Visiting Berlin’s Weizenbaum Institute

So, my trips for doing science in the past few years have mostly been to the far east, such as South Korea, Japan and Indonesia. Today, my travels bring me to the near east: after eight years I have arrived in Berlin, Germany again, only 600 kilometers from home. Today, I start my short fellowship at the Weizenbaum Institute, on invitation by Ulrike Klinger.

It’s nice to spend a few weeks in Berlin, not like on vacation but as a temporary resident. I arrived on Friday, exploring the city by bike on Saturday, and on Sunday jogging in Grunewald. And it’s good to brush up my German language skills (it’s been a while since I watched Rappelkiste or Tatort)

My main activity here in Berlin will be to teach PhD students the intricate ways of R and RStudio. I’m looking forward to do it. I already met a few people who’ll participate.

In the mean time, I am revising the course, redoing all the slides using Markdown in R. This course will also be the backbone of the new Radboud Summer Course in 2019 about data science. More on early 2019 on this blog.

But, besides doing some science, I also enjoy visiting museums such as the Technology Museum. Visit it, but take your time: it’s LARGE.

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Maurice Vergeer

I am Maurice Vergeer, working at Communication Science department of the Radboud University Nijmegen, in the Netherlands.