Dear Associates and Friends of NITheCS,

As previously mentioned, NITheCS is excited about being involved in organising the Physics symposia that form part of Nobel in Africa. This is a Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study (STIAS) initiative in partnership with Stellenbosch University under the auspices of the Nobel Foundation and the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences (KVA), with funding from the Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation.

This initiative is particularly important as the symposia are the first to be hosted outside Scandinavia. According to STIAS, the symposia ‘will be based on annual Nobel in Africa Calls for Proposals in specific subject areas initiated by the joint Programme Committee of the Nobel Foundation and The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences’.

This year’s symposium, titled ‘Physics: Predictability in Science in the Age of AI’, takes place at the STIAS Wallenberg Research Centre in Stellenbosch from 24 to 28 October 2022The convenor of the symposium is Erik Aurell (KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm) and I will be the co-convenor. It will bring together leading experts in AI and sciences to discuss, among others, the theme of finding out the limits of the ‘Big Data’ approach. Click to view the draft programme.

As always, we have a busy month. You can find more details about our ongoing events in this newsletter. For our bursary holders, please diarise 15 November for our next bursary holder workshop.

Meanwhile, we have been deploying Google Workspace for Education, which gives us further access to Google’s tools and functionality. Our Associates and students may now also each have a Google account linked to a NITheCS email address. If you require one, please e-mail us at

Wishing you all the best for the rest of October!

Francesco Petruccione