What is a Carpentries Workshop?

The Carpentries teaches workshops around the world on the foundational skills to work effectively and reproducibly with data and code. Our certified volunteer Instructors are trained in pedagogy and focus on creating a motivating and engaging environment for learners. Our workshops are inclusive and hands-on, empowering students to learn new skills and build confidence in using them in their work.

Because our workshops are taught around the world, we have a team of Regional Coordinators to help support the coordination of workshop activities. They are available to answer any questions or concerns you may have about our workshops or The Carpentries in general.

We encourage you to check out our upcoming and past workshops to see examples of how The Carpentries workshops are run.

Read our Workshops FAQ to learn more.

Carpentries by the numbers







* Learners count is estimated based on average workshop attendance of 25.

Workshop Curriculum

Data Carpentry

Library Carpentry

Software Carpentry

Data Carpentry workshops are for people who work with data in their research and want to learn how to code and organise their projects to work more effectively and reproducibly with data.

Library Carpentry workshops are for people working in library- and information-related roles to build software and data skills. The workshops are domain-agnostic though datasets used will be familiar to library staff.

Software Carpentry workshops are for people who are learning to code to develop software or learn best-practices in software development. Lessons are domain-agnostic, and teach the Unix shell, coding in R or Python, and version control using Git.

There are many options for you to choose from! To help you decide which Lesson Program is best for your audience, please read the descriptions of our curricula.

Organising a Workshop

The Carpentries offers two types of workshops: Centrally-Organised and Self-Organised.

Requesting a Centrally-Organised Workshop

Centrally-Organised workshops come with the full support of The Carpentries Workshop Administration team! These workshops are organised for a fee. The Regional Coordinator for your region will locate and coordinate instructors for the workshop. We want to ensure your workshop is successful. Therefore we ask that you request Centrally-Organised workshops at least 2-3 months before your desired workshop date. To learn more about the process for organising a workshop please review the Workshop Checklist.

Please be advised that a workshop will not be scheduled until it has been confirmed by the host and The Carpentries Workshop Administrator. Our workshops are organised based on the order the Workshop Request Form is received and finalized. 

Registration of Self-Organised Workshops

The Carpentries welcomes you to organise and run your own workshop. This means you are already connected with our certified Instructors and will work with them on all aspects of workshop organisation. When planning a Self-Organised workshop we ask that you complete the Self-Organised workshop notification form to notify us of your planned workshop so that we can add your workshop to our website, provide support (in the form of survey result links and AMI instances for Genomics workshops), and get instructors and helpers credit for the workshops they teach. To learn more about the process for organising a workshop please review the Workshop Checklist. Since you will be taking care of all the logistics, there is no administrative fee due to The Carpentries for running a Self-Organised workshop.

Remember, we want to know about any workshops you teach that use The Carpentries material! If you teach a workshop that is shorter or longer format, or mixes and matches from Lesson Programs, we are piloting tracking these workshops. You can register a Self-Organised workshop and it will be listed on The Carpentries webpage.

What are the requirements for a Carpentries workshop?

A Carpentries workshop must meet the following requirements:

What are the Core curricula for a Carpentries Workshop?

Official Carpentries workshops meet the workshop requirements listed above, including teaching a lesson program's core curriculum. The core curriculum for each lesson program is listed below:

Data Carpentry

Library Carpentry

Software Carpentry

Data Carpentry workshops should contain the following:

  • A lesson on data organisation
  • Any three other lessons from in the same domain in the Data Carpentry curriculum

Library Carpentry workshops should contain the following:

  • Any three lessons from the Library Carpentry curriculum

Software Carpentry workshops should contain Software Carpentry lessons on:

  • The Unix Shell
  • Version Control with Git
  • A programming language (R or Python)

Workshop Cost

Our instructors are volunteers and are not paid for their time teaching. Therefore we ask the host to cover travel and accommodation costs for instructors assigned to teach at your institution.
  • The total cost of hosting a workshop includes both the Workshop Administration Fee and travel expenses for the instructors (for in-person workshops only).
  • The administration fee is used to support staff time with this partnership. You will be provided with exceptional customer service and timely support from our Workshop Administration Team and Regional Coordinators.

The workshop fee is dependent on the purchasing organisation's geographic location, according to the World Bank's gross national income categorisation. All fees listed are in USD and represent costs for not-for-profit or academic organisations. Costs for for-profit organisations are four times the fee listed for not-for-profit organisations.

Workshop Administration Fee (USD)
High income $3,000
Upper-middle income $2,250
Lower-middle income $1,500
Low income $750

Workshop Administration Financial Support

Financial support may be available for workshops that reach new or under-served communities. If you are interested in hosting a Centrally-Organised workshop and would like to request assistance covering the fee, please complete the Workshop Request Form. If financial support is awarded, the host will still be responsible for the instructor travel expenses.

Travel Expenses for Instructors

The instructors selected to teach workshops are volunteers and are not paid for their service. To compensate for their time we require the Host to cover travel expenses (for in-person workshops only). We work to find local instructors, but suggest that you estimate about $2000 total ($1000 per Instructor) for the travel, food, and accommodation of the instructors. The details of how you will manage the instructors' travel are discussed once the instructors are confirmed and introduced to the host. The Carpentries is not involved in this process.

