Microsoft Azure for Research Training

Microsoft Azure for Research trainingMicrosoft Azure is an open and flexible global cloud platform supporting any language, tool, or framework, and is ideally suited to researchers’ needs across disciplines. Microsoft Research is pleased to offer training for academic researchers who would like to learn how to conduct their research on a highly scalable and flexible cloud infrastructure, such as that offered by Microsoft Azure.

We are currently offering free, technical, two-day training events around the world, presented by specialized Microsoft Azure for Research trainers. See the schedule of events.

Training details

  • The course is intended specifically for active scientists who can code, who will soon code, or are interested in coding in a modern computing context. Computer scientists who are working with such scientists will also benefit from the training.
  • Attendees will be able to access Microsoft Azure on their own laptop during the training and for evaluation purposes for up to six months after the event. The attendee’s laptop does not need to have the Windows operating system installed—Microsoft Azure is accessed via your Internet browser.
  • This is a programming class, so some ability to program in a modern language is useful, but the course is suitable for researchers using any language, framework, or platform. This includes Linux, Python, R, MATLAB, Java, Hadoop, STORM, SPARK, and Microsoft technologies such as C#, F#, Microsoft .NET, Microsoft Azure SQL Database, and various Microsoft Azure services.
  • Some basic exposure to cloud computing is helpful, but no real expertise or usage experience is required; the focus of the class is to teach you this.
  • Learning outcomes include:
    • Gaining an understanding of cloud computing and why and when you would use it in scientific or other research
    • Acquiring hands-on experience in the major design patterns for successful cloud applications
    • Developing the skills to run your own application/services on Microsoft Azure

Join a course

If you would like to attend one of these courses, please send an email to azuretraining@microsoft.com that includes the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Name of your academic or non-commercial research institution
  3. Your job or role description
  4. Short summary of your science and programming experience
  5. Location of one training event you would like to attend (see schedule)

Researchers will be sent a registration link if space is available in the training session. Spaces are limited so potential attendees are encouraged to register early to avoid disappointment.

Request a course in your area

If you do not find a course in a location near you (see schedule), we are interested in receiving your suggestions and recommendations. Send an email to azuretraining@microsoft.com that includes the following information:

  1. Your name
  2. Name of your academic or non-commercial research institution
  3. Your job/role description
  4. Short summary of your science and programming experience
  5. Your preferred location for a training course
  6. Are you offering to host a course at this location through your research institution?

We cannot guarantee to provide a course in your requested location, but we will consider all requests when we schedule future training.

An online version of the training is under consideration.

Schedule of training events

Unless otherwise stated, all training events will start at 9:00 A.M. and end at 5:00 P.M. (local time) on both days.

Upcoming events