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

2,837

instructors

69,925

learners

2,797

workshops

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


Workshop Curriculum



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 typeWorkshop coordination feeInstructor Travel
Non-profit or governmentUS $2500Estimate US $2000*
For-profitContact 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 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 globe image Montana State University **
Instructors: Sara Mannheimer, Mark Greenwood
Sep 3 - Nov 5, 2020
swc logo nl globe image Eindhoven University of Technology - TU/e (online)
Instructors: Renato Alves, Nicolas Dintzner
Helpers: Peder Isager
Sep 15 - Sep 23, 2020
cp logo us globe image NASA **
Instructors: Katie Dejwakh, Ryan Avery, Sean McCartney, Brendan McAndrew, Jessica Fayne, Dan Carver, Callum Wayman, Kenton Ross, Daniel Mangosing, John Dilger, Megan Seeley
Sep 16 - Oct 1, 2020
dc logo nl globe image September 2020 Genomics Workshop @TUDelft (online)
Instructors: Raúl Ortiz-Merino, Santosh Ilamparuthi, Esther Plomp, Marcel van den Broek
Helpers: Mario Beck
Sep 16 - Sep 24, 2020
cp logo us globe image UW-Madison **
Instructors: Christina Koch, Sarah Stevens, Clare Michaud, Madison Youngblom
Helpers: Lauren Michael, Elizabeth McDaniel, Casey Schacher
Sep 16 - Dec 9, 2020
lc logo de globe image IG WBS - Interessengruppe Wissenschaftliche BibliothekarInnen Schweiz - ONLINE (online)
Instructors: Konrad Förstner, Thomas Guignard, Till Sauerwein, Martin Czygan, Rabea Müller
Sep 21 - Oct 9, 2020
swc logo nl globe image Netherlands eScience Center
Instructors: Mateusz Kuzak, Pablo Rodríguez Sánchez
Helpers: Dafne van Kuppevelt
Sep 21 - Sep 24, 2020
swc logo au globe image Macquarie University
Instructors: Richard Miller, Belinda Fabian, Evan Matthews
Helpers: Paula Andrea Martinez, Vince Polito, Sara King, Hume Winzar, Lucie Semenec, Jon Mifsud, Ly Tong, Alex Southern, Maria Korochkina, Natalie Wall
Sep 21 - Sep 25, 2020
cp logo nz ESR (online) **
Instructors: Janet Stacey, Christina Straub, Richard Dean, Jing Wang, Shane Sturrock
Helpers: Bridget Armstrong, Leah
Sep 22 - Sep 23, 2020
cp logo se globe image Stockholm Trio university libraries (online) **
Instructors: Joakim Philipson, Thomas Lind, Glenn Haya, Lina Andrén
Helpers: Rosa Lönneborg
Sep 22 - Sep 30, 2020
swc logo us globe image Flatiron Institute (online)
Instructors: Melissa Fabros, Rohit Goswami, Elnaz Amanzadeh Jajin, Yuanxi Fu
Sep 24 - Sep 25, 2020
cp logo us globe image University of Minnesota (online) **
Instructors: David Naughton, yectli huerta
Helpers: Peter Wiringa, Nicholas Dunn
Sep 24 - Sep 25, 2020
cp logo mx BetterLab **
Instructors: Nelly Sélem, José Manuel Villalobos Escobedo, Abraham Avelar
Sep 25 - Sep 26, 2020
cp logo us globe image University of Texas at Arlington **
Instructors: kristopher row, Farah Shamma, Peace Ossom Williamson
Helpers: Isaac Williams, Hammad Khan, Fatema Begum Ruma
Sep 26 - Oct 4, 2020
dc logo za globe image SADiLaR, South Africa
Instructors: Aditya Bandla, Annajiat Alim Rasel, Sebastian Mosidi, Benson Muite
Sep 28 - Oct 2, 2020
cp logo us globe image Oklahoma State University **
Instructors: Phillip Doehle, Damith Mahapatabendige
Helpers: Rob Burnap, Kevin Dyke, Hua Lin, Beth Jones
Sep 28 - Sep 29, 2020
cp logo us globe image University of Minnesota (online) **
Instructors: Cody Hennesy, David Naughton
Helpers: Nicholas Dunn, Wanda Marsolek, Shawn Golley
Sep 29 - Sep 29, 2020
