Participate 2012

Call for Participation

Practitioners, researchers, and educators from diverse disciplines are invited to participate in eResearch Australasia 2012, to be held 28October to 1 November at the SMC Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney, Australia.

Call for presentations, BoFs and workshops are open.

Important dates

  • Call for Participation to submit an abstract for presentations, BoFs, and workshops in now CLOSED
  • Call for Participation on Posters will open on Monday 13 August 2012
  • Wednesday 8 August Workshop conveners notified
  • Friday 17 August other presenters notified
  • Monday 8 October Last day to submit an abstract for a poster
  • Sunday 28 October Conference begins

Conference aims

eResearch focuses on technological platforms and methods that enhance researchers’ ability to generate, collect, share, process, analyse, store and retrieve information. All sessions, workshops, BoFs, posters, and meetings should support the conference aims. eResearch Australasia aims to provide:

  • A catalyst for innovation and collaboration, by bringing together practitioners and researchers from diverse disciplines;
  • A forum to support the development, enhancement, and harmonisation of national, regional, and discipline-specific eResearch services and infrastructures;
  • A showcase for innovative research enabled through these technologies and services.


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

Processing and analysing data:

  • Research applications in the Cloud
  • Virtual laboratories
  • High performance computing and grids
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Computation and Visualisation
  • eResearch tools

Managing, publishing, and finding data:

  • Managing and manipulating data
  • Seeking, searching and sharing data
  • Access to data
  • Data curation
  • Data collections
  • Sharing and re-using data
  • Standards for data and eResearch
  • Dealing with large volumes of data
  • Data storage infrastructure

The connected researcher:

  • Institutions facilitating eResearch
  • Research workflows
  • eResearch intermediaries
  • eResearch outreach, training and capability development
  • Legal and policy frameworks
  • ICT methods, practices, and tools used to support eResearch

Tools for collecting, generating, and moving data:

  • Mobile devices
  • Sensors
  • Networks
  • Arrays
  • Remote instrumentation

Case studies

  • Research discipline engagement
  • eResearch projects, programmes and policies
  • Who owns your research data?

Types of participation

You can participate by submitting an abstract for a presentation, point/counterpoint debate, birds of a feather session (BoF), poster, or workshop. Instructions for each category are below. Please note that in order to participate you must register for the conference by Friday 28 September as a regular or student delegate. Registration will open in August.

Standard presentations are short conversation starters of 20 minutes, providing enough information to encourage the audience to engage and seek further information.

BoFs (birds of a feather sessions) are 60 minute 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. These are not formal presentations.

Do you have a contentious issue to discuss and a worthy opponent? Who owns your data? Does technology always improve research? Is data sharing a waste of time? In the point/counterpoint format you’ll be given 45 minutes for open debate. A good way to structure these sessions is to have each speaker present their case for 10-12 minutes and then let the audience have their say.

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 poster session will be held on the evening of Monday 29 October to allow poster presenters to stand near their posters and talk with delegates, exact time will be made available at the programme. Poster abstracts may be submitted up until 8 October; however early submission is appreciated. Poster presenters will be notified on a rolling basis. Poster guidelines are available to help your prepare your poster.

Workshops may be half-day or full-day and will take place on Thursday 1 November. Workshops enable a more detailed or hands-on exploration of a topic.

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 link 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.

Selection criteria

Selections for all submissions will be based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with the conference aims;
  • Interest and relevance to the eResearch community;
  • Potential to be engaging and enhance the conference;
  • Quality of the submission – clarity and readability;
  • Sufficiency of information.

How to make a submission

Please follow these steps to make a submission to the conference.

  1. Download the submission template for the type of submission you are making:
  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, plus a third page for author bios.
  3. Prepare a brief summary of no more than 300 words. You will paste this into the submission form in the next step. If your submission is accepted this will become the short description of your session that appears on the conference website.
  4. Go to and complete the submission form there. If you have not used EasyChair before you will need to create a login account before entering your submission. If you have forgotten your username or password, help is available from the login screen.
  5. At the end of the submission form you will be prompted to upload a paper. This is the two-page abstract you have prepared using the submission template.
  6. You can return to EasyChair and make updates to your submission at any time prior to the submission date.

All submission types except posters are due by 8 June 2012. Posters may be submitted until 8 October 2012.

To participate, you will also need to register for the conference no later than 28 September 2012.

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