2019 Keynote Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Alberto Arribas

Head of Met Office Informatics Lab

Professor Arribas is the Head of the Met Office Informatics Lab and an Associate Professor at the University of Exeter Institute for Data Science and AI. Alberto is also a Research Fellow at the Met Office and the Alan Turing Institute.

The Informatics Lab was founded to address the challenges derived from the complexity of data and science in environmental research. The Informatics Lab is the “Innovation and Technology R&D” department for the Met Office, with the mission of solving strategic problems for the organisation through a multi-disciplinary team.

Alberto is the author of over 50 peer reviewed publications, has developed world-leading prediction systems for weather and climate, served in expert committees for the USA Academy of Science and the World Meteorological Organisation, and won various awards. His areas of expertise include: Probabilistic forecasting for decision-making; R&D on emerging technologies; and strategic innovation.

Carina Kemp

Director of eResearch, AARNet Pty Ltd

Dr Kemp is the Director of eResearch for AARNet responsible for making the Network work the best it can for Research in Australia. This includes working with the Australian and International research community to find and implement tools that sit above the network to make technology and data research ready.

Previous to joining AARNet, Dr Kemp was the Chief Information Officer at Geoscience Australia, with responsibility for providing strategic leadership for setting enterprise ICT directions to enable science across the organization including the development of virtual laboratories, high performance computing applications and innovative data architecture to enable FAIR data.

Dr Kemp’s 20-year career has focused on the application of innovative technologies. Dr Kemp has worked in research, as a consultant and as a company geophysicist. Her enduring interests include Open Data, data analytics, machine learning, high performance computing, communication of science, bridging the gap between research and ICT, mentoring and promoting diversity in STEM fields.

Dr Kemp holds a number of qualifications including a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Sydney  and a Bachelor of Science (Geology and Geophysics) from the University of New South Wales. Dr Kemp has a technical background in geology, physics, mathematics and computer engineering.

In her limited spare time, Dr Kemp keeps busy raising three beautiful children.

Charlie Ewen

Chief Information Officer

I am accountable for all aspects of Technology and for the core technology teams responsible for the delivery of services and technology projects.  I work closely with colleagues in other areas of the organisation to maintain the overall technology enterprise architecture for which I am responsible.  We operate a federated approach to IT delivery in areas such as supercomputing and observations to ensure that we have the depth and range of skills and experience to deliver a world-class capability in selected areas.

I have worked for the Met Office in a number of senior technology roles since 2008 and, prior to that, worked in the Business-to-Business online retail and distribution industry focussing on technology driven change. I have significant experience in organisational transformation in a range of businesses. As well as a number of consulting appointments, I worked within the Premier Farnell group of companies for over 10 years. I have run my own small technology company and started my career as an Electronics Engineer in the defence industry

Erin Robinson

Earth Science Information Partners, Boulder USA

I work at the intersection of community informatics, Earth science and non-profit management. Over the last 10 years, I’ve honed an eclectic skill set both technical and managerial, creating communities and programs with lasting impact around science, data, and technology.

Passionate about fostering innovation through collaboration across diverse nodes, I am currently the Executive Director for the Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP). In this position, I facilitate collaboration among Earth science technology practitioners to expedite progress toward data interoperability.

In my free time I love to be outside – mountain biking, hiking and skiing. I can also be found in the kitchen cooking with my partner, Ted and hosting dinner parties for our friends.

James Gallagher


James is one of the developers of the Data Access Protocol (DAP) protocol and is a co-founder of  OPeNDAP. Before that he worked on the Distributed Oceanographic Data System (DODS) project, along with Peter Cornillon, Glenn Flierl and George Milkowski. The DODS project developed the initial versions of the DAP and it’s core software implementation. He assumed the role of OPeNDAP President in 2015.

Ross Wilkinson

the Australian Research Data Commons

Dr. Ross Wilkinson was the executive director of the Australian National Data Service, helping to make data more valuable for researchers, institutions and the nation, from 2009-2018. He currently serves as the co-chair of the Research Data Alliance.

His research career commenced with his Ph. D. in mathematics at Monash University before researching in computer science at La Trobe University, R.M.I.T. and at CSIRO. Some of his areas of research have been document retrieval effectiveness, structured documents retrieval, and most recently on technologies that support people to interact with their information environments. He has published over 90 research papers, has served on many program committees and was a program co-chair for both SIGIR’96 and SIGIR’98.

He is a Council Member of the Research Data Alliance and is the Director, Global Strategy of the Australian Research Data Commons which contributes to make Australia’s research data more valuable to enable Australia’s researchers to more effectively use and re-use research data, wherever it comes from, and in partnership with researchers around the world.

The Australian National Data Service was a program funded by the Australian Government since 2008 to develop the research data infrastructure at all levels of the research system to enable more effective use of Australia’s research data assets. This has required data technology, data management and data policy to be combined in a nationally coherent approach that integrates with institutional and domain investments in research data. In 2018 it was integrated into the Australian Research Data Commons.


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.