Workshop requirements

Lecture room

  • The room needs to be sufficiently large (a typical workshop is attended by around 20 learners and 4 instructors).
  • There needs to be enough space for instructors to walk around and interact with learners individually (a “flat” room is required).
  • Learners should face the same direction, and learners should be able to sit side-by-side for pairwise work.
  • The room should preferably have windows, and be ventilated well enough so that 20-30 people (and same amount of laptops) will not make it too warm.
  • A coffee room (or similar) should be located nearby for the coffee breaks.
  • Two overhead projectors are desirable, but if only one is available that will work too.
  • The projector screen needs to be large, and the resolution of the projector needs to be good.
  • Stable wireless connectivity for 20-30 people.
  • Sufficiently many electricity outlets so that all participants can charge their laptops.
  • Standing board for instructor.


CodeRefinery workshops are hands-on and interactive, and a lot of time is spent on exercises where participants learn by doing. It is therefore highly desirable that each workshop have a few workshop “helpers” who can work with the instructors in assisting participants with the exercises.
Local organizers are requested to suggest names for possible workshop helpers. Good candidates are people who:

  • are research software engineers or hold a similar technical research position
  • have attended a previous CodeRefinery workshop
  • have experience from teaching e.g. Software Carpentry workshops
  • have a passion for teaching, scientific software development, open source, open science, etc.

Other requirements

When we organize a workshop or event at a new site, we may need help with some local arrangements, including:

  • Booking a lecture room.
  • Ordering coffee and refreshments.
  • Advertise the workshop through local dissemination channels.

After the workshop

Would you like to become a helper, instructor, or partner and make more workshops possible?


CodeRefinery is a project within the Nordic e-Infrastructure Collaboration (NeIC). NeIC is an organisational unit under NordForsk.

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Radovan Bast
High Performance Computing Group
UiT The Arctic University of Norway
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