Australasian eResearch Organisations (AeRO) is excited to announce that the University of Queensland is joining AeRO as its first institutional full member.
AeRO membership enables UQ to work closely with all AeRO members. It will be able to engage, participate in and influence the directions of projects to improve national and collective eResearch capability and infrastructure. AeRO adds the first of many university eResearch organisations to the wide range of providers working towards a joined-up national infrastructure. This step will help to place UQ at the leading edge of delivering new, better supported and more integrated eResearch services to its researchers.
UQ’s significant investments in eResearch are coordinated through RCC, led by its director, Prof. David Abramson.
“There is clearly a need for increased coordination within national and international frameworks to guide eResearch developments, at the national and state level. They need to be closely linked with the substantial and sustained efforts happening within our universities. AeRO is well placed to foster that development across the entire sector, and it makes a lot of sense for UQ to join,” said Prof. Abramson.
AeRO CEO Dr Markus Buchhorn welcomed UQ’s membership. “Joining AeRO will provide both AeRO and UQ with many benefits. UQ will be able to network more widely and strategically across the eResearch sector. AeRO will be better positioned to develop a more internationally coordinated and integrated portfolio of services for its researchers and their collaborators. UQ can work more closely with the wider eResearch sector to strengthen its capabilities and grow its capacity.”
The two organisations have agreed that AeRO will manage and run the eResearch Australasia Conference, to be held at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre next year, from 16–20 October.
AeRO’s positioning within the sector will bring a new perspective and AeRO member guidance to the conference. AeRO has invited Prof. Abramson to be the Conference Chair in 2017, recognising his global standing as a leading computer science academic with a long track record in eResearch infrastructure and services, and a strong focus on both research and education.
“AeRO and its members look forward to a long and collaborative relationship with The University of Queensland, on our exciting journey to support eResearch organisations throughout the Australasian region,” said Dr Buchhorn.