We hope to be able to organise this school with physical presence, in Cargèse, Corsica, France - and the rest of the information on this page assumes such a school. However, this obviously depends on the evolution of the pandemic, and on the sanitary restrictions in place. If an in-person school is impossible, we will move to an online format. We are closely monitoring the situation, and plan to confirm the format of the school several weeks before the school start.
Date and place
The 10th Thematic CERN School of Computing will be held in Cargèse, Corsica (France), from Monday 2 May morning to Friday 6 May 2022 evening. Students should arrive on Sunday 1 May during the day (see details in the "Travel" section below) and leave on Saturday 7 May.
The school is organized by CERN and is hosted at the Institut d’Études Scientifiques de Cargèse (IESC). The Institute is located on the west coast of the French island of Corsica, 50 km north of Ajaccio city and its international airport.
Institut d’Etudes Scientifiques de Cargèse
Applications and selection
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 (i.e. minimum of Bachelor degree or equivalent) students, engineers and scientists with a few years' experience in particle physics, in computing, or in related fields. We welcome applications from all countries and nationalities.
Students who have attended any previous main CERN Schools of Computing, and who are interested in deepening their knowledge on the theme of this Thematic CSC, are also welcome to apply.
To apply, please fill in the application form and provide the requested information.
In order to login, you may use a CERN account, an EduGAIN-enabled account, or a public service account (GitHub, Google, Facebook or LinkedIn account). Alternatively, you can create a CERN lightweight account, and then login with your email ("Guess access"). You will also need to create an Indico account during the application process, if you do not already have one.
Applicants should ensure that they have:
- completed the application form online, and
- 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 2022: [name of applicant]
The letter of reference needs to be received by the school (whether uploaded or emailed) by Sunday 23 January 2022 (midnight CET) 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.
The number of participants is limited to 30.
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 Thursday 10 February 2022.
Selected applicants will receive an Invitation Letter from the school. Payment of the registration fee will confirm your place, at which point you will be considered a participant.
Participants must have health and accident cover that includes adequate protection (including emergency medical treatment, hospitalisation and repatriation in case of illness or accident), and against disability or death resulting from illnesses and accidents, for the country in which the school takes place. This insurance must also cover cases related to Covid-19 pandemic.
Participants shall hold CERN free and harmless from any cost or expense resulting from the situation where adequate insurance cover is not in place.
See useful information to travel to Cargèse for transport links.
- The nearest airport is Ajaccio airport
- IESC (the hosting institute) will organise shuttle buses on Sunday May 1st, from Ajaccio to IESC - details will be communicated in due time
- People arriving on another day shall organise their own transport to IESC (see here for some suggestions)
- Additional information on Corsica is available at https://www.visit-corsica.com/en/Business-tourism
Participants are responsible for organising their own travel to Ajaccio airport on Sunday 1 May, or to IESC if arriving on another day. The school does not organize travel tickets for participants. The travel cost to and from the school is not included in the school fee (except for the shuttle bus between the Ajaccio airport and IESC on Sunday 1 May and on Saturday 7 May).
Participants who wish to take the provided shuttle bus from the Ajaccio airport to IESC, should plan to arrive at Ajaccio airport not later than 1pm on Sunday May 1. (More details will be provided in due time.)
Important: do not book your travel before you get a confirmation from us that the School will indeed take place in person.
Participants are responsible for obtaining a valid visa to enter the country of the school location when this is required. The cost of a visa is not included in the school fee.
Accommodation and Meals
Participants will be housed in the IESC accommodations, or in a nearby hotel. Depending on their preferences, and subject to the Covid-19 restrictions and measures in place, participants will be accommodated either in single rooms, or in shared (twin) rooms, with private bathrooms. Room allocation for shared rooms is done by the school organisers, with the aim of bringing together participants with different backgrounds and profiles.
Accommodation from May 1 to May 7 is included in the school fee.
Smoking is banned in all rooms, and in general in indoor areas.
All breakfasts and lunches (from Sunday 1 May evening to Saturday 7 May morning), as well as three special dinners are included in the school fee. All food onsite at IESC is served as a buffet, while the special meals out are at local restaurants.
Participants should note that breakfast and lunch on Sunday 1 May is not provided. Similarly, the evening meals (except for the three special dinners) are also not provided - participants will have the possibility to explore a wide range of local restaurants in the nearby village of Cargèse (or cook their own meals in the kitchen area available at IESC, if they wish so).
We will ask you in a dedicated survey about any specific dietary requirements you may have, and do our best to accommodate accordingly, given the local catering options available. However, we cannot make any guarantees.
Organizing the school in an environmentally responsible way is one of our goals.
During the school, we will:
- Serve meals and drinks with washable plates, glasses and utensils; or with recycled and/or biodegradable ones
- Have vegetarian and vegan dishes available as an alternative to dishes based on meat
- Limit the amount of printed materials (and in particular, only provide the printed version of the school booklet to those who want to have one)
- Separate and recycle waste
Please help us:
- Consider traveling to school by train, bus, ferry, or any other less polluting means of transport, if possible
- Bring your own reusable water bottle or cup