2013 Sirca/FIRN Masterclasses now open for enrolment

Enrolment is now open for this year’s PhD Courses and Masterclasses hosted by Sirca and FIRN.

The courses are open to PhD students from FIRN member institutions and free of charge. Travel and accommodation costs are the responsibility of the participant. Academic staff are welcome to sit in on FIRN courses.

For further information about enrolling in these courses please visit FIRN.

Sirca HQ Launched in The Rocks

Last week Sirca launched their new headquarters and innovation centre with VIP guests and invitees including:

• The Honourable Greg Pearce MLC Minister for Finance and Services Minister for the Illawarra
• Monica Barone, CEO of the City of Sydney
• Ross Dawson Leading Author and Technology Futurist

For the full press release click here.

From Left to Right: Sirca's CEO Mike Briers, Tracy Barber from UTS, The Hon. Greg Pearce MLC, Sirca Board Members Peeyush Gupta and Kevin Davis

Ross Dawson speaking at the event

The view from the Sirca rooftop

Catering at the Event

Call For Papers – Sirca Young Researcher Workshop

Sirca’s Chief Research Officer, Terry Walter, invites young researchers on behalf of the Membership and Research Committee (MRC) to submit a current research paper for possible inclusion in the 2nd Sirca Young Researcher Workshop. Submitted papers should be sufficiently advanced to benefit from feedback and suggestions from a seminar presentation. Please send all papers to callforpapers@sirca.org.au. The deadline for submissions is 12 May 2013.

Notification of the five papers to be included will be made by 15 June 2013, at which time we will also advise the nominated MRC referee who will discuss the individual papers at the workshop. Sirca will also invite a further group of young researchers to the workshop as attendees and to participate in research presentations in the afternoon of 25 July 2013. Sirca will meet all reasonable travel and accommodation costs for the presenters and the invited attendees.

To qualify for inclusion at least one of the authors of the submitted paper must be a young researcher. We define a young researcher to be a person currently engaged in PhD research or one whose PhD thesis was completed within the last five years. It is not a requirement for submitted papers to be using Sirca data however the researcher must be from a Sirca Member university. Sirca would also like to track the progress of papers submitted at this workshop and be kept informed of any publication outcomes.