STFC Centre for Doctoral Training — National Kickoff Event, Cardiff 26th October 2017

On 26th October, over 120 beginning postgraduate research students from around the UK assembled at the Hotel Mercure in Cardiff to celebrate the establishment of 8 Centres for Doctoral Training in Data Intensive Science, supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) with funds provided via the government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

The event, hosted by the Bristol - Cardiff - Swansea CDT consortium, was also attended by academics from participating universities and representatives from industry partners, was addressed by the STFC Chief Executive Dr. Brian Bowsher, and was also richly entertained by an exciting account of the recent observation of a binary neutron star merger by Cardiff University’s Prof. Patrick Sutton. 
 
STFC DTC Kick-Off Event Cardiff Oct 2017Each CDT student will be supported for four years, during which they will benefit from data science-specific training and a six-month placement with an industrial or commercial partner organisation. 

Five of the students have just started in Swansea, under the supervision of researchers in Computer Science and Physics, as part of a CDT consortium between cognate research groups in Bristol, Cardiff and Swansea Universities. A total of 15 students are supported across the three universities.

Attending the event on behalf of Swansea University

In the picture (L->R)
Professor Gert Aarts (Physics)
Profs. Biagio Lucini and Simon Hands (Swansea leads for the CDT)
Prof. Nuria Lorenzo-Dus (Dear of Postgraduate Research)
Dr. Adeline Paiement  (Computer Science)
Prof. John Tucker (dPVC for High Performance Computing)

Prof. Chris Allton and Dr Ivonne Zavala (Physics) also attended.