This week’s Brisbane Research Bazaar
will be bigger than last year’s with more attendees, more speakers, more sponsors and more (mostly free) events for researchers to network and build their digital literacy skills.
QCIF will give away two Raspberry Pi devices
at the event, being held 7–9 February at The University of Queensland, St Lucia. Attendees just need to enter their name for the draw on the ResBaz Festival Day, 7 February.
The community-building event encourages attendees to find potential research collaborators across disciplines, share skills, and learn about IT-related services and techniques to aid research.
All Queensland researchers and research support staff are welcome to attend ResBaz.
Tuesday’s Festival Day will involve a poster session, a Hacky Hour in which researchers can bring any research IT question, an ‘Ask a Data Scientist’ booth, a booth specifically for R programming-related questions, stalls about bioinformatics and ecoscience modelling, and more.
Generous sponsors will cover morning tea and lunch on Tuesday, and Auckland’s ResBaz will meet virtually with Brisbane Festival Day goers.
Currently, 300 people have signed up for the Festival Day, but more are welcome — just register online
Wednesday and Thursday will be packed with workshops on R, Python, Open Refine, Web scraping, Galaxy, Amazon Web Services (AWS) and more. There will be half-day workshops on technology in humanities research, and how to be a 21st
Century Academic. Most workshops are fully booked, however places are still available for the AWS and the TERN CoESRA workshops.
ResBaz speakers include Adrian White from AWS, social scientist Jenny Ostini, coder Caleb Hattingh, HealthHack organiser Mike Imelfort, and Health Sciences researcher Michael Jakimowicz. Adrian will host a full-day workshop on AWS; Jenny will outline her interests in digital literacies, communication and social change; Caleb will talk about Python and coding; Mike will discuss leaving academia for industry; and Michael will talk about using LaTeX, a tool used by many scientists, to write collaboratively in the cloud.
Those in or out of Brisbane are encouraged to attend. USQ is providing a brown bag lunch for those travelling on its mini-bus between Toowoomba and Brisbane each day of ResBaz. QCIF eResearch Analyst Dr Francis Gacenga will drive the “Resbus”, which is currently fully booked. Those at USQ wishing to be waitlisted for the bus in case of cancellations can contact Francis: Francis.Gacenga@usq.edu.au