A Bridge to Africa

von Marcel Bülow — 2018-11-30

PASCAL is coming to an end

Today is the last day of our PASCAL project in Accra. While the group is still working hard with Dr. Jirka Šimůnek and Dr. Roland Baatz to get to know the software “Hydrus” and to implement their own data to model water flows and contaminant transports in soils we ask some participants to give us a short feedback on the week. For us it was a pleasure working with you guys. We really enjoyed your interest in the subject and your enthusiasm at the courses. Hopefully we will meet again soon. 

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A Bridge to Africa

von Marcel Bülow — 2018-11-29

PASCAL HPC training: three days of modelling the earth system

In the PASCAL HPC-workshop (HPC = High Performance Computing) the Jülich scientists train African participants how to use TSMP to provide predictions from coupled simulations of the soil, water, and air system. The course aims to provide the participants with generic capabilities of terrestrial modelling and data assimilation which they can apply in their home countries. “Attending PASCAL is very crucial for my work”, says Chioma Ogbenna, PhD student in soil science at the University of Pretoria in South Africa and one of the PASCAL participants.

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A Bridge to Africa

von Erhard Zeiss — 2018-11-29

"Attending PASCAL is very crucial for my work"

Deforestation, soil degredation, climate change: African countries face serious challenges in regard of a sustainable development, requiring a comprehensive integrated approach. The PASCAL training program aims at initiating a knowledge and technology transfer-bridge between Germany and Africa in the areas of soil science, nutrition and hydrology. An interview with Chioma Ogbenna shows how young scientists can utilize the training on HPC-enabled terrestrial modelling.

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A Bridge to Africa

von Erhard Zeiss — 2018-11-28

Jülich calling!

Second day of the PASCAL side programme - a lot of input for the participants! The aim is to get them to know Germany (and especially Forschungszentrum Jülich!) as a place for excellent science. Therefore the programme provides information on Germany and Jülich as a science location, it wants to foster the exchange between African and German scientists and to support scientists who are interested in a work stay in Germany/Jülich. Welcome to the “Career Fair”!

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A Bridge to Africa

von Marcel Bülow — 2018-11-27

Making turns in Accra

We, the members of the PASCAL team, are in Accra to organize the program, to give lectures and to do exercises with the participants - and some of us are here  to report about it. Unfortunately, for most of us there is not much time besides or after the scientific program to get to know the capital and its people. At least we get an impression of this incredible city when we commute between the hotel and WASCAL headquarters. Thankfully the other day on the way back to our hotel we could persuade our driver to make some extra turns and show us “his” Accra.

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A Bridge to Africa

von Erhard Zeiss — 2018-11-26

A successful 'lift-off' in Accra

Monday, November 26. Official start of PASCAL. Unlike on the weekend, when the place had a certain sleepiness, the WASCAL headquarters now hum with activity. Time to say hello to all the people who helped us organizing the workshop in the last months, e.g. Piece Ahovi from PR. All of you did a very good job, thank you!

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Verändere die Welt, programmiere

von Reimar Bauer — 2018-11-26

PyDev of the Week

Mike Driscoll has been running a great blog series about Python developers.

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A Bridge to Africa

von Marcel Bülow — 2018-11-25

Welcome to Ghana

The first two days in Ghana: Members of the PASCAL team arrive in Accra, meet a stranger on the bus, make preparations for the fallschool and the hackathon - and they "let the music play!"

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Zweikommazwei

von Gastblogger — 2018-11-22

Darf Wissenschaft wirklich alles erforschen - ohne Einschränkung?

 „Die Freiheit der Wissenschaft ist im Grundgesetz verankert. Dennoch sind 43 % der Befragten nicht der Meinung, dass Wissenschaft und Forschung ohne Einschränkung alles erforschen dürfen. Frau Amunts, stimmen Sie dem zu?“

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A Bridge to Africa

von Anne Rother — 2018-11-21

New kid on the blog...

This post is about somenone we haven't introduced til now. Our "new kid" is Bianka Fernengel from the Human Resources department.

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Verändere die Welt, programmiere

von Reimar Bauer — 2018-11-16

Forschungssoftware - Research Software Engineers - RSE

In der heutigen Zeit könnte kaum ein Forschungsergebnis ohne den Einsatz von Forschungssoftware erzielt werden. Forschungssoftware ist ein herausragendes Forschungsinstrument, welches in allen Disziplinen zum Einsatz kommt. Erkenntnisse von Forschern beruhen in zunehmendem Maß auf den Fähigkeiten der Experten die Forschungssoftware entwerfen und programmieren.

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A Bridge to Africa

von Solomon Agbo — 2018-11-13

Tackling African challenges through interdisciplinary research partnership: The PASCAL example

Africa is no doubt the fastest growing continent in the world with a population of nearly 1.3 billion, growing at an average annual rate of 2.5% since the last 10 years. The growing population directly implies growing demand for food, energy, safe drinking water and health care. The growing youth population in most African countries has not been met with corresponding job opportunities within the continent to stem the incidences of high youth criminalities and quest for emigration.

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A Bridge to Africa

von Anne Rother — 2018-11-09

There's Africa over there! My colleague Erhard Zeiss is looking forward to Accra.

Erhard Zeiss is the second colleague from corporate communications who told me how he prepares for the upcoming trip to Accra. When I talked to him I recognized that Africa has been in his mind for a long time. What he reports to me sounds like the first sentences in an adventure story...

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Verändere die Welt, programmiere

von Reimar Bauer — 2018-11-01

Meeting the Python Community

Last Week in the ZKM (Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe)  a famous place in Karlsruhe a lot people joined the Python Conference with theire satellite events. Me and a few of my colleagues took place in that biggest event of this series for now. 543 attendee got a place and 198 were on the waiting list. All talks of the conference speakers were reviewed by a program committee. In three days 3 Keynotes of famous persons and more than 50 talks and 8 tutorials got on the schedule. The last 2 days me and several others used to contribute together to software projects.

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Zweikommazwei

von Gastblogger — 2018-10-19

Sind wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse käuflich?

Die „Wirtschaft“ hat sicher keinen Einfluss auf Naturgesetze und auf wissenschaftliche Ergebnisse, die auf Ihnen beruhen. Wenn Sir Isaac Newton von „der Wirtschaft“ beauftragt worden wäre, ein Gesetz für die Anziehung von Massen zu entwickeln, wäre er entweder zum gleichen Ergebnis gekommen, wie er es vor Jahrhunderten formuliert hatte. Oder wir hätten – zumindest in dieser Beziehung – niemals wieder von ihm gehört, weil andere Wissenschaftler seine „gekauften“ Ergebnisse umgehend falsifiziert, also widerlegt, hätten.

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