Members of Australia’s eResearch community converged on the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre in October for the eResearch Australasia Conference 2013 – a first time event for BCEC.
Over 400 practitioners and researchers met to share ideas, to be introduced to new information-centric research capabilities and to learn how the latest communication technologies can assist in their work.
eResearch Australasia is an international conference which focuses on technological platforms to assist researchers on how to collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find and reuse information.
Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre (BCEC) partnered with Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) to facilitate the extreme requirements of the conference. AARNet provided BCEC with a 10 Gbps internet connection for the event.
This increased internet capacity can be made available in the future for AARNet connected research sectors and education communities who choose to have their event at BCEC.
The Conference was a great success with 12% of delegates from overseas, with 150 different organisations represented, 32 sponsors and exhibitors and a great atmosphere to network with peers. This year featured a number of high calibre speakers who were able to educate and engage delegates on a series of diverse topics. New conference attractions including the solutions showcase and The Lounge were highly successful and well attended.
Hot topics for discussion at the 2013 Conference included:
- The impact of government funds on research support and the future of research
- International coordination initiatives and collaboration
- Universities evolution and how ICT strategy needs to change to better assist research needs
- The use of institutional, national and international e-research infrastructure to support molecular bioscience and other disciplines
- How enhanced auditory data design can provide a medium for aural intuition
- The impact of climate change on changes to species distributions and much more
“The eResearch conference was again a huge success with national and international keynotes addressing topics ranging from collaboration to infrastructure support to a number of disciplines,” said Viviani Paz. eResearch Australasia Co-chair.