National CDT Meeting 2018 held in Edinburgh

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ScotDIST hosted a nationwide meeting in Edinburgh, from 19th – 21st November 2018, for new students across the eight STFC Centres for Doctoral Training in data science. The meeting included talks from data scientists in academia and industry, workshops and tutorials covering cutting-edge techniques for data scientists in programming, machine learning, statistics, and data management.

Our new cohort of LIV.DAT students got the opportunity to attend this meeting along with a wide variety of PhD students, post-docs and researchers across the Nation.

The meeting started with a poster presentation highlighting results from the CDT’s so far followed by a programme consisting of plenary sessions and workshop style tutorial sessions run in parallel, including sessions on basic and advanced Python-based data science, using Git and version control, collaborative data science, container technology, and basic and advanced machine learning. Students were able to attend the workshops most relevant to their research project.

Especially of interest for the students were the talks from six panellists who began their careers with Astro or PP PhDs and who have since made successful careers elsewhere in the industry, finance, government, and academia.

A Playfair event at Edinburgh Library on Tuesday evening provided the opportunity to exchange ideas with fellow students and included talks from Grahame Blair about STFC’s role in the Big Data future, and Deepak Mahtani introducing the students to carrier opportunities in Data Science and UK PLC company.

LIV.DAT student Monika Yadav said: “The Playfair event at Edinburgh Library, where I had interaction with many STFC collaborators, staff and researchers, was amazing. This session was really interactive and fun owing to a diversified seating arrangement where at each table people from different institutes have to sit.”

The LIV.DAT students clearly enjoyed their time at this informative event and are looking forward to their exciting journey ahead.

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