Online GRADnet Induction Day Wednesday, 20 October 2021

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GRADnet Induction Day for SEPnet Postgraduate Researchers

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Who:  1st Year Physics PhD students. All SEPnet Departments expect all new students to attend.

When:  20 October 2021, 10:00-17:30

Where:  Online via Microsoft Teams

What:  A one day introduction to GRADnet to learn more about opportunities, to meet fellow researchers from across the network and to participate in  four short workshops designed to get you started in key areas of activity.

Python: Python is a widely used and highly versatile scripting language. It can be used in many capacities within science, especially data analysis/processing, plotting, statistics and simulation. As well as extensive use of the language itself throughout science and industry, the skills and processes picked up through learning any programming language are highly applicable to other languages, making subsequent transitions easier. Python acts as an ideal starting point, effectively balancing difficulty, utility and wider applicability of concepts:

o The 'Introduction to Python' session aims to introduce basic Python concepts to those with little to no programming experience. It will cover the basics of the language, and beginnings of applying it to solve practical problems. This will include topics such as fundamental programming logic, file handling and plotting.

o The 'Introduction to scientific Python' session is intended for those with some programming/scripting background. It is designed to cover how best to use Python for some of the key tasks in science. These include simulation, data analysis, plotting, fitting and other helpful functionalities.

Science communications skills: Want to explore ways of sharing your research with many different audiences? It is now more important than ever to be able to communicate with non-specialist groups. Whether it’s a public talk in a pub, writing in your department blog, doing some stand-up comedy, writing a popular science article or simply standing on a box on a street corner, this session will get you started. Outside research the ability to clearly communicate technical details to all sorts of partners will be an asset on any CV. The skills you learn on the day can be put in practice through the many science communication opportunities offered in your department and across the region.

Software skills needed for research: This workshop introduces computing concepts necessary to support your research and programming languages used to produce quality research. The workshop offers a general understanding of computing with an introduction to practical tools and techniques that will help you write and maintain better code more efficiently. .

Numbers: This event is mandatory at all SEPnet partner Departments for new PGRs. Circa 100 students are expected to attend.  

Registration deadline is 18 October 2021.

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