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EcoCommons Australia and Biosecurity Commons win CAUDIT Award

by Oct 17, 2022

The EcoCommons and Biosecurity Commons team with the CAUDIT Award. Credit: Isaac Jennings CC 4.0

EcoCommons Australia and Biosecurity Commons have proudly won the Excellence in Research Support award at the 2022 Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) Awards.

The annual CAUDIT Awards highlight excellence and innovation across the higher education and eResearch sectors and recognise, celebrate and promote the outstanding achievements and innovation of staff working in IT at CAUDIT member organisations.

Both platforms were joint winners of the Excellence in Research Support Award which highlight excellence in the application or innovative use of digital technology in support of research activities within the membership, and in particular work that has had a positive impact on how research is undertaken.

The winners were announced at a ceremony held on 13 October at the Spring Members Meeting in Brisbane.

Dr Elisa Bayraktarov, EcoCommons Australia Program Manager, said: “This is fantastic news! We are very proud to be recognised by CAUDIT in their annual awards. EcoCommons launches in November and this award demonstrates how important the platform will be for our community of researchers.”

Paul Tudman, Biosecurity Commons Program Manager, added: “We are delighted to win this award. Biosecurity Commons is a ground-breaking project that will change biosecurity risk and response analysis, and it is great to get recognition from CAUDIT for this.”

The EcoCommons Australia team is leading the development of a world-first collaborative commons that will become the platform of choice for analysing and modelling ecological and environmental challenges.

EcoCommons will empower Australian practitioners and researchers to use trusted datasets, modelling tools, and training resources to produce high-quality research that will inform and accelerate evidence-based policy and decision-making for the environment.

Twelve months ago, Biosecurity Commons partnered with EcoCommons to leverage the core platform architecture and infrastructure the team had developed and build the world’s first virtual laboratory for the biosecurity sector.

This new Biosecurity project will build on and extend the functionality of the existing workflows in EcoCommons and deliver a cloud-based decision-support platform for modelling and analysing biosecurity risk and response.

Join us for the public launch of EcoCommons on 29 November which is free and open to everyone.

Our partners


  • Australian Research Data Commons
  • National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy
  • EcoCommons Australia received investment ( from the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC). The ARDC is funded by the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).

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