eResearch Solutions Showcase

Call for Participation

Submissions extended to Friday 27th September

The eResearch Australasia Conference 2013, to be held in Brisbane 20-25 October, comes at a critical and opportune time in the life of Australia’s eResearch program. Most of the programs funded through the Department of Innovation’s NCRIS and Super Science have delivered significant capabilities to the Australian research community, so the conference theme, “Delivering eResearch for the Masses” is entirely appropriate.

To highlight these capabilities, a space has been made available at the conference venue, integrated and adjacent to the sponsors exhibition and break/lunch area, to host a series of demonstrations that Illustrate the impact eResearch can have on research.

This call for participation seeks to identify organisations and individuals that are interested and able to participate in this demonstration program to be known as the eResearch Solutions Showcase.


A sub-committee of the eResearch conference program committee will review responses to the call for participation, assessing them against the demonstration criteria provided below. Respondents will be notified by Friday 4th October if their demonstration has been selected for inclusion in the program. Successful respondents to the call will be required to register to attend the eResearch conference to deliver their demonstration.


Each demonstration is expected to be roughly 10 minutes long, with an additional 5 minutes for Q&A, for a maximum duration of 15 minutes. It is recognised that this is a very short amount of time, but this was chosen to ensure there are enough slots to provide a good balance of demonstrations that deliver a simple, sharp message that captures attendees attention quickly. It’s important therefore that presenters are credible and are good communicators. Research impact should be explicitly stated in the demonstration – don’t rely on the attendees to work it out!

Demonstrations will be held in a dedicated space at one end of the conference’s exhibition hall. Seating will be provided for approximately 25 people to attract attendees to attend the demonstrations during the conference breaks and lunches. Speakers will be provided with microphones, and display screens will be mounted in the area to allow videos and/or live demonstrations to be shown. Wired and wireless network connections will be available and the conference venue will have up to 950Mbps AARNet/Internet connection. Demonstrations will be scheduled in the conference morning and afternoon breaks (1 slot each), lunches (2 slots each) and the periods between sessions ending and dinner (3 slots each).

Demonstration Selection Criteria

Demonstrations will be selected on the basis that they:

  • Provide evidence (eg. via cases studies) that eResearch is having an impact on research;
  • Show Depth or breadth of impact, ie. Something that has significant impact for a specific community/discipline, or minor change across a broad community/discipline, respectively; and
  • Have a Simple, sharp message, i.e. ability to demonstrate and communicate impact within 10 minutes.

Demonstrations do not need to be specific to a program or capability; indeed uses cases that leverage multiple eResearch capabilities/programs are encouraged. Linking a demonstration to an existing session within the conference program is also encouraged.

Next Steps

If you are interested in presenting a demonstration, please complete the online form here and email to the subject “Solutions Showcase CFP – title of demonstration”

If you have any questions, please contact:

Download a submission form here!