COVID-19 and Plenary 15 Programme Updates

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08 Mar 2020

COVID-19 and Plenary 15 Programme Updates

Dear Plenary 15 Registrants.

With only one week left until Plenary 15 (P15), now is the time to review the programme, identify the meetings/sessions most relevant to you and plan your schedule. For both new and long-time members, these tasks can be overwhelming, so in effort to help you streamline the process, some highlights of the event are provided below. We also want to share with you information about RDA’s Code of Conduct.


Code of Conduct and COVID-19

RDA’s code of conduct is available for viewing at All RDA members are asked to adhere to that code of conduct when registering as a member. In view of P15 and the on-going COVID-19 situation across the globe, we have an addendum to our Code of Conduct specifically for this event.

In consideration of others attending, we ask that any registered participant or person intending to attend the Plenary meeting to stay away if they have any of the symptoms of COVID-19 or suspect that they might have been in contact with people who are in isolation or have tested positive for the virus. If you develop symptoms or feel unwell during your stay in Melbourne and the meeting dates, you are encouraged to self-isolate and follow the advice of the Government of Victoria - or call the hotline at 1800 675 398. We are confident that you will respect both your own health and safety and that of all delegates. Our priority will be to ensure the well-being and safety of all delegates.

For this reason, the local organisers, RDA secretariat, conference organisers and venue hosts (MCEC) reserve the right to refuse entry to any individual they suspect may have COVID-19 like symptoms. In the same way, if any staff witness, or are notified by other attendees, of delegates showing symptoms during the meeting, we reserve the right to remove the delegate and notify the health authorities immediately.


Programme Highlights

Sessions for New and Early Career RDA Members: Newcomers Session (17 March at 17:00)
 A “do not miss” for members who are new to RDA!

Early Career and Engagement: Building a Flexible and Inclusive-to-all Data Mentoring Programme (19 March, Breakout 5)

Attention Newcomers to RDA: Be on the lookout for our RDA Buddies wearing green lanyards! Although we think all of our members are extremely approachable, our RDA Buddies are longtime members who are more than welcome to talk with you and answer your questions anytime regarding the organisation.


Plenary Sessions:

RDA’s Opening Session (18 March at 09:00)
Secretary General Hilary Hanahoe will officially welcome you all, which will be followed by two extremely relevant keynote presentations from:

Adoption and Outputs Session (19 March at 09:00)
An opportunity to learn about RDA solutions, converse with those who have created and implemented them and determine how best to integrate those solutions into your own projects.

Panel Discussion on Indigenous Data Issues (20 March at 09:00)
Speakers from around the globe will come together to discuss indigenous rights and how RDA can work with them to help support this community.

Breakout Sessions:

  • Have an interest in FAIR? We have you covered.
  • Indigenous Data? There are several breakout sessions to choose from.
  • Have you experienced infrastructure challenges? RDA has numerous meetings tackling this area.
  • Do you have a specific interest in health/life sciences, environment and sustainable development goals? RDA groups do as well…come to a session and see what they’re accomplishing.
  • Content challenges involving citation, interoperability, ethics, etc.? You have your choice of sessions.
  • Interested in learning more about the global perspective regarding data challenges? Numerous sessions are taking place in this area.

View RDA’s Plenary Pathways at and select your breakouts by the themes noted above.

Social Events:

Poster Reception (18 March at 18:00)
Enjoy some good company and cocktails and vote for your favorite poster. Winners will be announced at the Conference dinner on Thursday.

Dinner at the Boatbuilders Yard (19 March at 19:00)
Steps away from the Convention Center, experience first-hand an authentic Australian barbecue!


Contact Information

If you have any questions or concerns now or during the meeting regarding the venue, registration, lodging, travel, etc., please contact If you have any questions regarding the plenary programme itself, please contact Thank you, safe travels and we look forward to seeing you soon!



RDA Secretariat, on behalf of the P15 Organising Committee