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CERN School of Computing 2010 23 August-3 September  2010 - Uxbridge, UK

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Practical Information 2010

Registration is open

Date and Place

The 33rd CERN School of Computing will be held at the  Brunel University in Uxbridge, United Kingdom from  Monday 23rd of August to Friday, 3rd of September August 2010 (1)


(1) Students will have to arrive on the Sunday 22nd August and leave on the Saturday 4th of September August 2010.

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Practical information:

Uxbridge Town

Uxbridge is just 20 minutes walk or short bus ride from the heart of Brunel University campus.  Uxbridge is an old Georgian market town transformed today in a thriving commercial and business centre, located in the London Borough of Hillingdon in West England.  It is a suburban development situated 15 miles (24 k) west north-west of Charing Cross in London.  The town centre is packed with more than 300 shops, a multiplex cinema, two shopping malls, dozens of bars and restaurants and a £3 million nightclub.

Travelling from London to Uxbridge is very straightforward - the town is at the end of the Metropolitan and Piccadilly lines on the London Underground.(AB-1)

Note: Monday 30th August is a Bank Holiday meaning that most, if not all the facilities will be closed.



The School is open to postgraduate students and research workers with a few years' experience in elementary particle physics, in computing or in related fields.  The number of participants will be limited to 60 Applicants. They may come from CERN Member States as well as from countries that are not Member States of CERN.

Personal contacts and informal discussions among the participants during leisure time are an important aspect of the School.  For this reason, participants are asked to note that they should not be accompanied by family members or friends.

Campus details

The Brunel University Campus
        Kingston Lane (or Cleveland Road)
        Middlesex UB8 3PH
        United Kingdom

Campus Map

Note: Smoking is banned in all University buildings including teaching, research and library areas, offices, stairs, toilets and hallways.

local facilities

Participants will be accommodated in the students residence building. - Bishop Hall in zone F -  building 8

On-site facilities

  • Bank and cash withdrawal:  HSBC bank -three cash points and access to all day-to-day banking services
  • Pharmacy: stocks prescription and non‑prescription products, toiletries and cosmetics, and provides confidential health advice
  • Campus Store: newspapers, magazines, snacks, cigarettes, stamps, phone cards, Oyster cards, mobile phone top-ups and much more
  • Costcutter: mini-supermarket, stocking household products, food and drink and stationery
  • Computer Centre shop: selling IT products such as printer cartridges and paper, network cables, disks and hardware
  • Weekly stalls: Unifruit stocks a huge variety of top-quality fruit and veg at bargain prices, and weekly Fair Trade and book stalls can also be found in the Students’ Union
  • Laundry:  available in the accommodation building

Off-site nearby facilities/entertainment


- Location of shops, pubs and restaurants near Brunel

- Location of shops, pubs and restaurants in Uxbridge


Note: Monday 30th August is a Bank Holiday meaning that most, if not all the facilities will be closed.



Students  will be lodged in single rooms.

Room service included on the cost of the room will comprise: towel, hairdryer and breakfast.
Note that no shampoo either soap will be available in the room.

Campus Map


The working language of the School will be English. There will be no simultaneous translation. Participants should therefore have sufficient understanding of English to enable them to benefit from the School.



Participants should reach the Brunel University campus for on-site registration during the afternoon or early evening of Sunday, 22nd of August 2010


Registration will take place in Michael Sterling Building in zone C  from 14:00 to 19:00  


For any late arrival, please inform Fabienne before Sunday 22nd August 2010.

  • Participants should note that lunch on the day of arrival (Sunday 22nd of August 2010) is not provided, but the dinner is.

  • The School will end on the morning of Saturday 4th of September 2010, after breakfast.


Transport to and in UK

London airports




24 hour Taxi services (local to Uxbridge)

  • Acacia Radio Cars: 0208 848 7777

  • Cabline: 01895 270001

  • Perwood Cars: 01895 236236

  • Village Cars: 01895 562 2222

Travel arrangements

Participants are on their own to organize their travel to and from the school location. The school does not organize travel tickets for participants.


The regular fee of the School is 1300 per participant.

