Some Upcoming R Related, Virtual Events

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COVID-19 Data Forum Webinar
Next Thursday (5/14/20) at Noon Pacific time, the COVID-19 Data Forum, sponsored by R Consortium and the Stanford Data Science Institute will open with a public webinar. The purpose of the Forum is to provide a way for experts to focus on data-related aspects of the scientific response to the pandemic, including data access and sharing, essential data resources for analysis, and how data scientists can best support decision making. The webinar speakers, all R savvy researchers, are:

  • Orhun Aydin, Researcher and Product Engineer, ESRI

  • Ryan Hafen, data scientist consultant with Preva Group, and adjunct assistant professor, Purdue University

  • Alison L. Hill, Research Fellow and independent principal investigator at Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics

  • Noam Ross, Senior Research Scientist, EcoHealth Alliance


e-Rum2020!, The European R Users Meeting, will be online from June 17th through June 22nd. This free conference is shaping up to be an outstanding event. Keynote speakers include: Sharon Machlis, Director of Editorial Data & Analytics at IDG Communications;
Jared Lander, Chief Data Scientist at Lander Analytics; Stephanie Hicks, Assistant Professor Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Francesco Bartolucci, Professor of Statistics at the University of Perugia; Kelly O’Briant, solutions engineer at RStudio; and Tomas Kalibera, researcher at the Czech Technical University. Note that the e-Rum2020! CovidR Pre-conference Event will be held on May 29th. Be sure to “purchase” a free ticket before May 22nd.


The third R / Medicine conference will be held online from August 27th through the 29th. The keynote speakers will be Robert Gentleman, Daniela Witten, Ewen Harrison, and Patrick Mathias. The workshops scheduled for the first day are Introduction to R for Clinicians taught by Stephan Kaduake and an Introduction to Machine Learning with Tidymodels taught by Alison P. Hill. The call for papers is open.


The Why R? 2020 conference which will also begin on August 27th may turn out to be a virtual conference. The keynote speakers are Frank Harrell Professor of Biostatistics, Vanderbilt University; Roger Bivand, Professor at Norwegian School of Economics; Riinu Ots Senior Data Manager, University of Edinburgh; and Jan Vitek Professor of Computer Science, Northeastern University. As a run up to the conference, Why R? broadcasts webinars every Thursday at 8pm CEST / 2pm US Eastern Time. You can view the recordings of past events here.

Several other conferences including the R Conference, useR!2020, BioC 2020 and the JSMare also making plans to go virtual.

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