Panel discussion: Do we have the right tools for research?

The discussion panel “Do we have the right tools for research?” took place online on Friday 5th November 2021, from 2 to 3pm GMT, as part of the Research Software Camp: Beyond the Spreadsheet, organised by the Software Sustainability Institute.

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About the panel

Our expert panelists had a conversation around the use of spreadsheets in research, spreadsheets as powerful tools to handle data, and what’s available for researchers who wish to move beyond spreadsheets.

All researchers and research software developers were welcome to join this discussion panel. We presented as many views as possible from using spreadsheets as a powerful tool in research data management to discussing options for moving beyond them.

Participants could submit questions to the panel on Slido. Here you can also answer the questions 'What would you like to know when learning to code?' and 'What resources would you recommend for someone learning to code?'


Simon Hettrick, SSI Deputy Director.


Presented alphabetically

Yanina BelliniTenured researcher at National Institute of Agricultural Technology, ArgentinaR
Mike CroucherCustomer Success Engineer at MathWorksMatLab
Andy GordonCalcIntelligence Lead, Microsoft ResearchLambda
Lucy HugginsAssociate Lecturer at the University of PlymouthUse of spreadsheets in research
Peter InglesbyConsultant Programmer and previous PyCon UK chairPython
Lucia MichielinEFI Digital Skills Training Manager at The University of EdinburghOpen Refine
Mor RubinsteinHead of Data Strategy at Parkinson's UKGoogle Sheets
Clive SiviourCSO at FilamentFilament
Katy WolstencroftAssistant Professor at Leiden UniversityRightField

All panellists presented a workshop or published a recorded presentation or blog post on the tool/language they represented.