Summer School


Software for Science

This course is about how to use software in scientific experiments.

Students with a genuine interest in scientific experiments and computer tools to make these experiments happen.

  • Acquiring knowledge about the use of software and hardware for scientific experiments.
  • Become part of an international scientific community.
  • Producing a usable product for scientific research in a (very) short amount of time.
  • Writing a (part of a) technical report about your work.

  • Workshops on tools
  • Lectures in the field of physics or astronomy.
  • Team work 
  • Visit to NIKHEF and ASTRON

Online tutorials.


Practical information
Course level entry  •    Computer Science  students (Undergraduate or Master level) or ICT professionals. You need to have some knowledge of programming, networking, user interaction, systems, databases 
•   Intermediate level of English
Language English
Start/End date   Monday 2 July – Friday 13 July
Study load     Two weeks of lessons, workshops and group activities from 9.30-17.00, homework and project preparations (140 hrs.) 
Tuition fee     € 800,00
Type of assessment
  • Presentation and review of contribution to the project.
  • A part of a technical report on the work done.
Credits   4 ects
Location Theo Thijssenhuis

Dr. Marten Teitsma
Drs. Frank Aldershoff
Bsc. Heiko van der Heijden

Contemporary research in science such as provided by CERN (European Organization for Nuclear Explore) or ASTRON (the Netherlands Institute for Radio Astronomy) generates an enormous amount of data. At the moment there is a lack of computing capacity to deal with this amount of data in order to  properly carry out experiments.

Knowledge of the latest hardware, software and analysis techniques is needed to compute and show this data. This means that experts in the field of Computer Sciences and Human Machine Interaction are needed. In this course best practices for scientific programming will be taught and realised in projects for renowned scientific institutes.

During this course you will be part of a team and work on an assignment for CERN or ASTRON. First you will get acquainted with the tools needed, dive into the domain (physics or astronomy) and make a plan to be successful as a team. You will develop applications for science together with your team members and with the help of the lecturers. Field excursions to Nikhef Institute and Astron are part of the course.