The R project actively supports two conference series, organized regularly by members from the R community:

  • useR!, providing a forum to the R user community.
  • DSC, a platform for developers of statistical software.

A rough outline of the format for the respective conferences is given below; both conference formats were developed by the Austrian Association for Statistical Computing (AASC) in cooperation with the R Foundation for Statistical Computing.

useR! and DSC conferences are coordinated by the “R Foundation Conference Committee” (RFCC) currently consisting of Julie Josse (Ecole Polytechnique), Heather Turner and Achim Zeileis (Universität Innsbruck) plus ex officio secretary and treasurer of the R Foundation. The RFCC can be contacted by email at

The R Foundation has a policy requiring codes of conduct at R conferences.

useR! — International R User Conference

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This is the main meeting of the R user and developer community, its program consisting of both invited and user-contributed presentations:

  • The invited keynote lectures cover a broad spectrum of topics ranging from technical and R-related computing issues to general statistical topics of current interest.
  • The user-contributed presentations are submitted as abstracts prior to the conference and may be related to (virtually) any R-related topic. The presentations are typically organized in sessions of either broad or special interest, which also comprise a “free” discussion format. Such a discussion format not only provides a forum for software demonstrations and detailed discussions but also supports the self-organization of the respective communities.
  • The RFCC actively invites potential local organisers to submit proposals regarding future useR! conferences. Groups thinking about hosting a useR! conference are welcome to contact the RFCC by email at

Usually, no proceedings are published for useR! conferences.

DSC — Directions in Statistical Computing

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DSC is a conference for the developers of statistical software and researchers in statistical computing which is somewhat focused on but not exclusively devoted to R. It aims at providing a platform for exchanging ideas about developments in statistical computing (rather than `only’ the usage of statistical software for applications).

DSC has had two different incarnations. The first was a biennial conference series from 1999 to 2009 with open registration, an open call for papers and peer-reviewed conference proceedings. After a 5 year hiatus, DSC resumed in 2014 as an annual conference coinciding with the General Assembly of the R Foundation. In its current form, participation in DSC is by invitation only.