ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science Workshop: 2017 QT - Canberra

QT Hotel
QT Hotel, Canberra.

The fifth annual workshop of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science will take place from October 29 – November 1 at ANU Canberra. The workshop will discuss progress and plans in all research areas covered by the Centre, namely, climate variability; tropical convection; climate extremes; and the role of the oceans and the land in the climate system.

The main form of presentation of scientific results at the workshop will be by poster - recommended size is A0 portrait but if you already have a smaller poster ready and relevant to your current work then bring that along. All participants are encouraged to present a poster and 60 second lightning lecture of their recent research.

There will be no abstract submissions required. Participants will be asked to select from a list of one or more thematic “tags” to categorise their poster prior to the workshop. More specific details of this will be circulated once registrations have closed. In the meantime, get working on a poster that best showcases your current research!

There will also be a number of oral presentations. These will be by invitation. Research program leads will select talks that showcase significant research accomplishments within their research programs.

Following the main workshop, there will be an Early Career Researcher and Student Event to be held in Canberra on Thursday 2 November. See below for more information.



Location: QT Canberra, 1 London Circuit, Canberra, ACT.
Date: October 29 to November 1, 2017
Registration Form: Now closed.
Registration Deadline: Now closed.
Registration Cost: Free for ARCCSS staff and students and partner investigators. ARCCSS staff and student will need to book their own flights and accommodation, which will be reimbursed under each University's policy. We seek to be as inclusive as possible with providing funded places at the workshop. Those from outside ARCCSS, please contact the Centre Manager - Stephen Gray to discuss options.

Contact: Elaine Fernandes ( Events Coordinator



Flights will need to be organised for arrival before 4pm on Sunday 29 October 2017 and departure after 5pm on Wednesday 1 November 2017. Please book your flights and seek reimbursement from your University's Administrative Assistant/Supervisor. If you're attending the additional training after the workshop, please factor this into your flight booking. 

Parking is available at the QT Canberra for a flat rate of $15 per day - please see reception to sort this payment. This parking rate is available to both guests staying at QT and to those who are not. 



Accommodation will be managed a little differently this year.

Chief Investigators, CMS team, admin staff and invited special guests will have rooms allocated at the workshop venue, QT Canberra. Your accommodation will be charged back to the workshop master account. If you have specific accommodation preferences (e.g. traveling with a spouse or children), please indicate this during the registration process. The registration form will also prompt you to provide us with your check in and check out dates. Rooms have been held an extra night for those likley to be attending the CI meeting on Thursday 2nd November. And an addtional extra night at University House for those of the CMS team likely to attend the CMS Day on Friday 3rd November.  

Associate Investigators, postdocs, students and other attendees will need to arrange their own nearby accommodation according to their usual institutional travel policy and reimbursement guidelines. 

We recommend the University House, based at ANU for the workshop. We encourage you to share with another student or staff member. Please book directly with University House, quoting booking code: ARCCSS. Other options include 2 and 3 bedroom apartments at BreakFree apartments, adjacent to QT Canberra or searching AirBnB for suitable apartments to share. QT will also have rooms available at prevailing rates -  use this link and in the 'Block Code' field type 'ARCCSS' to access the discounted rates.



Please advise special dietary needs at the time of registration.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided each day and there will be a conference dinner on Monday night. Sunday and Tuesday night dinner will be at delegates’ leisure. A list of local restaurants will be circulated to delegates in the lead up to the workshop. Reservations are recommended.

We will open the workshop with welcome drinks and canapes and an icebreaker event from 5pm on Sunday 29th evening.

The agenda sets aside some time for exploring Canberra on Tuesday evening.  



We will be reimbursing child care during the workshop to enable those with carer’s responsibilities to attend. If this would be of benefit to you, please provide the requested details at the appropriate point on the online registration form. Once there is a clear idea of interest and numbers we will work with the parents to arrange suitable arrangements.



We encourage participants to engage with social media. Our Twitter hashtag for the conference is #ARCCSS17.

You can find our social media guidelines here.

If you have any further questions, go to the workshop's Frequently Asked Questions page.


Date: Thursday 2 November, 9am - 3:30pm
Location: The Common Room, University House, Australian National University, Canberra

Following the CoE workshop in Lorne an Early Career Researcher (ECR) day will be held at ANU, on Thursday the 2nd November from 9 am to 4 pm.

All PhD students and postdocs are invited to attend and lunch will be provided.


Date: Wednesday 1 November, 7pm
Location: The Drawing Room, University House, Australian National University, Canberra

An ECR social event will also be held - after the end of the CoE workshop. The timing of this event will be communicated shortly to ECR guests and those who ticked attending. 



Date: Friday 3 November, 8:30am to 3:30pm
Location: Labs 2.28 and 2.29, Peter Karmel Building, Australian National University, Canberra

This Computational Modelling Systems training is a great opportunity to learn more about data management, debugging and shell scripting for ARCCSS staff and students. For more information and to attend, please click on the general registration link for the workshop. You do not need to bring a laptop to this training day. Below are the three topics on which the training day will be based around: 

Data management and publication: keep track of your data and its provenance over the years

Funding agencies and scientific editors are setting more and more stringent requirements on publishing or archiving data underpinning papers or produced from a grant. Most of you are also using shared systems, so knowing how to manage your data is respectful of other users of the system. A PhD takes years to finish (sorry!) and remembering everything you produced and where it is located is impossible without organisation. Storage on disk is now usually more expensive than compute time: it is a precious resource and using it well is important. All this means it is important to know how to efficiently manage your data. At first it may seem to add a layer of administration to your everyday work but once it is part of your routine, it will actually save you time. In particular, it could save you a lot of stress at crush time, e.g. before submitting a paper, during clean-up if leaving for another organisation. It will also limit the number of times you or your group runs out of quota. In this training, we’ll look at general workflows to manage data from the start of a project up to its end (and beyond) as well as specific workflows/tools that apply to most people at the Centre.

Debugging: how to understand error messages and track and solve programs’ issues
You are all writing programs to analyse data. Some are also running climate models and a few are developing / modifying climate models. During all these activities, you’ll encounter issues and bugs. These can be dumbfounding at first. It is difficult to know what to do when a program fails. Unfortunately, debugging is akin to an art as there are no bulletproof rules, a lot comes down to experience.
That said, an understanding of where bugs come from and an overview of the different tools and methods you can employ goes a long way.
In this tutorial, we’ll look at defining what is a bug, and the most common ways they come about. We will discuss how to interpret the messages a program is sending you about what is going on, useful steps to make tracing down the underlying causes more efficient, and finally how to analyse a program failure. (Yes, we will be talking about debuggers, but there are other options as well.)
But we will also discuss best coding practises that, when employed during code development, will make it much easier to track down bugs later on. (Knowing full well that most of the code you’re working with has been developed by others with few of these considerations in mind.)
Shell scripting: tips and tricks to go beyond basics with bash shell
Prerequisite: in this training we will assume all attendees know at least everything in the Software Carpentry "Shell Novice" lesson. If you are not sure, please check the content of  the Shell Novice lesson before the CMS training and complete the sections with which you are unfamiliar.
Shell languages are the basis of working in an HPC environment. Often people learn enough to get by: navigating through the filesystem, automating processes via scripts using loops, conditional statements, and maybe using arrays. What many don’t realise is that shell languages already contain a rich ecosystem of commands. Some of those are powerful but can be intimidating to understand. Knowing just a few basic ways to use them can help in many circumstances. Other commands just seem never to be taught. This course will present some of those commands that can be useful but are seldom known, as well as some basic system interaction commands. The shell dialect we will use is bash.
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