Python is a general purpose programming language ideal for a wide variety of research needs.

As a researcher you may waste a lot of time wrestling with software and teaching yourself programming.

This valuable time is better spent doing what you're best at — researching! The answer? Python!

Python is a general purpose programming language widely used in academia and industry for its ability to quickly automate a wide variety of tasks.

Our beginner's workshop is aimed at researchers in the Parkville precinct with no coding experience. Material covered includes:

  • Data types
  • Lists and dictionaries
  • Conditionals (If/Else)
  • For and While Loops
  • Functions
  • Error Handling
  • File I/O
  • String manipulation

We also regularly hold Python meetups! Keep an eye on @resplat to get a heads up when they're happening.

All our events are FREE. To attend you must be from an AAF institution (this includes University of Melbourne and surrounding institutes).

Register for our upcoming workshops here.

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Duration: Around 8 hours for a workshop, or a few hours for a meetup.

Format: Two days during business hours for a workshop. The meetups run in the evening after business hours.

Frequency: Monthly

What you need: You will need to bring your own laptop and work through the installation instructions before arriving.

Jonathan Garber (@GeoGarber), Python Trainer

Jonathan is a PhD student in Geography at the University of Melbourne, where he studies Fluvial Geomorphology, which is really just a complex word for river science. His goal as a Python Research Community Coordinator is to help fellow students automate the boring stuff, do more advanced analyses, and awesome visualisations, all while having fun learning how to code!