The R Foundation Conference Committee invites proposals to host the useR! 2020 conference, to be held in North America.
A distinctive feature of useR! is its emphasis on innovative contribution; as such we require all proposals to have substantial involvement from academic partners.
Further details are given below. Please submit your proposals to Rfirstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 16 November 2018.
The local organizing team will typically comprise members of local universities and possibly other organizations. They are responsible for:
It is common to rely on paid support for some or even many of these aspects. For this reason, the “local” team can involve people spread across a wide geographic area, as long as there is sufficient oversight.
The local organizing team should maintain regular contact with the RFCC, so that they are aware of progress, particularly regarding the conference program. The organizing committee should include at least one member of the R Foundation - the RFCC will nominate a member to be added if this is not the case. The program committee should include at least two members of the R Foundation.
The RFCC can provide support by sharing knowledge and materials from previous years (e.g. website template, sponsor contacts that have agreed to their information being passed on, etc). Materials are shared via a GitLab repository that the local organizers should keep up-to-date. The RFCC will also provide input regarding the selection of the program committee and invited contributors. However the local team are responsible for the day-to-day organization.
The R Foundation grants the local organizers the right to use the useR! branding. It will encourage R Foundation members to attend the meeting and advertise the meeting on its website, mailing lists and Twitter account. The useR! conference not only provides an event for the R community but also a major source of income for the R Foundation. Therefore the local organizing team is expected to share a reasonable proportion of the profits from the conference with the R Foundation.
The proposal should be based on 1000 attendees. The general format of recent useR!s should be adopted, but new ideas can be proposed.
A proposal will typically include the following:
Examples of bids from recent years can be provided on request.