Work smarter not harder!
The event is free and researchers from all career stages and walks of life are welcome. For an inside view of the conference, check out some of the pictures from last year.
Research Bazaar 2018 will fall on 20-22 February.
*Please note poster submissions are now closed. At this time registrations will no longer include the catered lunch, however you will still be able to enjoy delicious drinks, tea, coffee and snacks.
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The Research Bazaar 2018 conference is being held on the 20th, 21st and 22nd of February 2018.
The schedule for the Research Bazaar 2018 conference can be found here.
Please note that this schedule may change in the lead-up to the conference, so make sure you check back regularly.
Will coding be taught at Melbourne ResBaz 2018?
No, the Melbourne Research Bazaar has a different focus.
Research Platform Services runs various coding workshops and meetups all through the year. That is where you can gain a deeper exposure to the particular tools and languages that interest you. The goal of the conference, on the other hand, is to help you figure out which of these events you should attend.
To accomplish this, the conference will allow you to taste a variety of ResPitches for tools and services we’ve carved communities for. The ResPitches will include basic concepts and fun challenges to give you a sense of what the tool is and whether it’s a good fit for your research. You’ll then have the option to immediately sign up for an upcoming workshop or meetup to take place within a few weeks after the conference.
If you do want to talk code or ask questions about any of the tools or languages we teach, the Research Community Coordinators will certainly be available during the conference for a chat!
Am I eligible to apply? What are you looking for in an attendee?
If you consider yourself a researcher, then please apply! The event is appropriate for all career stages, from advanced undergraduate students right through to Professors, and to Professionals!
We love diversity and we love community. We love enthusiastic researchers who are keen to connect, learn, grow and make the world (and academy) a greater place!
Is ResBaz focused on scientists and engineers?
Absolutely not. We've always had a strong emphasis on digital humanities and visual arts.
Some of our languages such as R and Matlab are more widely used in the sciences, but we also support a variety of tools that are standard and useful in the humanities. Examples include Natural Language Toolkit, the Omeka online exhibition platform, digital archiving and data management services, 3D capturing, modelling and printing, digital typesetting and web visualisation.
ResBaz 2017 saw attendees from across the sciences, humanities, engineering, fine arts and architecture!
What will a typical day look like? Will it be social? Do I need to attend all three days?
The ResPitches and poster interviews will be from about 11am to around 3pm on all three days. Schedules will be made available soon. It is up to you which sessions you attend. Some of the sessions will fill up fast, so make sure you plan ahead!
Afterwards we’ll have games, mini-talks, and opportunities to meet a whole bunch of great and exciting people! Our goal is to make it fun and easy to make new friends.
Attendance is optional; you can attend as much or as little of the conference as you like. Just remember to keep your badge and wear it to the conference. In particular, you will need to present your badge when redeeming the free catering!
Do I need to bring anything?
Nothing in particular is required.
At the ResPitches you will form a group with an assigned helper. The helpers will have any equipment or devices required for the demonstrations and challenges.
You might find access to social media useful, but of course most people will bring their phones with their preferred social media apps already installed anyway.
You're welcome to bring other devices such as laptops if you like, but you probably won't find them that useful for most of the activities.
The EventBrite registration page will mention applying as a ‘helper’. How does that work?
If you’ve attended one of our events before (especially a previous ResBaz conference) we’d love for you to come back and step into more of a leadership role! Helpers will help answer questions, set the ‘tone’ of the event and help run challenges during the ResPitches!
Is this conference free?
Yes! The Research Bazaar Conference is free of charge financially. However, we do ask all those who register to attach a poster (you’ll be sent a template after filling in the expression of interest form). The deadline for poster submission is midnight on the 4th of February.
What is the poster for?
The posters help us get a sense of who you are as a researcher. We use the data that you provide us to help inform which tools we will continue to support and which new tools we should consider supporting. So these posters are extremely helpful for us!
If you don't want to submit a poster, we won't turn you away - but everyone who does submit a poster will receive free catering during the conference :)
There is even a prize for best poster! We will be judging the posters on their:
- clarity of concept
- design and aesthetics
- data visualisation
One lucky winner will receive a $500 Qantas voucher!
The deadline for poster submission is midnight on the 4th of February. Start your submission process by filling out the expression of interest form.
Do I have to use Twitter?
Social media is an important part of a modern research career. Being able to form online networks with others in your field makes it a lot more likely that others will cite your work. Furthermore, public outreach is part of our broader remit as academics, intellectuals and researchers.
Public interest in turn can help attract further funding for your discipline in the future. So, at every turn there is a combination of personal benefit and altruistic value that results from effective social media engagement.
We aim to set an example in the arena of social media and public outreach. We try to make ResBaz as ‘open’ as possible: all teaching materials, talks, highlights, videos, photos are made available during and after the event so that those who could not make it can still follow along and be part of the community. We also encourage attendees to use Twitter because it is widely used at conferences to connect with other attendees and with the conference organisers.
However, at the end of the day, what's important isn't whether or not you use Twitter. What's important is that you can feel empowered to use a variety of media to enhance your career and promote the public good. If you make an informed decision to abstain from Twitter, we certainly won't try to force you to use it! In fact we would be interested to know about any other methods you use to connect with people about your work.
Can I sponsor the Research Bazaar conference?
If you want to sponsor us please get in touch and we will email a sponsorship prospectus.
Do you have more questions? Get in touch!
As in 2017, the 2018 Melbourne Research Bazaar Conference will take place in and around Wilson Hall, University of Melbourne, Parkville.
When you arrive at University of Melbourne, there are large maps near each of the main gates. You can also find Wilson Hall on those maps by looking for Building 151. Wilson Hall is approximately at the centre of campus.