Training is provided as part of the Scratchpads support and outreach programme. Our one-day courses aim to help current and prospective Scratchpad maintainers to develop their site building skills and guide them through major features like the taxon pages, data import and communication tools. Participants will be given the opportunity to learn best practices and gain a better understanding of what the Scratchpads can do for them and their research community.

Please check our upcoming training courses list

Courses are free to attend
There is no course registration fee but participants are responsible for their own travel and subsistence expenses when attending a Scratchpad course.
Please note that some courses are organised in association with national or international conferences. Participants might want to check with conference organisers on available reimbursement schemes.

Application procedure
Everyone is welcome to register for a Scratchpad training course. Due to the limited number of places (ca. 10-15 per course) applicants will be screened based on the following non exhaustive list of criteria:

  • to involve as many institutions represented as possible
  • level of familiarity with scratchpads
  • level of IT competence (so that the participants have similar levels of understanding and can move at similar speed)
  • registration at the associated conference or event (if applicable)

Applications by e-mail or any other method other than the provided form will not be considered.
All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application within a week after the closing date.
Applicants will be expected to confirm their attendance to the course within a reasonable time.

What are the minimum requirements to attend the course?
In order to achieve optimum training results we expect all applicants to have previous experience using the internet. There is no need for any specialised knowledge in order to attend our training courses or use Scratchpads.

Have an idea for a new training course?
If you have an idea of a venue for a training course or would like to propose hosting one at your home institution please fill in and submit the Propose a new course form. We will be happy to evaluate your proposal and discuss it further with you.

Have you already participated in a course?
If you have already attended one of our courses we would appreciate your feedback. Please fill our training course feedback form.