Induction Information

Welcome to the Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language

It’s great to have you on board. Language is perhaps the most remarkable innovation in the history of the human species and our Centre is at the forefront of language research and the development of language technology. We represent four key institutions – the Australian National University (ANU) in Canberra, the University of Melbourne (UM), the University of Queensland (UQ), and Western Sydney University (WSU). We also have collaborators and institutions that we partner with all over the world.

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Here’s a short summary of what it means to be a Centre member and who’s who in the zoo!

What is the Centre of Excellence?

The Centre is funded under the ARC Linkage program until 2020/21 and is essentially a super- grant for research, research training and outreach. Centres of Excellence are the flagships of Australian Government-funded research, are internationally respected, and are hubs of innovative interdisciplinary research.

We’re kind of a big deal.

Our Centre has 17 Chief Investigators (CIs) working across four research programs and across two research threads, which are archiving and technology. Shown below are the four research programs with the leaders in green. These programs (and the threads) are not silos; most CIs contribute across many or all of the programs, and so should you! We want to encourage all staff and students to ignore the boundaries of their institution, program and discipline. Be creative. We have an internal grants program that specifically funds new initiatives and transdisciplinary projects

Who’s who?

The ANU is the administering university for the Centre, and we have a small professional team there who work with the node professional team member to manage day-to-day operations and to support Centre-wide research aims such as data-management and dissemination of information. The Centre professional team complement (but don’t replace) the administration at your local school, department or institute. We look after Centre policies and procedures and can point you in the right direction for other services.






Centre Director

Nick Evans


0458 000 755

Deputy Director

Jane Simpson


0427 622 428

Chief Operating Officer

Romina Paskotic


02 6125 8926

Director EA & Professional Team

Joanne Allen


02 6125 6144

Finance &
Professional Team

Susan Jiang


02 6125 9376

Senior Data Management Officer

Julia Miller


02 6125 6115

Communications & Outreach Manager

Martin Blaszczyk


02 6125 6122

Corpus Manager

Wolfgang Barth



TAP Manager

Ben Foley



UQ Node Professional Team

Rebecca Adams


07 3365 3988

WSU Node
Professional Team

Siobhain O’Leary


02 9772 6017

UM Node
Professional Team

John-Paul Hougaz


03 8344 0192

Contact emails, web and social media

The ANU professional team maintains a functional address, that is regularly monitored. More often than not, this is the easiest way to ask a general operations question.

You will be automatically subscribed to several mailing lists, including All members are able to post to this list, so if you have something to announce or a question to ask, please feel free to post to it.

Our website is, is the place for all up-to-date information on events, grants and other news. You will also receive a login for the Members Area of the site (, which contains resources, forms and committee information.

Check out our Facebook page,, YouTube, and our Twitter handle is @CoEDLang.  We expect you to participate in our social media space. Make sure you ‘like’ our stories.

So I’ve just started, what next?

There are a few easy steps to take:

  1. Introduce yourself to your node professional team member – say ‘hello’.
  2. If you’re at the ANU introduce yourself to the Centre staff there or if you are at a node location, give them a call. Joanne will set up the web access you need and let you know what’s going on. She will also add your bio to the web and Julia will talk to you about your archiving needs. Susan will assist you with any finance questions.

Joanne looks after the directors and helps to coordinate much of the Centre’s daily operations. Joanne also works with the communication and outreach area (currently our Communications & Outreach Manager position is vacant). The Centres of Excellence are the most public part of the Australian Research Council (ARC) funding. We are expected to demonstrate and promote research excellence and are funded explicitly to do so. Joanne, along with the node professional team members, ensures the Centre maintains a strong and relevant public presence, but they need your help to achieve the best outcome and will sometimes involve staff with events and promotion.

Julia is the Centre’s dedicated data manager. Julia’s challenge is to coordinate the immediate requirements and future data management desires of the diverse disciplines present in the Centre. Data Management applies to managing data integrity from planning a fieldtrip or experiment, right through to archiving for re-use. Julia develops Centre-specific policies and workflows to assist research groups with their data requirements, and provides training on a range of platforms.

There is a move amongst funding agencies to require data archiving and some level of public access to data-sets. Given this push and the important heritage implications of linguistic data collection, our aim is to establish best practice procedures for data management and archive access in humanities research. Not to mention the immeasurable benefits of good data management practices at an individual researcher level.

