Dear Associates and Friends of NITheCS,

NITheCS continues to be involved with many important events that have both local and international reach. Among those is the World Science Forum 2022 (WSF) taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 6 to 9 December. If you will be attending the event, come and visit us at the NITheCS stand at the exhibition that forms part of the Forum.

IYBSSD events
We also continue to focus on topics relating to the International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development (IYBSSD). Prof Sandro Scandolo of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics, Italy, presented our 7 November colloquium, ‘Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development: a Global Perspective and a Year of Celebrations’. On 21 November, Prof Guy Midgley (Stellenbosch University) will present ‘Goldilocks molecules in the Anthropocene’.

Our events calendar for November also includes another popular Software Carpentry Workshop, ‘Shell, Git, Plotting and Programming in Python’. It is presented under NITheCS’ auspices by The Carpentries from 14 to 18 November. Find more information here.

November Mini-school
The November NITheCS Mini-school, ‘Phylogenetic Inference and Machine Learning’, is being led by Prof Martin Bucher (French National Centre for Scientific Research, Paris) and Dr Japie Greeff (North‐West University). This mini-school is linked to the NITheCS research programme, ‘Genomics, Bioinformatics, and Advanced Medicine’. Details are available here.

There is still some time for submissions to participate in the 5-9 December workshop ‘Machine Learning in Support of Computational and Theoretical Sciences: Knowledge Discovery in Time Series Data’ that will be held at the Wallenberg Conference Centre, STIAS (Stellenbosch). Late breaking submissions will be accepted until 14 November. Find more details on our website.

Student debt relief
Public Benefit Organisation Feenix has funding to settle the historical student debt of qualifying recent graduates. The application deadline is 21 November. Click to see the application criteria and further details. Applicants are kindly asked to acknowledge that they heard about this opportunity through NITheCS.

A final reminder to all our bursary holders to please attend the annual Bursary Holders Workshop on 15 November. Click here for more information.

Wishing you a productive November and hoping to meet you at one of our many events!

Francesco Petruccione