Contact Us

Someone in your region is waiting to speak to you about The Carpentries and/or to request a workshop! We invite you to contact your Regional Coordinator or request information about our workshops to start the conversation!

Upcoming workshops

Click on an individual event to learn more about that event, including contact information and registration instructions.
cp logo dk Aarhus University **
Instructors: Adela Sobotkova, Max Odsberg
Sep 5 - Oct 13, 2023
cp logo no Centre for Digital Life Norway, ELIXIR-Norway, NRIS and the University of Bergen Library Digital Lab **
Instructors: Korbinian Bösl, Siri Kallhovd, Illimar Rekand, Michael Dondrup
Sep 25 - Sep 27, 2023
cp logo au globe image Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) **
Instructors: Pauline Lawrey, Jason Bell
Helpers: Billy Kenzler, Kasia Koziara, Richard Young, Joseph Clokey, Senn Oon
Sep 25 - Sep 28, 2023
swc logo nl University of Amsterdam & Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Instructors: Giordano Lipari, mattijs bliek, Elisa Rodenburg, Sophie Arnoult
Helpers: Jessica Hrudey, Eva Lekkerkerker, Max Paulus, Stephanie van de Sandt, Meron Vermaas
Sep 25 - Sep 28, 2023
swc logo za globe image The National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences (NITheCS)
Instructors: Eli Chadwick, Jean Baptiste Fankam Fankam, Refilwe Kai-Sikhakhane, Didier Barradas-Bautista
Sep 25 - Sep 29, 2023
cp logo us UGA Libraries DigiLab **
Instructors: Jason Wallace
Helpers: Emily Yaklich
Sep 26 - Sep 26, 2023
dc logo us Jackson Laboratory
Instructors: Matthew Benzing, Aida Miro-Herrans
Sep 26 - Sep 27, 2023
cp logo us University of Florida **
Instructors: Aida Miro-Herrans, Jason Brunson
Oct 2 - Oct 3, 2023
swc logo de University of Stuttgart, Germany
Instructors: Matthias Braun, Ioannis Iglezakis, Jan Vanvinkenroye
Helpers: Anett Seeland, Dorothea Iglezakis
Oct 10 - Oct 13, 2023
dc logo ma Mohammed V University in Rabat
Instructors: Melek Chaouch
Oct 11 - Oct 13, 2023
cp logo in globe image The Charutar Vidya Mandal (CVM) University **
Instructors: Parthasarathy Mukhopadhyay, Aditya Tripathi, Raina Gaharwar
Oct 12 - Oct 17, 2023
cp logo au globe image Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) **
Instructors: Jason Bell, Marlies Hankel
Helpers: Isaac Jennings, Billy Kenzler
Oct 16 - Oct 17, 2023
swc logo gb Science and Technology Facilities Council
Instructors: Patrick Austin, James Acris, Kyle Pidgeon, Ivan Finch, Mathew Sims
Oct 17 - Nov 1, 2023
cp logo us Institute for Modeling Collaboration and Innovation @ The University of Idaho **
Instructors: Chava Castaneda Barba, James Van Leuven
Helpers: Mosope Abanikannda, Boyu Zhang
Oct 19 - Oct 31, 2023
swc logo de Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Instructors: Michele Mesiti, Tomas Stary, Marie Houillon
Oct 19 - Oct 20, 2023
dc logo us St. Louis Zoo
Instructors: Kaija Gahm
Oct 20 - Oct 20, 2023
cp logo au globe image Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) **
Instructors: Kasia Koziara, Senn Oon, Joseph Clokey
Helpers: Billy Kenzler, Richard Young
Oct 23 - Oct 26, 2023
dc logo za globe image The National Institute for Theoretical and Computational Sciences - NITheCS
Instructors: Jia Qi Beh, Marie HIDJO, Benson Muite, Melek Chaouch
Oct 30 - Nov 3, 2023
swc logo us University of Miami
Instructors: Cameron Riopelle, Timothy Norris, Erica Newcome, Cecilia Lopez-Gamundi
Helpers: Thilani Samarakoon, Sreeharsha Venkatapuram, Catalina Canizares Escobar, Charles Brown-Roberts
Nov 2 - Nov 3, 2023
swc logo de Competence Center Digital Research (zedif) Jena
Instructors: Eckhard Kadasch, Christian Knüpfer, Philipp Matthias Schäfer, Volker Schwarze, Frank Löffler
Nov 6 - Nov 9, 2023
cp logo no University of Oslo **
Instructors: Federico Bianchini, Jeanne Cheneby, Zheng Wang
Helpers: Ada Koleini
Nov 13 - Nov 17, 2023
swc logo us University of Miami
Instructors: Cameron Riopelle, Thilani Samarakoon, Timothy Norris
Helpers: Michele Serita Mayne, Sreeharsha Venkatapuram, Catalina Canizares Escobar
Nov 15 - Nov 16, 2023
dc logo sg Singapore Management University Libraries
Instructors: Bella Ratmelia, Danping Dong
Nov 29 - Nov 30, 2023

** Workshops marked with asterisks are based on curriculum from The Carpentries lesson programs but may not follow our standard workshop format.

globe image Workshops with a globe icon are being held online. The corresponding flag notes the country where the host organisation is based.

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