REDCap Webinar – 19 September 2023

The eResearch Office (ERO) in collaboration with the Research Development and Postgraduate Support (RDPS) are organizing a seminar on the use of REDCap, a web application for collecting and managing research data.

The purpose of this session is to comprehensively cover the many stages involved in a REDCap project, from a general overview, the initial setup, progressing through data entry and data export processes as well as using advanced features and specialized modules.

To sign up for the webinar, Click on REGISTER

Email queries: Ms Aasiyah Chafekar (RDPS) at or
Dr Frederic Isingizwe (eResearch) at

Training Opportunity: DIPLOMICS Bioinformatics for Molecular Biologists

A training course offered by DIPLOMICS and Thermo Fisher Scientific that deals with the basics of the Linux operating system and command line operation is open for registration.

DIPLOMICS is a network of academic, commercial and industrial labs in South Africa and a resource for the national and international Omics community.  

This hands-on course includes:
– An introduction to the Linux OS and how to work in the command line;
– Relational databases and MySQL;
– Basic database operations (creating tables, inserting data, constructing queries);
– Python (or Perl) programming languages;
– Creating a script that transforms variant data into a format that can be loaded into a relational database.


The course is open to all molecular biologists and bench scientists interested in going beyond the graphic interface. The course is open to cross-platform data analysis users (not limited to Ion Torrent users).

Course dates: 22-26 August

Venue: DIPLOMICS training room in Cape Town (108 Albert Rd, Woodstock)

Apply here

Opportunity: The Carpentries are Recruiting Instructors

An ongoing opportunity to build teaching skills as part of a global community is available.

The Carpentries are actively recruiting Instructors to teach Centrally-Organised workshops. These workshops (currently being held online) are a great way to connect with a global community, meet new colleagues with shared interests, and share skills with researchers around the world. The Carpentries are currently offering priority admission to our Open Instructor Training program for applicants who indicate interest in teaching centrally-organised workshops.

There is limited space and participation bursaries, valued at ~R6000, are available.
Event dates: 1 – 3 June 2022 (2.5 days)

All applicants are welcome. No specific expertise is necessary, but they do expect that trainees will have the technical knowledge necessary to teach one or more of the core lessons from Data CarpentryLibrary Carpentry, or Software Carpentry. Instructor Training events are held online, so anyone with internet access and time to share can participate.

A challenge that we face in the Humanities is providing our students (and colleagues) with an opportunity to learn about computational approaches that they can apply in their current and future contexts. This instructor training opportunity will provide training to  provide the participant with foundational lessons regarding: 

  • Evidence-based teaching practices.
  • Teach you how to create a positive environment for learners at your workshops.
  • Provide opportunities for you to practice and build your teaching skills.
  • Help you become integrated into the Carpentries community.
  • Prepare you to use these teaching skills in teaching Carpentries workshops.

If you want more information, contact or visit the workshop website: