Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Shaking hands with the Minister Research Science and innovation of New Zealand, Dr. Megan Woods at Multicore World 2018

This week Multicore World 2018 takes place in Wellington, New Zealand. This conference is devoted to High Performance Computing and Big Data with emphasis on New Zealand's participation in the SKA:

https://multicore.world

Shook hands with the Honorable Minister Minister Research Science and innovation of New Zealand, Dr. Megan Woods. She is from a new labour government. She pledged to increase the contribution to R&D to the level of 2% in the midterm. She also took some tough questions.





During the second day Hon Clare Curran, Minister of Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media addressed the conference with a comprehensive presentation on the state of ICT in New Zealand. The minister has ambitious plans to turn ICT into a leading contributor to the GDP in the country. The Minister gave an overview of policies with regards to data access and dissemination in New Zealand. Social aspects related to education and access to data and connectivity are important inputs to policy making.


Very impressed with how down to earth and easy to interact with the Ministers with. The discussion with the audience was candid and open.

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

The Fourth High Energy Particle Physics in South Africa is taking place at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies.

The Fourth High Energy Particle Physics in South Africa is taking place at the Stellenbosch Institute of Advanced Studies.

The HEPP workshop is now taking place at STIAS, at Stellenbosch University in the Western Cape. This is the fourth edict in of the HEPP workshop. We have seen a steady increase in the participation of students and senior researchers. Compared to the first edition in 2015 the attendance has increased by about a factor of two. The format of the workshop is such that mornings have lecture style presentations. The afternoons display selected presentations from students or groups of students.

http://hep.wits.ac.za/HEPPW2018.php

Representing iThemba LABS, the host of the SA-CERN consortium, Dr. Mathis Wiedeking, addressed the audience. Dr. Wiedeking touched upon the history of the program and commended the large student participation.



Prof. Jean Cleymans, the Chairman of the SA-CERN consortium was invited to give an introductory lecture on the physics of the Heavy Ion collisions, including an overview highlights of results from the ALICE experiment at CERN.





Below is a group picture taken this morning during the first coffee break:



Below is Dr. Daniel Dercks, from the University of Hamburg, has invited to visit SA to give lectures on the state of the art books in High Energy Physics in the area of phenomenology.