Submission information

Submissions are now closed for the Australian eResearch Skilled Workforce Summit 2019.

Please use this template and the guidelines below, to prepare your submission for the Australian eResearch Skilled Workforce Summit in Sydney on 29 - 30 July, then submit using the form provided on this page. Multiple submissions are welcome however each will need to be submitted separately.

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Submissions should focus on opportunities for national coordination and cohesion (and may include exemplar approaches to national collaboration), through exploration of the following questions:

  • How could national coordination be improved for the development and delivery of national digital skills training in research data management, software design and utilisation, high performance computing, cloud or related digital infrastructure training programs for researchers and/or research support professionals?
  • How can communities or communities of practice to support a particular part of the digitally skilled workforce be developed, extended and/or sustained?
  • What curricula, accreditation and/or standards relevant to a national digitally skilled research workforce agenda  are available, or need to be developed or modified?
  • What policy innovation examples or opportunities are relevant to the development of a digitally skilled workforce (eg changes to funding recognition and organisational employment policy regarding career paths for research support professionals)?
  • What are the best approaches to measurement of the current size and demand, and future demand, for a digitally skilled workforce, particularly research support professionals?
  • How can the impact of programs that contribute to the development of a digitally skilled workforce be measured?

The questions above should be explored in relation to one or both of the following target groups:

  1. Digitally skilled researchers, including Higher Degree Research students (undergraduate training is not in scope) and/or
  2. Digitally-focussed research support professionals including, but not limited to Data Stewards, Data Curators, Data Librarians, and Research Software Engineers.

Submissions are welcomed from any organisations or teams seeking to collaborate on developing aspects of an Australian research workforce composed of both digitally skilled researchers, and research support professionals with digital expertise, to maximise research impact.

Submissions are invited for the following presentation types:

  • Posters or ePosters (to be displayed during the lunch break on 30 July; ePoster submissions will need to provide their own laptop to show their poster) – abstract up to 150 words.
  • Lightning Talks (3 minutes) – abstract up to 150 words, 1 slide only.
  • Papers (15 minutes in duration, with 5 minutes for questions) – abstract up to 300 words.
  • Interest Groups – these sessions provide an opportunity for an in-depth exploration of possible approaches to improving coordination and cohesion in a particular area (1.5 hours duration on 30 July) – abstract up to 300 words.

The summit will open with a strategic overview, exploring the need for collaborative and coordinated action. Successful submissions will be presented on the second day of the summit, when all participants will have the opportunity to explore the themes and challenges that have been outlined.

Submissions will be peer reviewed by members of the Summit Steering Committee:

  • Michelle Barker, Director, Skilled Workforce and Partnerships, ARDC
  • Natasha Simons, Associate Director, Skilled Workforce, ARDC
  • Anne Kealley, CEO, CAUDIT
  • Liz Eedle, Policy Director, Research and Innovation, Universities Australia
  • Hugh Shanahan, Reader in Bioinformatics, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Presenters will be required to fund their own attendance at the Summit. Registration is free for all attendees.

Important dates: 

  • Deadline for submissions: Tuesday 25 June 2019, 5pm AWST
  • Notification of acceptance: Wednesday 3 July 2019

Any questions? Please contact


Submissions are now closed.