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HGS MathComp - Where Methods Meet Applications

The Heidelberg Graduate School of Mathematical and Computational Methods for the Sciences (HGS MathComp) at Heidelberg University is one of the leading graduate schools in Germany focusing on the complex topic of Scientific Computing. Located in a vibrant research environment, the school offers a structured interdisciplinary education for PhD students. The program supports students in pursuing innovative PhD projects with a strong application-oriented focus, ranging from mathematics, computer science, bio/life-sciences, physics, and chemical engineering sciences to cultural heritage. A strong focus is put on the mathematical and computational foundations: the theoretical underpinnings and computational abstraction and conception.

HGS MathComp Principal Investigators are leading experts in their fields, working on projects that combine mathematical and computational methodology with topical research issues. Individual mentoring for PhD candidates and career development programs ensure that graduates are fully equipped to take up top positions in industry and academia.

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9:00 - 17:00
Theory & Methods
The Unix Shell + Version Control with Git
Compact Courses
Speaker: Dr. Dominic Kempf, Research Software Engineer, Scientific Software Center (SSC)
Location: Mathematikon • Im Neuenheimer Feld 205, 69120 Heidelberg (Exact room will be announced on the SSC website two weeks prior to the course)
Registration: Please register via this form
Organizer: Scientific Software Center (SSC)
This is a one day course. The first half of the day covers the basics of the Unix Shell, the second half covers Version Control with Git.

The latest information and a registration link are available on the course website.


No prior knowledge by the participants is necessary to participate in this course and it is intended for all scientific audiences. Participants are required to bring their own laptops to work on during the course. Network access (e.g. through Eduroam) is recommended.


The Unix shell is a powerful tool that allows people to do complex things with just a few keystrokes. More importantly, it helps them combine existing programs in new ways and automate repetitive tasks so they aren’t typing the same things over and over again. Use of the shell is fundamental to using a wide range of other powerful tools and computing resources. The course will include hands-on live coding sessions where participants exercise the learned commands on their own computers.

Version control is the lab notebook of the digital world: it is used to keep track of what was done and to collaborate with other people. Its use is the state of the art in software development projects of all scales. However, it is not limited to software: books, papers, small data sets, and anything that changes over time or needs to be shared can and should be stored in a version control system. The course will include hands-on live coding sessions where participants exercise the learned commands on their own computers.
Learning Objectives

After the course participants will:

- Have a fundamental understanding of how and why to use the Unix Shell
- Be comfortable with handling files and directories using the command line
- Have experience with advanced usage of the shell e.g. loops, pipes, redirects etc.
- Know how to write their workflows as reusable shell scripts
- Understand the benefits of using version control
- Understand basic git terminology
- Have a good working knowledge of common tasks in Git
- See how Git repositories can help them to move towards practicing Open Science
15:30 - 16:15
HGS MathComp Mixer
Location: Mathematikon • Common Room, 5th Floor • Im Neuenheimer Feld 205 • 69120 Heidelberg
Organizer: HGS MathComp
To promote the community spirit within HGS MathComp, we have decided to host a regular get-together for all members (fellows, PIs, ...), the HGS MathComp Mixer. The next one will take place on December 13, 2023 at 15:30 in the Common Room. There will be snacks and beverages. The meeting will be informal and is meant for socializing and networking. The mixer will conveniently end at 16:15 when the IWR Colloquium starts in the adjacent conference room.

It would be great to see you at the mixer. Please feel free to share this invitation with other PhD and master students who might be interested.

See you at the HGS MathComp Mixer!

Michael & Rob
9:30 - 13:00
Key Competences
Help! There’s a journalist on the line. Essential media skills for the academic researcher
Compact Courses
Speaker: Martin Enserink, Marsilius Visiting Professor • Science
Location: INF 130.1, Seminar Room 01.105
Registration: Please register here
Organizer: Marsilius Kolleg
ECTS: 1 for 5
This course is part of the course program of the current Marsilius Visiting Professorship. For information on the full program, please visit the event website.

There is an alternative date for this course on January 17, 2024.

"Hooray, it’s happening: a journalist wants to do an interview about your research. Now what? Should you trust her? How to prepare? What are the ground rules? What to say, and how do you say it? And what not to say? In this hands-on workshop, we’re going to discuss and practice media interviews and draw lessons from the experience."