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By Aleksandra Nenadic, Training Lead, The Software Sustainability Institute.

CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 (#CCMcr19) conference in June will be the key community-building and networking event for The Carpentries' community in the UK and Europe for 2019. It will be an opportunity to bring together newer and more experienced community members to share knowledge, network, develop new skills and strategies for training and building strong local training communities.

We would not have been able to deliver this event without the generosity of sponsors who support and share our vision. They help us keep registration costs low, maximise participation by people from diverse geographies and communities, and help us provide travel scholarships and childcare to allow as wide an audience as possible to attend.

First of all, a big thank you to The Software Sustainability Institute, who is supporting the whole project. Also to Prof Rachel Gibson, the Director of Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research (CMI) in Manchester, who has…

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By Aleksandra Nenadic, Training Lead, Software Sustainability Institute

While we will undeniably create a sizeable carbon footprint by travelling to and from Manchester this June for CarpentryConnect (#CCMcr19), I nevertheless wanted to explore the ways in which we can reduce our impact on the environment at the conference.

For the past couple of years, I have been trying to do little things here and there to reduce the negative impact I have on the natural environment. Among other things, I have been making an effort to take my reusable cup with me to meetings and events. Although, as pointed out to me by the Software Sustainability Institute's Director Neil Chue Hong once, the production of disposable cups is in fact more eco friendly as it takes 6 to 127 disposables (depending on the type) to match the continued use of one reusable alternative. To me, it is not just about the carbon footprint of producing a cup, it is the ever growing mountain of polystyrene cups that are not biodegradable and will never go away. This just…

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With four fascinating keynotes around the theme of training and an exciting schedule of lightning talks, workshop sessions and a social programme, the Software Sustainability Institute is delighted to announce the provisional programme for CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 (CCMcr19).

Register before 18th April to get an early-bird rate.

In affiliation with The Carpentries, the Institute is organising the first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester from 25th - 27th June 2019 in collaboration with the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research and with support from Manchester’s Data Science Institute. It will be hosted at  The Studio Manchester on 25th and 26th of June and in the Kilburn Building at the School of Computer Science (University of Manchester) on 27th June.

 

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By Gabriella Rustici, Associate Director of Training at HDR UK.

This post was originally published at the HDR UK website.

A shortage of statistical and computational skills [1] is well recognised in the health care sector and advances in technologies such as Artificial Intelligence [2] (AI) will create an even greater skill mismatch in the future. For example, the many thousands of staff in the NHS whose work involves the creation, curation and analysis of data will need to develop their range of skills so as to make the most of innovative technologies such as genomics, digital medicine, AI and robotics to improve services. It is therefore of paramount importance that specialised training solutions are developed to upskill the existing workforce, train future data science experts and build skills capacity on a UK-wide scale.

The Digital Literacy Gap

HDR UK is developing a training strategy to address the need to increase digital literacy, at all career stages, from undergraduate to continuing professional development. We are working in partnership with other agencies and initiatives that have proven successful in developing solutions to address similar skill gaps in…

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In affiliation with The Carpentries, the Software Sustainability Institute is organising the first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester from 25th - 27th June 2019 in collaboration with the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research and with support from Manchester’s Data Science Institute. It will be hosted at  The Studio Manchester on 25th and 26th of June and in the Kilburn Building at the School of Computer Science (University of Manchester) on 27th June.

Early-bird registrations will close on 10th April. Register now to get an early-bird rate.

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By Toby Hodges, European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) Heidelberg, Germany.

This post was originally published on The Carpentries blog.

Did you see the recent announcement that registration and call for proposals are now open for the CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 conference? This event is an opportunity for members of The Carpentries’ global community of instructors and anyone else with an interest in helping researchers to improve their computational skills, to get together for a few days to exchange ideas and learn some new things. With an exciting programme (still under development, no spoilers!),  the sessions will focus on developing new and existing curricula, increasing the sustainability of research software, methods and tools for better teaching, and more. The conference will also have as much to offer those who are newcomers to The Carpentries as it does to those who have attended a workshop, helped or taught at one or two, or been involved for years.

