As part of our international outreach and to empower students in Africa with the programming tools needed to bridge the gap between theory and practice, research students at the University of Glasgow, led by Sofiat Olaosebikan, have designed and will deliver an annual Python programming workshop named PWSAfrica (Programming Workshop for Scientists in Africa).
"During my masters programme at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences, I was exposed to computer programming, and this marked a significant paradigm shift in my academic career. I saw scientific research from a completely different perspective. I felt empowered! Unfortunately, this opportunity is not readily available to many scientists in Africa. It was particularly saddening when a group of lecturers at my alma mater in Nigeria offered to pay me money in exchange for me to teach them how to code. Since then I have nurtured the idea of running an initiative that offers free programming training for scientists in Africa.
I strongly believe that if the African scientists are empowered with the essential scientific computing skills, they will grow to become creative thinkers, they will be able to help themselves and they will be confident enough to inspire the people around them. In all, they will become innovators driving the continent's scientific and educational self-sufficiency. Interestingly, I am a good example of one such African scientist who was empowered!"
Sofiat Olaosebikan (Lead Coordinator, PWSAfrica)
Members of the team are all research students and staff at the School of Computing Science, University of Glasgow. We are passionate about programming, and we want to share the knowledge with others.