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Call For Proposals (CFP)

OVERVIEW

8-11 July | Salzburg, Austria

useR! conferences are annual nonprofit gatherings organized by R community volunteers and supported by the R Foundation. Attendees include R developers and users who are data scientists, business intelligence specialists, analysts, statisticians from academia and industry, and students. 

The conferences showcase applications of R software and developments in the software itself, as well as new and updated R packages that provide boundless additional functionality to R. Community contributions form the foundation of useR! Conferences.

Please be aware that the Linux Foundation will now utilize Sessionize for CFP submissionsSessionize is a cloud-based event content management software designed to be intuitive and user-friendly. If you need guidance, please review how to submit your session for an event to see step-by-step instructions and helpful screenshots.

DATES TO REMEMBER

  • CFP Closes: Sunday, 10 March at 11:59 PM CET (UTC+1)
  • CFP Notifications: Tuesday, 9 April
  • Schedule Announced: Thursday, 11 April
  • Additional AV Requests Deadline: Tuesday, 31 May
  • Pre-Recorded Video Deadline (virtual only): Wednesday, 3 July
  • Slides Due Date: Friday, 5 July
  • Event Dates: Monday, 8 July – Thursday, 11 July, 2024

TOPICS

Statistical Methods
  • Statistical modelling
  • Machine learning and AI
  • Predictive modelling and forecasting
  • Big and high-dimensional data
  • Numerical methods
  • Text data and NLP
Domain Specific Applications
  • Biostatistics, epidemiology and bioinformatics
  • Economics, Finance, Insurance and business
  • Environmental sciences
  • Spatial data and maps
  • Social Sciences
  • Public sector and NGO
Reporting
  • Data handling and management
  • Data visualisation
  • Shiny, dashboards and web apps
  • Quarto and reporting
Programming
  • Interfaces with other programming languages 
  • R workflow, deployment and production
  • Efficient programming
  • Research Software Engineering
Community
  • Data science education
  • Community and Outreach
  • Cross-industry collaboration
  • Open and reproducible science

SUBMISSION TYPES

We welcome both virtual and in-person presentations. However, please note that only in-person presenters will be accepted for the Salzburg event. Virtual presenters are required to submit a pre-recorded video, which will be streamed during a 24-hour virtual event that aligns with the scheduled dates of the main event.

In-Person
  • Session Presentation (20 minutes)
  • Poster (with short presentation by poster)
  • Tutorial (3 hours)
  • Lightning Talk (5 minutes)
Virtual
  • Pre-Recorded Session Presentation (20 minutes)
  • Pre-Recorded Tutorial (1 hour)

IMPORTANT NOTES

  • All speakers are required to adhere to our Code of Conduct. We also highly recommend that speakers take our online Inclusive Speaker Orientation Course.
  • Panel submissions (any talk with 3+ speakers) must include the names of all participants in the initial submission to be considered. In addition, The Linux Foundation does not accept submissions with all-male panels in an effort to increase speaker diversity.
  • Avoid sales or marketing pitches and discussing unlicensed or potentially closed-source technologies when preparing your proposal; these talks are almost always rejected due to the fact that they take away from the integrity of our events, and are rarely well-received by conference attendees.
  • All accepted speakers are required to submit their slides prior to the event.

Preparing to Submit Your Proposal

While it is not our intention to provide you with strict instructions on how to prepare your proposal, we hope you will take a moment to review the following guidelines that we have put together to help you prepare the best submission possible. To get started, here are three things that you should consider before submitting your proposal:

  1. What are you hoping to get from your presentation?
  2. What do you expect the audience to gain from your presentation?
  3. How will your presentation help better the ecosystem?

There are plenty of ways to give a presentation about projects and technologies without focusing on company-specific efforts. Remember the things to consider that we mentioned above when writing your proposal and think of ways to make it interesting for attendees while still letting you share your experiences, educate the community about an issue, or generate interest in a project.

Topic Guidance
  • Talks should be new to useR!
  • Talks should be original and directly related to the speaker’s work.
  • Talks backed by open source materials (R package, git repository, etc.) are especially welcome.
  • Your presentation should be directly related to R. General data science talks are not typically appropriate for regular talks.
How To Give a Great Talk

We want to make sure submitters receive resources to help put together a great submission and if accepted, give the best presentation possible. To help do this, we recommend viewing seasoned speaker Dawn Foster’s in-depth session titled Overcoming Imposter Syndrome to Become a Conference Speaker!

Have More Questions? First Time Submitting? Don’t Feel Intimidated

Linux Foundation events are an excellent way to get to know the community and share your ideas and the work that you are doing and we strongly encourage first-time speakers to submit talks for our events. In the instance that you aren’t sure about your abstract, reach out to us and we will be more than happy to work with you on your proposal.

CODE OF CONDUCT

The Linux Foundation is dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for participants at all of our events. We encourage all submitters to review our complete Code of Conduct.

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