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Introduction to Python [Online]


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Python is a popular language for scientific computing, and great for general-purpose programming as well. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including data structures, and popular data science libraries such as pandas and numpy. This workshop uses curricula from Software Carpentry, whose mission is to help researchers get more work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing.

Setup & Software Installation

Participants will need to install Python on their device.

We will be using Python 3.7 and Jupyter notebooks throughout the workshop. The easiest way to install is via Anaconda We will also explore incorporating an IDE such as PyCharm, please ensure you install this. 

In addition to this, please make sure you install the following Python dependencies:

Matplotlib (Instructions  )
Numpy (Instructions  )
Pandas (Instructions
Plotly  (Instructions


This workshop is designed for people with no background in Python.

Register for upcoming workshops

Title Location Dates
Introduction to Python [Online] : 2020-10-06 to 2020-10-08 via Zoom (link will be sent to participants 24 hours before the workshop/event begins) Tuesday, October 6, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Thursday, October 8, 2020 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm