NeSI - Lincoln Region Workshop

NeSI is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Bio-Protection Research Centre of Lincoln University and Software Carpentry in offering a Lincoln Region Workshop designed to support researcher computing capability development.

Software Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Best Practices for Scientific Computing".

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: Room E6, NRE Building, Lincoln University. (Car parking aplenty near NRE Building) Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a few specific software packages installed. They are also required to abide by Software Carpentry's Code of Conduct.

To register, click here, or if you have questions, please email


  • Paul Gardner is a senior lecturer and a Rutherford Discovery Fellow at the School of Biological Science, University of Canterbury. His primary research focus is on the functional characterisation of non-coding RNA using bioinformatic tools. He is also developing tools for estimating the impact of genetic variation and pathogen detection from genomic sequences. Paul gets very excited about RNA, software benchmarks, crowd sourcing and probabilistic models.
  • Wolfgang Hayek is a supercomputer programmer and consultant for the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric research (NIWA) and for NeSI. He gathered experience in scientific computing, data analysis, and supercomputing through his work in astrophysics and in the medical devices industry.
  • Constantine Zakkaroff is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Canterbury High Performance Computing Centre. Constantine's current research is focused on massively parallel large-scale physiological simulations. His expertise covers object-oriented software design, medical image analysis, scientific visualisation and supercomputing.
Event Date: 
Thursday, November 26, 2015 - 08:30 to Friday, November 27, 2015 - 16:30