The 2018 Prefresher will take place from Monday, August 20 2018 to Wednesday, August 29 2018, with a three day break from August 25 to August 27 in between.



All material we cover is consolidated in the Prefresher Booklet (Available online here). Additionally, there will be tutorials and exercise problems which we ask participants to try to work on before we meet in Cambridge. These will be communicated via email, as well as posted on this website.  


General Structure

See the Calendar below for a day-to-day schedule. In general, though:

  • Breakfast and coffee is available 30 minutes before each lecture (e.g. 9:00-9:30 on most days)
  • Morning sessions are spent on math. There will be two blocks: 9:30am - 10:30am and 10:45am-11:45am, with a ~15 minute break in between. 
  • On three days (see schedule below), we will have a catered lunch with guests from noon-1:00pm.
  • Afternoon sessions are spent on programing. From 1:30-2:45, we'll go through the programming notes. After a 15 minute break, small groups will work on exercises 3:00-3:30pm. From 3:30-4:00pm, we will re-group to discuss each other's progress on the exercises.