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Dear ISE ECP affiliates

November is a busy month with many workshops, lectures and projects taking place as a result of the ECP Capability Development Funds. Several of these activities include the SCCAR Workshop: Frontier SI, a workshop and public lecture on bushfire management as well as details about the successful launch of the Centre for Information Discovery & Data Analytics (CIDDA), another ECP supported project.

Many researchers are currently preparing for their CDF funded events at the Engaging For Impact 2019. Registrations are now open. Be sure to register into your favourite programs and numbers are limited. 

I've been speaking at several Discipline meetings to highlight the great work that is currently being done by the ECPs and focussing on the extent of the support that the Information & Systems (Engineering) ECP can provide to RMIT researchers. I'm reaching out to these groups in order to capture many researchers who have yet to register as affiliates and to make them aware of the benefits of this platform. For more information about us, click here.

RMIT Europe continually reaches out to us and is hosting a HORIZON Europe Workshop to provide information about the use of EU funds, a Workshop on how to achieve real-world impact from your research as well as the RMIT Redback Innovation Challenges, which gives our HDRs the opportunity to work with Telstra and the City For Melbourne.

Cheers for now,

Mark Sanderson




Join us for three days of interactive sessions with local and international leaders across industry, research and innovation as we identify collaborative opportunities that will help shape our future. Engaging for Impact 2019 will give all participants the perfect forum to share insights, global trends, industry needs and best practices to ensure research and innovation is relevant and creating value and impact for Australia and the world.

See more information


SCCAR Workshop:  FrontierSI

Thursday 8 November, 2018
2.00 pm - 4.00 pm 
Networking reception 4.00 pm - 5.00 pm
Building 10, Level 6, room 89, Garden Terrace

Launched on 1 July 2018, FrontierSI is the successor entity of the CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI). The CRCSI will be familiar to many spatial researchers, having funded, conducted, and led an unparalleled research program in spatial in Australia over the past 14 years. RMIT was an Essential Partner in the CRCSI, and is again a core partner in FrontierSI. 

This workshop will give you a chance to hear first-hand from the new FrontierSI team about their strategy and research program and from key FrontierSI industry and government stakeholders about their priorities and goals. The Workshop will be of interest to any RMIT researchers who are interested to find out how to collaborate through FrontierSI on applied research problems important to industry and government.

Registration is essential as seats are limited. TO REGISTER, click here.
Industry partners can register by contacting Rebecca Rigbye.
To view the Program, click here.

Towards Ecological Bushfire Management Models 

A Workshop and Public Lecture

12-14 November, 2018
Building 80, Level 4, rooms 19, 20 & 21
RMIT University, City Campus

The Workshop will focus on three topics:

  •  Ecological consequences of fire and alternative practices
  •  Ecological data mining
  •  Ecological and ecosystem perspective in model-based bushfire management
Click HERE to view the Program. 

This is a FREE event. To register, click on the REGISTRATION FORM 
Registration closes on 8 November, 2018.


Public Lecture:  Fire to prevent and combat wildfire in Europe
Monday 12 November
6.30 pm - 9.30 pm
Building 80, Level 1, room 02 (Lecture theatre)

This Public Lecture will be presented by Professor Cristina Montiel Molina, Department of Geography and Pau Costa Foundation, Complutense University of Madrid, Spain.

This event is FREE and will be followed by networking over drinks.

For more details and to register your attendance, click HERE

A joint initiative of:

Information & Systems (Engineering) ECP, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the European project GEO-SAFE (Geospatial based Environment for Optimisation Systems Addressing Fire Emergencies)

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HORIZON EUROPE Workshop - Preparing for New Framework Program 

Thursday 15 November 2018
Building 80, Level 9, room 10
RMIT University, City campus

You are invited to attend the 'Preparing for New Framework Program Horizon Europe' Workshop,
an event led by RMIT Europe. It will be held in collaboration with several ECPs. 

