• Jun 26 2017

    2nd NITheP Winter School on Computational Methods in Physics 2017

    Title of School

    2nd NITheP Winter School on Computational Methods in Physics 2017

    Date of School

    26 June 2017 to 7 July 2017
    Arrival on the 25th of June and departure on the 7th of July.


    This winter school will offer a basic introduction to computational and simulation methods used in science based on the Matlab and Python programming languages. The school is aimed at 3rd year, honours level and starting MSc students in physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and engineering having little or no programming experience. Lectures on the computational methods are complemented by hands-on computer lab sessions for an effective learning experience.

    Topics to be covered include:
    Introduction to Matlab
    Introduction to Python
    Approximation methods
    Differential equations
    Numerical linear algebra
    Spectral analysis
    Stochastic processes
    Monte Carlo methods


    To be announced over the next weeks

    Target audience

    3rd year, honors, and MSc students in physics, mathematics, chemistry, biology and engineering.


    Morning lectures on numerical methods, followed by supervised computer lab sessions in the afternoon.


    Stellenbosch University
    Morning lectures will take place in the Physics Department.
    Afternoon computer sessions will be held in the SU NARGA computer lab, based in the Physical Sciences building.


    Fabio Cinti (NITheP Stellenbosch node)
    (*) Alan Cornell (WITS)
    Daniel Nickelsen (NITheP Stellenbosch node)
    (*) Ilya Sinayskiy (UKZN)
    Hugo Touchette (NITheP Stellenbosch node)
    Philipp Uhrich (NITheP Stellenbosch node)
    (*) to be confirmed


    Fabio Cinti (NITheP SU node)?
    Azwinndini Muronga (UJ and NITheP Board member)?
    Frederik Scholtz (NITheP SU node)?
    Hugo Touchette (NITheP SU node)



    Registration and documentation required

    There is no limit to the amount of students/participants, but at the moment only 20 fully sponsored places are available.

    Please contact Fabio Cinti (cinti@sun.ac.za) for more information and other opportunities including sponsoring.

    In any case (sponsored or paid participants) should submit the following documentation:

    1. Academic record

    2. Letter of Support. The purpose of the letter of support is in order for the HOD or Supervisor to be aware that their student intends to submit an application to attend the winter school.

    Example: The format of the letter could be something to this effect:

    "To Whom It May Concern,
    I support the application of __________________(student name) for the (2nd NITheP Winter School on Computational Physics 2017).
    Signed: _____________________
    Print: ___________________"


    NITheP will sponsor the following for participants:
    Travel by bus (if applicable)
    Accommodation (in on 25 July 2017 and out on 7 July 2017). Share accommodation on full board basis: bed, breakfast, lunch, and dinner
    Transfers to and from bus depot (if applicable).

    Deadlines for registration

    5 June 2017. Decision will be announced the week after.


    Student accommodation will be in the student residences at Stellenbosch University. Breakfast, lunch and dinner provided in the residences.

    Contact information

    Fabio Cinti (cinti@sun.ac.za)
    Rene Kotze (renekotze@sun.ac.za)
    Hugo Touchette (touchette@sun.ac.za)