Frequently asked questions
List of questions
Yes, please bring a laptop. This must be electrically safe.
Yes. The detailed requirements for all the courses vary. Please check out what is required to install for your particular courses from the web pages that link from http://ngcm.soton.ac.uk/summer-academy/ (you can either use the links in the navigation bar on the left or the links in the middle of the page within the "Training Courses" section).
We will provide wireless Internet access: if you have an eduroam account at your university in the UK or Europe, this will (or should) just work.
If you are from outside Europe or not from a university, please let us know at the registration or IT helpdesk, and we can arrange individual Internet access for you.
Slack is a communication tool (mostly) for software development teams, but we will try to see how it works to support the NGCM Summer Academy. If you know Gitter, then in a first approximation, Slack is very similar.
In short, it is a chat client with persistent history, the ability to upload files, and all sorts of bells and whistles. More details at https://slack.com
If you participate in the summer academy, you will be invited to join 'slack' - it is straightforward to follow the instructions.
Once you have created your login, you will be taken to a chat client with persistent history, that can be reached through a browser at http://ngcmsummeracademy2016.slack.com.
Within that slack environment, we have set up a number of dedicated channels:
You can decide which channels to join (just click on them in the webinterface or your slack app if you have one), and you can adjust notifications etc as you like within the slack environment. All messages in all channels can be read by anybody at the summer academy. If you want to send a private message, use the 'DIRECT MESSAGES' links - these are only visible to you and the receiver.
The slack environment is only visible to participants of the summer academy.
Of course you can ignore slack completely - entirely your call.
We are using the NGCM's twitter feed @NGCM_Soton and hashtag #NGCMSummerAcademy.
Tweets tagged with #NGCMSummerAcademy are listed here.
On the Boldrewood Campus of the University of Southampton.
To get to the workshop rooms, you need to enter through building 176, even though the rooms themselves are labelled to be in building 176L. Follow the orange arrow on the map below to find the entrance.
Here is a floorplan of the level 1, building 176L (between building 175 and 176, entrance through 176).
The NGCM Summer Academy does not provide any accommodation. However, there are several hotels and B&Bs in Southampton within walking distance or a bus ride away from Boldrewood campus. We suggest the following hotels:
The University currently has a set rate of £66.00 per night for a standard room with breakfast at the Highfield House Hotel. You should mention that you are expecting the University set rate when booking (but also check any deals available at the time, as these may be better).
Alternatively, you may be able to book a room in University accommodation by contacting the University's accommodation service.
All courses are relevant to computational research, but depending on your particular research project some may be of higher immediate or long term value than others. We try to provide some rough guidance here, ordered by the workshops available:
While there are maximum numbers of attendees for each workshop, we aim and generally expect to be able to allocate the desired workshops to all participants.
You select those when you register.
The NGCM summer school has 50 subsidised spaces that will be made available to UK PhD students working in some form with computational modelling. These could be from our Centre of Doctoral Training in Next Generation Computational Modelling, other CDTs, and other PhD students in the UK.
Please go to the registration page to register.