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PYTHON for Science and Engineering: Basics

In recent years, PYTHON has grown in importance for the areas of numeric simulation and scientific computing. PYTHON is used in a variety of projects (e.g. Numpy, Scipy, Matplotlib), as a scripting language in finite element codes, as a system language in Linux and in web development (e.g. Django).

In this course, a target group-oriented introduction for experts from science and technology is offered, with the aim of not only providing an introduction to the language, but also relating it to application. For this purpose, in addition to suitable exercises, examples of the participants will be discussed, which they will bring into the course from their practical experience.

You will learn the basics that you need to work successfully with PYTHON. You can apply what you learn anywhere and without additional costs, because all of the software used is free.


  • You will learn the essentials of working with PYTHON (PYTHON 3):
    • Simple data types, containers
    • Imperative aspects: control structures (if, for, while), functions
    • Object-oriented aspects: classes, objects, methods
    • In/output, file handling
  • Brief overview of Daily-Use tools:
    • Pandas, excel-manipulation (xlsxwriter, openpyxl), DateTime…
    • Plots (matplotlib)
    • advanced (os, sys, filedialog (tkinter), nptdms…)
  • You will develop realistic and meaningful examples.
  • You will learn to use the possibilities of various features of PYTHON.

Target Groups and Admission Requirements

  • Experts from research and development who want to use PYTHON in their work
  • Software developers and other people who are interested in learning the basics of programming in PYTHON

To participate in the course, you should have basic programming skills.

Dates and Deadlines

Next start: 5 September 2024

  • Course days: 5/6, 12/13 September 2024 
  • Times: 08:30 a.m. to 01:00 p.m.
  • Registration deadline: 15 August 2024

Quick Facts

  • Duration: 16 hours
  • Certificate: Confirmation of participation
  • Language of instruction: German or English
  • Course fees: € 550 (VAT free) or for Bachelor's and Master's students: € 250 (VAT free)

    The course fees include course handouts and refreshments in breaks.

  • Course location: online (Webex)

Why you Should Learn PYTHON

  • PYTHON is easy to learn and offers high complexity.
  • You can create connections to fast C/C++ and Fortran libraries.
  • You can produce highly effective codes with little effort.
  • Its high flexibility makes PYTHON ideal for rapid prototyping.

PYTHON and the associated software are free software. This means you will gain a cost-saving alternative to commercial programmes such as MATLAB.

Programme Director


Dipl.-Ing. Dr.


Sarah Meinhardt

TU Graz Life Long Learning
Tel.: +43 316 873 4945