Symplectic Australasia Conference 2017

Aerial, University of Technology Sydney

8th & 9th February 2017

We are delighted to present our 2017 Australasian User Conference, taking place at the University of Technology Sydney on February 8th & 9th, 2017. This is an annual gathering of members of Symplectic’s user community, containing showcases of new and developing product features, interactive workshops, and opportunities to influence product development by giving feedback.

Our event is open to institutions currently using or implementing Elements, as well as institutions wishing to learn more about our products and services.


Wednesday 8th February

09.30 Registration and Coffee
10.00 Welcome
10.15 Company Update

Jonathan Breeze, CEO will summarise what the Symplectic team have been doing since the last Australasia conference, consider the ever-changing research information landscape and outline the company’s current strategic initiatives.
11.00 Client panel session: Beyond Publication Management

A panel comprising representatives from Symplectic’s user community will share their experiences of reusing data captured within Elements in new and innovative ways, followed by a Q and A.
11.45 Comfort break
12.00 Integrating Elements with multiple repository platforms

John Fearns, CTO will provide an update on our latest repository integration technology, including the ability to use Elements to deposit electronic files in multiple repositories, whilst also tracking open access engagement levels via a single tool.
12.45 Lunch break
14.00 Lightning demonstrations:

A chance for members of the Symplectic Development team to provide lightning demonstrations of new tools and features listed on the Elements roadmap:
  • Using the Elements API to update FoR codes at scale
  • Inclusion of the Relative Citation Ratio (RCR) metric in Elements
  • Improving the control of Elements data passed to public-facing profile tools
14.30 Workshops - please select one of the following:
  • Engagement and Impact Workshop
    Elements is designed with maximum flexibility in mind, which means there is a multitude of choices to evaluate and for many, a number of different ways to capture the qualitative evidence required to support the assessment of impact within a research organisation. In this hands-on session we'll help you create an assessment exercise, and then customise this to help capture supporting evidence. Please bring a laptop to participate in this session.
  • Open Access Workshop
    The Elements Open Access Monitor is designed to track both engagement and compliance levels with institutional open access policies. This workshop will explore Australasian priorities for encouraging open access engagement and monitoring open access policy compliance. It will identify how Symplectic can work with Australian Institutions to support open access now and in the future.
15.30 Comfort break
15.45 The power of persistent identifiers:
John Fearns, CTO of Symplectic will discuss the increased utility of persistent identifiers captured in Elements. Including person identifiers such as ORCID and institutional identifiers sourced from GRID.
16.30 Close

Thursday 9th February

09.00 Registration and coffee
09.30 Interactive workshops - please select one:

Workshop 1: The Origin of Profiles
The institutional academic public profiles evolution is about showcasing researchers’ achievements and less about technology. In this workshop, we will explore the current profile landscape and identify what provides the most value to researchers while combining institutional needs. This workshop intends to identify the key issues with existing academic public profiles and examine a next generation of academic profile that requires minimum intervention beyond what researchers are already expected to do elsewhere.

Workshop 2: Upgrades and testing
A panel discussion about how our clients approach managing upgrades and testing.
10.45 Comfort Break
11.00 Interactive workshops, please select one:

Community led session
Moderated by a member of our user community. An opportunity for attendees to discuss topics not covered in the formal agenda.

Technical Session
An opportunity for system administrators and application developers to discuss ‘technical things’ with the members of the Symplectic development team.
12.15 Lunch

The conference closes after lunch.

Why should you attend?

A valuable forum for learning, sharing and networking, the conference is a great way to see how other institutions are tackling the challenges of research management, with workshops and demonstrations from colleagues and our team, set against the backdrop of the beautiful Sydney skyline.

  • Learn more about Elements

    Our attendees will take home improved expertise, best practices that can be shared with colleagues, and greater enthusiasm for the system’s possibilities. Learn from others about implementations, data migrations, institutional adoption, user experience and researcher engagement.

  • Influence our roadmap

    Members of our product and business development teams will be present throughout the conference, so attendees will be able to discuss and provide feedback on Symplectic Elements. As with all our development, this feedback will directly influence our future initiatives.

  • Make new connections

    For all those involved in the use of Symplectic systems, this will be an invaluable meeting point, bringing together researchers, administrators, librarians, heads of department, and members of our team. Some of our colleagues from Digital Science will also be in attendance, providing further opportunities to meet innovators and influencers in the world of research technology.

AUS Conference

A great genuine way of engaging with Symplectic with an open and enquiring Symplectic staff. Well supported by relevant ‘associated’ providers and active practitioners.Australasia Conference, 2016
“I really appreciated the Symplectic team’s openness and receptiveness to feedback. The ability to share experiences as users and engage in dialogue was the most helpful part of the meeting.”
US Conference, 2016
This was my first Symplectic conference so I didn’t really know what to expect but I have been absolutely blown away by the whole experience! Brilliant presentations, wonderful workshops, a relaxed and supportive community feel like no other conference I have been to and most importantly a feeling that Symplectic (and attendees) are genuinely interested in seeking, receiving, listening to and providing feedback, suggestions, concerns, solutions… and much more! Thank you!UK Conference, 2016

The Venue

Located in the heart of Sydney City, Aerial is a purpose-built conference centre designed to cater for up to 450 guests. Part of the University of Technology Sydney, it offers a modern flexible space with sweeping terraces overlooking the Anzac Bridge and Darling Harbour precincts.

A mere 20 minute drive from Sydney Airport at the heart of the UTS campus, the venue is easy to get to via public transit, and is within walking distance of many hotels.

For more information on Sydney’s public transport system, including a journey planner, please visit Transport NSW.


UTS Function Centre
Level 7, Building 10
235 Jones St
Ultimo, NSW 2007