VIEW OUR PAST EVENTS

Want to stay abreast of developments in the field of theoretical physics and broader science? Here you can access the content of some of our past events and presentations delivered by members of the theoretical physics community and other leaders in science.

Below are the past events this year. Please click if you wish to view the events hosted in 2020 and 2021 as well as our past mini-schools.

Prof Julian May

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Big data, blockchain and biltong: opportunities for data science in food system analysis’

Prof Julian D. May (University of the Western Cape)
15 August 2022

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Prof Martin Bucher

Colloquium, co-hosted by NITheCS and the Department of Physics, Stellenbosch University
‘Mapping the Initial Conditions of the Universe using the Cosmic Microwave Background’

Prof Martin Bucher (Université Paris Cité/CNRS, Paris, France & NITheCS)

12 August 2022

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Data Carpentry Geonomics Workshop

Carpentries Workshop
‘Data Carpentry (Genomics) workshop’

1–5 August 2022

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Dr Martin Weigt

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Generalised B-algebras with applications to quantum mechanics’

Dr Martin Weigt (Nelson Mandela University)
1 August 2022

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Ian Joel David

NITheCS Mini-school
‘A Practical Introduction to Quantum Computing with Qiskit’

Ian Joel David (UKZN)
6, 13, 20 & 27 July 2022

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Lecture 1 (6 July)
Lecture 2 (13 July)
Lecture 3 (20 July)
Lecture 4 (27 July)

NITheCS Internship Programme Q&A

NITheCS Internship Programme – Information Session
‘Q&A regarding the NITheCS Internship Programme’

Prof Francesco Petruccione (NITheCS)
22 & 27 July 2022

Prof Francois Engelbrecht, presenter of NITheCS colloquium

NITheCS Colloquium
‘The dawn of exascale computing in the climate sciences’’

Prof Francois Engelbrecht (Global Change Institute, University of the Witwatersrand)
25 July 2022

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Prof Roger Deane

NITheCS Colloquium
‘The shadow of the supermassive black hole in the centre of our Milky Way’

Prof Roger Deane (University of the Witwatersrand)
18 July 2022

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Dr Carsten Blank, speaker at the NITheCS colloquium on 11 July 2022

NITheCS Colloquium
‘A compact quantum distance-based binary classifier – how entanglement is a resource’

Dr Carsten Blank (Dr @data cybernetics ssc GmbH)
11 July 2022

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Teacher Training Session_2022

Teacher Training Session
‘Assessing student learning by applying or incorporating different classroom techniques’

Dr Cerene Rathilal (University of Johannesburg)
6 July 2022

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IYBSSD2022

NITheCS Panel Discussion

The importance and impact of the ‘International Year of Basic Sciences for Sustainable Development’ for South Africa
4 July 2022

Panellists:
• Zurab Janelidze (SU)
• Mark Nasila (FNB)
• Francesco Petruccione (NITheCS)
• Happy Sithole (CHPC)
• Anwar Vahed (NICIS/UWC)

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Pratik Nandy

NITheCS Webinar
‘Recent progress on Krylov complexity’’

Pratik Nandy (Centre for High Energy Physics, Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore, India)
24 June & 1 July 2022

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VIEW PART 1  |  VIEW PART 2

Dr Mawande Lushozi

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Physics of the Fragmentation Region: Nuclear Compression, Baryon Stopping, and Coloured Glass’

Dr Mawande Lushozi (University of Cape Town)
27 June 2022

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Prof Sahal Yacoob

NITheCS Colloquium
‘A W-Boson by Any Other Mass’

Prof Sahal Yacoob (University of Cape Town)
20 June 2022

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Dr Lorene Jeantet

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Deep learning: computer science for wildlife monitoring’

Dr Lorène Jeantet (African Institute for Mathematical Sciences – AIMS)
13 June 2022

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Dr Kim Martin, speaker at the NITheCS colloquium on 6 June 2022

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Research Software Engineering (RSE) as a component of a healthy academic ecosystem’

Dr Kim Martin (Stellenbosch University)
6 June 2022

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Carpentries instructor training

