We are delighted to welcome Dr. Angelique van Rensburg to The Carpentries team. Angelique joins the team through support from the South African Center for Digital Language Resources (SADiLaR). Her work will advance SADiLaR’s community and workshop efforts in Southern Africa with a particular focus on advancing the development and deployment of Digital Humanities workshop materials. More broadly, Angelique will be developing strategies and workflows to adapt The Carpentries’ membership and workshop programs to function optimally in Southern Africa. She brings her experience and passion in data and software skills training to this role, and will advise The Carpentries on how to best adapt our programs to thrive in Southern Africa. Angelique will also assist and advise in developing a plan to create and support a strong team of volunteer instructors across the region. We are thrilled to have her on the team!
Message from Dr. Angelique van Rensburg
I am truly thrilled to be joining The Carpentries team in the capacity of Regional Consultant for Southern Africa. I am based in Johannesburg, South Africa and have been part of The Carpentries community since 2017 as an Instructor. As a postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Optentia Research Focus Area, North-West University, South Africa (2015-2018), I investigated the social-ecological contributions to youth resilience across five countries (Canada, Colombia, China, New Zealand, and South Africa). We found that within South Africa education is a cornerstone in supporting young people at-risk in doing well. The aforementioned, together with my involvement in The Carpentries resulted in various knowledge dissemination and transfer activities including workshops in basic programming skills as well as course material in the biannual Optentia Short Learning Program in Methodology; where I am also an Extraordinary Researcher.
My passion lies in empowering scholars, young and old, with the necessary skills to conduct efficient, open and reproducible research – The Carpentries is a great platform to take on this challenge.