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Your input invited to Australia’s environmental predictive capability

Your input invited to Australia’s environmental predictive capability


The National Environmental Prediction System (NEPS) Scoping Study is broadening its community consultations and we invite you to help shape the development of this key support system for Australia’s research and decision-making communities.
 

Submissions to the NEPS Scoping Study can be structured around the System Design (above) or they can comprise broader ideas and comments.

Submissions to the NEPS Scoping Study
close 5pm AEDT Monday, 2 March 2020

(email tern@uq.edu.au).

The 2016 National Research Infrastructure (NRI) Roadmap identified a NEPS as a potential new research capability and a scoping study was endorsed via the 2018 Research Infrastructure Investment Plan. In November 2019 the NEPS Scoping Study team prepared an submitted a final System Design of NEPS.

The System Design document incorporates the thinking of the NEPS Scoping Study Expert Panel and ideas arising from the Scoping Study’s pilot stage consultations with select stakeholders.  It comprises the following elements:

  • information architecture - to support access, management, integration and use of services to deliver unprecedented understanding of the Australian environment;
  • technical architecture - to support information flows and data management; and
  • social architecture - to build consensus on and enable contributing National Research Infrastructure (NRI) projects to both participate in and benefit from NEPS.

The document addresses the mechanisms required to support networking or federation across existing NRI, national, and State and Territory environmental data and to deliver a capability that facilitates access to integrated data and modelling.
 

Nation-wide consultations

Open consultation on the requirements in research infrastructure toward enabling environmental prediction will be carried out in February 2020 across capital cities.

Do you have ideas about how a national environmental prediction system should be designed, and ways in which it might be used?

We invite you to help shape the development of this key support system for Australia’s research and decision-making communities.

Look at the draft system design at http://science.uq.edu.au/neps.

Come to a consultation meeting and/or make a submission and help formulate inspired options for the system design, governance structure and business model to be submitted to the Australian Government in 2020.

 

Perth

Tuesday 4 February; 9.45 – 14:00, includes morning tea, a light lunch and networking opportunities.

Chapel Room, Level 1 Quest East Perth, 176 Adelaide Terrace, East Perth, WA, Australia

https://neps-wa.eventbrite.com.au

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/54286130

Or Telephone: 

    Dial: +61 2 8015 2088

    Meeting ID: 542 861 306 

 

Adelaide

Wednesday 5 February; 9.45 – 14:00, includes morning tea, a light lunch and networking opportunities.

Room 2.1, Level 2, 182 Victoria Square, Flinders University, Adelaide, SA, Australia

https://neps-sa.eventbrite.com.au

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/669686965 

Or Telephone: 

    Dial: +61 2 8015 2088

    Meeting ID: 669 686 965 

 

Melbourne

Thursday 6 February; 9.45 – 14:00, includes morning tea, a light lunch and networking opportunities.

Jasper Hotel, 489 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, VIC, Australia

https://neps-vic.eventbrite.com.au

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/994752837

Or Telephone: 

    Dial: +61 2 8015 2088

    Meeting ID: 994 752 837 

 

Sydney

Tuesday 11 February; 9.45 – 14:00, includes morning tea, a light lunch and networking opportunities.

Cliftons Sydney, Level 13, 60 Margaret Street, Sydney, NSW, Australia

https://neps-nsw.eventbrite.com.au

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/883434611

Or Telephone: 

    Dial: +61 2 8015 2088

    Meeting ID: 883 434 611 

 

Brisbane

Wednesday 12 February; 9.45 – 14:00, includes morning tea, a light lunch and networking opportunities.

Seminar Room GA 603, Ecosciences Precinct, 41 Boggo Road, Dutton Park, QLD, Australia

https://neps-qld.eventbrite.com.au

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://uqz.zoom.us/j/409708784 

Or Telephone: 

    Dial: +61 2 8015 2088

    Meeting ID: 409 708 784 

 

Darwin

Thursday 13 February; 9.45 – 12:00, includes morning tea, and networking opportunities.

Wharf One, F3A/19 Kitchener Drive, Darwin NT, Australia

https://neps-nt.eventbrite.com.au

 

Please arrive at 9:45am for a 10am start. The events will run until 1pm  (except in Darwin which finishes at 12noon) and will be followed by networking and light refreshments.

We also ask that you keep your tickets handy, either in the Eventbrite app or print them out and bring them with you. 

If you are a virtual attendee please join us on Zoom via the links above. All attendees are welcome to use the Zoom chat feature to comment or ask questions throughout the meeting.

 

Consultation event details

The consultation discussions will be broad enough for both those with little background knowledge on environmental prediction and the proposed NEPS and those who are already expertly carrying out or using environmental predictions.

The consultations are being organised by TERN on behalf of the NEPS Scoping Study Expert Panel and will be facilitated by Michelle Barker, Donald Hobern and Angela Gackle.

The following is the proposed run sheet for each event (except Darwin):

 

Time

Agenda item

9.45 - 10.00

Registration, tea and coffee

10:00 - 10:45

Welcome and introduction

  • Acknowledgement of country
  • Scoping study aims and process
  • Progress to date
  • Overview of System Design
  • End-user case study examples
  • Questions and comments?

10:45 - 11:15

Discussion topic A:

What are the key aspects that need to be included in NEPS and which of these are the priorities?

11:15 - 11:45

BREAK

11:45 - 12:15

Discussion topic B:

What additional resources or approaches are needed to enable NEPS? What is needed in the NEPS investment plan, as potential future additions to other organisations, and/or to enable the NEPS vision more broadly?

12:15 - 12:45

Discussion topic C:

What could your organisation contribute in the context of NEPS?

12:45 - 13:00

Summary of discussion

13:00 - 14:00

Light lunch and networking

 

 

The panel is also accepting written submissions until Monday, 2 March 2020. These submissions can be structured around the documents already on the NEPS website or they can comprise broader ideas, comments about the need for environmental prediction, and organisational structures for achieving this outcome.

The consultation process will help develop necessary national consensus around a NEPS proposal and significantly shape the final investment plan for presentation to the Australian Government in mid-2020. 
 

The NEPS Scoping Study Expert Panel looks forward to hearing from you and receiving your valuable input to this national research capability for Australia.

 

 

 

 

 

Published in TERN newsletter October 2019 - updated 30 January 2020