NeSI, Genomics Aotearoa, and REANNZ unveil programme for eResearch NZ 2020

Following an excellent response to the Call for Submissions, eResearch NZ 2020 co-hosts NeSI, Genomics Aotearoa, and REANNZ are pleased to unveil the draft programme for next year's event, themed 'United in Data'. 


An exciting and diverse lineup is in store, with speakers from across New Zealand, Australia and overseas. We're excited to have a number of NeSI team members participating in the programme, either leading or co-hosting sessions to share their expertise and experiences across a range of eResearch topics. NeSI speakers include: 

DAY 1 - Wednesday 12 February

  • Megan Guidry, Training Coordinator — Training: It's better together
  • Chris Scott, Scientific Programmer — First steps in machine learning with NeSI (half-day workshop)
  • Callum Walley, Application Support Analyst — Engineering HPC: What's going on?
  • Marko Laban, Software Product Engineering Lead — Cloud-native technologies in eResearch: Benefits and challenges
  • Nick Jones, Director — "Advancing New Zealand's computational research capabilities and skills"
  • Jun Huh, Business Innovation and Growth Manager — "Learning how to learn"
  • Megan Guidry, Training Coordinator — "Building and supporting a New Zealand digital literacy training community"
  • Blair Bethwaite, Solutions Manager — "eResearch Cloud NZ"

DAY 2 - Thursday 13 February

  • Wolfgang Hayek, Scientific Programmer — "Singularity containers on HPC"
  • Brian Flaherty, Data Services Product Manager — "Building a national / regional data transfer platform: Globus BoF"
  • Jun Huh, Business Innovation and Growth Manager — User journey driven product management"
  • Blair Bethwaite, Solutions Manager — "Containers in HPC tutorial" (half-day workshop)
  • Brian Flaherty, Data Services Product Manager — "Where data lives: NeSI, taonga, and growing repository services"
  • Nancy Lin, Data Analyst — "Data analytic transformation journey with Jupyter"
  • Dinindu Senanayake, Genomics Support Specialist — "HPC for life sciences: Handling the challenges posed by a domain that relies on big data"
  • Jana Makar, Communications Manager — "Building a Women in HPC community in Australasia: Where to from here?"

DAY 3 - Friday 14 February

  • Jeff Zais, Senior Science Advisor & Platforms Architect — "Worldwide trends in computer architectures for data science"
  • Alexander Pletzer, Scientific Programmer — "Enhancing eResearch productivity with NeSI's consultancy service"
  • Nooriyah Lohani, Research Communities Advisor — "Research Software Engineering: Community update and next steps in New Zealand"

To view the complete programme, visit the eResearch NZ 2020 website.

Also, don't forget about the pre-conference workshop Carpentry Connect event happening on Tuesday 11 February — NeSI is excited to co-host this inaugural event with the University of Otago. Click here for details

There's only a few weeks left before the Early Bird rates end on 12 January 2020 for full and single-day registrations. We also recommend booking accommodation asap as it's a busy time of year in Dunedin!