Australasia and South East Asia COVID-Themed Stream/Day at eResearch Conference, 20 Oct 2020

COVID-19 eResearch Experiences and Collaborations in Australasia and South East Asia

Upskilling Support for Pandemic Response, Preparedness and Recovery

The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting countries in Southeast Asia and the broader Indo-Pacific region in ways that increasingly demand Australia and New Zealand’s collective attention.

The COVID-Themed Stream/Day aims to provide participants with the opportunity to develop potential activities that centre on the acceleration of upskilling and access to e-Research infrastructure and data sharing capabilities for the region. These will assist disciplinary efforts to develop data-driven, timely and effective research on the Pandemic as part of national and regional COVID-19 responses.

Ultimately we hope to help address inequities in medical research capability and capacity by leveraging opportunities with the Australasian research infrastructure providers and the wider research community.

KEYNOTE (07-07:50 IDWT, 08-08.50 MYT, 11-11:50 AEST )
Dr Mahesh Prakash from “Australia and Indonesia partnership on COVID-19 Research” Project
(a collaboration of CSIRO with the Indonesian Eijkman Institute and others). The project is led by Dr. Prasad Paradkar, Virologist and Micro-biologist, CSIRO.

(08-09:00 IDWT, 09-10.00 MYT, 12:00-13:00 AEST)
(1) Multidisciplinary Big-Data Sharing, Analysis, and Policy Recommendations to Support COVID-19 Pandemic Response

Dr Damar Susilaradeya, et al (Medical Technology Cluster, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia)

(2) Galaxy Australia’s role in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
Simon Gladman
(Life Sci. Computation Centre, Medicine, Dentistry & Health Sciences, Univ. of Melbourne)

(3) Design of putative T-cell epitope-based vaccine against SARS-CoV-2 : reverse vaccinology approach
Khaerunissa Istiadi, et al (
Bioinformatics Core Facilities, Faculty of Medicine, University of Indonesia)

THE “BIRDS OF A FEATHER” DISCUSSION (09.30-10:30 IDWT, 10.30-11.30 MYT, 13:30 - 14:30 AEST)

  • Introduction and Overview of eResearch experiences and constraints (10 minutes)
  • Some Lighting Talks, with panel and group discussions (40 minutes)
  • Possible Threads:
    (1) Designing vaccines through High Performance Computing and “big data” techniques
    (2) Framework for Research Data Management and Community of Practice (CoP) Development
    (3) Data Sharing Standards (such as Research Data Alliance COVID-19 Data Sharing Guidelines)
    (4) Role of Identity and Federated Access Management
  • Wrap-up for take-aways (10 minutes)
  • Possible extra time for networking at following break of eResConf (10 minutes, 14:30 – 14:40)

For the full program of eResearch Conference (19-23 Oct 2020), see:

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