How Scientific Programmers at NeSI are growing researcher capability

Dr Georgina Rae1, Dr Chris Scott1, Dr Alexander Pletzer1, Dr Wolfgang Hayek1,2

1New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), , New Zealand,

2National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), , New Zealand


The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) is New Zealand’s High Performance Computing (HPC) provider and has a vision to grow the capability of New Zealand researchers through the use of digital tools. NeSI’s team includes highly skilled Scientific Programmers who work alongside researchers via training and consultancy projects, providing access to computational skills they wouldn’t otherwise have. This presentation will provide some insight into how NeSI runs these national services with recent case studies, including delving into some of our successes and the challenges we face.


Georgina Rae – Georgina is Engagement Manager at NeSI where she leads outreach, training, consultancy and stakeholder engagement activities. She has a background in molecular biology and has also worked in intellectual property and commercialisation.


AeRO is the industry association focused on eResearch in Australasia. We play a critical coordination role for our members, who are actively transforming research via Information Technology. Organisations join AeRO to advance their own capabilities and services, to collaborate and to network with peers. AeRO believes researchers and the sector significantly benefit from greater communication, coordination and sharing among the increasingly different and evolving service providers.

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