CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019

Venue: The Studio The Hive, M1 1FN / Kilburn Building, The University of Manchester M13 9PL

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In affiliation with The Carpentries, the Software Sustainability Institute are organising the first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester from 25th - 27th June 2019 in collaboration with the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research and with support from Manchester’s Data Science Institute. It will be hosted at  The Studio Manchester on 25th and 26th of June and in the Kilburn Building at the School of Computer Science (University of Manchester) on 27th June.

The conference programme will have a range of keynotes, breakout discussion sessions, workshops, lightning talks and poster sessions on the following themes:

  • Increasing the sustainability of scientific software and research through training

  • Good teaching practices in research computing

  • Tools and resources for education of researchers in computing
  • Lesson/curricula development (working on existing curricula or establishing completely novel domain-specific materials)

  • Other topics relating to The Carpentries community or delivering training in research software: e.g. building a local carpentry group/community at research institutions or bringing the Carpentries curriculum to universities, finding funding or making a case with the senior management at your institution.

Third day of the conference will be dedicated to hands-on/hack sessions and workshops.

Key Dates

  • Call for proposals opens: 17 January 2019
  • Call for proposals closes: 1 March 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 April 2019
  • Registrations open: 31 January 2019
  • Conference: 25-27 June 2019 


Registration fees:

  • £200 student/unwaged/self-sponsored
  • £275 early bird (until 10 April 2019)
  • £350 standard (until 9 June 2019)
  • £400 late

Call for Proposals

Call for proposals is currently open.

Read more details about the call or submit your proposal or make suggestions what sessions you would like to see at the conference.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Tracy Teal, Executive Director, The Carpentries. Tracy's talk “Democratising data: building inclusive communities teaching universal data literacy” will address issues around supporting the creation and development of inclusive communities and teaching researchers data skills.

  • Dr Marta Teperek, Data Stewardship Coordinator at TU Delft, The Netherlands. Marta's talk “Better data (and code!) Help!...” will address issues around data management in research.

  • Dr Lex Nederbragt, Head of Education and Training for the Centre for Bioinformatics, University of Oslo. In his talk “Learning from the Carpentries”, Lex will reflect on how involvement with the Carpentries, as a learner, as an active participant in the community, or as a member organisation, can shape one's thinking about teaching, learning, community, science, and much more.

  • Dr Mine Cetinkaya-Rundel, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University and a professional educator at RStudio. Mine's talk "Let them eat cake (first)!" will focus on undergraduate data science education with backwards design and 5 principles for creating and delivering data science education materials.

Read more about our keynote speakers.


A draft programme is available online.