What is a Carpentries Workshop?

The Carpentries teaches in-person 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. 

Summary of workshop costs

Institution type Workshop coordination fee Instructor Travel
Non-profit or government US $2500 Estimate US $2000*
For-profit Contact us**

* We work to find local instructors, but you should budget for instructor travel
** 50% of fees for for-profit institutions go to support workshops in areas with financial need
Read more about our workshop costs.

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.
  • 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.

Workshop Administration Fee (Government and non-profit institutions):

  • $2500 US (Applies only to Centrally-Organised workshops being coordinated outside of a Carpentries membership)
  • The Carpentries staff will recruit instructors to teach your workshop and will assist with managing registration, if needed.
  • To keep workshops accessible, The Carpentries will take responsibility for standard fees that arise due to an organisation’s location outside of the US. We see this as good business practice within a global community.

Workshop Administration Fee (For Profit institutions):

For information on fees for for-profit organisations, please contact us. 50% of workshop coordination fees for for-profit organisations go towards supporting workshops in areas with financial need.

All invoices will be issued by Community Initiatives, our fiscal sponsor. The Carpentries staff will work with host sites to manage the invoicing process.

Workshop Administration Scholarship

Scholarships 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. Select the option “I am requesting a scholarship to waive the administrative fee” and answer the required questions. If a scholarship 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. 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 is 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 us NC Central University **
Instructors: R Uma, Alade Tokuta, Tonny Sangutei
Aug 12 - Apr 8, 2022
cp logo bd globe image Brac University (online) **
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Md Intekhabul Hafiz
Oct 16 - Jan 22, 2022
cp logo bd globe image Brac University (online) **
Instructors: Benson Muite, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Md Intekhabul Hafiz
Helpers: Nakayiza Hellen, Md Sabbir Hossain
Oct 22 - Jan 28, 2022
cp logo dk Aarhus University **
Instructors: Adela Sobotkova, Petra Heřmánková
Nov 2 - Dec 10, 2021
swc logo au Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery
Instructors: Sarah Williams, William Pinzon Perez, Amanda Miotto, Gayathri Thillaiyampalam
Dec 3 - Dec 10, 2021
dc logo nl globe image Netherlands eScience Center (online)
Instructors: Leon Oostrum, Francesco Nattino, Sven van der Burg
Helpers: Ou Ku
Dec 6 - Dec 9, 2021
dc logo us globe image Jackson Laboratory
Instructors: Mary-Francis LaPorte, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Madeleine Gastonguay
Dec 7 - Dec 10, 2021
swc logo gb globe image Research Software London (online)
Instructors: Katerina Michalickova, Iain Stenson, Amit Mandal
Helpers: Iain Barrass, Jeremy Cohen, Sarah Jaffa, Tom Roberts, Jay DesLauriers, Hannah Williams, David Wong, Alessandro Felder, Aasiyah Rashan, Yasel Quintero, Mary Tziraki
Dec 8 - Dec 10, 2021
swc logo pr globe image Princeton University
Instructors: Marcel Stimberg, Avishek Kumar, Devasena Inupakutika
Dec 13 - Dec 14, 2021
dc logo gb globe image Environmental Chemistry and Public Health Research Group, Department of Chemistry, University of Bath, UK (online)
Instructors: Kishore Kumar Jagadeesan
Dec 13 - Dec 17, 2021
cp logo us globe image University of North Texas (online) **
Instructors: Lauren Ko
Helpers: Manuel Gottardi
Dec 16 - Dec 16, 2021
swc logo us globe image University of Wisconsin-Madison (online)
Instructors: Trisha Adamus, Christopher Endemann, Dorothea Salo, Casey Schacher, Sarah Stevens
Helpers: Erwin Lares, Tobin Magle, Clare Michaud, Sailendharan Sudakaran
Jan 10 - Jan 21, 2022
cp logo us globe image Project DA-FANH **
Instructors: Robin Donatello, Jingjing Guo, Essia Hamouda
Jan 13 - Jan 14, 2022
swc logo us globe image Carpentries @ MIT: Intro to UnixShell/Python/Git (online)
Instructors: Phoebe Ayers, Ye Li, Christine Malinowski, Daniel Sheehan, Ece Turnator
Helpers: Jack Cavanagh, Sabhya Gupta, Mark Szarko, Barbara Williams, Elizabeth Kuhlman, Sadie Roosa, Wen Wen Teh
Jan 19 - Jan 21, 2022
cp logo de globe image EMBL (online) **
Instructors: Renato Alves, Gaurav Diwan, Florian Huber, Ece Kartal, Supriya Khedkar, Fotis Psomopoulos, Hugo Tavares
Helpers: Lisanna Paladin, Christian Schudoma
Jan 31 - Feb 4, 2022
cp logo us globe image NH Library Carpentries Group **
Instructors: Jacqueline Frisina, Kevin French, Molly Driscoll, Chelsea Paige, Sarah St. Martin
Feb 1 - Feb 4, 2022
dc logo za globe image Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) (online)
Instructors: Kudakwashe Madzima, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Mubanga Nsofu
Helpers: Timothy Gachanga, Rachida Namoune
Feb 7 - Feb 28, 2022
dc logo nz globe image ICSHMO 2022 (online)
Instructors: Damien Irving, Claire Trenham
Helpers: Mitchell Black, Zebedee Nicholls
Feb 8 - Feb 8, 2022
dc logo gb globe image Earlham Institute (online)
Instructors: Rob Davey, Nicola Soranzo, Alice Minotto, Felix Shaw, Joseja De Vega
Feb 28 - Mar 3, 2022
swc logo gb St Hugh's College, University of Oxford
Instructors: Chenzi Xu, Srinivasa Rao, Winnie Smith
Helpers: Malika Ihle
Mar 15 - Mar 16, 2022

** 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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