Call for Participation 

Practitioners, researchers, and educators from diverse disciplines are invited to participate in eResearch Australasia 2016, to be held Monday 10 to  Friday 14 October, at the Pullman Albert Park, 65 Queens Road, 3004, Melbourne, Australia.

Conference theme: eResearch – the next steps

Important submission dates

eResearch Australasia presentations, BoFs, Point/Counterpoints, Panels, Enlightening talks and Workshops Closed
International Workshop on Science Gateways Australia Lightning Talks/Demonstrations and Talk Submissions. Closed
Poster Submissions / Solutions Showcase Opens 29 August – 25 September 2016
Solutions Showcase Closed

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 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 / Streams

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

NOTE: You will be asked during the submission process to select an appropriate submission group to which your abstract is related to; please select only one group to ensure your abstract is placed in the correct programme stream.

eResearch in the Humanities

eResearch in the Geosciences

eResearch in the Chemical and Life Sciences

eResearch in Health

eResearch in Water and Marine Sciences

Processing and analysing data:

  • Research applications in the cloud
  • Virtual laboratories and the cloud
  • High performance computing and grids
  • Modelling and simulation
  • Computation and Visualisation
  • eResearch tools
  • Open Source and HPC
  • Innovating with computation

Managing, publishing, and finding data:

  • Managing, manipulating and preserving data
  • Seeking, searching and sharing data
  • Access to data
  • Data curation
  • Data collections
  • Data Citation
  • Sharing and re-using data
  • Standards for data and eResearch
  • Dealing with large volumes of data
  • Data storage infrastructure
  • Automated Data Capture
  • Data Licensing and security
  • Online integration and visualisation of data

The connected researcher:

  • Libraries supporting research
  • Institutions facilitating eResearch
  • Research workflows
  • eResearch intermediaries
  • eResearch outreach, training and capability development
  • ICT methods, practices, and tools used to support eResearch
  • Legal and policy frameworks
  • Partnerships and Cultural Changes
  • Outreach and Engagement
  • National Programs
  • Sustaining eResearch Initiatives

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?
  • Services
  • Disciplines, for example Geoscience and Geospatial, Marine and Climate, etc.

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.

NOTE: You will be asked during the submission process to select an appropriate submission group to which your abstract is related to; please select only one group to ensure your abstract is placed in the correct programme stream.

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.  Speakers should aim to present their topic for roughly 30% of the session and discuss with the audience for the remaining 70%.

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.

Panels are an interactive session where speakers are given the opportunity to discuss a selected topic with panelists and engage with attending delegates.  Panels can be either 20mins or 40mins in length.

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.  Poster guidelines are available to help you prepare your poster.

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.

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 and how to participate, please visit the Showcase page.

Enlightening Talks
These are 5 minute presentations in which participants speak about their ideas 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 a lighting talk can be found at:

International Workshop on Science Gateways

International Workshops on Science Gateways – Australia offers participants the opportunity to engage with other members of the Science Gateways community, to explore common issues and share successes. A Science Gateway is a community-developed set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated through a tailored web-based environment The International Workshop on Science Gateways brings together members of the science gateway community from many fields and disciplines, providing an international platform to exchange experience, formulate ideas, and share technological advances in the context of science gateways.

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 (word document)  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 author bio no longer than 100 words, and be saved in a PDF format.

Biographies may include presenter’s 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.

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. You will be asked during the submission process to select an appropriate submission group to which your abstract is related to; please select only one group to ensure your abstract is placed in the correct programme stream. 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.

The submitting author will be considered the principle point of contact for all communication regarding the submission including acceptance notification and nomination of presenters.

If no presenter/s is nominated, we will assume the submitting author will be the sole presenter at the conference.

5. At the end of the submission form you will be prompted to upload a paper in a PDF format. 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.

Selected Abstracts

Abstract authors will be notified of acceptance/rejection of abstract via email by Friday 22nd July 2016. All presenters are then required to confirm their participation in the conference by emailing

Confirming your presentation

You are required to confirm your intention to present at the conference by email to 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.

Presenters Registration

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.

It will be assumed that any presenter not registered by 30th September 2016 has withdrawn from the program and their abstract will be removed from conference publications.

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

All presenters will be required to register for the conference by 30th September 2016.