Boosting Education & Training via Community! Taking the ENRICH CoP to the Next Level

Mrs Ann Backhaus1

1Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Kensington, Australia


One year ago – at C3DIS 2019 – a group of 20 enthusiastic individuals met to discuss ideas on supporting and upskilling Australian researchers. In June 2019, this group started the ENRICH Community of Practice.

One year (63 members and 500 messages) later, we gather with the goal of taking that Community to the next level.

Roll-up your sleeves and join us. This is a working session to build not only the mission but also the practicalities of the Community, as we:

  • Invite new individuals to join ENRICH,
  • Continue the Community’s collaborative momentum, and
  • Explore outreach options & trending topics.

The session will open with several Lightening Talks introducing the current CoP and previewing tools/platforms/ideas that may work for the growing Community.

Following those presentations will be our roll-up-your-sleeves challenge: Where to now?

  • What is our mission?
  • What topics are foremost on your mind?
  • ENRICH offers a quarterly Zoom call – is that enough?
  • We’re using online messaging (Slack) – is that the best medium?
  • We’re collecting great information – how do we mine it and share it?

In a nutshell, what’s next for the ENRICH CoP?

This session will be highly interactive, leveraging brain dumping, brain writing, challenges, and quests.

The objectives are for you to leave with:

  • Enthusiasm for the ENRICH Community in its next year of growth,
  • A strong sense of what the Community can give to you, and you to it, and
  • Practical, actionable ideas



Ann Backhaus is the Education and Training Manager at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre in Western Australia, one of Australia’s two Tier 1 supercomputing facilities. Ann has significant experience in adult teaching and learning, and project and program management. She has led distributed, global teaching & learning teams strategically and operationally, using a variety of modalities and training / enablement materials. Her experience spans numerous industries and sectors.


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.