CarpentryConnect Manchester 2019 (CCMcr19)

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Photo courtesy of Bérénice Batut (CarpentryCon Dublin 2018)

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In affiliation with The Carpentries, the Sustainable Software Institute are organising the first European CarpentryConnect event in Manchester in collaboration with the Cathie Marsh Institute for Social Research and with support from Manchester’s Data Science Institute. It will take place from 25-27 June 2019 - at The Studio Manchester on 25-26 June and in Kilburn Building, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester, on 27 June.

The conference will have a range of keynotes, breakout discussion sessions, workshops, lightning talks and poster sessions during the first two days on the following themes:

  • Increasing the sustainability of scientific software and research through training

  • Good teaching practices in research computing

  • Tools and resources for education of researchers in computing
  • Lesson/curricula development (working on existing curricula or establishing completely novel domain-specific materials)

  • Other topics relating to The Carpentries community or delivering training in research software: e.g. building a local carpentry group/community at research institutions or bringing the Carpentries curriculum to universities, finding funding or making a case with the senior management at your institution.

Third day of the conference will be dedicated to hands-on/hack sessions and workshops.

Registration fees are yet to be confirmed but we expect the standard fee to be around £250.

Key Dates

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

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals is currently open - use it to submit your proposal or make suggestions what sessions you would like to see at the conference.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers

  • Tracy Teal, Executive Director, The Carpentries
  • Marta Teperek, Data Stewardship Coordinator at TU Delft, The Netherlands
  • Lex Nederbragt, Senior Lecturer at the Department of Biosciences, University of Oslo & Head of Education and Training for the Centre for Bioinformatics, Department of Informatics, University of Oslo

Read more details about our keynote speakers.


A draft programme is available online.


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.


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.


Suggestions of where to stay in Manchester will appear here in due course.

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 intended 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 alphabetica order):

  • Tania Allard

  • Selina Aragon-Camarasa

  • Ana Costa Conrado

  • Jez Cope

  • Clementine Hadfield

  • Michael Heeremans

  • Toby Hodges

  • Vasilis Lenis

  • Aleksandra Nenadic (organising committee chair and contact person)

  • Giacomo Peru

  • Fotis Psomopoulos

  • Malvika Sharan

  • Graeme Smith

  • Peter Smyth