In the beginning…
25 June 2008, Sydney Australia: A proposal for an “Institute for Trans-disciplinary eResearch Services & Technology” was approved by the DVCsR of the University of Sydney, Macquarie University, the University of NSW, Southern Cross University and the CEO of the Securities Industry Research Centre of Asia-Pacific (SIRCA).
A Board of Directors was appointed with Professor Mark Wainwright as Chair, Paul Martin as Secretary and Dr Michael Briers as interim CEO, and founding directors were John Shipp, John Masters, James Dalziel.
Intersect was incorporated as a not-for-profit company limited-by-guarantee, governed by a Constitution that grants NSW research institutions eligibility as members.
The Department of State and Regional Development (DSRD) approved a Science Leveraging Fund grant, which provided funding to Intersect over three years. Dr. Ian Gibson was appointed CEO and the initial goal of establishing a worldwide viable Intersect by mid-2008 was achieved.