Co-Working Session (CoWS) for C3DIS: National training collaborations for impact

Ms Ann Backhaus1, Sara King2, Liz Stokes3, Kathryn Unsworth3, Kathryn  Napier4, Mark  Crowe5, Anastasios Papaioannou6

1Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, Kensington, Australia, 2AARNet, Adelaide, Australia, 3Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), Australia, 4Curtin Institute for Computation at Curtin University, Bentley, Australia, 5Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF), St Lucia, Australia, 6Intersect


Previous sessions of C3DIS have spawned initiatives and projects with national significance and reach. Continuing those conversations, this session incorporates ideas from hundreds of conversations, dozens of institutions, several Working Groups, with one goal: National-level training collaborations.

During 2020, the eResearch and data skills trainer community supported each other to deliver high quality training online. These efforts highlighted the need for key pieces of national-level infrastructure to scale training delivery and achieve meaningful impact for the research community.

This co-working session introduces attendees to the projects. We encourage ALL individuals to contribute. Projects from previous C3DIS, eResearch conferences, and Skills Summits include:

  • National Training Registry & Calendar (DReSA) Working Group: developing an information portal of digital research training events, training materials and trainer registry
  • Jointly Developed Training Working Group: identifying opportunities for increased collaboration in development of training materials
  • Train the Trainer Working Group: building detailed trainer personas to inform formal professional training needs of our trainers
  • eResearch Support Roles & Careers Working Group: addressing questions around required skill sets for eResearch support staff
  • ResBaz festivals from Perth, Sydney, Queensland and New Zealand
  • The Carpentries regional community development.

The session provides an update on progress, followed by hands-on contributions, Q&As and additional targeted discussions. There will be challenges with prizes!

This session is interactive and exploratory, both in content and delivery. Join us to experience and explore the Remo networking platform and to use its features to continue our national conversations. Come to contribute!


Ann Backhaus is the Education & Training Manager at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre. Ann enjoys teaching and learning, and education outreach. She likes to experiment with learning modalities and platforms, and has experience in online and blended learning. Her experience spans numerous industries and sectors, including government, academia, and enterprise.

Sara King is the Training and Engagement Lead at AARNet, developing communities of interest around training, outreach and skills development in eResearch. She is passionate about helping others develop the infrastructure and digital literacies required for working in a data-driven world, translating technology so it is accessible to everyone.

Liz Stokes is a Senior Research Data Skills Specialist at the Australian Research Data Commons, and coleads the Library Carpentry Advisory Group. She is passionate about building communities of practice and improving research data management practices.

Kathryn Unsworth is a Skills Consultant with the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). Her role focuses on national-level coordination of digital and data research skills priorities: training infrastructures, skills frameworks, and trainer communities. Kathryn’s major interests lie in the co-development of learning pathways for researchers and eresearch support staff.

Kathryn Napier is a Senior Data Scientist at the Curtin Institute for Computation at Curtin University, with a research background in ecological sciences and health informatics. Kathryn has a keen interest in upskilling the next generation of researchers in data science and computational methods.

Mark Crowe is the Skills Development Manager for QCIF, where he leads a team of eResearch Analysts and trainers delivering research computing support, coaching and advice to researchers across Queensland. Before becoming a research support professional, he was a postdoctoral molecular biologist and bioinformatician.

Dr Anastasios Papaioannou is the eResearch Training Manager & Lead Research Data Scientist at Intersect. Anastasios holds a Ph.D. in Computational Biophysics with his research focus being on Data Science, Machine Learning and computational methods in applied medicine and biology. With 7+ years of experience as an Academic Tutor and 10+ years of research experience, Anastasios works collaboratively with universities to help researchers enhance their skills and find solutions to their research challenges and problems.


Jul 07 2021


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 07 2021
  • Time: 12:00 am - 1:00 am