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CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 (CCmcr19) will be held from 25th - 27th June 2019 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. Have a look at the programme for the event

The Software Sustainability Institute staff will be attending this event. We will aim to answer all emails but might take us while to get back to you. You can also follow the event on Twitter @SoftwareSaved #CCMcr19.

Reusable Lanyard Raffle at CCMcr19

We're running a Reusable Lanyard Raffle at the event. All CarpentryConnect attendees will have the opportunity to win an Amazon voucher and a branded t-shirt. 

How to participate

Simply bring a lanyard from one of your past events along or borrow one of our reused ones, find a person with the same-coloured lanyard, take a photo and upload it to Twitter using the hashtags #CCMcr19ReusableLanyard #CCMcr19ReduceCO2.  If you don't have a Twitter account, you can email the photo to the …

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CCmcrlogo.pngIn 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.

The conference programme offers a range of keynotes, breakout discussion sessions, training workshops, lightning talks and poster sessions around training. We will also be running a social programme after the conference after each day.

Register by 22nd June to get a standard registration ticket.

If you’ve already registered, help the organisers run the event by:

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

You might have seen that the full programme for CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 was published recently. As well as exciting keynote talks and plenty of breakout sessions covering important topics relating to teaching and developing skills in research software, the conference promises to be particularly relevant for anyone interested in developing high-quality teaching material or enhancing their computational skills.

Kicking off with a new workshop, Introduction to The Carpentries Curriculum Development, led by François Michonneau from The Carpentries, the programme includes a wide range of workshops to help participants who are developing new and existing lesson material. François will orientate attendees with the existing lesson template infrastructure from The Carpentries, which makes it easy to publish well-structured, stylish lessons on the web, and provide guidance on what to think about and prioritise while developing teaching material.

The programme for day two includes a number of sessions that will further empower participants to create excellent training material. Attendees can learn how to use Git and…

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The Software Sustainability Institute is delighted to announce that the full programme for CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 (CCMcr19) is now available online.

Our four keynotes, Tracy Teal, Marta Teperek, Lex Nederbragt, and Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, will be speaking around various aspects of training and The Carpentries. We’ll also be running fantastic lightning talks and parallel workshop and break-out sessions taking place throughout the three days of the events, such as “Introduction to Curriculum Development” led by François Michonneau, “Advanced Technical Writing” by Sharif Salah, “ELIXIR Open Source Software best practices including the FAIR principles” by Fotis Psomopoulos and Malvika Sharan, amongst many others.

Not all of it is work though. We have a special social programme planned for our attendees, including an evening reception and dinner.

Remember to check out our Conference A to Z to find out all you need to know before and during the event.

Register for CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019

About CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019

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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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