• Associate Professor Glenn Moloney, set to head up NeCTAR

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The University of Melbourne has announced the appointment of directors for two projects funded under the Commonwealth Government’s Super Science scheme, the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project and the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) project.


Associate Professor Glenn Moloney will head up NeCTAR while Professor Robert Stimson will lead the AURIN project.

The two infrastructure initiatives, led by the University of Melbourne, aim to increase research collaboration while improving the technology and research infrastructure needed to enhance research outcomes.

The four year $47 million NeCTAR project will develop infrastructure to boost national eResearch collaborations and simplify the combined use of instruments, data, computing and analysis applications. The project will also provide better access to multiple IT resources.

Professor Liz Sonenberg, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Collaboration) at the University, said Associate Professor Moloney had an established track record in eResearch leadership and industry-based management expertise.  “He has worked with the European EGEE eScience program, and previously was a project leader with the APAC national grid program.  

“His most recent position has been as Associate Director eResearch at Victoria University.  Glenn is certainly a welcome addition to the University’s growing team of talent in eResearch and advanced ICT deployment.”

The $20 million AURIN project, also four years, will provide urban researchers in Australia with access to a distributed network of data and information services.  It will develop a national research infrastructure to increase our understanding of urban resources, as well as their use and management, to enable better analysis of urban issues and policy development.

Since 1997 Professor Stimson has been Professor of Geographical Sciences and Planning at the University of Queensland. He is one of the leading urban researchers in Australia with more than 45 years experience in conducting research and teaching in universities. From 2004 to 2009 he was 

Convenor of the ARC Research Network in Spatially Integrated Social Science. 

Professor Tom Kvan, interim AURIN Director and Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Building and Planning, said Professor Stimson’s appointment would bring “a wealth of experience to the project not only with his urban research background, but also with his extensive experience in the management of large research projects”.