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QCIF and New South Wales-based counterpart Intersect have agreed to continue a training program exchange after a successful two-month trial last year. 

QCIF Skills Development Manager Dr Mark Crowe said the online workshops trialled last September and October were heavily oversubscribed and attendees gave very positive feedback about the training delivered by both QCIF and Intersect. 

“It’s proven to be a very effective way for both our organisations to expand the range of high-quality training we can offer to our Members’ researchers,” said Mark. 

“As the trial was successful, we’ll extend the training exchange indefinitely as part of ongoing closer collaboration between Intersect and QCIF.”

So far, Intersect Member researchers have had 71 training days with QCIF, and QCIF Member researchers have had 108 training days with Intersect.

Earlier this month, Intersect ran the following three online workshops for QCIF Member researchers:

Although not offered last year, the machine learning course was added in response to the rapidly growing demand for training in that field.

QCIF is offering Intersect Member researchers the same courses as last year, namely Statistical Comparisons using R and Exploring and Predicting using Linear Regression.

“Last year, Intersect had a lot of demand for those two topics — I gather about 10 times the number of applications for places we had available,” said Mark. 

Both Intersect and QCIF are offering the same number of places in their workshops as last year, that is, 15–25 people per workshop. 

The QCIF and Intersect training exchange is part of a broader collaboration between the two organisations, which also includes a partnership to refresh Australia’s cloud computing network for research.