What’s New in the ADSN – February 2024


ADSN Team finishes 2nd in the World in the UN Datathon

Congratulations to the Down Under Data Wizards for taking home the following awards from the recently held U.N. Datathon.

  • 1st Place – Oceania Region
  • 2nd Place – Overall (out of 400+ teams from 100+ countries)

In November, the ADSN hosted one of only seven worldwide Datathon sites at QUT’s Centre for Data Science. Seven teams of researchers from around the ADSN came to QUT and Brisbane for the event. One team also participated in Melbourne. The Data Wizards were one of the seven teams in Brisbane.

One of the aims of the ADSN UN Datathon event was to get researchers from different universities and organisations talking and working together. We created teams of people who didn’t know each other - and in the case of the Data Wizards, it worked brilliantly!

Congratulations to: (from L-R in the picture above)

  • Farhan Ameen, Sydney Precision Data Science Centre
  • Sundance Zhihong Sun, The University of Melbourne
  • Janith Chandula Wanniarachchi, Monash University
  • Jamie Hogg, QUT Centre for Data Science
  • David Wu, Monash University

The ADSN would again like to acknowledge and thank the QUT Centre for Data Science for providing travel grants to many of the researchers who attended.

Below are links to two videos:

  1. LEFT: The Data Wizards Top 3 Finalist Team Presentation at the UNatathon Awards Ceremony
  2. RIGHT: ADSN video showcasing our Datathon event with interviews with many of the participants

2024 DARE Symposium

  • Thursday 8th February
  • The University of Sydney Business School (and on Zoom)

The ARC Training Centre in Data Analytics for Resources and Environments (DARE) invites you to its annual symposium showcasing work from their multidisciplinary, world-class data scientists.

The keynote speaker is UNSW Professor Scott Sisson, a globally recognised expert in computational and Bayesian statistics. Also, explore how DARE researchers are leveraging sophisticated data science methodologies to confront Australia's critical biodiversity, mineral sector, and water security challenges.


Co-Design Workshops for the HASS and Indigenous Research Data Commons

February & March 2024


Run by ARDC

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) invites the research community to join workshops to co-design programs for the HASS and Indigenous Research Data Commons. The programs are establishing digital research infrastructure that supports data-driven humanities, arts, social sciences and Indigenous research. Workshops are being held in February and March for the following programs - click to learn more and register:


Data and Platforms to Meet Australia’s Future Needs

  • 29 February, 2 -4 pm AEDT
  • Online & at the Shine Dome, Canberra on Ngunnawal Country
  • Run by ARDC

Join this ARDC Leadership forum for a showcase of valuable data assets and platforms for researchers delivered through the ARDC’s National Data Assets and Platforms programs.


📌 Murdoch University: Lecturer in Statistics | Full-time, Continuing Position – Closes 1 February

📌 Curtin Institute for Data Science: Institute Administrator | Fixed-term, 2 years - Closes 7 February

 📌 University of Technology Sydney: Postdoc in Statistics | Closes 12 February

 📌 University of Sydney: Applied Statistician/Postdoctoral Research Associate (x2) for Statistical Bioinformatics or Statistical Genetics | Fixed-term, 2 years - Closes 15 February

 📌 University of Western Australia: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer (x) in Statistics | Full-time, Continuing Positions - Closes 19 February



  • AMSI ACE Network Semester One Enrolments now open - Access more honours and masters subjects online through AMSI’s ACE Network. Choose from eight Semester One subjects with enrolments now open. Subjects may be taken for credit with home university permission. Free to students at AMSI Member Universities, $500 per subject for non-members. PhD & third-year students welcome.

Interested in being a podcast host?

The ADSN is a proud partner in The Random Sample podcast. The podcast is looking to grow and find new talent in the mathematical and data sciences. Specifically, the podcast is seeking to recruit some new hosts to join its team. This is a great opportunity to hone your communication skills! If you’re interested or would like to find out more, please contact Tim Macuga with The Random Sample: timothy.macuga@qut.edu.au


QUT Centre for Data Science Distinguished Visitor Seminar - Prof Bin Yu, University of California, Berkeley: Veridical Data Science Toward Trustworthy AI


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