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2015 News

20 December 2015

An Intersect member since 2009, University of Technology Sydney has a specialist eResearch team of ten staff, led by Dr. Peter Sefton. Former software analyst Jared Berghold started as the UTS Intersect eResearch Analyst this June to increase engagement.

Photo of Jared Berghold (second from right) with colleagues
19 December 2015

Ten Intersect-developed training packages on how to use the NeCTAR Research Cloud were officially launched at eResearch Australasia 2015. Supporting on-demand and face-to-face delivery, the training modules begin by introducing cloud computing, NeCTAR-specific services, and considerations when moving compute away from the desktop. They then cover the practical details of working effectively in the cloud before turning to more advanced topics. Over four hours of video tutorials plus PDF documents are now available from our Energy pages.

NeCTAR logo
17 December 2015

Led by Intersect Australia, a consortium of ten NSW universities coordinated by Professor Geraint Lewis from the University of Sydney was awarded an ARC LIEF Grant for funding commencing in 2016. The funding of $1.04M will be used to further improve our HPC capabilities and provide the next generation of HPC for hundreds of researchers at Intersect member universities.

16 December 2015

Congratulations to Mirela Tulbure and the Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Change Lab at the University of New South Wales for winning a 2015 NSW Tall Poppy Science Award for their work on Surface Water Dynamics. 

Image - Marck Broich and Mirela Tulbure.
16 December 2015

As we continue refine our focus on researcher productivity, answering the question "What can Intersect do for me?" is something we're passionate about improving. We've created some new brochures explaining our Data and Energy services.

Take a look at the Data brochure to find out about how we can accelerate your research using domain-based data platforms, services and expertise. Check out the Energy brochure to learn how you can power up your eResearch capability with Intersect Australia's eResearch expertise, consulting, software engineering and training.  

Image - Intersect's Data and Energy Brochure covers
16 December 2015

Contracts have been executed with NeCTAR via the University of Melbourne and RDS via the University of Queensland to extend NSW participation in these Australian Government NCRIS2015 funded projects.
Offline DeepSpace storage archival via Iron Mountain was launched in October and theUniversity of New South Wales is now the largest consumer of Space.
Interconnection between Space, OwnTime and HPC is being leveraged by our first commercial NSW Government consumer, the Department of Primary Industries as it improves the NSW Enhanced Drought Information System.

Intersect SpaceShuttle Logo
14 December 2015

Richard joined Intersect in October as the new eResearch Analyst for the University of Newcastle. Richard has a strong research background, with a PhD in Neuroscience from the Australian National University and postgraduate qualifications in IT.

Image - Dr. Richard Berry, eRA University of Newcastle
11 December 2015

Intersect delivered 148 courses covering data cleaning, exploration and visualisation, high performance computing, python programming, the command line, and version control to a record 1,330 researchers so far in 2015 at all our member universities!

Image - A course in progress
28 November 2015

TAPPAS - Tool for Assessing Pest and Pathogen Aerial Spread – is released! This new software platform developed by Intersect, CSIRO Health and Biosecurity and the Bureau of Meteorology empowers biosecurity managers and scientists to run powerful wind dispersion and weather prediction models, using data visualisation and computer modelling.

Image - TAPPAS Software in action
27 November 2015

NSW Research Data Management enthusiasts attended the ANDS/Intersect Roundtable in Sydney CBD to discuss how to move on from the ANDS Major Open Data Collection projects in order to make data openly available now and later.
Stay tuned, the next Roundtable will be held at Intersect in Sydney CBD on 26 February, on 'The Reality of Research Data Management Plans and what happens after its development'. Email:

ANDS (Australian National Data Service) logo
27 November 2015

Intersect was a primary sponsor in the Wagga Hack4Good hackathon held on 27/29 November 2015 at Charles Sturt University,Wagga Wagga.

Image - CSU Executive Dean of Science Professor Tim Wess, Family and Community Services Ms Donna Argus and Wagga Mayor Cr Rod Kendall
26 November 2015

60 research support staff and researchers from NSW universities came to the Sydney Healthy Data Workshop run by ANDS and Intersect at the University of Sydney to hear about, discuss and share experiences on the publishing and sharing of health and sensitive data. The presenters covered subjects such as ethics, managing consent, privacy, de-identifying data, licensing, data sharing and publishing. Download the presentations at:

ANDS (Australian National Data Service) logo
22 October 2015

Congratulations to Dr Mirela Tulbure and the Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Change Lab at the University of New South Wales for winning a 2015 NSW Tall Poppy Science Award for their cross-disciplinary work on space-time dynamics of surface water and the ecological implications of these dynamics.

Image - Satellite Photo: Lake Carnegie (WA)
12 October 2015

eResearch Analyst Ingrid Mason won the VALA 2014 Travel Scholarship to learn more about international linked open data practices.

Image - Metadata was definitely on the agenda at Europeana! L to R: Antoine Isaacs, Ingrid Mason, Valentine Charles, Rowan Brownlee and Hugo Manguinhas.
08 October 2015

Image: State Library of New South Wales

11 August 2015

The high-profile Cancer Institute of NSW Big Data Big Impact Grant has been awarded to A/Prof Dan Catchpoole at the Children's Hospital at Westmead. “This is a tremendous achievement and is the product of 12 years of project development”, he said. Intersect will provide technological assistance.

Image - Big Data Big Impact Awards
11 August 2015

Big Data, Big Impact Grant Stage 2

Image - Big Data Big Impact Awards
04 August 2015

Intersect Training

Since the start of the program in 2012, Intersect has trained over 2,250 people in nine courses and conducted 219 instances. 

Image - A course in progress
14 July 2015

We've released a new overview flyer 'Research Technology Impact'.

The brochure outlines how we help researchers increase their impact through innovative technologies and expert advice. Click here to download

Image - Intersect's new flyer
27 May 2015

NCI has announced a mid-year call for applications for processor time and related data storage on under the National Computational Merit Allocation Scheme (NCMAS).

07 May 2015

The aggregated reports from all respondents in round two of the eResearch Practices and Requirements Survey are now available in PDF and xls formats.

05 May 2015

Intersect’s board appointed Marc Bailey, currently Chief Operating Officer, to the position of CEO effective 1 May 2015. “Marc and Ian have worked together as customer/partner and as colleagues for many years."

Image - Marc Bailey at the Intersect Showcase 2014 with, (left to right), Chris Hancock, Luc Betbeder-Matibet, Andrew Powe, Phil McCrea and Kerry Holling.
30 April 2015

Dr Ian Gibson, the founding CEO of Intersect Australia, has stepped down after six and a half years in the role.

Image - Former Intersect CEO Dr Ian Gibson with Macquarie University’s Professor Nikki Packer: enabled research through technology. Image: Filtered Media
16 February 2015

Intersect Australia announces the commissioning of approximately $1.5M in investment to deliver 4,500 additional CPU cores to the NeCTAR Research Cloud, (, boosting national capacity to approximately 32,000 cores. The new processors are online and available throughout NSW and Australia as of today