title of your presentation at the top of the poster. Characters should be a minimum of 48 point font size. Your name, School or Centre should also be displayed on the poster. HEADINGS 48 to 60 point font size is recommended for headings.


24 to 32 font size single spaced is recommended. The text should be concise and easy to read.

The message that your poster contains should be clear and understandable without the requirement of oral explanation. If relevant, methods should be presented simply and concisely.

After the title, the two most important panels are the Introduction and the Conclusion. On the basis of these two panels, a reader will decide whether to consider the poster details and perhaps talk to the presenter. These panels need to be very simple, concise and visually attractive. Results should be presented graphically if possible. Avoid large tables of data.

Results should be in line with those originally submitted in your abstract.

Use pictures, symbols and colour. Figure legends are essential and should be short but informative. If using graphs, they should have a short heading.

For visual effect, we recommend that graphs be no smaller than 12cm x 18cm. Photographs should be no smaller than 12cm x 18cm. Use the space to attract your audience for discussion, not to present complex details of methods and results.

The following websites provide some useful information on preparing effective posters for conference presentation.

Conference App

To have your poster displayed in the Conference App, upload a high resolution PDF version of your poster to the following DropBox link prior to Friday 6th October 2017.

This DropBox link will be active from 1st September 2017.

Speaker’s Preparation Room

Please proceed to the Speaker’s Preparation room at least 4 hours prior to or the day before your presentation. A technician will be available in the speaker’s preparation room to load your presentation and to discuss any audiovisual queries you may have. You will also have the opportunity to practice your presentation. If you are not providing slides for your presentation, please advise the AV technician in the Speaker’s Preparation room 4 hours prior to your session.

Presentation Consent Form

At the speaker’s preparation room you will be provided with a presentation consent form. You will be asked to complete the form when loading your presentation.

Speaker presentations will be published on the conference website post conference. We require all speakers to provide permission for their PowerPoint presentations to be published. All presenters will be given the opportunity to submit a revised PowerPoint for publication on the website.

Cancellations and substitutions

Please avoid late cancellations or substitutions as marketing material including the conference program with the speaker’s name and organisation will be pre-printed and cannot be removed at a later date. If you need to cancel or substitute speakers please inform Conference Design at as early as possible.

Poster Presentations

Each display panel will be identified by number so that you are able to find the area corresponding to your poster. If you have any questions on the day please make your way to the conference registration desk.

Double sided tape and/or velcro dots will be available at the venue to affix your poster to the panel.

Your poster location can also be found on the conference App.

Poster Set Up Times (TBC)

Poster Pull Down Times (TBC)

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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