My research costs a lot, how do I pay for it?

This depends on who you are and what you want to do. In general, Centre fieldwork and equipment is funded through the Chief Investigator (CI) accounts. So if you’d like to start planning a field trip, contact your CI to talk about budgets. PhD students should keep in mind that many (but not all) of the local Schools and Departments will have fieldwork support funds available as well.

Alternatively, you could apply for funding yourself. Each year the Centre funds a number of small projects through the Transdisciplinary Initiative (TI) Grant and Language Documentation (LD) Grant programs. These projects should be novel and/or involve collaborations with Centre members in other disciplines. Applications are usually opened in November or December and will close 31 March each year. Head to the Centre website for more information.

We also have some simple wording regarding acknowledgement in publications and our logo should be used for presentations. See your node professional team member for more information.

Conferences and training

The Centre gets involved in conferences and workshops in a number of different ways. In some cases, we organise the whole thing, like the annual Summer School. For others, we provide support funding, support administration, or travel scholarships, and sometimes all three. The nature of this support is determined by the Executive Committee.

If you’re involved in running a conference or workshop, the Centre may be able to help you offset costs, fly in speakers or provide travel bursaries for students. The Members Area of the Centre website has the relevant forms for applying for support – but plan ahead! The more time we have to consider proposals and manage budgets, the more likely you are to get the support you need.

You’ll also see announcements through CoEDL News throughout the year offering travel support to a number of Australian and international conferences.

And finally, the annual Summer School is the primary training event organised by the Centre. It is week-long, usually held in December and will move around the country from year to year. All Centre students are strongly encouraged to attend.

Opportunities available

The Centre provides a number of internal schemes that you may wish to access during your time:

  • Primary Carer Support Scheme
  • Student Mobility Scheme
  • Mentoring Schemes
  • Internal grants (Transdisciplinary Innovation & Language Documentation)

For any of the above please ask either your Chief Investigator, your Node professional team member or email

Centre community

You are now part of the Centre and will, as part of your induction, be set up with the following:

  • A profile listed on the Centre’s public website,
  • Subscription to the Centre’s quarterly newsletter
  • Be added to the Centre’s news mailing list,
  • Be setup with a user account for the Centre’s Members website,

Along with these communication mechanisms, each year you will attend the annual gathering of all Centre members, CoEDL Fest, which is held over a week in February each year. The Centre also holds an annual Summer School held over a week each November/December.

We encourage good ideas and initiatives. If you see a way to cross-collaborate speak to your Node professional team member and your CI.

ECR & Student Committee

Being part of the Centre community also means that you have a chance to contribute to ideas and to have your say. The Centre has an Early Career Researchers (ECRs) and Student Committee that reports to the Executive Committee. All Centre ECRs and students are encouraged to talk to their node representatives about any issues/suggestions on the Centre’s directions and organization. The committee reports regularly to the Centre’s Executive Committee.




ANU Postdoc Representative



ANU PhD Representative

Tina Gregor

UM Postdoc Representative

Rosey Billington

UM PhD Representative

Catalina Torres Orjuela

UQ Postdoc Representative

Luis Miguel Rojas-Berscia

UQ PhD Representative

Amanda Hamilton-Hollaway

WSU Postdoc Representative

Laurence Bruggeman

WSU PhD Representative

Gloria Pino Escobar


CoEDL acronyms

The Centre, like many organisations, uses acronyms:


Associate Investigator


Australian Institute of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Studies


Australian Linguistics Society


Australian National University


Annual report


Australian Research Council


Chief Investigator


Centre outputs & details of income & expenditure report


Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language


Chief Operating Officer


Early career research


Higher degree research


Indigenous Linguistics & Cultural Heritage Ethics policy


Intellectual property


Key performance indicator


Language Documentation grant


Master of philosophy


Max Planck Institute


ARC mid-term review of the Centre


Mid thesis review


Doctor of philosophy


Partner Investigator


Project initiative pool


Postdoctoral fellow


Summer School


Transcription Acceleration Programme


Transcription grants (no longer awarded)


Transdisciplinary & Innovation grant


Thesis proposal review


Teaching relief pool


University of Melbourne


University of Queensland


Western Sydney University (previously WSU)


  • Australian Government
  • The University of Queensland
  • Australian National University
  • The University of Melbourne
  • Western Sydney University