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This is the first Call for Papers for the QUESTnet2010 conference which will be held at the RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast, from Tuesday 6 July to Friday 9 July and is hosted by Griffith University. This year's theme is 2010: the network makes contact. The paper submission deadline has been extended for 3 weeks. Submissions now close on Monday 19 April 2010.

We have emerged from an era of innovations in voice, data and video, to one of convergence and transformation within networking and communications. Such development has not only changed but has impacted the manner in which business, education and research is conducted and how people and communities are connected.

With the rollout of NBN, 2010 will become part of a decade that will be remembered for extensive enhancement to unified communications, messaging and collaboration underpinned by an extensive range of end user applications in the fields of science, medicine, education and social networking.

The 2010 QUESTnet conference will also feature advanced hand-held technologies to allow delegates to actively engage in discourse with presenters and attendees across the respective streams. New technologies will also be trialled to enhance the social experience making conference an enjoyable and informative experience.

Potential topics include:

  • Data Centre (Design, Optimisation, Collaboration, Hosting, Co-location)
  • Coping with the green agenda – network and data centre developments/case studies
  • Internet developments and case studies – Topologies, Middleware, Standards & Protocols
  • K-12, VET and Higher Education in an NBN world
  • Measuring and costing services, Maximising Value
  • Networking for the cloud services model
  • Network intensive eResearch, GRID’s (Data and Visual), sensor networks
  • Security especially from mobile devices
  • Sharing Network Resources, savings & challenges, case studies
  • Ubiquitous access, everything everywhere, wired or wireless

In addition, do you have something of interest that doesn't fit the topics above? This could be an interesting case study, implementation of new technology or research in the field of telecommunications. Whatever it is, we would like to hear about it.

Speakers are encouraged from University, Vocational Education and Training, K12, Education, Research, Health, Government, Defence and Industry sectors. Bursaries are available to first time speakers from within the education and research sector.

Format for submission

The allotted duration for presentations is 35 minutes, including question time.  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.

For any queries contact the Program Committee Chair: Peter Kurtz on email or phone 0410 465 244.

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Due date

The new deadline for normal paper submissions is Monday 19 April 2010.


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 clearly state this in their submission. You may be asked to provide a statement of eligibility.


The conference is hosted by Griffith University supported by AARNet and CAUDIT. AARNet is the Australian Academic and Research Network, CAUDIT is the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology, QUESTnet is the Queensland Educational, Science and Technology Network. The conference is an opportunity for delegates to meet their peers, develop their personal knowledge, exchange observations and experiences, and to gain an understanding of future network directions and developments.


Learning from colleagues in similar situations at other Australian Education providers has always been a valuable component of the QUESTnet conference. Please circulate this information to your colleagues and encourage them to participate.
Similarly for vendors and consultants; information about future technology is critical to managing advanced networks.

Peter Kurtz
Chair, Program Committee, QUESTnet 2010