Python for web scraping: from zero to hero: Register NOW!

What: 3-day pre-summer school on Python and web scraping
When: 12, 13, and 14 June. Each day from 9AM to 2PM
Where: The Plant @ FASoS (GG76, 0.010)
Costs: €100,- including materials and official certificate

Dear students,

We are excited to announce that The Plant (the newly established Playground for New Technologies at FASOS) will host its first pre-summer school for all FASoS students entitled “Python for Web Scraping: from zero to hero”. The course will take place at The Plant from 12-14 June 2023, everyday from 9:00 to 14:00. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn everything from the very basics of the Python programming language to building your first web scraping application. No prior knowledge of Python is required to follow this workshop.

What do we offer?

The Plant offers this three-day hands-on program which includes:

  • Introductory lectures
  • active, hands-on tutorials
  • access to all course materials and videos
  • cookies + coffee/tea
  • a certificate.

The course fee is €100,- and should be paid before participation. Please pay attention: only limited spots are available. Please find a tentative schedule below (participants will receive a more detailed schedule in due time).

Day 1 (12 June)9:00 – 14:00 (incl. breaks)Basic building blocks in Python
  + Self-paced practice exercises 
Day 2 (13 June)9:00 – 14:00 (incl. breaks)Advanced building blocks in Python and intro to HTML
  + Self-paced practice exercises 
Day 3 (14 June)9:00 – 14:00 (incl. breaks)Building your first web scraper
 14:00-15:00+ Self-paced practice exercises and Certificate

Why should you learn programming with Python?

There are many reasons for why we believe it is meaningful to learn Python. But the three most important reasons are probably:

  1. Popularity: Python is currently the most popular programming language in the world, according to the TIOBE Index ( TIOBE ranks programming languages by popularity and Python has been five times the “language of the year” and is steady in the top 3 since 2018.
  2. Versatility: Python is such a versatile language that it can be used for a wide variety of applications, such as app and web development, data science, machine learning, artificial intelligence, game development and much more.
  3. Job Opportunities: Python is in high demand in the job market. In fact, according to Coder Dojo, Python is this year the top most in-demand programming language on the job market(, and there are uncountable job openings—also in the Social Sciences and Humanities—that require Python skills.

What is web scraping and why should you learn it?

Web scraping is the process of automatically extracting data from websites. With a simple computer program of a few Python lines, we can browse websites and collect all desired information (including text, images, links, etc.) in a systematic way. This is not only useful if for your research projects during your studies (think of your BA or MA thesis for example), it is also the industry standard for market research, (social media) marketing, business intelligence, etc.

How to participate?

Please register by clicking on or scanning the QR-code or click here.

An invoice will be sent to all registered participants as soon as possible and at the latest before 5 June 2023

Course team

This pre-summer school will be delivered by Dr. Thomas Frissen.


We strive to provide high-quality courses for our students. For this reason, we have a maximum and minimum enrollment requirement for this course. Please keep in mind that we may have to cancel the course, if the minimum number of registrations is not met. If this happens, we will contact all registered participants.