CW23 - 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 CW23 theme of Sustainable Career Development: looking after your software, your career, and yourself. Alternatively you could focus on one of the sub-themes of collaborative working, data/code sharing, reproducible research or data science.

CW23 lightning talk sessions are currently scheduled for: 

  • Day 1: Tuesday, 2 May 2023 from 11:50 - 12:20 BST (10:50 - 11:20 UTC)
  • Day 2: Wednesday, 3 May 2023 from 14:15 - 14:45 BST (13:15 - 13:45 UTC)




Lightning storm

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!

CW23 is a hybrid event, and the Lightning Talks will have people presenting both in-person and remotely. A professional audio/visual company will be managing the video connection between the in-person room and the associated Zoom room, and helpers from the CW23 Organising Committee will be present to assist during the session. Proposers will need to confirm if they will present in-person or remotely if accepted.


Note for lightning talk speakers: Lightning talks are limited to 1 PDF slide and 2 minutes - no HTML slides, no GIFs, no videos or other formats will be displayed. Please submit your PDF slide (Widescreen 16:9 dimensions, and leave a space in the top right corner for us to integrate a timer) following the guidance here no later than 23:00 UTC on Wednesday, 26 April 2023.

Speakers, submit your lightning talk slide here!

CW23 Day 1: Tuesday, 2 May 2023 from 11:50 - 12:20 BST (10:50 - 11:20 UTC)

Line upSpeakerTitle
1Andrew Walker (Oxford University)Carpentries Superstars: How to Make the Best of Your Teaching Experience
2Paul Korir (EMBL-EBI)The Growing Depletion Region
3Kieran Didi (Cambridge University)Can we make AI for Science Reproducible?
4Chris Hartgerink (Liberate Science GmbH)ResearchEquals - Publish and curate research
5Ugur Yilmaz (SKAO)Automate your CI/CD Workflow with 2 lines of code
6Magesh Chandramouli (Purdue University NW)Collaborative efforts for VR applications
7Noel Simpson (National Institutes of Health)When, How, Why of Usability Testing
8Lieke de Boer (Netherlands eScience Center)The Research Software Directory: Show your research software to the world!
9Tony Greenberg (Bayesic Research)Bayesic Research
10Alex Coleman (University of Leeds)Research Software Security Bootstrap
11Andrea Sánchez-Tapia (Universidade Federal do ABC)The Turing Way: Internationalising and localising data science
12Selina Aragon (University of Edinburgh)Research Software Camps


CW23 Day 2: Wednesday, 3 May 2023 from 14:15 - 14:45 BST (13:15 - 13:45 UTC)

Line upSpeakerTitle
1Selina Aragon (University of Edinburgh)Research Software Camp - workshops in other languages
2Carlos Martinez Ortiz (Netherlands eScience Center)eScience Center Digital Skills Programme
3Ella Kaye (University of Warwick)How to Make a Contribution to Base R
4Dave Young (Queen's University Belfast)The Universe of Things
5Gaurav Bhalerao (University of Oxford)Dementias Platform UK (DPUK)
6Kasia Banas (University of Edinburgh)R-Ladies Edinburgh
7Matthew Bluteau (UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA))Hack Day Idea: The State of RSE Skills Development and Where It Needs To Go
8Micah Vandegrift (National Institutes of Health)Researchers as Partners: Managing Research Experience for a national health research program
9Adam Plowman (University of Manchester)Reproducible materials science workflows with MatFlow
10Stephan Druskat (German Aerospace Center (DLR))Automating software publication with HERMES
11Pamela Wochner (The Alan Turing Institute)SCALE - Growing a research engineering team at the UK national institute for data science and artificial intelligence

Lightning talk top tips

If you are preparing a lightning talk for CW23 please take a read of our handy tips. Remember, CW23 is going to attract people who are interested in both software and research, so tailor your talk to meet their needs.

If you have any questions, please email CW23 Chair Rachael Ainsworth at


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