30 May - 1 June, 2018, University College, Dublin
CarpentryCon 2018
Building Locally, Connecting Globally
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About CarpentryCon 2018

Conference Format

See the UCD map.


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.

Networking Events

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.

Community Building

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.

Our Keynote Speakers

The Carpentries are excited to announce that we have four fantastic keynote speakers lined up for you in Dublin.

Valerie Aurora

Valerie Aurora

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.

Desmond Higgins

Des Higgins

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

Anelda van der Walt

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.

Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson

Dr Greg Wilson has worked for 30 years in both industry and academia, and is the author or editor of several books on computing and two for children. He co-founded Software Carpentry, and is now Head of Instructor Training for DataCamp.

Our Sponsors and Donors

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.

Venue Sponsor

University College Dublin

Travel Sponsors

Failte Ireland     Software Sustainability Institute     Python Software Foundation    

Travel Scholarship Donor

Christina Koch

Gift Sponsors


Prize Sponsors


CarpentryCon Sponsorship

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.

Why sponsor CarpentryCon?

Without the support of sponsors who share our vision, we will not be able to deliver the event our community needs.

  • Help us keep registration costs low so people aren't priced out of attending
  • Help us maximise participation by people from diverse geographies and communities, including the global South
  • Help us provide travel scholarships to allow as wide an audience as possible to attend

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.

This is a perfect opportunity to promote your products and services to these research leaders of the future.

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.

Our audience

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.

Finding people to join your company

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?

Meeting your needs

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!

Contact Belinda Weaver or SherAaron Hurt to discuss your options, or use this form to express interest.

Sponsorship Opportunities

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.

There are many ways to support CarpentryCon 2018! We are seeking:
Leading Sponsors to support the whole event |  Supporting Sponsors to cover the many costs entailed |  Travel Sponsors to make it diverse, global, and accessible.

Express your interest in sponsoring CarpentryCon 2018 or Download the Sponsorship flyer

Sponsorship Tiers Available

Tier Amount What's included
Leading Sponsor $25,000
  • Top-level placement of organization's logo on conference website and title slides, and on giveaways produced (e.g. t-shirt)
  • Opportunity to address the full conference for up to 5 minutes
  • Opportunity to have two communications of up to 150 words included in emails sent to conference participants
  • Statement of thanks at the opening of the conference (logos displayed)
  • Table and space provided for organization's marketing material throughout the conference
  • Free conference registrations for up to 3 people from sponsor's organization
Supporting Sponsors $12,500
  • Prominent placement of organization's logo on conference homepage and on giveaways produced (e.g. t-shirt)
  • Opportunity to address the assembled participants for up to 5 minutes during the conference
  • Opportunity to have one communication of up to 150 words included in an email sent to all conference participants
  • Statement of thanks at the opening of the conference (logos displayed)
  • Table and space provided for organization's marketing material throughout the conference
  • Free conference registrations for up to 2 people from sponsor's organization
Donors - Organizations or Individuals $5,000 / negotiable
  • Placement of organization's logo/individual name on conference homepage as donor
  • Statement of thanks to donors at the closing of the conference (logos/names displayed)
Travel Sponsors From $2,500
  • Sponsor one (or more) attendees to attend the conference with a full scholarship that covers travel, accommodation, conference registration, and visa processing fees.
  • Placement of organization's logo on a dedicated portion of the conference website
  • Statement of thanks to sponsoring organizations at the opening of the conference (logos displayed)
Prize Sponsors From $1,000
  • Placement of organization's logo on conference homepage as prize sponsor
  • Statement of thanks at the closing of the conference (logos displayed)

Draft CarpentryCon 2018 Program

This is our draft program. Spaces are open for posters and lightning talks. Submit your abstract here.

Tuesday, 29 May

Day Time Event Location
Tuesday 6:00-8:00 pm Welcome Reception TBA

Wednesday, 30 May

Day Time Event Location
Wednesday 8:15-9:00 am Registration Foyer
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 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch 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 3:35-4:05 pm Break 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
Wednesday 6:00-8:00 pm

Poster Reception

Includes The State of the Carpentries address

Thursday, 31 May

Day Time Event Location
Thursday 8:30-9:00 am Coffee and networking Foyer
Thursday 9:15-10:20 am Keynote Valerie Aurora
Includes question time
Thursday 10:20-10.50 am Break Foyer
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 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch 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 3:35-4:05 pm Break 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
Thursday 6:30-10:00 pm

Conference Dinner


Friday, 1 June

Day Time Event Location
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 12:30-1:30 pm Lunch TBA
Friday 9:00-12:30 pm Workshop 4: Advanced R TBA
Workshop 5: HPC Carpentry TBA
Workshop 6: Topic to be voted TBA
Friday 4:30 pm-5:00pm

Conference Close and Feedback


Conference Registration

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 Full registration
  • Access to all conference sessions
  • Access to all workshops
  • Access to all social events
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)
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Accommodation Options for CarpentryCon 2018

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)

University College Dublin

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
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland.

Contact numbers

  • University College Number: +353 1 716 7777
  • UCD Unicare emergency line (Campus security): +353 1 716 7999
  • 999 or 112
  • Donnybrook Garda Station (Police): +353 1 666 9200

Contact Us

Send a message to the CarpentryCon 2018 Organizers