So after a weekend of exploring Perth to get in some sights and to convince my body it did not have jet lag I head off to Curtin University on the Monday to meet the team from the Centre for Data Linkage who would be hosting me for my visit.
The Centre for Data Linkage is based within the School of Health Sciences and has established a secure and efficient data linkage environment for large scale linkage of datasets. So I felt right and home.
After a tour of the campus and lunch it was time for me talk about Safe Haven's and how we went about setting up the Grampian Data Safe Haven before heading off to attend the eResearch Specialist Group meeting.
Tuesday and a different venue for the morning as I met with Rob Jordon, Director, Data and Information Systems at the Department of Health and got to see the new Stadium Park and enjoyed a walk along the river. Before heading back to Curtin to meet with Head of School Professor Rosa Alati and a discussion about ACONF (Aberdeen Children of Nineteen Fifties) and our work with Machine Learning and Hospital Letters.
Wednesday and yet another location and another University. This time it was the University of Western Australia to meet with Felicity Flack Manger, Policy and Client Services from the Population Health Research Network (PHRN) to discuss how the PHRN is set up and what could we learn from there and a chance for me to talk about our work with Commercial companies through our iCAIRD partnership.
The beautiful location of UWA led to me finishing my slides for my presentation over looking the Bay before a quick chat with another UWA colleague, Adam Davies before heading off for a screening of Climate Change film 2040 at Curtin University.
Thursday and it was back to Curtin for a busy day, first up was my iCAIRD presentation where I explained the aims and objectives and discussed challenges and where there was room for potential collaborations. Then it was a quick dash across Campus to meet with Professor Andrew Rohl and Dr Kevin Chai at the Curtin Institute for Computation before a trip to see the Supercomputing Centre, Pawsey.
And that's my first week gone in a flash…