Creating impact with R coding: 7 Jan 2020


RForwards is the R Foundation taskforce on women and other under-represented groups and we are offering a free workshop designed for people who use R coding and want to learn more about creating impact from their code. It will cover package contribution and development thus addressing the skills gap that exists within the R and scientific coding community. For example, an analysis of CRAN package maintainers estimated that fewer than 15% were women, and a useR! participant survey found that women were less likely than men to have experience contributing to or writing packages. Whilst these data apply to women, underrepresented groups also include, but are not limited to, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people of colour.

Who it is for 

The workshop is for people who self-identify as underrepresented in the R/coding community. Underrepresented groups include, but are not limited to, women, LGBTQ+ individuals, those with disabilities and people of colour.


Tuesday 7th January 2020    Registration at 10:00 ready for a prompt start at 10:30   Finish at 15:30 hours


The University of York

What you will do 

Workshop participants will learn to make code into an R package, do collaborative coding with GitHub, write a vignette or an article, build a package web page, and submit a package to CRAN. Participants can bring their own code that they wish to develop into a package or work with a provided example.


You will need to make your own transport arrangements.  See information under ‘Costs’ below about applying for travel grants.


Tea/coffee will be provided on arrival at 10:00 hours.

Lunch will be hopefully be provided – The organisers are in the process of applying for funding.  You will be advised when you are sent detailed joining instructions.

If you have any dietary requirements, please ensure that you inform the organisers.


Participation is free and there is a scholarship program for travel within the UK, child care and other reasonable costs arising from attending the workshop. Scholarships are funded by the R Consortium and a link to the scholarship application form is presented at the end of the workshop application process. In addition, members of the Biochemical Society can apply for a general travel grant to attend the workshop.

How to book

The deadline for Scholarship applications is midnight 10 November 2019 with applicants being informed of the outcome on Friday 22 November.

The deadline for workshop applications is midnight 1 January 2020.

Workshop application:



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