Scientific Computing with Python
Austin, Texas • July 10-16, 2017

SciPy 2017 Tutorials

The SciPy Conference kicks off with two days of tutorials (July 10-11) that take place before the general conference. These sessions provide extremely affordable access to expert training, and consistently receive fantastic feedback from participants.

Tutorial submissions are now closed. Tutorial schedule will be announced April 24th.


Tutorials should be focused on covering a well-defined topic in a hands-on manner. We want to see attendees coding! We encourage submissions to be designed to allow at least 50% of the time for hands-on exercises even if this means the subject matter needs to be limited. Tutorials will be 4 hours in duration. In your tutorial application, you can indicate what prerequisite skills and knowledge will be needed for your tutorial, and the approximate expected level of knowledge of your students (i.e., beginner, intermediate, advanced).

For examples of content and format, you can refer to past tutorials from past SciPy tutorial sessions (SciPy2016SciPy2015SciPy2014, SciPy2013, SciPy2012, SciPy2011). We are looking for awesome techniques or packages, helping new or advanced Python programmers develop better or faster scientific applications. 

Information for Tutorial Presenters


Accepted tutorials will be announced mid-April. Final tutorial materials and instructions for attendees will be due on June 6th. This will include final version numbers of required software, detailed and tested installation instructions, and a test script that can be run by attendees to ensure that they have sufficient time to prepare their laptops before the conference. In addition, there will be per-tutorial e-mail lists created before the conference, and tutorial presenters are expected to make themselves available to help with setup instructions.


In recognition of the effort required to plan and prepare a high quality tutorial, we pay a stipend of $1,000 to each instructor (or team of instructors) for each half-day session they lead. 

For the submission you will need the following information:

  • A short bio of the presenter or team members, containing a description of past experiences as a trainer/teacher/speaker, and (ideally) links to videos of these experiences if available.
  • A list of prerequisite skills expected of attendees, so that participants can chose level appropriate tutorials.
  • A description of the tutorial, suitable for posting on the SciPy website for attendees to view. It should include the target audience, the expected level of knowledge prior to the class, and the goals of the class.
  • A more detailed outline of the tutorial content including the duration of each part and exercise sessions. Please include a description of how you plan to make the tutorial hands-on.
  • Detailed installation instructions for various common Python environments so that attendees can have everything ready for participating before heading to SciPy.
  • If available, the tutorial notes, slides, exercise files, and IPython notebooks, even if they are preliminary.