CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 (CCMcr19)

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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 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.

The conference programme will have a range of keynotes, breakout discussion sessions, training workshops, lightning talks and poster sessions on the following non-exhaustive topics:

  • Increasing the sustainability of scientific software and research through training

  • Good teaching practices, tools and resources for research computing education
  • Novel or existing lesson/curricula development
  • Building local and regional carpentry/training communities at research institutions

  • Increasing diversity in our communities
  • Training on a range of practical skills, e.g. collaborating using git, advanced Shell skills, basic statistical methods, visualising data on maps, publication-ready scientific reports with Jupyter notebooks, boosting reproducibility of research using Binder, machine learning, etc.

Why Attend?

Read a blog post by Toby Hodges on why you should attend the conference. 

Key Dates

  • Call for proposals opens: 17 January 2019
  • Call for proposals closes: 8 March 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 1 April 2019
  • Registrations open: 31 January 2019
  • Conference: 25-27 June 2019 


Registration fees:

  • £200 student/unwaged/self-sponsored
  • £275 early bird (until 18 April 2019)
  • £350 standard (until 9 June 2019)
  • £400 late

Register for CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Dr Tracy Teal, Executive Director, The Carpentries. Tracy's talk “Democratising data: building inclusive communities teaching universal data literacy” will address issues around supporting the creation and development of inclusive communities and teaching researchers data skills.

  • Dr Marta Teperek, Data Stewardship Coordinator at TU Delft, The Netherlands. Marta's talk “Better data (and code!) Help!...” will address issues around data management in research.

  • Dr Lex Nederbragt, Head of Education and Training for the Centre for Bioinformatics, University of Oslo. 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.

  • Dr Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, Associate Professor of the Practice in the Department of Statistical Science at Duke University and a professional educator at RStudio. Mine's talk "Let them eat cake (first)!" will focus on undergraduate data science education with backwards design and 5 principles for creating and delivering data science education materials.

Read more about our keynote speakers.


Provisional programme is available online. 

Call for Proposals

Call for proposals is now closed.


Read more about why you should sponsor CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 and who our sponsors are.

We are offering a range of sponsorship packages:

  • Bronze £1,000 - one conference registration or a lighting talk, logo on sponsor presentation slide displayed before the keynote talks, conference website and printed programme
  • Silver £2,000 - as Bronze + one extra conference registration
  • Gold £5,000 - as Silver + exhibition desk/space
  • Platinum £7,500 - as Gold + custom package
  • Travel sponsor 750-1000£ - sponsor someone to attend a conference + logo on sponsor presentation slide displayed before the keynote talks, conference website and printed programme
  • Dinner sponsor £6,000

You can get in touch with Aleksandra Nenadic to discuss sponsorship options.


You can help us promote the conference by using the flyer. Simply print it and put it on your door or take it to an event you are attending.


Please see the accommodation page for maps and suggestions on where to stay in Manchester.

Code of Conduct

We are dedicated to providing a welcoming and supportive environment for all people, regardless of background or identity. By participating at this conference, participants accept to abide by both The Carpentries' Code of Conduct and the Software Sustainability Institute's Code of Conduct (see for example Collaborations Workshop 2019 Code of Conduct) and accept the procedures by which any Code of Conduct incidents are resolved. Any form or behaviour to exclude, intimidate, or cause discomfort is a violation of the Code of Conduct. In order to foster a positive and professional learning environment we encourage the following kinds of behaviours in all platforms and events (including social events organised at this conference):

  • Use welcoming and inclusive language

  • Be respectful of different viewpoints and experiences

  • Gracefully accept constructive criticism

  • Focus on what is best for the community

  • Show courtesy and respect towards other community members

If you believe someone is violating the Code of Conduct, we ask that you report it to the conference Code of Conduct chairs (Malvika Sharan and Tania Allard) at the conference in person, by email or on Slack, who will take the appropriate action to address the situation. You can also reach out to the Carpentries Code of Conduct Committee by emailing

Task Force

The members of the Task Force organising CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 (in alphabetical order):

  • Tania Allard

  • Selina Aragon-Camarasa

  • Ana Costa Conrado

  • Jez Cope

  • Clementine Hadfield

  • Michael Heeremans

  • Toby Hodges

  • Vasilis Lenis

  • Aleksandra Nenadic

  • Giacomo Peru

  • Fotis Psomopoulos

  • Malvika Sharan

  • Graeme Smith

  • Peter Smyth


For any enquiries, please get in touch with Aleksandra Nenadic (organising committee chair).