Scientific computing and data science require special, practical skills in programming and computer use. However, these aren’t often learned in academic courses. This page is your portal for getting these skills. The focus is practical, hands-on courses for scientists, not theoretical academic courses.

Scientific Computing in Practice

SCIP is a lecture series at Aalto University which covers hands-on, practical scientific computing related topics. Lectures are open for the entire Aalto community as well as our partners at FGCI consortium.

Examples of topics covered at different lectures: HPC crash course, Triton kickstarts, Linux Shell, Parallel programming models: MPI and OpenMP, GPU computing, Python for scientists, Data analysis with R and/or Python, Matlab, HTCondor and many others.

Future courses Winter-Spring 2022 courses - We are always adding interesting courses. Please check this page once in a while.

Anyone can sign up for announcements at the SCIP announcement mailinglist.

Other interesting courses

Data management, Reproducibility, open science

Other relevant courses by Aalto Open Science team:

  • Introduction to Research Data Management | March 2, 2022, at 1–2.30 PM (EET)

  • How Should Open Software Be Licensed? | March 8, 2022, at 2–3 PM (EET)

  • Data Management Plans: a How-to | March 10, 2022, at 1–2 PM (EET)

  • Handling of Personal Data | March 16, 2022, at 1–2.30 PM (EET)

  • How to Store Research Data | March 17, 2022, at 1–2 PM (EET)

  • How to Share Research Data Through a Data Repository: A Zenodo Example | March 22, 2022, at 1–2.30 PM (EET)

  • Working with Restricted Datasets | March 24, 2022, at 1–2 PM (EET)

  • How to Store Sensitive Research Data | March 30, 2022, at 1–2 PM (EET)

  • Hands-on Data Anonymisation, part I & II | April 4 & 6, 2022, at 11.50 AM–15.00 PM (EET)

  • How to Make Your Research and Code Reproducible and Reusable | April 7, 2022, at 1–2.30 PM (EET)

  • Responsible conduct of research, questionable research practices… and possible cures | April 28, 2022, at 1–2 PM (EET)

  • Current Trends in Academic Publishing: Publishing in Horizon Europe projects and the emerging Overlay Publishing concept | May 3, 2022, at 1–2.30 PM (EET)

  • Legal Aspects of Research Data | May 5, 2022, at 11.30 AM–12.30 PM (EET)

  • Introduction to the world of Finnish Registry Data | May 10, 2022, at 1–2 PM (EET)

  • Study Pre-Registration and Registered Reports | May 12, 2022, at 1–2 PM (EET)

  • Research ethics for doctoral students

Registration and more details at:

Other courses on scientific computing and data management

Please check for other courses at Aalto and for training courses and events at CSC. Some coming courses:

MOOC on scientific computing:

Skills map

There is a lot to learn, and it all depends on each other. How do you get started?

Our training map Hands-on Scientific Computing sorts the skills you need by level and category, providing you a strategy to get started.

Level dependencies

In order to do basic scientific computing, C (Linux and shell) is needed. To use a computer cluster, D (Clusters and HPC) is useful. E (scientific coding) is useful if you are writing your own software.

Our courses

You can browse the material we have developed for our courses by following the links below.