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Call for Papers

The QUESTnet 2011 Call for Papers is now CLOSED (6 May 2011)

We had an overwhelming response and are excited by the high quality of the submissions. QUESTnet 2011 is going to be a fantastic event! Thank you to everybody who submitted papers.

For those of you interested in the Call for Papers process...  


All papers must be submitted electronically using the Conference’s Online Submission System at :

Please Note the following information related to the online submission:

1. There are 4 tracks associated with the conference:

  • Higher Ed Tracks
  • Workshops Tuesday 12th July
  • K12 Track
  • Digital Outreach - eg Libraries, Museum, Questacon

2. If applying for a bursary (see conditions below), please check the box "Bursary Requested (See Conference Website to Apply)" on the online submission form and fill in the QUESTnet 2011 Eligibility Application Form.

3. "Corresponding Author" on the online submission is the author who will receive correspondence related to the submission.  There must be at least 1 "Corresponding author".

4. Please include short speaker bio/s at the end of the abstract section on the submission form.

5. Submissions can include an abstract only or a paper can be attached in one of the following formats:

  1. PDF (file extension .pdf).
  2. Word document (file extension .doc).
  3. JPEG (file extension .jpg).
  4. PowerPoint presentation (file extension .ppt).
  5. Microsoft PowerPoint open XML document (file extension .pptx).
  6. Word open XML document (file extension .docx).


As an incentive to new presenters, the Organising Committee is looking to provide a bursary to a limited number of speakers. To qualify, the presenter must work within the education and research sector and not have delivered a paper at any previous QUESTnet conference. The bursary will provide a contribution towards accommodation and registration. Papers submitted by candidates will be reviewed for suitability. Authors of papers who wish to apply for a bursary should check the box "Bursary Requested (See Conference Website to Apply)" in their submission. Please provide a statement of eligibility online by filling in the QUESTnet 2011 Eligibility Application Form

Call for Papers Email

This is a Call for Papers for the QUESTnet2011 conference.  This is your chance to share your valuable experience and insights.  Speakers are encouraged from Universities, Vocational Education and Training organisations, K12, Research Organisations, the Digital Outreach Community, Health, Government, Defence and Industry sectors. (Bursaries are available to first time speakers from within the education and research sector.  For more information visit /questnet2011/Call+for+Papers.)

The QUESTnet conference is an annual event aimed at providing delegates with an opportunity to develop their professional and technical knowledge and to gain an appreciation of key strategic issues underpinning the development, deployment and maintenance of educational national and international telecommunications networks.

The theme for QUESTnet 2011 is Preparing for the Next Big Wave

“In the last five or so years we have seen a number of commercial technologies introduced which have changed the way students learn and how research is undertaken. What is the next big technology wave; how do we recognise that it is upon us and ensure that we are prepared for the ride? There is no doubt that these waves of new technology will continue, and their frequency will only shorten, driven by commercial demand and that of research which ultimately benefits the international community”

                                                                                                    Extract from Message from the Conference Chair
                                                                                Rob Moffatt, AM, Director, 
                                                                                Information Technology Services
                                                                                The University of Queensland

In line with the theme, we would like to encourage presentations that include new initiatives being undertaken and challenges being faced.  What are the issues you are facing? What are the possible solutions to solve these issues and what should we avoid?

We are keen to hear real case studies, real issues and real solutions. 

While the following topics may give you some ideas, other topics are welcome. Potential topics include:

  • How to evaluate the potential of new technologies and how to define the value proposition.  How to measure a successful implementation?
  • K-12, VET and Higher Education in an NBN world
  • Impact of Social Media
  • Issues and risks related to Cloud Computing
  • Collaboration tools and application for Research, and Teaching and Learning
  • Government Initiatives
  • Network intensive eResearch, GRID’s (Data and Visual), sensor networks
  • Data Centre (Design, Optimisation, Collaboration, Hosting, Co-location)
  • ICT Security in an educational environment
  • Sharing Network Resources, savings & challenges
  • Internet developments and case studies – Topologies, Middleware, Standards & Protocols
  • The green agenda – network and data centre developments/case studies
  • Ubiquitous access, everything everywhere, wired or wireless


Vendors are also welcome to submit presentations via the call for papers  as information about future technology is critical to managing advanced networks and understanding the possible technologies on the next wave.  (Note submissions extended to Friday 6th May.)  It is recommended that vendors do so in collaboration with an organisation outlined above.

Format for Submission

Authors wishing to submit an abstract for consideration should go to /questnet2011/Call+for+Papers.

A formal paper is not required but we would expect to video all presentations and make the video available along with the PowerPoint material to delegates.

Duration of Presentations: Presentations are 35 minutes, including question time.


Learning from colleagues in similar situations at other Australian Education providers has always been a valuable component of the QUESTnet conference. Please circulate this email to your colleagues and encourage them to participate.

We look forward to receiving your submission

Kind Regards

Elizabeth Coulter
Chair, Program Committee, QUESTnet2011