Using Pathways Forums to inform future initiatives for your research field

Mrs Lauren Attana1

1eRSA, Thebarton, Australia


The Pathways series was initially developed by eRSA in 2016 with the goal to connect both academics and industry professionals to the latest, innovative, eResearch tools and services around the nation. The aim of these forums was to encourage the community to come together and discuss a range of subjects including training, expert support mechanisms, technology platforms, data or infrastructure. Since its commencement, eRSA has executed this concept into multiple research disciplines, including the Genomics, Humanites and EcoSciences space, with each series of events being continually refined.

With advocacy and community engagement activities being integral to the concept, the community gathered at these events are able to articulate ideas for further research support without being restrictive and essentially informing on future initiatives.

This seminar will walk through:

  • The origin of the Pathways concept and how they evolved to become a part of nationally recognised initiatives
  • The ‘recipe’ for organising a Pathways event
  • How its success to date has benefited multiple research communities

I will also delve into ‘What’s next for the Pathways Forums’ and how you can leverage this concept for your own field of research.

This session is ideal anyone who is interested in leveraging engagement of those in their research field and use it to improve best practice and inform on future thinking.


Lauren Attana is the Marketing Team Leader at eRSA. She regularly works with researchers and commercial users as well as with a national network of cross functional institutions, departments and organisations.

Lauren has a Bachelor of Public Relations from the University of South Australia where she majored in Marketing. Previously from a financial planning background, she has extensive experience in implementing and overseeing internal and external marketing and communications programs.

At eRSA, she is heavily involved in projects relating to digital marketing, social media and internal communications.

Working within the Marketing team, she regularly assists with the delivery of creative and innovative marketing and communication solutions for local and national projects for eRSA, Nectar and various other institutions.

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