Main School

The main CERN School of Computing (CSC) is our flagship School. It lasts two weeks and is a "summer university" providing a series of lectures and hands-on exercises, with an official CSC Diploma upon successful completion of the CSC exam.

Who

It is open to postgraduate students and research workers, working at CERN or at external institutes, with a few years of experience in elementary particle physics, in computing or in related fields.

The participants come from worldwide laboratories and universities, even outside the particle physics community, generally attracted by the advanced topics that are taught. Attendance ranges from 60 to 80 students, typically of 15 to 30 different nationalities (60 different nationalities over the past 10 years). About 80% of the students come from European countries.

As the main summer School is very popular and there are a limited number of places, all applications go through a selection process.

When

The school lasts two weeks, and is generally hosted at a university campus. The two consecutive weeks are usually mid-August - early September, with lectures starting on Monday and ending on the Friday of the following week.

What

The School delivers a series of lectures and hand-on exercises for a total of approximately 50 hours generally equally divided between lectures and practical work. The hands-on part is a central component of the school, and may include projects or mini-competitions carried out between the groups of students.

CSC Diploma and ECTS credits

The school delivers an official CERN School of Computing diploma upon a successful completion of the exam that takes place towards the end of the school. The exam is optional and the students who successfully pass the exams obtains the diploma.

Depending on specific agreements with the local university, the students obtaining the diploma may also obtain some European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) credits. The exact number of credits  depends on the school programme and year, and is awarded by the hosting University.

Sports

The school also offers a sport programme of around 2-3 hours on most afternoons. The aim of the programme is not only to provide a healthy work-life balance before the late-afternoon working sessions begin, but it also provides additional opportunities for interactions between students, lecturers and organizers. The sports aspect is not compulsory, and no student should feel pressured to take part if not interested. 

The sports that are offered depend on the local facilities, and usually include ball sports, racquet sports, running, biking as well as some 'special' sports such as kayaking, canyoning or scuba-diving.

The programme is also a great opportunity to discover new sport or to improve skills.

List of main schools

Edition Website Datessort ascending Town Country Nb of students
40 CSC 2017 Aug 2017 Madrid Spain 63
39 CSC 2016 Aug 2016 Mol Belgium 49
38 CSC 2015 Sep 2015 Kavala Greece 76
37 CSC 2014 Aug 2014 Braga Portugal 61
36 CSC 2013 Aug 2013 Nicosia Cyprus 62
35 CSC 2012 Aug 2012 Uppsala Sweden 59
34 CSC 2011 Aug 2011 Copenhagen Denmark 59
33 CSC 2010 Aug 2010 Uxbridge United Kingdom 51
32 CSC 2009 Aug 2009 Gottingen Germany 69
31 CSC 2008 Aug 2008 Gjovik Norway 52
30 CSC 2007 Aug 2007 Dubrovnik Croatia 79
29 CSC 2006 Aug 2006 Helsinki Finland 79
28 CSC 2005 Sep 2005 Saint Malo France 79
27 CSC 2004 Aug 2004 Vico Equense Italy 77
26 CSC 2003 Aug 2003 Krems a.n.Donau Austria 69
25 CSC 2002 Sep 2002 Vico Equense Italy 71
24 CSC 2001 Sep 2001 Santander Spain 58
23 CSC 2000 Sep 2000 Marathon Greece 74
22 CSC 1999 Sep 1999 Stare Jablonki Poland 45
21 CSC 1998 Sep 1998 Funchal Portugal 57
20 CSC 1997 Aug 1997 Pruhonice Czech Republic 65
19 CSC 1996 Sep 1996 Egmond aan Zee The Netherlands 91
18 CSC 1995 Aug 1995 Arles France 68
17 CSC 1994 Aug 1994 Sopron Hungary 48
16 CSC 1993 Sep 1993 L'Aquila Italy 49
15 CSC 1992 Aug 1992 L'Aquila Italy 66
14 CSC 1991 Aug 1991 Ystad Sweden 69
13 CSC 1990 Sep 1990 Ysemonde Belgium 42
12 CSC 1989 Aug 1989 Bad Herrenalb Germany 72
11 CSC 1988 Aug 1988 Oxford United Kingdom 62
10 CSC 1987 Sep 1987 Troia Portugal 71
9 CSC 1986 Aug 1986 Renesse The Netherlands 54
8 CSC 1984 Sep 1984 Aiguablava Spain 86
7 CSC 1982 Aug 1982 Zinal Switzerland 48
6 CSC 1980 Sep 1980 Vraona Greece 61
5 CSC 1978 May 1978 Jadwisin Poland 81
4 CSC 1976 Sep 1976 La Grande Motte France 60
3 CSC 1974 Aug 1974 Godoysun Norway 62
2 CSC 1972 Sep 1972 Pertisau Austria 67
1 CSC 1970 Aug 1970 Varenna Italy 66

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