Supplementary Ressources

This page contains useful supplementary resources and tools useful for research and training. Note that this list is not intended to be complete but rather a best practise that we found useful. However, for tools we provide references to alternatives as every person has its own style. Suggestions are welcome, too.

The following contains principles and concepts we found useful, tools are described separately.

Communication

Stress

Academic writing

General

Content

Style

  • Which pronouns to use in the thesis (I prefer passive generally, with careful use of I/We): further reading

Presentations

  • There exist various styles; depending on the aim of the presentation few are effective

Data visualization

Self esteem

Project management

  • See Julian's own primer to lightweight project management, which contains an honest reflection of his experience and the way he handles projects (created using Pandoc).

Time management

The success of any non-trivial endeavours depend on proper time and project management.

Coding

HPC

The following is a list of tools we use. We welcome suggestions to improve this list.

Notebook

Recording your progress and experiments is key to success and reproducibility.

  • Google Doc for the joint recording of meetings and progress
  • Jupyter notebook allows embedding description, experiment (data analysis), result and conclusion into one notebook.

Report

  • LaTeX (see also the UoR template)
  • Shared editing of documents with Overleaf

Presentation

Graphics

  • Inkscape (vectors in SVG or PDF)
  • Gimp (pixel/bitmap data, e.g., png)
  • Graphviz (for quickly drawing trees)
  • PlantUML (Graphviz extension) drawing software design documents

Plots

Coding

Other

Templates for presentations, reports, theses, and letters can be found on our repository. They also contain some supplementary information on how to use and structure accordingly.