Events and Trainings

The handling of data, their processing, analysis and presentation, as well as software, self-programmed or off-the-peg, are becoming more and more important and place ever higher demands on researchers. In order to provide you with the best possible support, we are planning a series of events in 2020. All courses are held in English and are open to all employees of Eawag and Empa, regardless of where they are held. The dates for the following events are already fixed.

Research Data & Software: Tactical Tech Show

We take you on a tour through the landscape of useful tools, current technologies and proven concepts, which can facilitate and improve researcher's everyday life. In addition to many suggestions, you will have the opportunity to influence the topics of future hands-on workshops through direct feedback.

Course date: January 30, 2020, room: FC-C20 (Eawag), time: 10:00-11:00, speaker: Harald von Waldow (Eawag)

Since the course is already over, you can find the presentation here.
Information event about openBIS

We are organizing an information event about the ELN/LIMS system openBIS developed at ETH, which is currently in a pilot phase at Empa. At this event you will get an overview of openBIS and you will see some use cases from our pilots. For more information and to registrate please contact

Event date: February 25, 2020, room: Akademie 1 (Empa), time: 13:00-15:00

You can find the presentations from the event here:

Hands-on Git Courses

In this hands-on workshop you will learn how to use Git, the currently most common version control system. It's hard to imagine software development without Git. But also beyond software development, Git is widely used for the organization of data files and texts. The content of both courses will be identical. Registration details will follow at the beginning of this year.

Course date 1: February 26, 2020, room: FC-C24 (Eawag), time: all-day, trainer: Antoine Masson (EPFL)

Course date 2: March 20, 2020, room: Akademie 2 (Empa), time: all-day, trainer: Antoine Masson (EPFL)

-- This course had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 epidemic. We will get in touch with registered participants once a new date can be fixed. --

Courses are already fully booked, there is a waiting list, please contact

In the meantime you might want to check out the vast collection of self-training material on the web. Here are some recommendations (from

+ In case you are new to the command line interface ("Terminal") start with this short introduction:

+ Juri Strumpflohner's Git Explained: For Beginners

+ An excellent 4 hour free online course: DataCamp: Git Introduction

+ The "Get Started" - Chapter of the Atlassian Git Tutorial

+ Pro Git: The Book

+ Charles Duan's Understanding Git Conceptually will teach you an tad deeper and therefore more useful understanding of basic Git usage.

+ If tutorials are not your thing, check out Atlassian's Basic Git commands to guide your experimentation.

Research Data & Software: A Busy Researcher's Guide to Rights and Licenses

We provide you with simple instructions to safeguard your interests and commit no mistakes when publishing software or research data.

Course date: May 6, 2020, room: FC-C20 (Eawag), time: 10:00-11:00

How to Manage Your Research Data - An Overview (organized by Lib4RI)

Profound knowledge how to manage and organize research data is becoming one of the most important conditions to guarantee the quality, durability and reproducibility of your research over time. Moreover, many funding agencies are now requiring a data management plan to be in place in order to receive research funding.

This introductory course covers the entire data life-cycle and will teach you key skills to meet these needs. At the end of the day, you will leave with guidelines, tools and ideas to support you in your daily research data management.

Course date: May 12, 2020, room: FC-D24 (Eawag), time: all-day, trainer: Eliane Blumer & Mathilde Panes (EPFL)

Registration details will be communicated by Lib4RI.