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

3,220

instructors

77,900

learners

3,116

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.

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 ba globe image Brac University (online) **
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Benson Muite
Feb 14 - May 21, 2021
cp logo ba globe image Brac University (online) **
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel
Feb 20 - May 22, 2021
dc logo gh globe image Emerging Public Leaders (online)
Instructors: Benson Muite
Helpers: Selorm Tamakloe
May 1 - May 29, 2021
swc logo ca globe image ACENET: Programming Workshop: Unix Shell, Version Control and R
Instructors: John Simpson, Gurpreet Matharoo
Helpers: Lydia Vermeyden, Mathew Larade
May 4 - May 25, 2021
swc logo ca globe image ACENET: Programming Workshop: Unix Shell, Version Control and Python
Instructors: Mathew Larade
Helpers: Grace Fishbein
May 6 - May 27, 2021
swc logo gb globe image University of Edinburgh (online)
Instructors: Mike Mineter, Chris Hill, Annajiat Alim Rasel
Helpers: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Mike Mineter, Chris Hill, Shashank Shekhar Harivyasi, David McKain
May 7 - May 28, 2021
cp logo ir globe image Functional Neurosurgery Research Center **
Instructors: Elnaz Amanzadeh Jajin
Helpers: Samaneh Esmaeili, Navid Kazemi, Javad Arabpour
May 9 - May 31, 2021
cp logo gb globe image King's College London (online) **
Instructors: Stefania Marcotti, Flavia Flaviani, Alessia Visconti
Helpers: Fursham Hamid, Alejandro Santana-Bonilla
May 12 - May 26, 2021
dc logo us globe image UW-Madison (online)
Instructors: Trisha Adamus, Clare Michaud, Sarah Stevens, Erwin Lares
Helpers: Karl Broman, Casey Schacher, Sarah Stevens, Heather Shimon
May 12 - May 19, 2021
cp logo gb globe image UCL (online) **
Instructors: Jamie Quinn, Tuomas Koskela, Heather Kelly
Helpers: Ian Kirker, Mosè Giordano, Manesh Mistry
May 17 - May 19, 2021
swc logo us globe image Openscapes
Instructors: Jake Szamosi, Bia Villas Boas, Makhan Virdi, Negin Valizadegan
May 17 - May 19, 2021
swc logo nl globe image Netherlands eScience Center (online)
Instructors: Pablo Rodríguez-Sánchez, Alessio Sclocco
Helpers: Barbara Vreede, Lieke de Boer
May 17 - May 20, 2021
lc logo gb globe image NHS Library and Health Services
Instructors: Jez Cope, Fran Baseby, Annajiat Alim Rasel
May 18 - May 19, 2021
swc logo ca globe image University of Toronto
Instructors: Jonathan DuBois, Frances Wong, Ahmed Hasan, Haidy Banihashemi
Helpers: Lise Doucette, Amin Banihashemi, Mike Serafin
May 18 - May 25, 2021
cp logo au globe image Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation **
Instructors: Jason Bell, Dag Evensberget, Kasia Koziara
Helpers: David Green, Marlies Hankel, Betsy Alpert, Stéphane Guillou, Shern Tee
May 19 - May 20, 2021
dc logo us globe image AUC Data Science Initiative
Instructors: Monah Abou Alezz, Muhammad Zohaib Anwar, Yaqing Xu, Jason Williams
May 20 - May 25, 2021
swc logo gb globe image University of St Andrews (online)
Instructors: Anastasia Ellis, Alexander Konovalov, Patrick McCann
Helpers: Piper Fowler-Wright, Gerald Fux
May 21 - May 28, 2021
lc logo us globe image California University San Marcos
Instructors: Elizabeth McAulay, David Palmquist
May 24 - May 27, 2021
lc logo us globe image Ohio State
Instructors: Oscar Arbeláez, Jesse Johnston, Cody Hennesy
May 24 - May 28, 2021
swc logo ca Canadian Open Neuroscience Platform (CONP) (online)
Instructors: Michael Joseph
May 28 - Jun 11, 2021
cp logo us globe image Joint Genome Institute/UC Merced **
Instructors: Rhondene Wint
Jun 1 - Jun 4, 2021
dc logo us globe image Environmental Defense Fund
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Yaqing Xu, Claudia Engel
Jun 2 - Jun 9, 2021
dc logo us globe image UW-Madison (online)
Instructors: Trisha Adamus, Dorothea Salo, Sarah Stevens, Ana Miller-ter Kuile
Helpers: Heather Shimon, Clare Michaud, Casey Schacher, Scott Wildman, Tobin Magle
Jun 7 - Jun 14, 2021
lc logo ca globe image Discord (online)
Instructors: Tim Ribaric, Kaitlin Newson, Kyla Jemison
Helpers: John Fink, Fletcher Johnson
Jun 7 - Jun 28, 2021
swc logo us globe image UW-Madison (online)
Instructors: Clare Michaud, Casey Schacher, Tobin Magle, Stephan Blanz
Helpers: Dorothea Salo, Karl Broman, Trisha Adamus
Jun 8 - Jun 17, 2021
cp logo pl globe image University of Warsaw (online) **
Instructors: Aleksander Jankowski, Vanessa Linke
Jun 8 - Jun 11, 2021
cp logo gb globe image King's College London (online) **
Instructors: Alessia Visconti, Stefania Marcotti, Flavia Flaviani
Helpers: Fursham Hamid, Alejandro Santana-Bonilla
Jun 9 - Jun 16, 2021
swc logo us globe image Arizona State University
Instructors: Naíla Barbosa da Costa, Shashank Shekhar Harivyasi, Annajiat Alim Rasel
Jun 14 - Jun 17, 2021
cp logo us globe image California State University Mathematics & Statistics Departments (online) **
Instructors: Robin Donatello, Allison Theobold, Clark Fitzgerald
Jun 14 - Jun 17, 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 za globe image NWU, South Africa
Instructors: Sebastian Mosidi, Martin Dreyer
Aug 10 - Aug 13, 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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