Science Coding Conference 2018 a success
The 2018 Science Coding Conference was held in Rotorua during 2-3 August at the Scion Campus, set in a backdrop of the redwood forest.
It was a great turn out with researchers, research software engineers, programmers from Universities (Massey University, Waikato University) and Crown research institutes (ESR, Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, Plant and Food Research, GNS Science) around the country totalling to about 30 attendees.
The keynote talk on Day 1 was by Associate Professor Maui Hudson from Waikato University who talked about Māori rights and interest in data. It was a great opportunity to start a conversation about Māori rights and considerations we should think about when dealing with data.
The second keynote talk was by Jan Zoerner from Manaaki Whenua Landcare Research, who talked about how they collect and compute LiDaR data to capture landscape information of large forest areas in New Zealand.
A panel discussion on Research Software Engineers (RSE)s in New Zealand. It was an informal discussion about RSE careers in NZ and what the RSE community should be working on together
The other talks at the conference covered topics such as reproducible code, forecasting systems, code parallelization, data management, etc.
All in all, it was an event made fantastic by the attendees and presenters who engaged in interesting conversations with a vision for the future. We’re already looking forward to the next event in 2019.
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