Why R? 2020 Conference - Registration and Call for Papers Opened

Three editions of Why R? conferences were a great networking success. During each edition, we gathered around 250-300 R enthusiasts from Europe and we managed to carry out more than 35 workshops. Desire for a bigger event led us to the 4th edition!

About Why R? 2020 conference

We are more than happy to announce that Why R? 2020 Conference will be organized by Why R? Foundation. The fourth official meeting of Central European R enthusiasts will be held in Warsaw from the 27th to the 30th of August 2020. Since English is the official language of the meeting, we would love to invite R users from other countries.

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Workshop tutors will get the entrance for the lectures and workshops’ day for free and will get the accommodation compensated. Speakers will get the entrance for 2 days of lectures for free (workshops excluded). Lightning talks speakers will get a 50% discount for 2 days of lectures (workshops excluded).

The abstract submissions are format free, but limited to 400 words. Remember to state clearly a type of your submission (workshop/lightning talk/oral presentation).


Among multiple workshops we are planning to conduct, the undermentioned speakers have confirmed their talks at Why R? 2020:

  • Frank Harrell (R foundation, Professor of Biostatistics, Vanderbit University)
  • Roger Bivand (R foundation, Professor at Norwegian School of Economics)
  • Riinu Ots (Senior Data Manager, University of Edinburgh)
  • Jan Vitek (Professor of Computer Science, Northeastern University)


The following events will take place during Why R? 2020 conference:

  • plenary lectures of invited speakers,
  • lightning talks,
  • community/table session,
  • Why R? paRty,
  • workshops.


We are organizing pre-meetings in many European cities to cultivate the R experience of knowledge sharing. If you have doubts about visiting the upcoming event, you can discover photos and presentations from the previous ones and make sure whether you are interested. There are still few meetings that may be organized and are not yet added to the map. If you are interested in co-organizing a Why R? pre-meeting in your city, let us know (via kontakt_at_whyr.pl). The Why R? Foundation can help you search for the speakers!