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Training, Education and Outreach


The long-term sustainability of the research software ecosystem is particularly important for HEP, given that the HL-LHC and other facilities of the 2020s will be relevant through at least the 2030s. The IRIS-HEP Software Sustainability Core (SSC) focuses on activities which promote the long-term sustainability of the software. The SSC has primarily focused on Training, Education and Outreach.

To implement this vision, IRIS-HEP has developed a program to provide software training paths from a researcher’s first steps through more regular, active contribution along with its partners: HSF, FIRST-HEP and the Carpentries. In particular, it has developed an introductory HEP software curriculum and several software modules on techniques and methods for computing and data science. The training program has enabled HEP users to jump start their research and contribution to the field. The common efforts on training across HEP has helped build a strong sense of community.

Our efforts have established a platform from where we can scale and sustain our training efforts. Our training vision is reflected in the pyramid below.

Training pyramid diagram

A vision for training in HEP: researchers progress (vertically) from basic skills training, through user training in existing software to training in skills needed to develop new research software.

Computational and Data Science for High Energy Physics (CoDaS-HEP) Summer School

Photo of CoDaS-HEP participants

Group photo of participants of the 3rd summer school on tools, techniques and methods for Computational and Data Science for High Energy Physics (CoDaS-HEP) at Princeton University on July 22-26, 2019.

IRIS-HEP team members help organize events, develop training material and participate as lecturers at all levels of this training vision. We organize and run the annual Computational and Data Science for High Energy Physics (CoDaS-HEP) summer school at Princeton and provide additional professional development for the most advanced students and postdocs by supporting connections with mentors through the IRIS-HEP Fellows Program. Integrated with this is a robust outreach program to engage local communities. This is essential to train STEM students in software at K-12 level by partnering with their teachers. These steps create a workforce capable of solving software challenges in general and those of HEP in particular.

Best Practices

IRIS-HEP continues to document, disseminate, and work towards community adoption of the best practices (from HEP and beyond) in the areas of software sustainability, including topics in software engineering, data/software preservation, and reproducibility. Of particular importance are best practices surrounding the modernization of the software development process for scientists.

Upcoming and Recent Training and Outreach Events

Questions/Ideas? Contact Sudhir Malik (sudhir.malik@upr.edu)

Current and Previous SSC Fellows

SSC Presentations

SSC Publications

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