Mary Hobson

Mary Hobson


After studying marketing in the early 70s, Mary became a programmer in the British Ministry of Defence. She worked as a systems analyst in her own software house and then taught programming, systems analysis and management information systems at a college of Higher Education in Britain. During this time she took a Masters degree in Computer Science at the University of East Anglia.

During the early 90s Mary led a British Government funded aid project in the USSR to create an innovation centre and help access western markets for Russian research in microelectronics and associated sciences. After the project concluded she founded a technology transfer consultancy in Russia and created and ran a start-up company with Russian microelectronic engineers, selling integrated design capability to western chip manufacturers. In 2005 Mary moved to New Zealand, where she has worked in a number of senior academic management positions in the Polytechnic sector.

Mary joined eRSA in August 2010, to take up the reins of operational management of the organisation. At present she is working, with the eRSA team, on strategies to make eResearch effective and ground breaking in South Australia.


  • "eResearch capabilities ... ensure we can continue to use the latest methods available in our field. The hope is that through the use of these technologies, we will be able to achieve some research outcomes that may otherwise not have been possible.”  
    Professor Ina Bornkessel-SchlesewskyCognitive Neuroscience, UniSA
  • “The supercomputing facilities at eResearch SA permit analysis of a host of interesting problems in evolutionary biology. It is the only computer system in SA that can perform certain complex calculations required to infer large evolutionary trees and associated patterns of evolution.”  
    Associate Professor Michael LeeSouth Australian Museum
  • “It would be impossible to do the type of research that we’re doing without them – it is a major factor in achieving our research outcomes.”  
    Associate Professor Con DoolanSchool of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide
  • “Open source intelligence is about extracting information from blogs, news sites and social media platforms, any information that can be freely accessed online. There’s way too much information out there for an individual or group of people to comprehend, so we have created automated tools to allow our users to extract the data they need...access to the latest technology allow[s] us to continue to provide the best platforms to our end-users.”
    David BlockowData to Decisions CRC
  • On using an eResearch program to complete 3D modelling of architectural records: “We were able to build an interactive, photo image model of the [historical South Australian property Joseph Elliot’s cottage] home – transforming simple sketches and floor plans into an interactive 3D experience... what we have now is a computerised model that allows us to experience the Elliott house beyond just words on paper”.
    Associate Professor Christine Garnaut
  • "The eRSA support is very personal and solution-focused and not just a brushing off 'it's-your-fault-check-your-code' kind of support which one sometimes gets from University tech supports. I very much appreciate the help."  
    Sven SchellenbergSchool of Science, RMIT University

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