CarpentryCon 2018 is the key community-building and networking event in The Carpentries' annual calendar of activities.
This event will bring together newer and more experienced community members to share knowledge, to network, to develop new skills, and to develop strategies for building strong local communities.
The theme of the conference is "Building Locally, Connecting Globally". Attendees must be prepared to abide by our Code of Conduct.
Register to attend. Submit an abstract for a lightning talk or poster. You can ask for travel assistance here.
We are very grateful for the generous support of University College Dublin in hosting this event.
CarpentryCon 2018 will be held from 30 May – 1 June, 2018, at University College Dublin, Ireland. Since this will be a truly international event, we plan to offer travel scholarships to facilitate attendance from as wide a group as possible. Sign up for news and announcements.
See accommodation options here.
We have four great keynote speakers: Valerie Aurora, a software engineer turned diversity and inclusion consultant, Anelda van der Walt, our 2017 Community Service Award winner, Dr Greg Wilson, founder of Software Carpentry, and Professor Desmond Higgins, a bioinformatician who developed the Clustal package for multiple sequence alignment.
The Carpentries (Software Carpentry and Data Carpentry) are organizing this event, with the very generous assistance of the host site, University College Dublin, and our other sponsors. The Carpentries (a fiscally sponsored project of Community Initiatives) teach foundational computational and data science skills to researchers.
Registrations are now open!
We will offer a series of practical, hands-on skill-ups, workshops and breakout sessions to teach essential skills around coding, leading projects, community organization, curriculum development and other professional development 'must-haves'.
Check out the draft program. You can register to attend.
Submit an abstract for a lightning talk or poster. You can ask for travel assistance here.
There will be a series of social and other events, including a poster reception and a dinner, and other events to foster networking, especially among Instructors who might want to share workshop and teaching tips. Attendees will have lots of opportunities to come together informally to share stories about challenges and successes.
Member organizations, local Champions, Carpentries' advocates, and staff will talk about ways to build communities all around the world. Hear from local Champions about tried and tested methods for building strong local communities. Pitch your own community building ideas for discussion in CarpentryCon's 'unconference' section.
The Carpentries are excited to announce that we have four fantastic keynote speakers lined up for you in Dublin.
Valerie Aurora is a software engineer turned diversity and inclusion consultant. She is the founder of Frame Shift Consulting, which helps technology organizations build in-house expertise and leadership in diversity and inclusion. As lead author and a facilitator of the Ally Skills Workshop, she has taught thousands of people ally skills: simple, everyday ways for people who have more power and influence to support people with less. She co-founded the Ada Initiative and Double Union, non-profits supporting women in technology and the arts. Prior to that, she worked as a Linux kernel and file systems developer for more than 10 years at Red Hat, IBM, Intel, and other technology companies.
Des Higgins is Professor of Bioinformatics in University College Dublin, Ireland where his lab works on "omics" data analysis and sequence alignment algorithms. He has a PhD in Zoology from Trinity College Dublin, Ireland. His group maintains and develops the Clustal package for multiple sequence alignment in collaboration with groups in France, Germany and the UK. Des wrote the first version of Clustal in Dublin in 1988 and then moved to the EMBL Data Library group, in Heidelberg, in 1990 as a post-doc and later, staff scientist. In 1994, he moved to the EBI, Hinxton with the Data Library and stayed there for two years.This coincided with the release of Clustal W, and later, Clustal X which became extremely widely used and cited. Currently he has run out of letters and works on Clustal Omega which is designed for making extremely large protein alignments.
Anelda van der Walt works with various organisations to improve computational and digital literacy and the establishment of communities of practice amongst African researchers, students, and support staff. The infectious vibe of collaboration and community experienced at her first Carpentry workshop in 2014 in Cape Town, made her realise there was a massive need for more such events locally. She founded Talarify in order to help drive change through sharing knowledge and is doing this by creating awareness of, and improving access to, reusable online materials, open communities, and free and/or open source tools. She was voted the 2017 Carpentries Community Service Award winner.
