CERN experts coming to Glasgow for CERN spring campus talks


Credit: CERN

Andrew McCluskey

At the beginning of April, a wide-ranging group of experts from CERN (Conseil Européen pour la Recherche Nucléaire) will be visiting the University of Glasgow in order to hold their annual CERN Spring Campus event.

The event is a collaboration between the School of Computing Science and CERN. The Spring Campus is a CERN run series of schools dedicated to Information Technology and Computing. The experts host talks, workshops and discussions over four days from 4 – 7 April.

Concerning the event, CERN stated: “At CERN, we believe that scientific curiosity is an essential part of being human and we wish to share the excitement and enthusiasm of discovery with as wide a public as possible. CERN shows what people can achieve when they come together for a common purpose. The basic technology of the LHC [Large Hadron Collider] was impossible when the project was conceived, yet today it runs routinely. Such grand challenges are just a normal part of life at CERN, and we want to bring all our expertise and share it with the community.”

The target audience for the event is students in their final year of a BSc or MSc degree in Computer Science fields, with some spots reserved for recent graduate students. The program includes 25 hours of talks on themes ranging from “Clean Code – Why you should care” to “Planetary computing – the global LHC computing infrastructure” to “Applied Cryptography – The Story of Alice and Bob”. The event also includes a “mini-hackathon”. Students who attend the talks will be presented with a certificate indicating the workload they undertook.

The event will also include two social events to allow students and the speakers time to discuss the talks. These will be held at the Hunterian Gallery and the West Brewery, and are included in the price of attendance.

Tickets cost £50 and can be purchased here –