Carpentries Instructor Training
‘This is the first step towards certifying and participating as a Carpentries Instructor’

The Carpentries
1–3 June 2022

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Math School for Grade 12 maths revision

Math School
Free online math revision lessons for Grade 12 students

Dr Cerene Rathilal (UJ)

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Isabella Ramalla is the speaker at the NITheCS colloquium on 30 May 2022

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Compact Radio Sources in the 1.28 GHz MeerKAT Galactic Center Mosaic’

Isabella Rammala (Rhodes University)
30 May 2022

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Mark Fingerhuth, speaker at NITheCS webinar

NITheCS Webinar
‘Learning Curves of Quantum Kernel Machines’

Mark Fingerhuth (Co-founder and Head of R&D ProteinQure Inc)
27 May 2022

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NITheCS Mini-school with Kingsley Obodo and Cecil Ouma

NITheCS Mini-school
‘Quantum ESPRESSO’

Dr Kingsley Obodo (North-West University) and Dr Cecil Ouma (Next-Einstein forum fellow)
11, 18 and 25 May 2022

ABSTRACT

Lecture 1 (11 May)  |  Presenters’ notes
Lecture 2 (18 May)  |  Presenters’ notes
Lecture 3 (25 May)  |  Presenters’ notes

Prof Mark Solms - speaker at the NITheCS colloquium on 23 May 2022

NITheCS Colloquium
‘A new approach to the hard problem of consciousness’

Prof Mark Solms (UCT)
23 May 2022

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Prof Andrew Forbes

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Quantum-like classical light’

Prof Andrew Forbes (WITS)
16 May 2022

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FameLab

FameLab competition
The search is on for the next ‘Science Pop Idol’
10 and 11 May 2022; 09h00 – 15h00 SAST

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Dr Bruce Bartlett

NITheCS Colloquium
‘The geometry of the classical and quantum 6j symbols’

Dr Bruce Bartlett (Stellenbosch University)
9 May 2022

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Software Carpentry workshop sponsored by NITheCS

Software Carpentry workshop
Learn basic research computing skills in this hands-on workshop

The Carpentries
3–6 May 2022 

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Prof Devis Tuia, speaker at NITheCS colloquium on 25 April 2022

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Machine learning supporting ecology, supporting machine learning’

Prof Devis Tuia (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland)
25 April 2022

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Dr Krishna Govender CIPC presents NITheCS April Mini-school

‘An introduction to computer aided drug design’
Dr Krishna Govender (Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC))
6, 13 & 20 April 2022

ABSTRACT

Lecture 1 (6 April) | Presenter’s notes
Lecture 2 (13 April)
Lecture 3 (20 April)

World Quantum Day - panel discussion

World Quantum Day: panel discussion
‘Fulfilling our quantum ambitions: Research and technology efforts in quantum in SA and the UK’

  • Prof Sir Peter Knight (Emeritus Professor at Imperial College, UK)
  • Prof Francesco Petruccione (Head of Quantum Research Group, UKZN)
  • Wenmiao Yu (Cofounder of Quantum Dice, UK)

Hosted by Dr Yaseera Ismail (Quantum Research Group, UKZN, 2018 Optica Ambassador) and Dr Najwa Sidqi (IUK KTN)

14 April 2022

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Prof Barry Sanders, speaker at NITheCS webinar

NITheCS Webinar
‘Observing a changing Hilbert-space inner product’

Prof Barry Sanders (University of Calgary, Canada)
14 April 2022

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Dr R Srikanth, speaker at the NITheCS colloquium on 11 April 2022

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Counterfactual security of quantum key distribution’

Dr R. Srikanth (Poornaprajna Institute of Scientific Research (PPISR), Bengaluru, India)
11 April 2022

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NITheCS Quantum@School programme for World Quantum Day

NITheCS Webinar
‘What is Quantum?’

