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

3,468

instructors

81,575

learners

3,263

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.
cp logo bd globe image Brac University (online) **
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel
Helpers: Md Sabbir Hossain
Jun 12 - Oct 2, 2021
cp logo bd globe image Brac University (online) **
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel
Helpers: Shihab Sharar
Jun 18 - Oct 1, 2021
cp logo us NC Central University **
Instructors: R Uma, Alade Tokuta, Tonny Sangutei
Aug 12 - Apr 8, 2022
swc logo us University of California, Merced
Instructors: Derek Devnich
Helpers: Elizabeth Salmon
Sep 9 - Oct 21, 2021
dc logo de globe image Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine
Instructors: Aditya Bandla, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Sanjay Fuloria
Sep 17 - Oct 8, 2021
swc logo no globe image University of Bergen
Instructors: Muriel Dunn, Luca Ferranti, Raphaela Heil, Shashank Shekhar Harivyasi
Helpers: Henrik Askjer, Marco Foscato, Jenny Ostrop
Sep 20 - Sep 24, 2021
swc logo us globe image UCSB EEMB Department
Instructors: Tatum Katz, Sam Sambado
Helpers: Kacie Ring, Kayla Kauffman, Imani Russell
Sep 20 - Sep 23, 2021
cp logo us globe image Oklahoma State University (online) **
Instructors: Max Prud'homme, Hua Lin, Archana Yadav
Helpers: Kay Bjornen, Clarke Iakovakis, Evan Linde
Sep 22 - Sep 24, 2021
dc logo za globe image NWU, South Africa
Instructors: Annajiat Alim Rasel, Martin Dreyer, Caroline Ajilogba, Sebastian Mosidi
Sep 27 - Oct 1, 2021
lc logo
Instructors: Konrad Förstner, Rabea Müller, Vanessa Scharf
Helpers: Evamaria Krause, Moritz Lell, Heike
Sep 27 - Sep 28, 2021
lc logo za globe image SADiLaR
Instructors: Muzi Matfunjwa, Liane van den Bergh, Sree Ganesh Thottempudi, Nomsa Skosana
Sep 27 - Oct 1, 2021
dc logo dk Copenhagen University Library, KUB data labs, Lokale U14 - 10.4.469
Instructors: Christian Knudsen, Wagner Barløse Mathias, Marianne Gauffriau, Ene Rammer Nielsen
Helpers: Jeannette Ekstroem, Erik Schwägermann, Lorna Wildgaard, Henrik Hornemann, Richard Dennis
Sep 27 - Sep 28, 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 5 - Oct 6, 2021
cp logo za globe image Online via Zoom **
Instructors: Verena Ras, Kauthar Omar, Ruth Nanjala, Ziyaad Parker, Gerrit Botha
Helpers: Chaimae Samtal, Nihad Alsayed, Perceval Maturure
Oct 5 - Oct 7, 2021
cp logo us globe image University of Minnesota (online) **
Instructors: Shawn Golley, David Naughton
Helpers: Jon Read, Peter Wiringa
Oct 5 - Oct 7, 2021
lc logo us globe image Lebanon Public Libraries
Instructors: Jesse Johnston, Lindsay Whitacre, Ziqi Zhu
Oct 5 - Oct 8, 2021
cp logo gb globe image Science and Technology Facilities Council **
Instructors: Eli Chadwick, Alejandra Gonzalez-Beltran, Ivan Finch
Oct 5 - Oct 6, 2021
swc logo de University of Stuttgart (online)
Instructors: Sibylle Hermann, Dorothea Iglezakis, Ioannis Iglezakis, Daniel Dizdarevic, Matthias Braun, Jan Range, Anett Seeland
Oct 5 - Oct 8, 2021
cp logo se Uppsala University, SciLifeLab, BMC **
Instructors: Wolmar Nyberg Åkerström, Niclas Jareborg, Yvonne Kallberg, Markus Englund, Stephan Nylinder, Mattias Strömberg
Oct 12 - Oct 14, 2021
swc logo se globe image Stockholm Trio University Libraries (online)
Instructors: Joakim Philipson, Glenn Haya, Thomas Lind, Rosa Lönneborg, Lina Andrén, Stefan Wiens
Helpers: Erik Hedman
Oct 13 - Oct 19, 2021
cp logo us NYU Bobst Library **
Instructors: Nicholas Wolf, Alexandra Provo, Genevieve Milliken
Oct 28 - Oct 29, 2021
swc logo de Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology
Instructors: Marie Houillon
Oct 28 - Oct 29, 2021
dc logo us globe image Jackson Laboratory
Instructors: Monah Abou Alezz, John (Izaak) Miller, Madeleine Gastonguay
Nov 1 - Nov 10, 2021
dc logo za globe image NWU, South Africa
Instructors: Martin Dreyer, Sebastian Mosidi, Kudakwashe Madzima, Saranjeet Kaur Bhogal
Nov 15 - Nov 19, 2021
cp logo gb globe image King's College London (online) **
Instructors: Stefania Marcotti, Alessia Visconti, Flavia Flaviani
Nov 16 - Nov 19, 2021
cp logo gb globe image King's College London (online) **
Instructors: Alessia Visconti, Stefania Marcotti, Flavia Flaviani
Nov 24 - Nov 25, 2021
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
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

** 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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