The first Summer School of the project “A virtual “Werkstatt” for digitization in the sciences” took place from 07.09. – 11.09.2020. The overall topic was “Machine Learning for Life and Natural Sciences”. It provided numerous new insights for about 20 postdocs and PhD students from very diverse disciplines ranging from Computer Science to Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Physics and Medicine and up to Digital Humanities.

The Summer School was composed of several tutorials and hands-on-sessions in Machine Learning, Deep Learning, Probabilistic Graphical Models and High-Performance Computing. In an invited talk, the Team Lead Machine Learning and Computational Imaging @ ZEISS Central Research and Technology presented the machine learning research activities at Carl Zeiss Jena GmbH. In a one day hackathon “Gauss”, “Laplace” and “Fourier”, teams formed by the students, developed ideas for recognition and classification tasks of different medical images. Thanks to the great weather, it was also possible to sit outside in the evenings and continue discussions while enjoying a cool drink.

With regard to the current situation, it had been decided to have a small Summer School in Jena just with the postdocs and PhD students from the project and a few guest students from Friedrich Schiller University Jena instead of having online tutorials for a bigger audience. The students of the project had requested a face-to-face event (of course with the respective distance) for not just listening to online tutorials what they could do from many sources every day, but to network with students from other scientific disciplines as well as interact with the lecturers.

The second “Werkstatt” Summer School will take place in 2022, then hopefully with international attendees and lecturers. We will keep you informed.