2019 Best CIE HDR Research Paper, Science Outreach and Presentations Awards

Dear CIE HDR students,

An important part of the annual CIE conference is to seek out and acknowledge your fantastic research. So If you have a recent research effort, please send it through for consideration into the 2019 Best CIE HDR Research Awards.

We have four research award categories:

The two usual customers:

1. Best reviewed research paper (a manuscript that has undergone part, or all of the external peer review process)

2. Best unreviewed research paper (a pre-submitted, or submitted manuscript, lacking any input from peer-review feedback)

Award Rules:

  • Entries are open to all CIE HDR students.
  • Published papers must have been published after October 2018.
  • Papers should reflect research undertaken as part of your current CIE HDR candidature.
  • Papers will be judged, scored and ranked by a panel of CIE academics.
  • Please email papers(stating category) or submissions to Tim Jessop (t.Jessop@deakin.edu.au) before September 20th to be in the running.
  • Winners will be contacted by email at the end of September.

And a new award:

3. Best CIE HDR award for science outreach

  • Here we are looking for great examples of how you are translating and communicating your science for the benefit of the broader community and ideally having an impact beyond the ivory towers of academia! I am leaving this vague in its interpretation to allow for the broadest consideration of your research outreach efforts (e.g. might or might not include an account of how your science helped Nuns in Mexico sustainably harvest endangered salamanders to make cough syrup).
  • If you would like to enter, please send me a brief email, in which and using no more than 200 words, describe your science outreach efforts.
  • Again please email submissions to Tim Jessop (t.Jessop@deakin.edu.au) before September 20th.
  • The Winner will be contacted by email at the end of September.

If these do not appeal, and because you are all presenting then you automatically qualify for the:

4. Best Presentation Awards

  • The CIE will also be giving out awards the for best female and best male HDR candidate presentations at the conference.

The winner of each category:

  • Will be awarded a voucher and certificate.
  • The winners of the research papers and the science outreach award will also each be given a 10-minute presentation slot to discuss their research within a combined 30-minute keynote speaker address at the conference.

We look forward to receiving many entries and hearing great presentations across different categories!

(Sent on behalf of Dr Tim Jessop. Feel free to contact him directly for more information)

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 (www.bccvl.org.au) and the ecocloud Platform (www.ecocloud.org.au).

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 (e.nicholson@deakin.edu.au) 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!

Appointments with speaker may be made via e.nicholson@deakin.edu.au.

For more info: https://twitter.com/ChantalHuijbers.

External visitors – wish to join us and connect to our seminars?
External parties may connect to the live seminar via *N SEBE VMP LES Seminars 52236958@deakin.edu.au [ID.36958] via the methods listed below:

  • For external guests, you can connect as a web guest by clicking HERE. If using Chrome you it will prompt you to install the Cisco Jaba Plugin, then it will prompt you to download the extension which you will need to install. Once this has been installed, you will have a black screen with a call button. You will just need to click call and it should connect into the VMP.
  • For Deakin staff and students, please join via Skype for Business (Lync) – if you have office installed you may already have Skype for business or Lync installed. You just need to look for it on the start menu. If you find it, you can log into skype using your Deakin email and password and then dial 36958.
  • Could not log in? More info on how to connect is available HERE or HERE.
  • From a mobile phone or landline: call +613 92517000, wait for the prompt, then enter the five digit VMP number (36958)
  • Please note that connection is only available while a seminar is taking place.

As a courtesy, we request that when connecting to the seminar that you mute your microphone unless you are required to speak, this would ensure that the sound from the speaker to the audience is not disrupted by feedback from your microphone – thank you!

Photo Competition and Registration – Centre for Integrative Ecology (CIE) Annual Conference 2019

Dear CIE staff and students,

The Centre for Integrative Ecology invites you to it’s 2019 CIE Annual Conference to be held on Wednesday, 16th October at the Deakin Downtown, Melbourne.

Registration is now open – please register your attendance no later than 10th October 2019: click here to register.

Accommodation/Transport (Warrnambool staff/students only) – the Centre will reimburse our Warrnambool staff and students (up to $120), 1-night’s accommodation in Melbourne and also return train ticket. It is recommended that Warrnambool staff and students best to pre-book several School cars to travel to the conference.

Photo competition – see details below:

The 59th annual Australian Freshwater Sciences Society (AFSS) congress

When: 1 – 4 December 2019,  WAURN PONDS, VICTORIA

What: We are excited to announce Waurn Ponds will host the 59th annual Australian Freshwater Sciences Society (AFSS) congress in conjunction with the New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society.

The Australian Freshwater Sciences Society Congress brings together experts from across Australia and around the world in all disciplines of Freshwater science, presenting the most up to date research, management and policy initiatives. Every second year, this congress is held in conjunction with our colleagues in New Zealand, extending the reach and relevance of the discussions.

This year, we aim to extend the traditional bounds of the freshwater science discipline. Thus, the congress will be of interest to a wide range of scientists, managers, policy makers and communicators.

We look forward to discussing all things Freshwater in December. Other highlights will include conference field trips, community engagement and cultural experiences to expand our knowledge of some of the most important freshwater systems in Australia.

Who: We have a suite of exceptional plenary speakers, both national and international, attending the conference including:

  • Professor Janine Adams
  • Mr Ricky Archer
  • Professor Julian Olden
  • Dr. Jill Lancaster
  • Professor Angela Arthington
  • Dr. Joanne Clapcott
  • Professor Peter Tyler

* If you would like to organise a meeting with any of the invited speakers, please contact David Dodemaide (dode@deakin.edu.au). Meetings are subject to speaker availability.

For more information about the conference, please visit the website https://www.afssconference.org.au/.