If you are a network engineer or a systems administrator or an IT expert from the African research and education community and are interested in Science Gateways, then you stand a great chance of developing and enhancing your skills of integrating scientific applications in the field by enrolling  for the upcoming Sci-GaIA Winter School Online set to run from March 1-31, 2016.

It’s so simple; all you need to do is form or join a team of up to four persons working on the development of a scientific application to be integrated in a science gateway and apply online before the 22nd of January 2016.

The school will be entirely web-based and it will include a combination of pre-recorded lectures and interactive sessions per week to check the progress of students through their short presentations and the correction of the exercises.

According to Sci-GaIA, the main aim of the school is to allow the creation of an intercontinental pool of experts that can act as an “interface” between the end-users of the Communities of Practice (CoPs) supported by the Sci-GaIA project and the e-Infrastructure services.

To qualify for enrollment, students from prospective teams must have prior knowledge of Java programming, web application development, basic unix shell and basic database management. Other selection criteria including relevance of applicants CVs to the winter school, composition and geographic distribution of the applicant’s team and the presence of a team’s proposed application will also be considered. Up to 10 proposed scientific applications from different teams of applicants are expected to be selected for the online school.

The detailed program of the school, including all pre-recorded lectures, training materials and descriptions of the scientific applications will be available online by the 22nd of February 2016.
At the end of the school, 2 persons from the winning and the runner- up applications teams will win a free participation to the Sci-GaIA Final Conference that will be held in Brussels in March/April 2017.

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