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15th - 19th October, 2018 | Melbourne (Pullman Albert Park)

eResearch 2018 offered delegates the opportunity to engage, connect, and share their ideas and exemplars concerning new eResearch capabilities, and how information and communication technologies help researchers to collaborate, collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, understand and re-use data and information.

EPIC hosted a workshop in the lead up to eResearch Australasia 2018 entitled 'Digital Science and International Cooperation', organised by project partners Intersect and eutema. The objectives were to investigate the state-of-play concerning Australia’s interest in collaborations with the EU and to stimulate expert discussion about future opportunities for digitally enabled AU-EU eResearch collaboration by asking such questions as:

  1. What are the roles of eResearch, e-Infrastructures and digital science in international research cooperation? Do we have the right tools or are we missing important components?
  2. What are the Australian interests in Europe’s eResearch and digital science facilities and how could European researchers benefit from Australian eResearch resources?
  3. What will be necessary next steps in improving EU/AU cooperation in digital research, especially in the area of ICT? What is needed from European and Australian research policy makers?
  4. What are the new and most promising innovation opportunities arising from strengthened partnership between Europe and Australia?

The workshop featured two sessions, the first on the topic 'eResearch Australia and the EU', and the second on tools, future directions and necessary next steps. In attendance were researchers in digital science, e-Infrastructure and eResearch; ICT researchers interested in international cooperation; stakeholders interested in furthering Australia's research cooperation with the EU; and, research policy makers and agencies supporting eResearch and international research cooperation.  

At the eResearch event, EPIC learned the state of play concerning Australia's interest in collaborations with the EU. EPIC tried to localize the most interested target group (DSM) and increase the general awareness of implementing a DSM in European politics up until 2020. It was also conveyed that there is the possibility of jointly exploring and designing the DSM, especially its eInfrastructures.

You can find the event report and the presentations of the workshop leaders in the category "Download".

The workshop resulted in an EPIC policy brief on The Future of Australian-European e-Research Cooperation and in an EPIC Whitepaperhttps://epicproject.eu/fileadmin/user_upload/Article_Thefutureofinternationallongdistanceresearchcooperation_Arthur_Prem.pdf co-authored by Erich Prem and Jonathan Arthur.

More information about the conference can be found here.

To learn more about the topic of eResearch, please watch our youtube video featuring interviews with all of the EPIC speakers at eResearch AUSTRALASIA 2018.


RMIT Policy Seminar

"EU DIGITAL SINGLE MARKET: What does it mean? What are the implications for Australia-EU e-trade?"

The EU Digital Single Market (DSM), launched in May 2015, is the strategy of the European Commission to ensure cross-border access to online activities for individuals and businesses in Europe under conditions of fair competition, consumer and data protection, removing geo-blocking and copyright issues.

This seminar discussed the progress in implementing the EU DSM (including the General Data Protection Regulation), its implications for Australia-EU e-trade, and the the current negotiations for the EU Australia Free Trade Agreement.  

The EPIC coordinator, Dr. Erich Prem, made a guest contribution during this seminar. This gave a closer insight into the European Digital Single Market strategy and possibly also an outlook on potential cooperation in this area between Australia and the EU.

The Event was free of charge and took place on 17 October, 12.30 pm - 02.00 pm, at RMIT City Campus (Building 80, Level 5, Lecture Theatre 12).

Short version: Interviews with eResearch AUSTRALASIA 2018 speakers