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The Research Bazaar Conference (#ResBaz) aims to kick-start a training programme in Australia assuring the next generation of researchers are equipped with the digital skills and tools to make their research better.
This event builds on the successful Doctoral Training programmes by research councils in the UK  and funding agencies in the USA . We are also looking to borrow the chillaxed vibe of events like the O’Reilly Science ‘Foo Events’ .
So what exactly is ResBaz?
ResBaz is two kinds of events in one:
1) ResBaz is an academic training conference (i.e. think of this event as a giant Genius Bar at an Apple store), where research students and early career researchers can come to acquire the digital skills (e.g. computer programming, data analysis, etc.) that underpin modern research. Some of this training will be delivered in the ‘hands-on’ workshop style of Mozilla’s global ‘Software Carpentry’ bootcamps.
You can get hands-on support like at an Apple Store’s Genius Bar!
2) ResBaz is a social event where researchers can come together to network, make new friends, and form collaborations. We’re even trying to provide a camping site on campus for those researchers who are coming on their own penny or just like camping (dorm rooms at one of the Colleges will be a backup)! We have some really fun activities planned around the event, from food trucks to tent BoFs and watching movies al fresco!
Imagine camping under the stars with your fellow researchers! (Image courtesy of Scott Beale/Laughing Squid from Foo Camp)
Who should attend ResBaz?
Researchers at all levels, including PhD and research Master’s students and early career researchers. We are not excluding senior researchers - we welcome your mentorship, too!
Research technologists who support researchers to do their job better e.g. developers who build research tools or librarians who help discover new resources and datasets.
Researchers from ALL disciplines.
Why should I attend this event?
ResBaz will not be a ‘sit back and listen’ conference. It will be participatory, giving you the opportunity to pick up some important skills while having fun and meeting new people.
You will meet researchers from other research institutions in Melbourne, other Australian cities and even other countries. You might just have a couch to sleep on the next time you take a trip.
You will meet researchers from various disciplines. You never know what kinds of collaborations will spring from distant fields!
Sounds great, but what type of tools are you going to offer this training in?
There will be a mix of both science and art/digital humanities workshops, all aimed at helping you make your research easier, more efficient, and just better. We’ll even have a session for how to use social media in your research (did we mention that Twitter is mandatory for ResBaz?).
You can check out the complete list HERE. Please note that this list may change. You will be able to make your final selection when you register.
Just a sampling of the tools on offer…you’ll feel like a kid in a candy store!
And who exactly is going to be teaching these courses?
We want this to be an extraordinary event, so that’s why we’re lining up extraordinary instructors and helpers. Our Research Community Coordinators have been busy all year running bootcamps and workshops, all gearing up to ResBaz next February.
But with all the training we’re offering, we’ll need more instructors! This is where you, too, can join the teaching action. The week before the conference (February 11-13), we’re hosting a 3-day Software Carpentry “Train the Trainer” event taught by Bill Mills (Community Manager, Mozilla Science Lab). If you’re interested in becoming a certified instructor to teach a bootcamp at ResBaz, please see here for more information and apply here before November 30.
If you just want to help out at ResBaz without committing to being a instructor, you’re also welcome to join one of our teaching teams as a helper. Just let us know!
I’m in. Where do I have to go?
ResBaz will be held at The University of Melbourne (Parkville campus) in Australia’s most liveable city (trust us, the food and coffee here are amazing)!
The plaza lawn outside Alice Hoy and the Sidney Myer Asia Centre will be available to set up tents and kiosks for the ‘fun networking’ side of the conference. There are even a few barbies!
Bedouin tents? Food trucks? Music stage? Outdoor movie? Yes, please!
So what does the schedule look like?
Below is a tentative schedule, which we’ll continue to update as ResBaz approaches. The training consists of seven sessions divided across the three days. You’ll be able to choose which courses you would like to attend when you register (you may even be able to take more than one!). The “Bazaar” will include six different tents, but we’re keeping what they’ll feature a surprise. ResBaz is sure to be fast-paced and jam-packed, but rest assured there will be plenty of good food and fun times!
How much does it cost to attend?
We believe we have found enough sponsorship to make ResBaz free this year, and in fact, we promise that if this event repeats we will always attempt to make it as near to free for the participants as possible.
Speaking of registration, where can I apply to attend ResBaz?
We’re so glad you asked! Due to limited places, please note that you must fill out an application form to help us make our final selection. This form will also ask you about the type of digital tools you use, so that we may plan future events according to what researchers need.
CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO THE RESEARCH BAZAAR CONFERENCE
The first round registration deadline closes on November 30. We may also have second and third round offers at later dates depending on how many of the 150 free places are still available.
If you have any further questions, please send us a tweet (@ResPlat) and use the #ResBaz hashtag.
We look forward to seeing you at ResBaz in February 2015!
= UK Research Council Doctoral Training Programme
= USA Research Funding Body Postgraduate Training Programme
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