swc logo gb globe image University College London
Instructors: David Perez-Suarez, Thomas Dowrick, Matthew Gillman, Timothy Spain
Helpers: Tuomas Koskela, Aasiyah Rashan, Alessandro Felder, Nisha Lad
Sep 30 - Oct 2, 2020
cp logo us globe image NM EPSCoR Supercomputing Challenge (online) **
Instructors: Karl Benedict, Mark Servilla
Helpers: Jon Wheeler
Oct 3 - Oct 3, 2020
lc logo nl globe image Online
Instructors: Kristina Hettne, Matthijs de Zwaan, Alice Doek, Henriette Reerink
Helpers: Judith Spijk
Oct 5 - Oct 13, 2020
swc logo us globe image NOAA
Instructors: Thomas Guignard, Hamid Mokhtarzadeh, David Yakobovitch, Annajiat Alim Rasel
Oct 5 - Oct 8, 2020
cp logo us globe image University of Minnesota (online) **
Instructors: Peter Wiringa, Nicholas Dunn
Helpers: Cody Hennesy, David Naughton, Wanda Marsolek
Oct 5 - Oct 9, 2020
swc logo nl globe image October 2020 SWC Workshop @TU Delft (online)
Instructors: Heather Andrews, Nicolas Dintzner
Helpers: Kees den Heijer, Santosh Ilamparuthi, Yan Wang, Masha Rudneva, Lora Armstrong
Oct 7 - Oct 14, 2020
dc logo us globe image The Jackson Laboratory (online)
Instructors: David Yakobovitch, Sichong Peng
Oct 13 - Oct 22, 2020
swc logo us globe image Carpentries @ MIT: Intro to UnixShell/Python/Git (online)
Instructors: Ye Li, Ece Turnator, Madeline Wrable, Daniel Sheehan, Christine Malinowski
Helpers: Ye Li, Madeline Wrable, Daniel Sheehan, Christine Malinowski, Phoebe Ayers
Oct 13 - Oct 16, 2020
lc logo ma globe image Monash University Malaysia (online)
Instructors: Matthias Liffers, Anton Angelo, Danping Dong, Belinda Sta Maria, Liz Stokes
Helpers: Matthias Liffers, Anton Angelo, Danping Dong, Belinda Sta Maria, Liz Stokes
Oct 13 - Oct 14, 2020
dc logo gb globe image Software Sustainability Institute (online)
Instructors: Mario Antonioletti, Peter Smyth
Helpers: Aleksandra Nenadic, Robert Nagy
Oct 13 - Oct 13, 2020
cp logo au globe image Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation **
Instructors: Jason Bell
Helpers: David Green, Marlies Hankel
Oct 14 - Oct 14, 2020
dc logo no globe image Nord University
Instructors: Endre Sebestyén, Luca Di Stasio
Oct 14 - Oct 16, 2020
cp logo de globe image EMBL via Zoom **
Instructors: Holger Dinkel, Malvika Sharan, Toby Hodges, Thomas Schwarzl, Mike Smith, Frank Thommen, Renato Alves
Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2020
dc logo no globe image Nord University
Instructors: Endre Sebestyén, Luca Di Stasio
Oct 21 - Oct 23, 2020
cp logo co globe image Universidad Libre - Seccional Barranquilla **
Instructors: Tito Peña Montenegro
Helpers: Juan Calderon
Oct 23 - Oct 24, 2020
swc logo au globe image Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation
Instructors: Jason Bell, Stéphane Guillou, Dag Evensberget
Helpers: Masami Yamaguchi, Toan Phung, Mathew Fletcher
Oct 26 - Nov 3, 2020
cp logo mx BetterLab **
Instructors: Nelly Sélem, José Manuel Villalobos Escobedo, Abraham Avelar
Oct 30 - Oct 31, 2020
swc logo gb globe image Software Sustainability Institute (online)
Instructors: Antonia Mey
Helpers: Aleksandra Nenadic
Nov 10 - Nov 11, 2020
dc logo mx BetterLab
Instructors: Nelly Sélem, José Manuel Villalobos Escobedo, Abraham Avelar
Dec 14 - Dec 15, 2020
dc logo mx BetterLab
Instructors: Nelly Sélem, José Manuel Villalobos Escobedo, Abraham Avelar
Jan 29 - Jan 29, 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 on line. The corresponding flag notes the country where the host organization is based.

Check out our past workshops here.