The Carpentries would like to acknowledge the very generous support of the following organisations and individuals, who are helping to make CarpentryCon 2018 possible. If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities at CarpentryCon, please see our Sponsorship page.
CarpentryCon 2018 planning is now well underway. We have chosen a venue and a date, identified keynote speakers, and roughed out a program, but we are still missing one vital piece:
CarpentryCon 2018 will only be possible with the generous support of businesses and foundations who support our mission of teaching foundational computational and data science skills to researchers to safeguard the future of sound, open, reproducible science.
Without the support of sponsors who share our vision, we will not be able to deliver the event our community needs.
By supporting us, you will help skill up the next generation of research leaders, people who will attend CarpentryCon to develop the skills needed to lead 21st century research, whether that be in academia or industry.
In return for your support, we can promise you a number of benefits.
Your name, your product, your service can all be part of our event marketing. Get your logo on our website, our T-shirt, our poster, our conference slides, and on all our promotional materials, including social media and email channels. Leading sponsors will get conference time to air their messages, and will be able to send targeted emails to all delegates.
We will provide exhibition space to allow you to showcase your offerings and network with delegates during the three days of CarpentryCon. You can demo products or services, give away swag, and start some great conversations.
CarpentryCon's diverse audience will include graduate students, early career researchers, senior academics, lab and project leaders, software engineers, people in the tech industry, and more. We expect people to come from all round the world to attend this signature event.
Many graduate student and early career researchers make the jump from academia to industry. What better place to find your next staffer than at CarpentryCon where people have come along to grow and sharpen a diverse range of skills?
Not sure any of our packages work for you? We will tailor a sponsorship package that exactly fits your needs. All you have to do is ask!
Hosted at University College, Dublin from 30 May - 1 June, 2018, CarpentryCon 2018 will be the key networking and community-building event in the Carpentries' annual calendar. Some of the brightest and most promising researchers and data scientists from around the world will meet to network, to learn about digital research tools, and the practice of reproducible, open science, and to further develop the coding, communication and project management skills research and industry are crying out for.
|Leading Sponsors to support the whole event |||Supporting Sponsors to cover the many costs entailed |||Travel Sponsors to make it diverse, global, and accessible.|
|Donors - Organizations or Individuals||$5,000 / negotiable||
|Travel Sponsors||From $2,500||
|Prize Sponsors||From $1,000||
This is our draft program. Spaces are open for posters and lightning talks. Submit your abstract here.
|Tuesday||6:00-8:00 pm||Welcome Reception||TBA|
|Wednesday||9:00-9:20 am||Bingo Cards Icebreaker||Foyer|
|Wednesday||9:20-9:30 am||Welcome to Conference||TBA|
|Wednesday||9:40-10:45 am||Keynote Professor Desmond Higgins
Includes question time
|Wednesday||10:45-11:30 am||Morning break and networking||TBA|
|Wednesday||11:30-12:30 am||Skill-Up 1 Project Leadership||TBA|
|Skill-Up 2 Speaking Effectively||TBA|
|Skill-Up 3 Contributing on GitHub||TBA|
|Wednesday||1:30-2:35 pm||Keynote: Dr Greg Wilson
Includes question time
|Wednesday||2:35-3:35 pm||Breakout 1: Carpentry methods in university courses||TBA|
|Breakout 2: Chasing Funding for workshops||TBA|
|Breakout 3: Lesson infrastructure: how can we make it easier to develop and contribute to lessons?||TBA|
