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

3,308

instructors

79,225

learners

3,169

workshops

* 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.
lc logo ca globe image Discord (online)
Instructors: Tim Ribaric, Kaitlin Newson, Kyla Jemison
Helpers: John Fink, Fletcher Johnson
Jun 7 - Jun 28, 2021
cp logo us globe image NASA DEVELOP & Colorado State University (online) **
Instructors: Ryan Avery, Britnay Beaudry, Erica Carcelen, Dan Carver, Katie Dejwakh, John Dilger, Darcy Gray, Adriana Le Compte, Sean McCartney, Hayley Pippin, Kenton Ross, Makhan Virdi
Helpers: Robert Byles, Scott Cunningham, Ryan Hammock, Nicole Ramberg-Pihl, Madeleine Gregory, Erica Kriner, Bowen Kyle, Kathleen Lange, Alexa Lopez, Brandy Nisbet-Wilcox, Egla Ochoa-Madrid, Amber Williams
Jun 10 - Jun 21, 2021
cp logo za globe image University of the Western Cape **
Instructors: Ryan Daniels
Jun 10 - Jul 15, 2021
cp logo gb Centre for Regenrative Medicine **
Instructors: Nadine Bestard
Jun 14 - Jun 22, 2021
dc logo us globe image Ohio State
Instructors: Trisha Adamus, Vini Salazar, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Sanjay Fuloria
Jun 21 - Jun 24, 2021
cp logo gb globe image EPCC (online) **
Instructors: Juan Herrera
Jun 21 - Jun 24, 2021
cp logo us globe image University of Miami **
Instructors: Timothy Norris, Elizabeth Overstreet, Cameron Riopelle
Helpers: Thilani Samarakoon, James Sobczak
Jun 21 - Jun 24, 2021
dc logo us globe image Virginia Tech
Instructors: Benson Muite, Ping Mamiya
Helpers: Nathaniel Porter
Jun 21 - Jun 24, 2021
cp logo us globe image University of Arkansas (online) **
Instructors: Lora Lennertz, Mary Leverance
Helpers: Jay McAllister
Jun 23 - Jun 23, 2021
dc logo mx globe image BetterLab
Instructors: J Abraham Avelar-Rivas, Nelly Sélem, Vanessa Arellano
Helpers: Claudia Zirion Martinez, Diego Garfias Gallegos, Noe Garcia, José Manuel Villalobos Escobedo, Mauricio Ruiz
Jun 23 - Jun 26, 2021
swc logo nl globe image University of Amsterdam
Instructors: Marc Galland, Like Fokkens, Jesse Kerkvliet, Caspar Treijtel
Helpers: Rodrigo Meneses, Johannes De Groeve
Jun 24 - Jun 25, 2021
dc logo au globe image ResBaz Perth (R workshop)
Instructors: Rebecca Lange, Shih Ching Fu
Helpers: Lyron Winderbaum, Janice Chan, Brady Johnston, Tania Lerch, Alyce Russell, Joakim Karlsson
Jun 28 - Jun 29, 2021
dc logo au globe image ResBaz Perth (Python workshop)
Instructors: Philipp Bayer, Valerie Maxville
Helpers: Andrew Rohl, Leigh Tyers, Dan Marrable, Nancy Tippaya, Ranjodh Singh, Michael David Wilson
Jun 28 - Jun 29, 2021
dc logo us globe image Florida State University
Instructors: Monah Abou Alezz, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Laura Martinez Gomez
Jun 28 - Jul 1, 2021
swc logo us globe image University of Colorado
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Md Intekhabul Hafiz
Helpers: Nathan Quarderer, Lauren Herwehe, Sylvia Brady, Bill Travis, Sajjad Abdullajintakam, Nathan Korinek
Jun 28 - Jul 1, 2021
swc logo au globe image ResBaz Perth (bash and git workshop)
Instructors: Valerie Maxville
Helpers: Nancy Tippaya, Michael David Wilson, Sarah Beecroft, Brady Johnston, Foad Farivar
Jun 30 - Jun 30, 2021
cp logo mx globe image BetterLab **
Instructors: Diego Garfias Gallegos, Claudia Zirion Martinez, Aaron Espinosa Jaime
Helpers: Vanessa Arellano, Nelly Sélem, J Abraham Avelar-Rivas, Jose Abel Lovaco-Flores
Jun 30 - Jul 3, 2021
dc logo nl globe image Leiden University and Delft University of Technology (online)
Instructors: Ben Companjen, Peter Verhaar, Kristina Hettne, Jeff Love
Helpers: Eirini Zormpa
Jul 5 - Jul 8, 2021
dc logo us globe image UW-Madison (online)
Instructors: Maria Kamenetsky, Sarah Graves, Cid Freitag, Stephen Appel, Clare Michaud
Helpers: Sarah Stevens
Jul 6 - Jul 16, 2021
swc logo us globe image Arizona State University
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Benson Muite, Juan Jose Garcia Mesa
Jul 6 - Jul 8, 2021
lc logo us globe image Texas State Library and Archives Commission
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Marcia Ferreira
Helpers: Md Intekhabul Hafiz
Jul 7 - Jul 14, 2021
swc logo gb globe image University of Manchester (online)
Instructors: Nilani Ganeshwaran
Helpers: Aleksandra Nenadic, Kamilla Kopec-Harding, Anja Le Blanc
Jul 13 - Jul 16, 2021
dc logo za globe image University of Venda
Instructors: Sarah Schäfer, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Kudakwashe Madzima, Daniel Morillo Cuadrado, Sanjay Fuloria
Helpers: Michael Landi
Jul 21 - Jul 22, 2021
swc logo de globe image University of Würzburg (online)
Instructors: Florian Goth, Markus Ankenbrand
Helpers: Christopher Nauroth, Jefferson Portela, Jonas Schwab, Manuel Schrauth
Jul 28 - Jul 30, 2021
dc logo za globe image Sol Plaaitjie University, South Africa
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Christian Knudsen, Punam Amratia, Kudakwashe Madzima
Aug 2 - Aug 6, 2021
dc logo za globe image NWU, South Africa
Instructors: Martin Dreyer, Sebastian Mosidi, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Sanjay Fuloria
Aug 10 - Aug 13, 2021
lc logo de globe image Library Carpentry, VDB LV Hessen (Workshops are in German) (online)
Instructors: Agnes Brauer, Eva Bunge, Evamaria Krause, Luis Moßburger, Adrian Pachzelt
Helpers: Michelle Kamolz, Jakob Frohmann, Andre Pietsch
Sep 13 - Sep 14, 2021
cp logo nl globe image Universiteit Leiden, Universiteit van Amsterdam, Vrije Universiteit, Universiteit Utrecht (online) **
Instructors: Alice Doek, Henriette Reerink, Matthijs de Zwaan, Kristina Hettna
Helpers: Puck Wildschut
Oct 4 - Oct 12, 2021

** 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 organization is based.

Check out our past workshops here.

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