Software Carpentry Instructor Training hits New Zealand

NeSI is pleased to announce the team participating in Software Carpentry Instructor Training at the University of Auckland on the 28th and 29th of January.
To join the ten Instructors in our current group we have selected a diverse (discipline, location, organisation) group of people to join us in building a NZ Software Carpentry Community. The successful applicants for this training, split by region, are:


  • Peter Maxwell (NeSI)
  • Elsie Jacobson (University of Auckland)
  • Craig Stanton (NIWA)
  • Sebastian Schmeier (Massey University)
  • Amali Thrimawithana (Plant & Food Research)
  • Dan Jones (NZGL)


  • Richard Clare (QuakeCoRE, University of Canterbury)
  • Paul Gardner (Bio-Protection Research Centre, University of Canterbury)


  • David Eyers (University of Otago)
  • Murray Cadzow (University of Otago)
  • Rudiger Brauning (AgResearch)
  • Elizabeth Permina (NZGL) 

Palmerston North

  • Ben Jolly (Landcare Research)
  • Hannes Calitz (Massey University)


  • Nico Fauchereau (NIWA)
  • Markus Mueller (Landcare Research)


  • Wolfgang Hayek (NeSI, NIWA)
  • Sylvia Canessa (GNS)
  • Andre Geldenhuis (Victoria University of Wellington)

This workshop kicks off our 2016 training programme, which is quickly followed by Research Bazaar 2016 (ResBaz), and presentations by key international training leaders at eResearch NZ 2016.
Software Carpentry is an international initiative to upskill researchers in research computing skills to help them be more productive. It is usually delivered in the form of a two-day highly-interactive workshop, and has seen great successes worldwide.
NeSI, as an official affiliate of the Software Carpentry Foundation, has partnered with several institutions across the sector to deliver a series of Software Carpentry workshops nationwide during 2015. We are seeing great demand for research computing training in New Zealand's research community, with many events booked out within a few days.
With growing demand for such training, NeSI is quickly hitting the limit of how many workshops we can directly support each year - we think this is a good problem to have! NeSI asked organisations from across New Zealand to nominate candidates for Instructor Training; these new certified instructors can then offer Software Carpentry workshops in their own local research community on a regular basis. We are fortunate to have Aleksandra Pawlik from Software Sustainability Institute, UK, here to run the two-day intensive Instructor Training workshop where attendees will cover the basics of educational psychology and instructional design, and look at how to use these ideas to create an effective learning experience.
Congratulations to the group selected and we look forward to working with you and your organisations to develop New Zealand’s Software Carpentry community in 2016 and beyond.
Best wishes,
The NeSI Team