Workshop program:
3:00 – 3:30 pm  Presentation on Horizon Europe – Boaz Kogon, Industry and Engagement Associate, RMIT Europe.
3:30 – 4:00 pm  Presentation of the current portfolio of EU projects across all RMIT entities and recapturing the current operational constraints regarding use of EU funds and capacities for taking on projects that require laboratories or doctoral supervision - Dr Adriana Diaz Arias, Business Development Officer, RMIT Europe.
4.00 pm - 5.00 pm  Round table discussion focused
on how to build RMIT capacity to best take
advantage of Horizon Europe.

Topics to be discussed:

  • what capacities do we need?
  • what can we do with strategic partners? Which ones do we target?
  • what do we need to do internally?
  • how/what/to whom do we communicate internally during the coming years?

To REGISTER, click here.


Achieve IMPACT from your RESEARCH Workshop

Engage in researchers' impact
pathway stories!

Interactive Workshops to help you achieve real-world
societal IMPACT from your research are taking place on Monday 26 November.

This Workshops aim to help you to:
  • Plot your pathway to impact;
  • Work out who you need to engage with;
  • Learn about research translation approaches; and
  • Consider how to capture impact when it happens.
Participate in a Q&A session on the personal
impact pathway of one of RMIT's own researchers.

If you are interested in attending, register below.

Monday 26 November
9.30 am - 12.45 pm: Workshop
12.45 pm - 1.30 pm: Impact pathway Q&A with Professor Helen Lingard

Light lunch is provided.

For more information, contact Anna Thomas.

HDRs Invited to participate in Design Thinking with Industry  


The Research Capability team is hosting a series
of industry-focussed RMIT Redback
Innovation Challenges throughout the
remainder of 2018, having most recently
delivered a Challenge with The Comfort Group
- a group of companies including
SleepMaker, Australia’s largest mattress manufacturer - on the topic of rethinking the
future of sleep and rest for ageing Australians.

The RMIT Redback Innovation Challenge has
proven to be an excellent method of engaging
meaningfully with industry to co-create
solutions to their challenges, while enhancing
our students’ experience and equipping them
 with vital innovation skills to prepare them for  
the future of life and work. All HDRs who take
part in a Challenge will also receive an exclusive
invitation to a series of small-group workshops
facilitated by renowned external experts on:
Storytelling, Cultural Intelligence and Resilience,
as well as gift card prizes for their time and contribution.

Upcoming Challenges are with Telstra and
Committee For Melbourne.    
To view these challenges in full, click here.

Please direct HDR candidates to sign up for their preferred Challenge via this Expression of Interest Form


Launch of the RMIT Centre for Information Discovery & Data Analytics (CIDDA)  

The RMIT Centre for Information Discovery &
Data Analytics (CIDDA) was successfully
launched on Wednesday 17 October at the
RMIT City campus. Attended by over 120
industry and RMIT researchers and staff,
this event delivered high profile guest
speakers who engaged the audience
with cutting-edge information systems presentations, highlighting the significant
relevance and value that CIDDA will bring
to RMIT, industry and the local and global community.

CIDDA will use the latest research to help industry partners and organisations turn data into knowledge. Many organisations have a lot of data but do not have the skills required to transform this data into information they can understand and use. "Our goal is to partner with these organisations and help them transform that data into knowledge,” said CIDDA Director, A/Professor Shane Culpepper.

CIDDA staff are currently working on a project with Microsoft that will help build the next generation of voice software, by improving SEEK's online job search engine. CIDDA is also working with the City of Melbourne to improve sensor data for pedestrian and traffic management.

To view a recent article about CIDDA, click here
or go to their website ( by clicking here.

Here are some photos of the Launch. The bottom right hand-side photo shows the guest speakers. From Left: Dr Nick Craswell from Microsoft, USA; A/Prof Shane Culpepper, Director of CIDDA, RMIT; Nina Cullen (DELWP); Katherine Williams from GHD; and Prof Calum Drummond, DVC, R&I, RMIT.



Here are some news items of interest.
Some articles include our affiliates. 

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