October newsletter

Issue No. 33
October 2016
  • NeSI @ Otago Day
  • eResearch NZ 2017 | Registration Now Open
  • eRNZ 2017 | Call for Submissions - 3 week extension
  • Queenstown Research Week
  • Case study: Cellulose unchained
  • NeSI's November training events
  • In other news...
  • Recent research outputs

NeSI @ Otago Day

NeSI will be holding an informal, open day of eResearch focused presentations, case studies, networking and discussions, for all University of Otago staff and postgraduate students on Monday October 31.

Among other things you can:

  • Listen to presentations by Otago researchers and specialist support staff, who are solving big compute & data challenges, by using eResearch services such as NeSI's supercomputers, high capacity storage (HCS), the data transfer service, and Library data management services.
  • Learn more about NeSI's computing facilities and services; including consultancy, support and training initiatives such as Research Bazaar and Software Carpentry and how to access them.
  • See how others are applying some of the software carpentry skills, that you too can learn, by attending the NeSI / Otago led Software Carpentry course being held 1 & 2 Nov in Dunedin.
  • Discuss all your eResearch requirements and questions with specialist support team members from NeSI, ITS and the Library.
Find more details about the day here. We hope to see you there!

eResearch NZ 2017 | Registration Now Open

Registration is now open for eResearch NZ 2017, taking place at the Rydges Lakeland Resort, Queenstown from the 20th to 22nd February 2017.

Early bird registrations are now open and close on Thursday 15th December 2016, after which standard registrations close on Monday 13th February 2017. For more information on registration fees visit the conference website.

The conference theme for 2017 is “Shaping the Digital Future: Opportunities for Australia & NZ Science Communities”. This theme will guide the following four streams designed to ensure you maximize your time at eResearch NZ 2017

Read more about the event and register here now.

We look forward to seeing you at eResearch NZ 2017 in February.

eRNZ 2017 | Call for Submissions - 3 week extension

In more great eResearch news, there’s still time to submit an abstract for eResearch NZ 2017!

Abstract submissions were due to close tomorrow however we have extended submissions for another three weeks.

Submissions now close on Wednesday 16th November 2016. There will be no further extensions provided after this date, so please ensure you get your abstracts in.

We welcome submissions for lightning talks, presentations, posters, and workshops of work underway or complete within the last year. Read more...

Queenstown Research Week

Two things were different about this year's Queenstown Research Week. First, it was in Nelson, and second, New Zealand's eInfrastructure partners NeSI, NZGL and REANNZ were platinum co-sponsors of the event for the first time.

1,300 researchers from all over New Zealand and the world gathered for six days in sunny Nelson. They heard from 66 international and 200 top level local speakers, as well as 2012 Nobel laureate Sir John Gurdon. 

There were talks on molecular biology, stem cells and regenerative medicine, cancer biology, drug discovery, heart disease, diabetes and obesity, plant molecular biology, cellular communications, genomics and endocrinology. Read more...

Anthony Thrush (NZGL), Aleksandra Pawlik (NeSI) & Kim Partridge (REANNZ) at Queenstown Research Week 2016

Case study: Cellulose unchained

“NeSI is an amazing resource for the New Zealand science community. Not only is our dream to unchain the structure of cellulose within reach, it looks like we will be able to achieve it more smartly and quickly than ever.”

Scion scientists can now generate hundreds of thousands of model cellulose molecules and their X-ray diffraction patterns to help reveal the structure of the most common organic polymer on the planet, thanks to NeSI’s support and parallel processing opportunities.

Dr Stefan Hill is Research Leader for advanced chemical characterisation at Scion, the Crown Research Institute for forestry, wood and bioproducts, based in Rotorua. He is intensely interested in the structure of cellulose. Read more...

NeSI's November training events

NeSI has three Software Carpentry workshops coming up next month, at the University of Otago, NIWA Wellington and Scion. Get more information on NeSI's events and workshops here, or contact our Research Communities Manager, Aleksandra Pawlik.

In other news...

Recent research outputs

We are always interested in hearing about research outputs generated with the help of NeSI. To notify NeSI of upcoming publications, please email pubs@nesi.org.nz. If you would like to be kept up to date with research outputs as NeSI includes them, please join our Mendeley Group.

Have a question?

If you would like to ask anything, please email us support@nesi.org.nz