August 24, 2014 to September 6, 2014
University of Minho and LIP
Europe/Lisbon timezone

Practical Information

Practical information CSC2014

Cost The total fee of the School is 1200 per participant. It covers all costs except travel.
See below : Fees What it covers and What it does NOT cover
Date and Place The 37th CERN School of Computing will be held at the University of Minho, Braga from Monday 25th of August to Friday 5th September 2014 (1)
(1) Students will have to arrive on the Sunday 24th August and leave on the Saturday 6th of September 2014.
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Participation The School is open to postgraduate students and research workers with a few years' experience in elementary particle physics, in computing or in related fields. The number of participants will be limited to 60 Applicants. They may come from CERN Member States as well as from other countries.

Personal contacts and informal discussions among the participants during leisure time are an important aspect of the School. For this reason, participants are asked to note that they should not be accompanied by family members or friends.
Site details The school (tuition) will take place on the campus of the Minho University.

Map of the Campus

Note: Smoking is banned in all in-door areas of the campus
Accommodation Participants will be accommodated in the Melia Braga Hotel
Av. General Carrilho da Silva Pinto, 8
4715-380 Braga, Portugal
T: +351 253144000 F: +351 253144009
GPS 41.5566 (N), -8.3955 (W)
Rooms Participants will be lodged in comfortable double rooms (they will share the double room with a schoolmate)
Rooms are provided with towel, hair dryer and iron.
WIFI is available in the room and in the lobby area
Beware that electricity outlet and receptacle use the F standard
Type F Socket
Hotel facilities

Facilities include outdoor and indoor swimming pool, fitness and shops.

Sport During the school, you will have the opportunity to practice different sports such as Tennis, Badminton, Climbing, Canoeing, Swimming, Football but also indoor sport activities
  • Bring your own racket for Tennis
  • Swimming costume
  • Shoes and sport wear for indoor activities
  • Hiking shoes for outdoor excursion
  • Sport shoes that will get wet if you participate in the canoeing excursion

Participants should reach the Hotel Melia Braga for on-site registration during the afternoon or early evening of Sunday, 24th of August 2014.
Registration will take place in the hall of the Hotel from 14:00 to 19:00
For any late arrival, please inform Yasemin before Sunday 24th August 2014.
Participants should note that lunch on the day of arrival (Sunday 24th of August 2014) is not provided, but the dinner is.
The School will end on the morning of Saturday 6st September 2014, after breakfast.

Travel arrangements

Participants are on their own to organize their travel to and from the school location.

The school does not organize travel tickets for participants
Once you get to Porto Airport, you can catch the following transports to Braga:
Train/Metro Catch the Metro to Campanhã Station or São Bento Station and then get a train to Braga. Duration: 2h00 Price (aprox.): 5€ Metro Train
Bus transfer Direct transfer to Braga from Porto Airport and vice versa, it works every day. Duration: 50 min Price: 8€ one-way - 14€ go & return. More information here
Taxi The taxis are located on the arrivals floor at Porto Airport. Duration: 40 min Price (aprox.): 60€

Porto Airport website

Fee: What it covers

The total fees of the School is 1200 per participant. The total fee of the school covers:

  • Tuition and handouts
  • Accommodation including breakfast and dinners in the Melia Braga Hotel from Sunday, 24th of August to the breakfast on Saturday 6th of September 2014.
  • Lunches, and two daily coffee breaks on the campus from Monday 25th of August to Friday 5th of September 2014.
  • All organized social activities (sport, excursions, special dinners ...) of which details will be given at a later time.

Participants should note that lunch on the day of arrival (Sunday 24th of August 2014) is not provided, but the dinner is.
The School will end on the morning of Saturday 6th September 2014, after breakfast.
Note on meals:
Participants are warned that all regular lunches and diners will have a common, buffet-style, menu. There will be no a-la-carte facility. It will not be possible to accommodate special dietary restrictions.

Fee: What it does NOT cover

The fee does not include travel expenses from the participants' working place to the Braga Melia Hotel and back.
Participants arriving before Sunday evening 24th of August or leaving after Saturday 6th of September a.m. will be entirely on their own: the school will neither arrange for their accommodation nor will cover any cost associated to their extended stay.
Any extra cost incurred during the stay (including private excursions, private expenses in the hotel and on the campus, private transport costs, private meals, ...) will not be borne by the school organization.
Any cost incurred by a participant not following the official excursion or social programme (e.g. meal cost of a participant not attending an excursion which includes a meal) will not be borne by the school organization.

Method of payment

The selected participants should pay the total fees prior to the school upon receipt of the letter of acceptance into the following account (the selection decision will ne notified to applicants by the end of June 2014)
For participants located at CERN and/or with CERN internal transfer capabilities:
Internal "Third Party" transfer to the following CERN team code: T371098

For participants external to CERN and/or with no CERN internal transfer capabilities:
Bank Name UBS SA, Genève
Bank Address CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland
Account number name 240-FP102816.3 / CERN Computing and Data
IBAN CH2000240240FP1028163
Subsidy and assiduity

The actual expenses per student exceed the total fees requested to participants. The difference between the actual cost and the total fee is borne by the school organization.

Academic participants are therefore subsidized, and complete assiduity to the entire scientific programme is mandatory.


Application period is open
See How to apply for details.
Candidates should ensure that not only have they completed the Web Application Form, but that a signed formal letter of reference (on formal headed paper from the applicant's institute/organization) from their supervisor or professor is uploaded on the registration site by the 2nd of May 2014 at the latest.
To help you, we have prepared a model of Reference Letter that can be edited. See How to apply.
In addition, a certification form must be filled in and signed by the applicant's supervisor or professor (and not by the applicant) and uploaded on the registration site by 2nd of May 2014
Note: applications are for the entire programme. It is not possible to register for one theme only.

Selection of participants

The number of participants is limited to 60.
The selection of the participants will be made by the Selection Advisory Committee and participants will be informed of the outcome of their application by the end of June 2014.

Cancellation The CERN School of Computing Advisory Committee reserves the right to refuse reimbursement of part or all of the fee in the case of late cancellation. However, each case of cancellation would be considered individually.
Replacement In all cases of withdrawal or cancellation, whether last-minute or otherwise, the choice of a replacement, if any, will lie entirely with the Advisory Committee and not with the laboratory or institute where the withdrawing participant works.
Liability and Insurance Participation in the CERN School of Computing and in all activities organized in the framework there of (whether by CERN or by third parties) is at the participant's own risk and neither CERN nor the third parties concerned accept any liability with regard thereto. Equipment and materials made available to participants during the CERN School of Computing are made available on an "as-is-basis" without any warranties express or implied. Their use shall be under the sole responsibility and at the sole risk of the participants.
Participants shall be solely responsible and liable regarding their property and CERN shall have no liability in case of loss, theft or damage thereof.
Participants shall ensure that, there shall at all times during the latter's participation in the CERN School of Computing be insurance cover against illnesses and accidents valid in the place of venue, and against disability and death resulting from illnesses and accidents of the participants. The participant shall hold CERN free and harmless from, and indemnify it for any cost or expense resulting from the situation where any part of the insurance cover detailed above is not in place.
Language The working language of the School will be English. There will be no simultaneous translation.

Participants should therefore have sufficient understanding of English to enable them to benefit from the School.
Enquiries All enquiries and correspondence related to the School should be addressed to:
E-mail: Computing (dot) school (at) cern (dot) ch