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Software Carpentry Bootcamp

November 19, 2015 @ 9:00 am - November 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm

Back by popular demand!  Are you a U of T grad student in the life or health sciences who wants to improve your scientific computing skills?  Do you need to know more about programming in R, task automation, and version control?  This two-day, hands-on bootcamp will cover the core concepts and tools needed to be productive in a small research team.

Short tutorials alternate with hands-on practical exercises, and learners will work on their own laptops using either native software or a virtual machine, so that they will leave the bootcamp with a working environment.

Who: Current University of Toronto graduate students, faculty, and staff in the life and health sciences at the University of Toronto.

When: Nov 19-20, 9:00am-4:40pm

Where: Instruction Lab (2nd floor), Gerstein Science Information Centre, 9 King’s College Circle

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a few specific software packages installed.  (List of software)

Registration:  $30 registration fee.  Space is limited – to register, visit http://blog.tomwright.ca/2015-11-19-utoronto/

Topics include:

  • R and RStudio (and how to grow a program in a modular, testable way)
  • Unix shell (and how to automate repetitive tasks)
  • Git and GitHub (and how to track and share work efficiently)

Questions?  Contact erica.lenton@utoronto.ca

Note: Please bring your own lunch.  Light refreshments will be provided during breaks.

This workshop is hosted by the Gerstein Science Information Centre, in partnership with Software Carpentry.

About Software Carpentry: Founded in 1998, Software Carpentry is a non-profit volunteer organization whose members teach researchers scientific computing skills. Its mission is to help researchers get more done with computers in less time and with less pain


Tom Wright is researching the effect of disease on the human eye. He creates tools to analyse high resolution imaging and electro-physiological signals and integrate the results with demographic and phenotypic information scrapped from a variety of sources. His love of the command line started with 10 PRINT “hello” GOTO 10.

Jeremy Gray is an evolutionary biologist based in Toronto. His research interests range through models of speciation, experimental evolution and bioinformatics. He received his PhD from the University of Auckland.


November 19, 2015 @ 9:00 am
November 20, 2015 @ 4:00 pm
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Gerstein Instruction Lab, Gerstein Science Information Centre, 2nd Floor
9 King's College Circle, U of T
Toronto, Canada
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