News and events from New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI).
Issue No. 50
March 2019

Controlling invasive predators

"The support at NeSI has been great...It's saved a lot of time."

Brush-tailed possums are an ecological disaster in New Zealand. An invasive species, they eat native bird eggs, damage trees, and can even carry bovine tuberculosis - a potentially fatal disease for cattle. At Manaaki Whenua - Landcare Research, Dr Daniel White is using NeSI to map the possums' genetic information as part of a targeted form of population control.


Revealing supersolid secrets

A new tool to explore the supersolid form and its phase transition in detail

Dr. Blair Blakie and Dr. Danny Baillie at the University of Otago used NeSI computing resources to support a recent paper, Droplet Crystal Ground States of a Dipolar Bose Gas, published in Physical Review Letters. These findings may enable a way to explore the properties of a supersolid without the difficulties associated with conventional materials.

Job Opening: HPC & Cloud Systems Engineer

Join the NIWA / NeSI Team. Applications due 14 April 2019. 

Are you passionate about supporting NZ's research landscape and experienced in delivering robust computational environments? NeSI / NIWA are seeking an HPC and Cloud Systems Engineer to support and further develop our HPC infrastructure and platform.

Help researchers build their digital skills

Attend our workshop to learn training best practices & join a community of instructors   

The Carpentries is a program of workshops that teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers. If you are interested in helping researchers build skills for data analysis, computational thinking, and research software development, NeSI and the Institute of Environmental Science and Research are hosting a Carpentries Instructor Training workshop in Wellington on 13-14 May.  


Building software solutions for research?

Join us in Christchurch on 5-6 September for NeSI's 2019 Science Coding Conference

NeSI's 2019 Science Coding Conference is where scientific programmers, software engineers, developers, IT managers, coding enthusiasts and big data analysts can gather in one place to share and discuss how they’re supporting NZ’s research ecosystem. We want you to be part of the programme! We welcome submissions of lightning talks, presentations, Birds-of-a-Feather, and workshops on a variety of topics.

Supporting NZ's Research Software Engineers 

Birds-of-a-Feather session brainstormed goals & community-building activities for 2019

Improved communications channels and more knowledge-sharing events are in the works for New Zealand's Research Software Engineer (RSE) community. At eResearch NZ 2019, Nooriyah Lohani, NeSI's Research Communities Advisor, hosted a brainstorming session for RSE community members to share ideas of ways to further engage this growing community.


Advancing digital skills training in NZ

Community Call shared past work & future goals for The Carpentries training in New Zealand

Megan Guidry, NeSI’s new Training Coordinator, is also the new NZ Community Regional Coordinator for The Carpentries, a program for teaching foundational digital skills to researchers. Earlier this month, she gathered current Carpentries instructors, helpers, and training enthusiasts from around NZ for their first Carpentries Community Call.

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New addition to the NeSI Team

Welcome to our new Software Product Engineering Lead

Please join us in welcoming NeSI's newest team member, Marko Laban. He joins NeSI's Auckland office as a Software Product Engineering Lead in the Collaboration & Integration team.

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In other news...

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  • REANNZ seeking a new CEO: After 10 years with REANNZ, and 3.5 as its Chief Executive Officer, Nicole Ferguson is moving on to new ventures at the end of May. The recruitment process for a new CEO is underway. Click here to view the posting.
  • WHPC Mentoring Programme: Women in High Performance Computing (WHPC) has launched a new professionals network to connect women around the world with mentorship and support in the HPC space. Click here for more information.
  • OpenMPCon 2019 - Call for Submissions: OpenMPCon 2019, the annual gathering for the global OpenMP developer community, is coming to Auckland on 9-10 Sept, alongside IWOMP 2019 (11-13 Sept). Connect with the global OpenMP community & submit a poster, talk, tutorial, or other idea.
  • Science Gateways 2019 - Call for Submissions: The Gateways conference series brings together science gateways developers, users, and resource providers to share their experiences, technologies, and accomplishments. This year, Gateways 2019 is being co-located with the eScience conference in San Diego. The Call for Submissions is now open. Click here for more information.
  • Need extra support with your research project? NeSI's Computational Science Team can assist with code optimisation, parallelisation, porting to GPUs, custom code development and many other tasks. Get in touch if you are interested to find out more -


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