The 39th CERN School of Computing goes to Belgium: apply now!

Applications are now open for CERN’s 39th School of Computing. The CSC:2016 (see here) will take place from 28 August to 10 September 2016 in Mol, Belgium, in collaboration with SCK•CEN and the Vrije Universiteit Brussel.


The two-week programme consists of more than 50 hours of lectures and hands-on exercises, all on advanced, interesting and challenging computing topics. It covers three main themes: data technologies, base technologies and physics computing. In particular, we will explore:

  • Many-core performance optimisation
  • Concurrent programming
  • Key aspects of multi-threading
  • Writing code for tomorrow’s hardware today
  • Storage technologies, reliability and performance
  • Cryptography, authentication, authorisation and accounting
  • Data replication, caching, monitoring, alarms and quota
  • Writing secure software
  • Observing software with an attacker's eyes
  • Software engineering for physics computing
  • Statistical methods and probability concepts in physics-data analysis
  • The Monte Carlo method
  • Multivariate analysis and visualisation
  • Hypothesis testing as exemplified by recent HEP discoveries

The CSC is not a conference but a true summer university. As with every CSC, the programme is audited by the hosting university (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), and this year will deliver 6 ECTS credits upon successful completion of the CSC exam.

The event will be hosted by SCK•CEN. SCK•CEN is located in a unique 334 hectare rural setting stretching from Mol-Achterbos to Mol-Donk. About 90% of the site is made up of lakes, streams, fields and woods, providing a beautiful setting for learning.

However, it's not all study; the social and sports programme is also a vital part of the School. Mol is famous for its lakes, hiking and cycling, as well as the 12th century abbey, which makes cheese and beer. There will be ample opportunities to explore and experience the local area with your new friends and colleagues at the CSC:2016.

The CSC:2016 is open to postgraduate students and researchers working at CERN or at external institutes with a few years of experience in elementary particle physics, computing or related fields.

Apply now at!
The deadline is 30 May – places are limited

by Alberto Pace, CSC Director