Quantum@School event to celebrate World Quantum Day 2022
9 April 2022

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Prof Hans Roosenschoon to talk at NITheCS colloquium

NITheCS Colloquium
‘The man who (unknowingly) mistook his music for mathematics’

Emeritus Professor Hans Roosenschoon (Stellenbosch University)
4 April 2022

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Matthias Caro - speaker at QML Meetup

QML Meetup
‘Generalisation guarantees for variational quantum machine learning’

Matthias Caro (doctoral candidate at the Mathematics Department of the Technical University of Munich, Germany)
31 March 2022

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Dr Fabio Anza

‘Geometric Quantum Mechanics of finite-dimensional systems’
Dr Fabio Anzà (Research Assistant Professor, InQubator for Quantum Simulations, University of Washington & Templeton Research Fellow, University of California, Davis)
9, 16, 23 & 30 March 2022

ABSTRACT

Lecture 1 (9 March)
Lecture 2 (16 March)
Lecture 3 (23 March)
Lecture 4 (30 March)

Prof Jacek Banasiak

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Fads and fallacies of mathematical modelling and applications of mathematics’

Prof Jacek Banasiak (University of Pretoria)
28 March 2022

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Lia Lautenbacher, speaker at NITheCS Webinar on 25 March 2022

NITheCS Webinar
‘Approximating Invertible Maps by Recovery Channels: Optimality and an Application to Non-Markovian Dynamics’

Lea Lautenbacher (Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil, and University of Ulm, Germany)
25 March 2022

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International Day of Mathematics

International Day of Mathematics (IDM): Webinar
An online programme for high school and undergraduate students to celebrate the IDM. This was supported by a Photo Challenge to grow awareness of Mathematics.
19 March 2022

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Prof Jonathan Shock

NITheCS Colloquium
‘A guided tour through the landscape of reinforcement learning’’

Prof Jonathan Shock (UCT)
Monday, 14 March 2022 @ 16h00

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NITheCS Math School for Grade 12s

Math School
Term 1 revision for Grade 12s

Friday, 4 and 11 March 2022 @ 18h00

ABSTRACT
VIEW PRESENTER’S NOTES

Dr Cerene Rathilal

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Pointfree Topology: some results on the Wallman compactification in frames’

Dr Cerene Rathilal (UJ)
Monday, 7 March 2022 @ 16h00

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Dr Eder Kikianty

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Mathematics of South Africa’

Dr Eder Kikianty (University of Pretoria)
Monday, 28 February 2022 @ 16h00

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CHPC-NITheCS-Summer-School-2022

CHPC NITheCS 2022 Summer School
“The 12th CHPC Introductory Programming School
and
The 4th NITheCS Summer School on the Foundations of Theoretical and Computational Science”

31 January – 25 February 2022
Application deadline: 31 December 2021

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Prof Anna Scaife

NITheCS Colloquium
‘AI in the SKA Era: Challenges for recovering well-calibrated uncertainties from Bayesian Deep-learning’

Prof Anna Scaife (University of Manchester)
Monday, 21 February 2022 @ 16h00

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Prof Frans Pretorius

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Gravitational wave astrophysics: a status report’

Prof Frans Pretorius (Princeton University)
Monday, 14 February 2022 @ 17h00

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Prof Zurab Janelidze

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Noetherian information systems’

Prof Zurab Janelidze (SU)
Monday, 7 February 2022 @ 16h00

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Antal Száva, speaker at QML meetup

QML Meetup
‘Using PennyLane for Quantum Differentiable Programming’

Antal Száva (quantum software developer, Xanadu)
4 February 2022

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Dr Samuel A. Egieyeh (School of Pharmacy, UWC)

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Two intermittently linked aspects of modern computational drug discovery: allostery and missense mutations’

Prof Özlem Taştan Bishop (RU)
Monday, 31 January 2022 @ 16h00

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Dr Samuel A. Egieyeh (School of Pharmacy, UWC)

NITheCS Colloquium
‘Bioinformatic, Chemoinformatic and Data Analytic Strategies for Drug Discovery and Development’

Dr Samuel A. Egieyeh (School of Pharmacy, UWC)
Monday, 24 January 2022 @ 16h00

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Mo Kordzanganeh

NITheCS Webinar
‘Quantum Machine Learning for Radio Astronomy’

Mo Kordzanganeh (University of Manchester)
21 January 2022 @ 14h00

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