R Special Interest Group – call for Volunteers!

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Kamilla Kopec-Harding (Research Data Scientist) and Kirsty McCready (PhD Candidate & BEAR REDG Intern) are looking for volunteers to help set up an R User Group at the University of Birmingham. This Special Interest Group (SIG) will bring together R Users from across the University to share knowledge and skills. 

R is a popular programming language with diverse applications and excellent tools for reproducible research.  To support R users from across the University, we would like to set up a University wide R User Group. This group will connect R Users from different domains, promote the use of the R language and help users to share knowledge, skills and best practices in R programming.  

As a first step, we are looking for volunteers to help organise the R User Group for the academic year 2023-2024. 

Why Volunteer?

Volunteering with us offers a chance to connect with R Users from across the University, enhance your skills and add to your CV. It’s also a great way to stay up to date with the latest developments in R! 

What will the Organising Team do?

As part of the Organising Team, you will help to plan and run R User Group activities e.g. by helping to arrange presenters, moderating discussions or promoting R User Group events to colleagues. 

Time Commitment

The Organising Team will meet monthly to plan activities, requiring approximately 1-3 hours per month of your time. 

Getting Involved

We welcome volunteers from postgraduate research students, academics, and staff from all staff groups. All levels of R expertise (novice – expert) are welcome. 

Our first organising team meeting is scheduled for the week beginning Monday 16th October. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact us by 5pm on Wednesday 11th October to learn more. We look forward to hearing from you! 

For further information please contact: 

Kamilla Kopec-Harding 
Senior Research Data Scientist 

Interdisciplinary Institute of Data Science and AI  

Centre for Artificial Intelligence in Government (CAIG)  

Research Software Group  (RSG)