CW21 - Lightning Talks

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A lightning talk gives you two minutes and one slide to discuss a subject. Lightning talks are the perfect way to introduce yourself at the workshop.

You could talk about your work, an idea, a problem, a pitch for the CW Hack Day or anything that's related to software and research, and ideally related to the themes of CW21: FAIR Research Software, Diversity and Inclusion, or Software Sustainability. Alternatively you could focus on one of the sub-themes of collaborative working, data/code sharing, reproducible research or data science.

CW21 lightning talk sessions are currently scheduled for: 

  • Tuesday, 30 March 2021 from 11:45 - 12:15 BST (10:45 - 11:15 UTC)
  • Wednesday, 31 March 2021 from 13:45 - 14:10 BST (12:45 - 13:10 UTC)

How quick is lightning?

Lightning is pretty quick: two minutes. You will be allowed only one slide, which you will have to submit in advance if selected. You'll be presenting alongside a countdown timer, so you'll have to keep to time. However, it's amazing how much you can present in two minutes!

Lightning talk top tips

If you are preparing a lightning talk for CW21 please take a read of our handy tips. Remember CW21 is going to attract people who are interested in both software and research, so tailor your talk to meet their needs.


Speakers, submit your lightning talk slide here!


Day 1: Tuesday, 30 March 2021 from 11:45 - 12:15 BST

Number Name Title
1 Malin Sandström Taxonomies for contributor roles in scientific computing [Slide]


Sam Haynes tidyqpcr - Quantitative PCR analysis in the tidyverse [Slide]
3 Batool Almarzouq Peer code review of computational methods in academic journals [Slide]
4 Diego Alonso Álvarez GUIs for Research Software Workshops: Accessibility is just a few clicks away [Slide]
5 Esther Plomp Online Software Carpentry Workshops [Slide]
6 Matthew Bluteau Coding Dojo to Enhance a Community of Practice [Slide]
7 Arielle Bennett Inviting contributions to the Activism Chapter of the Turing Way Guide to Ethical Research. [Slide]
8 Stephan Druskat How to build a Corpus of Research Software with crowdsourcing? [Slide]
9 Heather Turner Sustainability and EDI in Core Development [Slide]
10 Emmy Tsang Open Life Science [Slide]
11 Caroline Jay Autonomy and agency in research software engineering [Slide]
12 Steve Crouch Intermediate Software Development Skills: The Next Step [Slide]
13 Yo Yehudi Data for Science and Health at the Wellcome Trust [Slide]


Day 2: Wednesday, 31 March 2021 from 13:45 - 14:10 BST 

Number Name Title
1 Colin Sauze Virtual events in Mozilla Hubs and Work Adventure [Slide]


Giulia Guizzardi Executable Research Article (ERA):  Enrich a research paper with code and data [Slide]
3 Daniel S. Katz Easier use of remote computing resources with funcX [Slide]
4 Sandra Gesing HUBzero - Achieving Software Sustainability for a Science Gateway Framework [Slide]
5 Matthew Cannon Supporting Open Research principles at T&F [Slide]
6 Aleksandra Nenadic Launch of the UK Carpentry Community Calls [Slide]
7 Shoaib Sufi The SSI Event Organisation Guide (SSI-EOG) [Slide]


If you have any questions, please email CW21 Chair Rachael Ainsworth at


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