Still not sure what to expect? Following the success of the inaugural CarpentryCon in Dublin…

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Photo courtesy of Ricky Kharawala.

Call for topic suggestions and proposals for CarpentryConnect Manchester has been extended till 8 March 2019. The conference will take place in Manchester from 25th - 27th June 2019 under the theme "Training Communities: Challenges and Opportunities in Europe".

We welcome topic suggestions and abstract submissions for breakout sessions (group discussions such as “Carpentry Methods in University Courses”, “Diversity and Inclusion”, “Sustainable Software Practices”), workshops (longer sessions or training on specific topics such as “Ally workshop”, “Contributing on GitHub”, “Project Leadership”, “Shell Tips and Tricks”), lightning talks and posters under the following general themes:

  • Lesson/curricula development (e.g. working on existing curricula or establishing completely novel materials, new introductory or intermediate lessons)

  • Increasing the sustainability of scientific software and research through training

  • Good teaching practices in research computing (e.g. different approaches for different levels of lesson, different workshop formats)

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Mine Çentinkaya-Rundel

We are very pleased to announce Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University and a professional educator at RStudio, as one of the keynote speakers at CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019. In her talk "Let them eat cake (first)!" Mine will focus on undergraduate data science education with backwards design and five principles for creating and delivering data science education materials.

About Mine

Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel is the Director of Undergraduate Studies and an Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University. Mine is also a Data Scientist and Professional Educator at RStudio. Her work focusses on innovation in statistics pedagogy, with an emphasis on computation, reproducible research, open-source education, and student-centered learning. She is the author of three open-source introductory statistics textbooks as part of the OpenIntro project and teaches the popular Statistics with R MOOC on Coursera.

About CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019

In affiliation with The Carpentries, the Software Sustainability Institute are organising the first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester from 25th - 27th June 2019 in collaboration with the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social…

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We are very pleased to announce Lex Nederbragt as one of the keynote speakers at CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019. In his talk “Learning from the Carpentries”, Lex will reflect on how involvement with the Carpentries, as a learner, as an active participant in the community, or as a member organisation, can shape one's thinking about teaching, learning, community, science, and much more.

About Lex

Lex Nederbragt is a Senior lecturer at the Institute of Biosciences, University of Oslo, Norway and the Head of "Education and Training" for the Centre for Bioinformatics, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo. His research and teaching involve genomics, bioinformatics and programming for biologists. Lex became a Software Carpentry instructor in 2013 and has been an instructor trainer for the Carpentries since 2016. Lex has been serving on the Executive Council of The Carpentries since its inception in January 2018.

About CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019

In affiliation with The Carpentries, the Software Sustainability Institute is organising the first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester from 25th - 27th June 2019 in collaboration with the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research and with support…

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We are very pleased to announce Marta Teperek from TU Delft, the Netherlands, as one of the keynote speakers at CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019. Her talk “Better data (and code!) Help!...” will address issues around data management in research.

About Marta

Marta Teperek did a PhD in molecular biology at the University of Cambridge. Having first-hand experience of problems that researchers face on a day-to-day basis, with the journals’ impact factor, and not the quality of the research process, dictating the future of their academic career, Marta decided to get professionally involved in advocating for Open Research and for better transparency in science. In 2015 she joined the University of Cambridge and led the creation and development of the Research Data Management Facility, supporting researchers at the University of Cambridge in good management and sharing of research data. While at Cambridge, Marta initiated and oversaw the Data Champions programme and the Open Research Pilot. In August 2017, Marta moved to TU Delft in Netherlands, where she leads the Data Stewardship project. Marta serves on the Editorial Board of the Data Science Journal and she is the Co-Chair of the Research Data Alliance Libraries for Research Data Interest Group.

About CarpentryConnect…

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