MeerKAT@5 Pulsar Timing Workshop

South African Astronomical Observatory

Feb 12-13, 2024

9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Instructors: Matthew Bailes, Ryan Shannon, Marisa Geyer, Daniel Reardon, Huanchen Hu, Jaikhomba Singha, Sarah Buchner


General Information

Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

For more information on what we teach and why, please see our paper "Best Practices for Scientific Computing".

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: FIXME. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.

When: Feb 12-13, 2024. Add to your Google Calendar.

Requirements: Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) that they have administrative privileges on. They should have a few specific software packages installed (listed below).

Accessibility: We are committed to making this workshop accessible to everybody. For workshops at a physical location, the workshop organizers have checked that:

Materials will be provided in advance of the workshop and large-print handouts are available if needed by notifying the organizers in advance. If we can help making learning easier for you (e.g. sign-language interpreters, lactation facilities) please get in touch (using contact details below) and we will attempt to provide them.

Contact: Please email or for more information.

Roles: To learn more about the roles at the workshop (who will be doing what), refer to our Workshop FAQ.

Code of Conduct

Everyone who participates in Carpentries activities is required to conform to the Code of Conduct. This document also outlines how to report an incident if needed.


Please be sure to complete these surveys before and after the workshop.

Pre-workshop Survey

Post-workshop Survey


Time Monday (12th) Time Tuesday (13th)
09:00 - 9:30 Welcoming 9:00 - 10:00 Pulsar Timing Theory: Marisa
9:30 - 10:30 Arrival Coffee, Ice breaker and VM Setup 10:00 - 10:30 Morning Tea
10:30 - 11:00 Introduction to MeerKAT: Sarah Buchner 10:30 - 11:30 Creating ToAs: Jia/Huanchen
11:00 - 12:00 Introduction to Pulsars: Matthew Bailes 11:30 - 12:30 Timing with tempo2: Jai/Huanchen
12:00 - 13:00 Lunch 12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:00 - 14:00 GW Astrophysics: Ryan 13:30 - 14:30 Noise Modelling Theory: Ryan
14:00 - 15:00 Pulsar Data Theory: Marisa 14:30 - 15:00 Intro to Enterprise: Daniel
15:00 - 15:30 Afternoon Tea 15:00 - 15:30 Noise Analysis with Enterprise: Daniel
15:30 - 17:00 Interacting with Pulsar Data 15:30 - 16:00 Afternoon Tea
16:00 - 17:00 GW Searches with Enterprise: Daniel