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Chair, Organising Committee, QUESTnet 2010
Queensland Education, Science and Technology Network QUESTnet is the Queensland regional component of the Australian Academic and Research Network AARNet. The QUESTnet conference is an annual event aimed at ICT professionals who work closely with network technologies. A key focus of the event is to provide an opportunity for delegates to develop their professional and technical knowledge and to gain an appreciation of the key strategic issues underpinning the development, deployment and maintenance of National and International telecommunications networks.

The QUESTnet 2010 conference this year is hosted by Griffith University and will be held from Tuesday 6th to Friday 9th July 2010.

This year's conference theme is entitled 2010: the network makes contact.

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 QUESTnet 2010 conference will 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 trialed to enhance the social experience making the conference an enjoyable and informative experience.

A call for papers will be advised in January 2010 and speakers are encouraged from University, Vocational Education and Training, K12 Education, Research, Health, Government, Defence and Industry sectors. Scholarships are available to first time speakers from within the Education sector.

As Chair of the Organising Committee I invite you to join us at the RACV Royal Pines Resort in July for QUESTnet 2010, or if you are unable to join us in person, for you to participate in the virtual conference and contribute to the success of the event.

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki - Master of Ceremonies

Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is the man with the answers when it comes to Science and Technology. The Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at Sydney University, Dr Karl spreads the word about science. With weekly Radio shows in Australia and in the UK on the BBC, regular television appearances, magazine articles and 28 published books, Dr Karl is constantly in demand by the media and for corporate appearances.

In 2002, Dr Karl was honoured with the prestigious Ig Nobel prize awarded by Harvard University in the USA for his ground-breaking research into “Belly Button Lint and why it is almost always blue”. In September 2003 Dr Karl was named ‘Australian Father of the Year’. Dr Karl Kruszelnicki received the Member of the Order of Australia Award in the 2006 Australia Day Honours list.