Community award for Outstanding Community Leaders


The Why R? Foundation aims to help the increase of data science and data analytics awareness world-wide by supporting volunteers running community events. In 2021 Why R? Foundation aims to grant 2 awards for Outstanding Community Leaders. The goal is to support community leaders in their daily volunteering lives.

2021 awardees

Dr. Hedia Tnani got her Master degree in Plant breeding from the Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Zaragoza (IAMZ) and her Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of Barcelona. After a Postdoctoral experience at the CNRS in France and at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines, she joined the laboratory of BioInformatics, bioMathematics and bioStatistics (BIMS) at Pasteur Institute of Tunis (IPT). She’s actually a Visiting Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) where she’s searching for new drug targets to shed light on new therapeutic approaches for the treatment of leishmaniasis.She’s also the co-founder of R-Ladies Tunis, Tunis R User Group and Pyladies Tunis.

Mustafa ÇAVUŞ is a Assistant Professor at Eskisehir Technical University, Department of Statistics from Turkey. Now, he is working as post-doc researcher at MI2 Datalab in Warsaw University of Technology. His current research interest is about AutoML and explainable artificial intelligence. He likes to spend his time on organizing R events, writing R blogs on Twitter, and releasing R packages.

Application form

The form for 2021 is closed.

Scientific committee

  • Marcin Kosiński (Warsaw R User Group, Why R? Foundation)
  • Michał Burdukiewicz (Wroclaw R User Group, Why R? Foundation)
  • Olgun Aydin (TriCity R User Group, Why R? Foundation)

2021 Sponsor

Jumping Rivers is an analytics company whose passion is data and machine learning. We help our clients move from data storage to data insights.

Here at Jumping Rivers, we love data science. One of the huge benefits of data science is transparency. For example, R. Being an open-source language, it immediately is giving something back to the community that propels it to the top of the data science ladder. Just like the world of data science, our ethos is transparency and giving back to the community.

We don’t just provide training and consultancy, you know? Our team run events such as the Data Science Meetup in Leeds and Newcastle. We’re constantly writing blog posts on methods for improving your programming habits. These posts are then syndicated by sites such as python- and r-bloggers.

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