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Study scientific computing

Dates: November 2021
Location: NCAS HQ, University of Leeds

The Introduction to Scientific Computing course covers the skills needed for effective data management and analysis using Linux and Python.

The aim of the course is to equip students with fundamental knowledge and skills to allow them to start using computers for cutting-edge environmental science research. We will also provide you with the necessary experience needed to attend our Data Analysis Tools course.

How to apply

Registration opens July 2021.

Introduction to Scientific Computing is designed for PhD students and early career researchers in atmospheric and environmental science.

It’s suitable for those with no previous experience in either Linux or Python, as well as those who have used them a little and wish to improve their skills.

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Learning outcomes

We aim for students to:

  • Learn skills needed for effective data management and analysis using Linux and Python
  • Understand topics such as, algorithmic thinking, automated logging of instrumental data and the importance of metadata
  • Gain essential knowledge to start using computers in their environmental science research
  • Build their experience to enable attendance at other technical courses
  • Teaching staff

    You will be tutored by experts from the Centre for Environmental Data Analysis who solve scientific data challenges on a daily basis. They will introduce you to the fundamentals of scientific computing.

    Course schedule

    This course is scheduled to be delivered in person. This will be moved to online via Zoom if needed. An online version of the course will be live and delivered by the same staff as our in-person course. We will ensure that you receive the same level of support throughout. If you have any questions about the plans for the delivery of training please contact training@ncas.ac.uk.


    Full academic rate £400
    Educational discounted rate £300

    The educational discounted rate may be available to those students or post-docs not eligible for the subsided rate.

    NCAS subsidised rate £150

    The subsided rate is available to UK & EU students attending UK universities or students supervised by NCAS staff

    Once you have been offered a place on this course, you will be asked to pay the course fees via the University of Leeds online store.

    Commercial rate

    Attendees from commercial organisations should contact training@ncas.ac.uk to discuss the course fee.

    Please contact training@ncas.ac.uk.

    The course fee includes all tuition, activities, materials and organised social events.

    Travel and accommodation


    Accommodation is not provided as part of the course and students should arrange their own in Leeds.


    Delegates are responsible for arranging and paying for their own transport to and from the course.

    Terms and conditions


    Attendees are required to pay in full by credit/debit card or provide a valid purchase order from their home organisation by the confirmation deadline. All payments and refunds are processed by the University of Leeds.

    Cancellations/ refunds

    Attendee cancellations are subject to a £50 administration fee, plus any accommodation cancellation costs incurred by us, where the cancellation is made more than six weeks (twelve weeks for the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School) before the date of the training course. The remaining balance of the course fee will be refunded.

    No refund is payable for a cancellation made within six weeks (twelve weeks for the Atmospheric Measurement Summer School) immediately prior to the training course – in this event the full course fee will remain payable. In the event that a place can be filled by another student then the full fee (less the £50 administration fee) will be refunded once the replacement student has paid in full.

    All cancellations must be sent in writing to training@ncas.ac.uk.

    Amendments and cancellations

    It may be necessary for us to change the content and timing of a course, the staff, the date or the venue. In the unlikely event of the course being cancelled, we will provide a full refund. For all bookings, the liability of the National Centre for Atmospheric Science/University of Leeds shall be limited to the amount of the fee paid to the National Centre for Atmospheric Science/University of Leeds by the delegate.