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Background

QUESTnet2004 is going to be different this year. Firstly it is in Cairns where our host, James Cook University, operates one of the most distant regional campuses in Australia. More importantly and concurrently, AARNet will be hosting the 18th APAN meeting. See http://apan.net/meetings/cairns2004/.

This is an unprecedented gathering of leading networking professionals from Asia, North America, Europe and Australia.

The APAN consortium is a collective of national networking organisations from countries of the Asia Pacific region. It has the objective of promoting advanced networking capabilities for education and research. Among other activities, APAN holds meetings twice per year involving network specialists from many countries. It has often attracted up to 300 delegates but the expectation for Cairns is an additional 100 participants from outside of Australia.

QUESTnet is THE conference for networking professionals in Australia. It is supported by AARNet and CAUDIT, and is an initiative of QUESTnet (Queensland Educational, Science and Technology network). It is an opportunity for delegates to meet their peers, develop personal knowledge, exchange observations and experiences, and gain an understanding of future network directions and developments. Last year it attracted 300+ delegates.

The APAN Meeting will take place at the Cairns Hilton from Friday 2nd until Wednesday 7th July. AARNet are the local hosts. The focus will be on network engineering and technology with an emphasis on advanced applications and natural resources. The newly announced 10Gbps AARNet3 network and Trans Pacific Optical Research Testbed (SXTransPORT) is expected to attract wide interest.

The QUESTnet conference will take place at Cairns International Hotel, Queensland from Sunday 4th until Wednesday 7th July and is hosted by James Cook University. The committee includes representatives of AARNet, CAUDIT, Griffith University, JCU, Queensland University of Technology and QUESTnet.

A number of world class networking experts are expected to attend. Plus high profile members of the Australian Government and the higher education and research sectors.