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SESYNC is dedicated to fostering socio-environmental (S-E) synthesis skills and abilities by providing short courses and materials on a wide variety of computing tools and techniques. Participants in training activities develop a better understanding of the mechanics, context, and applications for various tools, enabling both their current projects and future research. All CI training activities are available to synthesis teams and fellows. Select opportunities are open to external researchers.

Summer Institute

The computational summer institute held annually in Annapolis, MD provides a launching point for S-E scholars to learn a broad suite of cybertechnologies in a congenial atmosphere. The 4-5 day short course offers participants hands-on instruction and project-focused coaching on software tools available through open source licenses or widely available at most research institutions.

Data Skills Workshops

Targeting suites of tools that relate to a particular methodology, topic or computing environment, these workshops introduce novice and intermediate scientific coders to new concepts, skills and approaches for data-driven research. A typical agenda integrates lectures, live-coding and trainee challenge exercises that deepen understanding around a core area (e.g. RStudio, agent-based modeling, or Bayesian hierarchical modelling).

À la Carte Lessons

The computational summer institute and data skills workshops offer a full menu of lessons on a logical sequence of topics, but many lessons are also suited for stand-alone training sessions lasting about two hours. Cyberinfrastructure staff can present these lessons for small groups of SESYNC supported researchers, or the lessons can be used by individuals for self-study. 

External Learning Resources

The increasing number of on-line resources for self-study in computer programing, quantitative methods and data management can be overwhelming. The cyberinfrastructure staff curates a list of resources that we often recommend to researchers looking for additional learning aids.

If you are a SESYNC fellow or member of a synthesis team and find that the above options do not meet your needs, please contact us at We can develop lessons in response to specific needs. For individual assistance with your research objectives or software, please view information on our consultation services.