Big Data for Biodiversity: April 11

The WA Mega Data Cluster and the WA Data Science and Innovation Hub (WADSIH) is holding a biodiversity-themed on Thursday 11th April, 5:15 for 5:30 until 7:00.

Biodiversity is a data-intensive science. It might not have the massive volumes of data that can be found in some other sciences such as radio astronomy, or in the massive data collected from social media or retail. It does, however, have an increasingly diverse range of data inputs and types. With rapid development of new sensor technologies and data collection tools, there are emerging opportunities to integrate and analyse the data to give us new insights into the health of our environment. Our speakers will share their experiences of applying data science to biodiversity data, and outline some of the opportunities and challenges ahead.

WA’s Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken will introduce the evening, and Dr Liz Dallimore, Director WADSIH will give a brief overview of the recently established WA Data Science and Innovation Hub.  Our presenters for the evening will be:

Greg Terrill, Chief Data Officer, Department of Environment and Energy

Prior to his current role, Greg has held a number of senior roles in environmental investment and protection areas of the Department, and in relation to climate change. He has also worked on these issues in several countries overseas.

Matt Judkins, Partner, Deloitte Access Economics

Matt is a partner of Deloitte and leads the Deloitte Access Economics team in Western Australia.

Through his diverse background in strategy, public policy and business advisory to his clients across the public and private sectors, Matt will bring a different perspective on big data and biodiversity. He has worked extensively across Asia, Europe and Africa before returning to Western Australia 8 years ago. He is passionate about seeing WA play its role on the world stage.

After the evening’s presentations, join us for refreshments and the opportunity to network.

Event details

Date: Thursday, 11th April
Time: 5:15 for 5:30 to 7:00
Location: Deloitte, Tower 2 Brookfield Place, 123 St Georges Terrace
Cost: Free, but you need to register
Parking: Parking available in nearby public car parks
Registration: Register by using the button below. Seats are limited.
Please register by 3rd April

WADSIH and the Mega Data Cluster are working together to bring you this event, which is being kindly being hosted by Deloitte,

Something new: TAD25

An invitation to contribute your ideas
Over the last 4 years the Mega Data Cluster WA team has focused on creating opportunities for its database of people to interact with other people of similar data science interests but from different industries. Most of this has been achieved through evening networking events with multiple speakers and enough time for discussion afterwards. In 2017 we launched Random Coffees and for the 60 people who have been matched randomly each month about 50% of the coffee opportunities have happened. Many people report it as time well spent.

Now we will do something a bit different. We would like you to help us in Thinking About Data in 2025 in WA (TAD25). To help focus your thinking we will approach it from various data science perspectives, and invite you to identify some initiatives that will help us get there. We will collect your thoughts on where we could be by 2025, and your ideas that could help us get there. We will then hold a Mega Data Cluster event where the summary will be presented and open for discussion.

We will repeat this over the year for a number of perspectives relevant to data science and its application.

So there’s our challenge: “What do we need to do now to bring about success for WA by 2025? And what might that success look like?

Round 1: Automation in WA by 2025
We are now launching Round 1 – Automation in WA by 2025 and invite you to complete a short Survey Monkey questionnaire to answer the following questions:

By 2025 WA will … [the big idea]
This will result in …., …., …. [the impact]
This matters because …., …., …. [the importance]
Flow though to industries ….. (extra opportunity)
Resources to achieve this will be …., …., …. [the details]

So give us your ideas now. If you have more than one idea, feel free to repeat the survey. We welcome you to encourage others to do likewise by sharing a link to this page, or the  survey link. The survey will be open until 31st March. NERA has kindly offered to host an event later this year where the results will be presented.

CLICK HERE to  complete the survey

If you prefer you can email us your answers to these questions (

What’s your idea for WA in the digital world by 2025?

The next areas of focus – can you help?
As you can see from the above, we’re starting now with a focus on Automation. A small coordinating team led by David Steele will gather responses to the survey, analyse the results, prepare a brief summary and organize a feedback session to anyone interested.

We now seek 3 more small volunteer teams for 2018! Each team would focus on a different aspect of data science, such as data & cyber security, spatial sensor technologies, imaging & visualisation, genetics, data science and analytics or even government data integration etc.

Within a focus area, a leader coordinates a small team who designs a brief questionnaire possibly using the template above. The Mega Data Cluster will distribute survey link to its members, and any associated industry groups may also consider distributing to their members. The team collects the responses, , analyses them and develops a summary. This can then be promoted by various means, one being presentation at a Mega Data Cluster event.

We’d be delighted to hear from you if you are interested in being part of, or leading, a particular focus team. We can also provide a few more details if you’d like to know more. Email us at or use the contact form on this page.

Get in early and we will assist you to launch the next focus area questionnaire!