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The Future of Networked Research and Education

3-7 August 2020

Research and Education are increasingly collaborative, cross-institutional, and international. They depend on advanced, high-quality and high-performance networks to reach collaborators, teachers, students, as well as access to key research infrastructure. The current pandemic situation has further demonstrated the immense value of networks to support research, education and societies as they maintain connectivity and communication across cities, nations and continents.

The Members of APAN have been delivering the National Research and Education (NREN) services to their member institutions for many years or even decades, and continually evolve to support the explosion in Research and Education demands. APAN focusses on actual researchers, educators and technical support staff, bringing together those who need networks with those who build them.

This conference is being held for the first time alongside the APAN50 meeting and celebration, together with the 50thanniversary of JUCC. This conference and meeting will be run online, with a range of innovative interaction models across all session-types, and demonstrating the abilities of modern collaboration technologies to deliver an engaging experience regardless of location.

Target Audience

  • Researchers, Educators and students
  • Network Managers and Engineers
  • Computing and storage service providers
  • University administrators and leaders
  • NREN leaders and developers
  • Software developers and engineers
  • Trainers and Workforce developers
  • Librarians
  • Industry suppliers of R&E capabilities

Why You Should Participate

  • To learn, share, connect, and develop new collaborations
  • To share discoveries and insights, and to see live demonstrations of modern research and education technologies.
  • For academics, to formally present your work, and be published in a peer-reviewed academic conference journal.
  • To meet potential friends and collaborators across the Asia-Pacific region, including research and teaching universities; libraries; science and cultural institutions; technology businesses; policy and government staff.
  • To acknowledge the many innovators across our region through the APAN Awards.
  • To participate in a wide range of workshops and develop your skills.

This Call

Submissions are sought on anything related to the use of networks in research and education in any discipline or domain. Suggested areas of interest include, but are not limited to:

EDUCATIONOnline-learning/teaching, industry platforms, best-practices/ pedagogy, smart classrooms, distance education

Research domains – e.g. agriculture, telemedicine/health, disaster management, food security, biosciences, physics, humanities and social sciences, arts and culture;

Big data, AI/ML, algorithm development;

Research Data management and sharing, open access, eResearch;


Advanced Network design and technologies, SDN, IoT/IoE;

HPC, Cloud, Visualisation;

Smart campuses, Smart Cities;

Infrastructure scalability, performance, and robustness


In user communities: Research, Education;

In support communities: Network Engineers, Research Software Engineers, Research Librarians, etc.


Cyberspace Governance and policy;

R&E infrastructure sustainability;

Cybersecurity, information security, securing NRENs and institutions

Delivery Choices

The conference will offer a range of delivery choices, including:

  • full virtual sessions, with you as chair/organiser
  • individual presentations (informal)
  • individual academic papers (formal)
  • workshops, carpentries (training)
  • lightning talks, virtual posters, showcases, demonstrations
  • hackathons, BoF/SIG, and panel sessions
  • Any other idea you may have.


You will be asked to nominate your preference(s) when submitting. The Review committee will evaluate submissions and can help suggest the best choice if you are unsure, or recommend one.

Important Dates

The call for all submissions is open NOW

  • Full workshop/session proposals are now due by 22 June 2020 – to be announced by 30 June 2020
  • All other presentation/papers/panel-session and similar proposals are due by 29 June 2020 – to be announced by 10 July 2020

Should you have any queries about Call For Proposals, please contact [email protected]