Jul 9 – 13, 2018
Sofia, Bulgaria
Europe/Sofia timezone

Software training for the next generation of Physicists: joint experience of LHCb and ALICE

Jul 9, 2018, 2:15 PM
Hall 3 (National Palace of Culture)

Hall 3

National Palace of Culture

presentation Track 5 – Software development T5 - Software development


Dario Berzano (CERN) Chris Burr (University of Manchester (GB))


The need for good software training is essential in the HEP community. Unfortunately, current training is non-homogeneous and the definition of a common baseline is unclear, making it difficult for newcomers to proficiently join large collaborations such as ALICE or LHCb.
In the last years, both collaborations have started separate efforts to tackle this issue through training workshops, via Analysis Tutorials (organized by the ALICE Juniors since 2014) and the StarterKit (organized by LHCb students since 2015).
In 2017, ALICE and LHCb have for the first time joined efforts to provide combined training by identifying common topics, such as version control systems (Git) and programming languages (e.g. Python). Given the positive experience and feedback, this collaboration will be repeated in the future.
We will illustrate the teaching methods, experience and feedback from our first common training workshop. We will also discuss our efforts to extend our format to other HEP experiments for future iterations.

Primary authors

Dario Berzano (CERN) Redmer Alexander Bertens (Nikhef National institute for subatomic physics (NL)) Albert Puig Navarro (Universität Zürich (CH)) Chris Burr (University of Manchester (GB)) Violaine Bellee (EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale Lausanne (CH))

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