Education and training
CERN openlab is a structure designed to create knowledge through research, development, and evaluation of technologies. This knowledge is disseminated through a wide range of channels, from the publication of reports and articles, to the organisation of workshops and seminars at CERN. These events often feature lectures given by representatives of our collaborating companies, as well as hand-on practice with the latest ICT solutions.
Find the latest workshops and seminars in our events calendar.
We organise seminars on the hottest ICT topics. By capitalising on our extensive network of connections from research and industry, we are able to secure speakers working at the coalface of innovation.
As well as testing groundbreaking ICT technologies, we need to build up expertise in using them too. That’s why we support a number of hands-on training courses — often featuring invited coaches from industry — for both members of CERN and the wider research community.
We’ve organised a number of competitions and campaigns with our partners. For example, we recently collaborated with Intel on the ‘Modern Code Developer Challenge’, which saw the winning students invited to CERN. We’re planning similar activities — for students and others — in the near future.
CERN openlab is a collaborative endeavour. We want to share our vision about the future of scientific computing, but we also want to benefit from new perspectives — both from those working in industry and in research. That’s why we host a range of workshops to discuss the latest ICT trends.
We want to open CERN openlab’s activities to the world! Almost all of our lectures — especially those from our popular summer-student programme — are broadcast live over the web for you to follow wherever you are in the world.
CERN openlab summer-student programme
Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 CERN openlab summer-student programme has been cancelled. We do, however, have a range of exciting online educational activities lined up for the summer: openlab.cern/online-learning.
Each summer, CERN openlab runs a nine-week programme for bachelor’s and master’s students specialising in subjects related to computer science. These students come to CERN to work on cutting-edge projects with our collaborators, gaining hands-on experience with the latest ICT solutions.
CERN is the birthplace of the World Wide Web. The laboratory hosts ground-breaking experiments and is at the heart of the Worldwide LHC Computing Grid (WLCG). It is an environment like no other, where dizzying ICT challenges abound!
By joining the CERN openlab summer-student programme, you will work with some of the latest hardware and software technologies and see how advanced ICT solutions are used in high-energy physics. You will have the opportunity to attend a series of lectures developed for the CERN openlab summer students, given by experts on advanced CERN-related topics. Included in the programme are also visits at the CERN facilities and experiments, as well as to other research laboratories and companies.
Join the summer-student programme and work hands on with
Internet of things
alternative computing architectures
The CERN openlab summer-student programme is much more than just a summer at CERN. It can lead to
follow-on projects in your home institute. It may even inspire you to become an entrepreneur in
cutting-edge computing technologies!