STFC Introductory Summer School for Research Computing – reminder

July 1, 2018, from Richard Morton

The E. A. Milne Centre for Astrophysics at the University of Hull is hosting the STFC Introductory Summer School for Research Computing in Solar Physics and Astronomy from 2nd to 7th September 2018.

The Summer School is aimed at (but not restricted to) PhD students in astrophysics and solar physics. We will use the Python language, which is fast becoming the de facto standard in scientific computing, particularly in astronomy and space physics. Python’s simple, readable syntax and thriving developer community make it an excellent choice of first language for beginners. However, the principles we will be teaching are language-agnostic and will give the students a good understanding of how to develop and maintain high-quality software in any language. This summer school will consist mostly of practical sessions, allowing the students to quickly put into use the concepts they are being taught. This will be combined with a number of invited talks and specialist sessions. The programme is available here

Aside from the taught programme there will be plenty of opportunities for networking and socialising with other students and lecturers with an ice breaker event (Sunday) and conference dinner (Thursday), and an excursion.

There are fully-funded places available for STFC- and self-funded PhD students. Non-STFC PhD students and PDRAs are welcome to attend but will have to pay a registration fee. To register, please complete the following short questionnaire

The deadline for applications is July 13, 2018. Please contact Dr Sergei Zharkov ( if you have any questions.