This prestigious six-week event offers around 15 of the most talented students and early career researchers in Australia and New Zealand a unique opportunity to work closely with peers and experts from academia and government agencies to enhance climate and water information and its practical applications. Successful applicants will have an affinity with climate and water issues but can be from a variety of relevant technical backgrounds. The 2017 Summer Institute follows the highly successful first Summer Institute in 2016.
The Summer Institute will take place in Canberra in two phases: a two-week ‘boot camp’ from 11-22 December 2017, followed by a four-week project execution phase from 7 January – 2 February 2018. During the boot camp, fellows will obtain a deeper understanding of the role and workings of different government agencies and receive intensive training and mentoring to help them undertake their project. During the following four-week project period, fellows will collaborate intensively to develop an application or improvement to data services and analysis tools from the Summer Institute partners. The Summer Institute will focus on four broad themes led by expert project leads from the consortium partner organisations and academia. Depending on their chosen project topic, fellows will be embedded with one of the partner organisations. At the Culmination Event, each team will present their results in a poster and short paper. Following the Summer Institute, teams will be assisted in further developing their project outcomes into a peer-reviewed publication.
The participants in the Summer Institute will be able to use NCI’s Raijin supercomputer and all of our data services as part of their projects. Expert staff from NCI will provide training and assistance throughout the course for how to use and access the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and other NCI systems within their research workflows.