The second South African in-person Carpentry instructor training will take place from 30 April to 2 May in Cape Town and will co-incide with the eResearch Africa Conference.

The workshop will be lead by Dr. Kari L. Jordan, Deputy Director of Assessment (Data Carpentry) and Anelda van der Walt, eResearch Consultant (NWU/Talarify).

The event is a mix of lectures and hands-on lessons where participants will practice giving a short lesson using evidenced-based teaching approaches. This is training for teaching, not technical training; applicants will have to demonstrate experience in using at least one of the tools taught by the Carpentries. The lessons taught at Carpentry workshops are available at and This workshop is based on the constantly revised and updated curriculum.

The course is aimed at researchers, postgraduates, postdocs, and research support staff affiliated with South African academic or research institutes who are interested in becoming better teachers. In particular, this training is aimed at those who want to become Software and Data Carpentry instructors, run workshops, and contribute to the Carpentry training materials. Successful applicants will be expected to teach a Carpentry workshop within 12 months of completing the training.

For more information on Software Carpentry, Data Carpentry and the instructor training workshop, please visit the workshop website.  The 2016 instructor training event that was held at the NWU is summerised in a blog post. More information about workshops ran at NWU in 2015/2016 can be found at the respective articles: Genomics Data Carpentry (R and genomics software) and the general Software Carpentry workshop (teaching R & Python).

R1000 registration fee will be charged to cover travel and accommodation of instructors. Sponsorship may be available upon request with motivation. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation. Lunch and coffee will be provided daily.  

The workshop is co-organised by the North-West University, DIRISA, and Takealot.



30 April - 2 May 2017


14:00-17:00 (30 April 2017)
08:30-16:30 (1 & 2 May 2017)


12th Floor
10 Rua Vasco Da Gama Plain
8001 Foreshore
Cape Town