Jun 14 – 18, 2021
Online event
Europe/Zurich timezone

Practical information

Cost and participation


Participation in this School is free of charge. However, in exchange we require and expect your active participation.

Active participation

If you want to attend this School, you commit to participate actively throughout the whole week. This means:

  • Attending all scheduled classes (lectures, exercises, group assignments and other activities)
  • Connecting on time (or preferably, a few minutes before) for each class
  • Taking a simple quiz after each lecture
  • Making the effort to complete the hands-on exercises
  • Contributing actively to the group assignments, with your microphone and camera enabled
  • Using the provided online platforms (and in particular Mattermost) for discussing, asking questions, and interacting with others
  • Taking the final exam

Please note that the School has a busy schedule, with up to 6 hours of classes per day. To be able to profit fully from the School, we strongly advise you to book the whole week for the School: empty your schedule for that week, don't plan any work or meetings, and inform your workmates that you will not be available during that week.

Number of places available

We want to offer you a rich learning environment, more personalised tuition, and a better possibility to interact with other participants. For these reasons, the number of participants is limited to 40. Consequently, only selected applicants, who are committed to fully attend to, and actively participate in the School, will be invited.

Application, selection

Eligibility to apply

We are committed to achieving an inclusive and stimulating environment at our Schools, and we encourage all qualified persons to apply. Applicants will be considered regardless of nationality, gender, age, ethnic origin, individual differences of belief, sexual orientation or disability.

The School is aimed at postgraduate (ie. minimum of Bachelor degree or equivalent) students, engineers and scientists with a few years' experience in particle physics, in computing, or in related fields. Participation is limited to 40 students. We welcome applications from all nationalities.

Students who have attended any previous main CERN Schools of Computing, who are interested in deepening their knowledge on the theme of this thematic CSC, are also welcome to apply.

Application process

To apply, please fill in the application form and provide the requested information. (If you have applied for the Thematic CSC 2020, please see the instructions you will receive via email, on updating your 2020 application.) 

In order to login, you may use a CERN account (see CERN Lightweight Account to obtain your lightweight account if you need one), an EduGAIN-enabled account, or a public service account (e.g. Facebook, Google, Live, Yahoo, Orange). You will need to create an Indico account during the application process, if you do not already have one.

Applicants should ensure that they have:

  1. completed the application form online
  2. uploaded a signed formal letter of reference (on formal headed paper from the applicant's institute/organization) from their professor or supervisor
  • If your professor or supervisor does not wish to provide you with a letter directly, s/he can email us your letter of reference instead. This should be sent directly to Computing.School@cern.ch, with the subject: Reference Letter tCSC spring 2021: [name of applicant]

The formal letter of reference needs to be received by the School (whether uploaded or emailed) by Friday 30 April 2021 (midnight CEST) at the latest.

If no letter is included, the application will be considered void and discarded from the selection process. It is your responsibility to ensure we receive it.

Selection of participants

Participant selection is done by members of the CSC Advisory Committee, and is based on the profile and the motivation of the applicants. The goal is to select participants who have enough education and work experience to profit fully from the school, and for whom the academic programme of the school is relevant to their work or research. 

Applicants will be informed of the selection decision by Tuesday 18 May 2021.