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Read our latest blogs below to stay abreast of developments in the fields of science that NITheCS encompasses.

Prof Petruccione: first NITheCS Director

Prof Petruccione: first NITheCS Director

Prof Francesco Petruccione, Professor of Quantum Computing at Stellenbosch University, has been appointed the permanent Director of NITheCS. This follows his successful tenure as interim director.

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Training and events in May

Training and events in May

This month, find out more about our Associate Dr Ridhwaan Suliman, Senior Researcher at the CSIR and Senior Research Associate at UJ. We also encourage you to attend our events.

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Official birth of our institute

Official birth of our institute

I am delighted to announce that 2 April 2024 marked the official birth of NITheCS, a new entity on the South African Science, Technology and Innovation landscape. Many steps have been taken to reach this point.

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A celebration of maths

A celebration of maths

As part of the full NITheCS programme in March, the celebration of the International Day of Mathematics and the start of the 32nd Chris Engelbrecht Summer School stand out.

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Coding Summer School starts

Coding Summer School starts

One of the largest summer schools in coding and the fundamentals of theoretical and computational science, the CHPC and NITheCS event is taking place across 30 academic institutions.

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Register for our Summer School

Register for our Summer School

Registration has opened for the 32nd Chris Engelbrecht Summer School, which will take place at Alpine Heath Resort in the Drakensberg from 31 March – 7 April 2024. Limited funding is available for students.

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Many more events and a ticket giveaway

Many more events and a ticket giveaway

We are looking forward to a number of events in addition to our own regular colloquia and mini-schools this October. Plus, we are giving away 10 complimentary tickets to AI Expo Africa.

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Moving forward towards achieving goals

Moving forward towards achieving goals

We welcome the announcement that the consortium application bid to host NITheCS was awarded to Stellenbosch University, whose multi-thematic application was spearheaded by Prof Sibusiso Moyo.

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World Quantum Day and Synergy Summit

World Quantum Day and Synergy Summit

We celebrated World Quantum Day and hosted the Synergy Summit: High Performance Computing for Sustainable Development in April 2023. The Summit was the opening day of the HPC School.

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Nobel in Africa – A STIAS initiative

Nobel in Africa – A STIAS initiative

NITheCS is involved in organising the Physics symposia series of Nobel in Africa – a STIAS initiative in partnership with Stellenbosch University under the auspices of the Nobel Foundation and KVA.

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Funding leveraged to reduce student debt

Funding leveraged to reduce student debt

We have leveraged funding, with the efforts of USAF and ETDP SETA, to assist students with historical debt from 2021 to the tune of R4 million. This exercise impacts around 150 students and 12 universities across the country.

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Communication skills for young scientists

Communication skills for young scientists

We have been busy between the long weekends of the past month. We are also proud and humbled by the quality of the presentations at our colloquiums and mini-schools and the warm comments received from participants afterwards.

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Quantum Day, Maths and Programming

Quantum Day, Maths and Programming

We aim to offer an interesting NITheCS diary of activities. All of these are planned to fit the interests of our stakeholders, including our Associates, bursary holders and interns, and our many collaborators at different universities.

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Summer School and other events

Summer School and other events

Our calendar is also filling up with thought-provoking colloquia and mini-schools. Among others we will be celebrating the International Day of Mathematics (IDM) this Saturday 19 March. The webinar is an online programme for students.

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A month of reports and reporting

A month of reports and reporting

February is our time for annual reports and the NITheCS team has been working to finalise our reports to the National Research Foundation, Department of Science and Innovation and our Annual Report. The latter will be available soon.

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Welcome 2022: a fresh start for a good year!

Welcome 2022: a fresh start for a good year!

We hope that 2022 started well for everyone in our community and are looking forward to a productive year and activities that benefit us all. Next week our Colloquia resume, and we kick off with an exciting talk by Dr Samuel Egieyeh of UWC.

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