27 August 2017 to 9 September 2017
Universidad Politécnica de Madrid
Europe/Zurich timezone

Practical information

Date and Place

The 40th CERN School of Computing will be held in Madrid, Spain from Monday 28 August to Friday 8 September 2017 inclusive.

The lectures and exercises will take place at the Montegancedo Campus of Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (28223 Pozuelo de Alarcón, Madrid). Our accommodation will be at Residencia Galdos, located in a vibrant student area of Madrid.

Students should aim to arrive at Residencia Galdos by the early evening of Sunday 27 August, and leave on Saturday 9 September.

The school is organized by CERN in collaboration with Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

Who can 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, or individual differences of belief, sexual orientation or disability.

The CSC 2017 school is aimed at postgraduate (ie. minimum of Bachelor degree or equivalent)engineers or scientists, working at CERN or at other research institutes, with experience in particle physics, in computing or in related fields. We welcome applications from all nationalities.

Attendance is limited to 60 students.

Attendance at the school is for the entire programme; it is not possible to register or follow one track only.

How to apply

The deadline for application is Wednesday 10 May 2017. All applications will then be subject to a selection process, according to the number of places available. Applicants will be informed by early June if they are successful.

Candidates should ensure that they have, by Wednesday 10 May 2017:

  • completed the Registration Form online
  • uploaded a signed formal letter of reference (on formal headed paper from the applicant's institute/organization) from their professor or supervisor.

The formal letter of reference received by the School (whether uploaded or emailed) by 10 May 2017 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.

If your professor or supervisor does not wish to provide you with a letter directly, s/he can can email us your letter of reference instead. This should be sent directly to computing.school@cern.ch, with the subject: Reference Letter CSC2017: [name of applicant]

Selection of participants

The selection of the participants will be made by the School Advisory Committee. Applicants will be informed of the outcome by 2 June 2017.

Applicants will receive a Letter of Acceptance from the School.

Payment of the School fee will confirm your place, at which point you will be considered a participant.

CSC Diploma & ECTS credits

Students who have successfully passed the examination and followed the entire programme will receive the CSC diploma. It will be presented at the closing session.

UPM will grant 6 ECTS credits for students who pass the exam (to be confirmed).

Students who followed the entire programme but did not successfully pass the final exam will receive a certificate of attendance.


The working language of the School (including for all exercises) will be English. As a participant, you must therefore have attained a sufficient level of English prior to the School commencing in order to follow effectively the tuition and be in a position to fully contribute.


If, for any reason, you are unable to take up your place at the School, you must inform the School Administration immediately by email (computing.school@cern.ch).

If you have already paid your participation fee, the School will give you a full refund so long as a suitable replacement participant can be found (NB: responsibility for identifying and inviting a potential replacement participant rests with the CERN, as the organiser of the School, and not with the individual participant).


Please address all enquiries to:  computing.school@cern.ch

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