• Helping reduce Australia's carbon footprint
  • Making it easy to create virtual universes
  • Helping marine and coastal environments


Joanne Whittaker is a Research Fellow at the School of Geosciences in the University of Sydney. She conducts research investigating Earth-ocean system phenomena including understanding interactions between upper mantle convection patterns and the manner with which they interact with the newly forming lithosphere of ocean basins.

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The Genomics Virtual Laboratory (GVL) funded through NeCTAR, is taking the information technology out of bioinformatics, providing biologists with easy access to a suite of genomics tools and resources.


endoVL logoendoVL, the endocrine genomics virtual laboratory funded through NeCTAR, is helping endocrinologists gain statistical power to improve clinical research into endocrine disorders.

Endocrine disorders include diabetes, thyroid disorders, and severe obesity, in addition to more rare conditions such as adrenal tumours and disorders of sex development.


MARVL, the Marine Virtual Laboratory funded through NeCTAR, is helping marine scientists make better use of ocean observations to improve forecasting and planning for marine and coastal environments.


In late June 2014 NeCTAR brought together over 50 attendees of its Virtual Laboratory and eResearch Tool projects with infrastructure providers to reflect on NeCTAR’s current research software investments, and to guide implementation of future research software investments described in the NeCTAR NCRIS 2013 Final Project Plan.


Human communication scientists can now study speech, language, text, and music on a larger scale, thanks to Alveo, a virtual laboratory funded through NeCTAR.  Alveo was officially launched in June 2014 and brings together data collections, analysis tools, and workflow in a common environment.

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