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Software Carpentry R Bootcamp - October 9-10, Canberra


This Software Carpentry bootcamp is an intensive hands-on workshop at which scientists learn software skills through short tutorials and practical exercises. By the end of the bootcamp participants will have a effective understanding of how to load, manipulate and transform data in R.

Attendees will also learn how to write functions, use various control structures, and generate publication quality figures. Day two will cover the use version control to manage research output, basics of testing, with an afternoon session covering reproducible workflows to tie all of these concepts together. Topics and schedule may be modified depending on skill levels and goals of participants.

The instructor will send out a survey once participants are registered to gain a better sense of skill levels and needs.

Target Audience

Scientists who want to improve their skills and knowledge of good programming/software practices in R.

Expected Skills/Experience

The course is aimed at postgraduate students and other scientists who are familiar with basic programming concepts (like loops, conditionals, arrays, and functions) but need help to translate this knowledge into practical tools to help them work more productively.

Course Outline

The draft outline for the 2 day bootcamp is presented below. A finalised schedule will be prepared following a pre-course survey of participants and will be tailored to attendee’s skill levels and needs.

Instructor - Karthik Ram

Karthik is a food web ecologist and an open science advocate who is currently a postdoc in Environmental Science, Policy and Management at UC Berkeley. He is a leading contributor to the rOpenSci ( initiative. More information is available on his website.

Application Procedure and Registration Fee

Attendance at the bootcamp is via a selection process and so you must complete the brief application form.  Applications will close on Fri September 20th. After the closing date, you will be notified if your application has been successful or not.

If your application is successful you will be provided with details on how to pay the bootcamp registration fee, which is $100.

Until we receive payment, your position on the bootcamp is not finalised. To be fair to those whose applications were declined or are on the waiting list, your seat at the bootcamp is non-transferable.  


The bootcamp will be held in the Masters Lab, Room N111, Computer Science and Information Technology Building (Building 108), North Road, Australian National University, Acton, ACT 2601.

What to Bring

Morning and afternoon tea/coffee/food will be provided
There are plenty of cafes nearby to get your lunch
All participants will need to bring a laptop


Annette McGrath, CSIRO
Rob Lanfear, ANU


Financial Support

CSIRO Bioinformatics Core
Centre for Biodiversity Analysis
Division of Ecology, Evolution, and Genetics, Australian National University
Australian Bioinformatics Network (ABN)
Bioplatforms Australia (BPA)