CIE Seminar Series – 2019: Digital tools and training for environmental science

SPEAKER: Dr Chantal Huijbers, Training and Engagement Manager, eResearch Services, Griffith University, Gold Coast, QLD

DATE: Friday, 16th August 2019

TIME: 1:30pm

LOCATION: Melbourne Campus at Burwood –Burwood Corporate Centre

Seminar will also be video linked to the following campuses: Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds – room ka4.207 and Warrnambool Campus, Room J2.19 (Fishbowl)


In this seminar, Chantal Huijbers will showcase two free-to-use online platforms that can be used for environmental sciences: the Biodiversity and Climate Virtual Laboratory ( and the ecocloud Platform (

These platforms provide access to national and global biodiversity, climate and environmental datasets integrated with a suite of analytical tools and linked to high-performance cloud computing infrastructure.

The BCCVL is a point-and-click online platform for modelling species responses to environmental conditions, which provides an easy introduction into the scientific concepts of models without the need for the user to understand the code behind the models.

For ecologists who write their own modelling scripts, ecocloud provides access to data connected with command-line analysis tools like RStudio & Jupyter Notebooks as well as a virtual desktop environment using Australia’s national cloud computing infrastructure.

Linked to these tools is a national training program, ecoEd, that provides ready-to-use lecture and workshop materials that are free to use in your courses. These materials use BCCVL and ecocloud, but also include modules for other tools such as the Atlas of Living Australia.

Chantal will show how you can use these tools for your own research as well as how these can be easily integrated in various undergraduate courses.


Dr Chantal Huijbers is the Training and Engagement Manager for digital research infrastructures in the EcoSciences domain. She is based at Griffith University in the eResearch Services team.

Her work includes helping build a community and skills base around the Australian Research Data Commons-funded Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory and ecocloud, in collaboration with other NCRIS infrastructures such as the Atlas of Living Australia and the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network.

Chantal has a research background in ecology, and uses this to translate the needs of the scientific community to the developers of the platforms. She also manages ecoEd, the innovative national training program for digital EcoSciences.

Please note – This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about our ecological research infrastructure!

Chantal will also give a hands-on workshop/training on these tools in the morning at 10am in BCC, with VMP available for those not at Burwood (BCC VMP 3 – 522 54631). Please contact Emily Nicholson ( if you plan to go.

In the afternoon after her seminar, she will be available for more questions and help. Please let me know if you would like to meet with Chantal in addition to these opportunities.

Make the most of her being here to learn more about our available infrastructure!

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