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A series of workshops will be held in January 2024 to train researchers in the use of Overleaf’s online LaTeX editor, a collaborative authoring tool promoting more open and transparent research.

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CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, and UK-based company Overleaf are offering a series of training sessions on the Overleaf collaborative authoring tool, combined with hands-on experience at CERN’s training centre. The workshops are geared towards users of all skill levels and will be held on 23 and 24 January.

Software to further particle physics research

The standard model of particle physics is currently the best theory that scientists have to describe the universe’s most basic building blocks, but it does have its limitations. The first step in furthering our understanding of matter, energy and the fundamental laws of nature is to shed light on the mysteries that revolve around the Higgs boson particle. Since its launch in 2020, the EU-funded FCCIS project has been working towards this goal through a feasibility and design project for a new, particle collider-based research infrastructure. These workshops are part of the effort to make research faster, more open and more transparent. “Are you ready to revolutionise your document creation? Join us for a series of Overleaf learning sessions tailored to every skill level — from beginner to TeXpert, there’s something for everyone! Depending on what you already know, you can pick the journey that best suits you,” reports a CERN event announcement.

Starting at the beginning

The workshops will provide training on Overleaf’s online, real-time collaborative editor for papers written in the LaTeX markup language. LaTeX is a document preparation system used for the communication and publication of scientific documents. Researchers with no experience in using Overleaf and LaTeX can join the Beginner Workshop where they will be introduced to the two tools and shown the fundamentals of document preparation. For those already familiar with LaTeX, the Intermediate Workshop will skip directly to Overleaf features and how to use the tools to speed up workflows. The Advanced Workshop is for researchers who have some experience in using LaTeX locally or have already completed a project on Overleaf. “Here we will show you the features on Overleaf that you are missing out on as well as discussing best practices and more complex typesetting,” the announcement promises. The Extended Overview is for those researchers at the beginner or intermediate level who would nevertheless like to get a taste of all the advanced topics. Accessible to all levels, the Overview can be paired with the Beginner or Intermediate Workshops and “is the perfect way to see all the content without being overwhelmed.” Participation in these training sessions held as part of FCCIS (Future Circular Collider Innovation Study) is free of charge. Prospective participants must however register by Monday 15 January, 12:00 CET. For more information, please see: FCCIS project website


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