|Wednesday||4:05-4:30 pm||Lightning Talk 1||TBA|
|Lightning Talk 2||TBA|
|Lightning Talk 3||TBA|
|Wednesday||4:30-5:30 pm||Breakout 4 Incubating a Carpentry: the Library Carpentry use-case||TBA|
|Breakout 5 Making the Case for Membership||TBA|
|Breakout 6 Diversity and Inclusion||TBA|
Includes The State of the Carpentries address
|Thursday||8:30-9:00 am||Coffee and networking||Foyer|
|Thursday||9:15-10:20 am||Keynote Valerie Aurora
Includes question time
|Thursday||11:00 am-12:00 noon||Skill-Up 4: Leading a Research Lab||TBA|
|Skill-Up 5: Creating and Registering a Carpentry Event Website||TBA|
|Skill-Up 6: Shell Tips and Tricks||TBA|
|Thursday||12:00-12:30 pm||Workshop Pitches||TBA|
|Q&A on The State of the Carpentries address||TBA|
|Thursday||1:30-2:35 pm||Keynote: Anelda van der Walt
Includes question time
|Thursday||2:35-3:35 pm||Breakout 7 Community Building||TBA|
|Breakout 8 HPC Carpentry||TBA|
|Breakout 9 Overcoming Unconscious Bias||TBA|
|Thursday||4:05-4:30 pm||Lightning Talk 4||TBA|
|Lightning Talk 5||TBA|
|Lightning Talk 6||TBA|
|Thursday||4:30-5:30 pm||Breakout 10 Taking the Carpentries to Industry||TBA|
|Breakout 11 Fostering FAIR Data and Sustainable Software Practices||TBA|
|Breakout 12 Mentoring||TBA|
|Friday||9:00-12:30 pm||Workshop 1 Bring and Build Your Own Lesson 'Carpentries-style'||TBA|
|Workshop 2 Lesson Hack-a-Thon/Voted Session from Pitches||TBA|
|Workshop 3 Ally Workshop with Valerie Aurora||TBA|
|Friday||9:00-12:30 pm||Workshop 4: Advanced R||TBA|
|Workshop 5: HPC Carpentry||TBA|
|Workshop 6: Topic to be voted||TBA|
Conference Close and Feedback
There are a range of registration types, including Early Bird. We will try to support lower fees (or waive fees altogether) for people who can make a good case for assistance. Use this form to apply for financial support, incuding fee and travel support. While we hope to support travel costs for a number of attendees, this support can only be a top-up, and will not cover the full cost of travel.
|Type||What's included||Closing date||Cost|
|Early Bird Registration||
||16 March, 2018||$200 (~ €163)|
|Full-Time Student Registration||15 May, 2018||$100 (~ €82)|
|Regular Registration||$250 (~ €204)|
|Last Minute Registration||After 15 May, 2018||$275 (~ €224)|
|Partner/Friend Dinner Ticket||Conference Dinner only||15 May, 2018||$45 (~ €37)|
University College Dublin (UCD) has a special offer for CarpentryCon 2018 participants on campus. There are a limited number of single ensuite rooms available for €69 per night for the period of the event.
Additionally, we are providing three hotel options for you. All hotels are offering us a special CarpentryCon rate. See the UCD map to help you choose.
The special rates will be valid for the period of the event and available until the specified cut-off dates; anyone looking to book after that date will be offered the best available rate at the time.
|Accomodation||Map||Booking info||Reservation code||Cutoff date for booking||Price Per Night||Availability|
|"Summer at UCD", Belfield||Book online||NA||NA||€69 (Single ensuite)||NA|
|Clayton Hotel, Ballsbridge||Book online or by calling the hotel +353 1 668 1111||CARP300518||18 April||€169 (includes bed & full Irish breakfast)||29/05/2018 to 01/06/2018|
|Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan||Book online or by calling the hotel +353 1 200 1800||CARPCON18||18 April||€139 Twin/Double or €149 Triple (both rates include breakfast)||29/05/2018 to 01/06/2018 (latest checkout on June 1st)|
|Radisson Blu St. Helen's Hotel||Book online or by calling the hotel +353 1 898 2900||CarpentryCon 2018 / 2333156||28 March||€215.00 Twin/Double or €230.00 Family (rates based on minimum 2 nights stay)||29/05/2018 to 01/06/2018 (minimum two nights)|
The University College Dublin campus is situated in Belfield, located just 4km south of Dublin city centre. The campus can be easily accessed by public transport. For suggested routes please refer to the interactive map which can be found here.
University College Dublin