DISCnet News

10th February 2020:  DISCnet Placements 2020


DISCnet are seeking placement opportunities for over 35 students this summer.  If you have a data science challenge, please contact discnetplacements@soton.ac.uk.  The deadline for applications is Friday 28th February.





5th February 2020: DISCnet student Heidi Thiemann a finalist for the Risng Star Award

Congratulations to Heidi who commented "I'm over the moon to be a finalist for the Rising Star Award in  the everywoman Technology Awards! It's brilliant to be named alongside other powerful women leading the way in tech and business".

14 March 2019: DISCnet student Heidi Thiemann quizzes MPs in Parliament


Heidi commented "I couldn't agree more with MP Chi Onwurah's answer to my question about how to reduce the STEM skills gap - we need to create more pathways into STEM, both through funding for adult education, and increasing the ways into STEM which don't require a degree."


13 March 2019 : DISCnet student Lorenzo Zanisi wins second prize at Stem 4 Britain 2019


Lorenzo told us about his research and placement project saying, "In my everyday life as a PhD student I study how galaxies and the giant dark matter structures they live in evolve in the Universe. Galaxies are all very different from each other, as they display a breadth of physical properties and can only be broadly classified according to certain schemes. All this diversity is the result of their different formation mechanisms. The same applies to human beings. All of us have different genes, that come from our ancestors, and live different lifestyles. So, in principle one could use the the same tools to describe both humans and galaxies. In particular, the range of diversity in humans is at the heart of the very well known fact that the outcome of a given medical treatment (i.e. drugs) can be very different from person to person. To this it should be added that in current medical practice measurement errors are not taken into account. These two factors taken together limit the efficiency and efficacy of clinical care, but it is not clear to what extent. Quantifying this was the scope of an internship I have undertaken during the past year at St. Thomas' Hospital, London, and the outcome of which I have presented at the STEM for Britain poster competition."