Fee: What it covers

The total fee of the school should be paid to the account below prior to the school. This amount covers:

  • Tuition and handouts

  • Lunches, two daily coffee breaks and dinners, accommodation on the campus from the dinner on Sunday, 22nd of August to the breakfast on Saturday 4th of September 2010

  • All organized social activities (sport, excursions, special dinners ...) of which details will be given at a later time.

Note on meals

  • Participants are warned that all lunches and diners will have a common, buffet-style, menu. There will be no a-la-carte facility. It will not be possible to accommodate special dietary restrictions.

Fee: What it does NOT cover

  • The fee does not include travel expenses from the participants' working place to Brunel University and back.

  • Participants arriving before Sunday evening 22nd of August or leaving after Saturday 4th of September will be entirely on their own: the school will neither arrange for their accommodation nor will cover any cost associated to their extended stay.

  • Any extra cost incurred during the stay (including private excursions, private expenses on the campus, private transport costs, private meals, ...) will not be borne by the school organization.

  • Any cost incurred by a participant not following the official excursion or social  programme (e.g. meal cost of a participant not attending an excursion which includes a meal) will not be borne by the school organization.

Method of

The total fee should be paid prior to the school as follows: into the following account upon receipt of the letter of acceptance.

For participants located at CERN with internal transfer capabilities: 

Internal transfer to the following CERN team code: T371098

For participants external to CERN: 

Bank Name  

UBS SA.,  Genève  

Bank Address

CERN, CH-1211 Geneva 23, Switzerland

Account number / name

240-FP102816.3 / CERN Computing and Data





Subsidy and assiduity

The actual expenses per student exceed the total fee requested to participants. The difference between  the actual cost and the  total fee is borne by the school organization.  Academic participants are therefore subsidized, and complete assiduity to the entire scientific programme is mandatory.


Application period is closed


See How to apply for details.


Candidates should ensure that not only have they completed the Web Application Form, but that a signed formal letter of reference (on formal headed paper from the applicant's institute/organization) from their professor or supervisor, reaches the School Administration (Computing (dot) school (at) cern (dot) ch) by the 3rd of May 2010 at the latest.
To help you, we have prepared a model of Reference Letter (
Word version    )  that can be edited.

In addition, a certification form (PDF version   | Word version  ) must be filled in and signed by the applicant's professor or supervisor (and not by the applicant) and returned to Computing (dot) school (at) cern (dot) ch by 3rd of May 2010


The selection of the participants will be made by the Advisory Committee and participants will be informed of the outcome of their application by the beginning of June 2010.

Note: applications are for the entire programme. It is not possible to register for one theme only.


Selection  of participants

The number of participants is limited to 60.


The selection of the participants will be made by the Advisory Committee and participants will be informed of the outcome of their application by the beginning of June 2010.



The CERN School of Computing Advisory Committee reserves the right to refuse reimbursement of part or all of the fee in the case of late cancellation.  However, each case of cancellation would be considered individually.



In all cases of withdrawal or cancellation, whether last-minute or otherwise, the choice of a replacement, if any, will lie entirely with the Advisory Committee and not with the laboratory or institute where the withdrawing participant works.


Liability and Insurance

Participation in the CERN School of Computing and in all activities organized in the framework thereof (whether by CERN or by third parties) is at the participant's own risk and neither CERN nor the third parties concerned accept any liability with regard thereto. Equipment and materials made available to participants during the CERN School of Computing are made available on an "as-is-basis" without any warranties express or implied. Their use shall be under the sole responsibility and at the sole risk of the participants.

Participants shall be solely responsible and liable regarding their property and CERN shall have no liability in case of loss, theft or damage thereof.

Participants shall ensure that, there shall at all times during the latter's participation in the CERN School of Computing be insurance cover against illnesses and accidents valid in the place of venue, and against disability and death resulting from illnesses and accidents of the participants. The participant shall hold CERN free and harmless from, and indemnify it for any cost or expense resulting from the situation where any part of the insurance cover detailed above is not in place.

By his or her registration in the CERN School of Computing the participant acknowledges that he or she takes note and accepts the above.



All enquiries and correspondence related to the School should be addressed to:

E-mail:  Computing (dot) school (at) cern (dot) ch

Telefax:         +41 22 766 9125

Telephone:  +41 22 767 9136

Feedback: Computing (dot) School (at) cern (dot) ch
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