CANCELLED: Insight from Spatial Data: yt User/Developer Workshop


This workshop is cancelled due to the covid-19 outbreak.

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The yt project is an open-source, community driven Python package for analyzing large, complex geometric and spatial datasets. Originally designed for astrophysical simulations, yt has expanded into a number of other domains with spatial analysis needs, including the geosciences, medical imaging, nuclear and plasma physics, and seismology.

This week-long workshop will introduce newcomers to yt’s functionality and provide them the opportunity to learn and work with many of the project’s development team. The first half of the week will be devoted to tutorials of both core features and domain-specific applications. In the latter half of the week, the focus will shift to development and collaborative activities with a goal of helping new users become new contributors. Attendees will be encouraged to bring along samples of unsupported data formats.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Corentin Cadiou (University College London)
  • Madicken Munk (University of Illinois)
  • Britton Smith (University of Edinburgh)
  • Matthew Turk (University of Illinois)
  • John Wise (Georgia Institute of Technology)
  • John Zuhone (Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)

Important Dates

This workshop is postponed due to the covid-19 outbreak. The webpage will be updated with details of new dates in due course.


The workshop will be held in the Higgs Centre for Theoretical Physics in the James Clerk Maxwell Building, located on the Kings Buildings Campus of the University of Edinburgh.

Requesting Financial Support

A small amount of funding is available to support participants who would not otherwise be able to attend. This support will include a reservation for a single room at the Pollock Halls of Residence and/or reimbursement for travel expenses from the EU or UK, up to an amount to be determined after all requests have been received. If you would like to request support, please contact Britton Smith by Friday 27 March, 2020. After this date, applicants will be sent offers of support and registration will open. In your email, please provide your current affiliation and a rough estimate of travel costs.


Registration will be limited to a maximum of 40 participants and will open on tbc. There will be a registration fee of £40. This will allow us to provide financial assistance for a few participants and cover catering costs. A link to register will be posted here when registration officially opens. The deadline to register is tbc.


Please follow this link to view available B&Bs and guesthouses close to the Kings Building Campus and the James Clerk Maxwell Building. Please inquire about academic rates. Another affordable option is the Pollock Halls of Residence.


Below is a rough schedule of activities. All sessions will break for 30 minutes halfway through. Development sessions will begin with discussion and planning of activities and be followed by work in break-out groups. Two break-out rooms (for 5-6 people) will be available during these times.

This workshop is postponed due to the covid-19 outbreak. The webpage will be updated with details of new dates in due course.

Monday, 29 June8:30-9:00Registration/Welcome
12:00-1:00Lunch (provided)
Tuesday, 30 June9:00-12:00Tutorials
12:00-1:00Lunch (provided)
Wednesday, 1 July9:00-12:00Tutorials
Free Afternoon
Thursday, 2 July9:00-12:00Development/Collaboration
12:00-1:00Lunch (provided)
Friday, 3 July9:00-12:00Development/Collaboration
12:00-1:00Lunch (provided)

Figure: clockwise from top-left, 1) seismology visualization from the Seismic Sound Lab; 2) molecules in star-forming clouds observed by ALMA; 3) velocity profiles of simulated pre-stellar gas clouds; 4) magnetic fields in white dwarfs; 5) volume render of a core-collapse supernova. All images made with yt. See more in the yt gallery.


CANCELLED: Insight from Spatial Data: yt User/Developer Workshop

Higgs Centre Workshop
  • Britton SMITH (The University of Edinburgh)