CaRdiff - the Cardiff R User Group are collaborating with businesses from the city and beyond to provide a day of R learning and events.


Workshop Leaders

Stephanie Locke
Chief Chibi Officer - Locke Data
Steph is the founder of a consultancy in the UK. Her talks, blog posts, conferences, and business all have one thing in common – they help people get started with data science. Steph holds the Microsoft MVP award for her community contributions. In her spare time, Steph plays board games with her husband and takes copious pictures of her doggos.
Heather Turner
Freelance Consultant
Heather is a freelance consultant with over ten years experience providing statistical and programming support to investigators in statistics, social science, drug discovery, bioinformatics and agriculture. She regularly develops packages as part of her work and is a maintainer/contributor of six packages on CRAN (BradleyTerry2, forwards, gnm, PlackettLuce, logmult, vcdExtra). Heather is an active member of the R community, in particular she is on the board of the R Foundation and chairs the Forwards taskforce on women and other under-represented groups.


Maëlle Salmon
"Our packages reviews in review: introducting and analyzing rOpenSci onboarding system"
Data Scientist & Research Software Engineer
Nujcharee (เป็ด)
"Introduction to Tidytext"
Data Scientist
North Yorkshire County Council
Paul Robinson
"A simple Bayesian statistical workflow"
Conservation Biologist
Cardiff University
Erle Holgersen
"Integrating Command Line Tools with R"
Institute of Cancer Research
Adnan Fiaz
"Snakes in a Package: A guide to and example of combining python and R"
Senior Data Scientist
Mango Solutions


The satRday Cardiff conference will kick off on the 23rd of June 2018 with a morning of workshops held by our Keynote Speakers. Workshops will be around 3 hours, and run in parallel.

Data Science Generalist

by Stephanie Locke

Locke Data

An introduction to R core concepts and skills, including business case, Exploratory Data Analysis, CRISP-DM, Modelling and Operationalising.

Attendees should bring a laptop with the latest versions of R and RStudio installed and questions about the R language in Enterprise!

Upgrade Your Workflow with a Custom Package

by Heather Turner

You might think that writing packages is only for R pros. But creating a custom package is a good way for anyone to formalise their workflow and if you can write an R function you can do it! This workshop will set you up to start using custom packages in your work and hobby projects.

Attendees should bring a laptop with the latest versions of R and RStudio installed and questions about CRAN and packages :).


Workshops Programme

StartEndSaturday 23 June 2018
8:30 9:00
9:00 10:30
Workshop Session - Part 1
10:30 11:00
Tea / Coffee
11:00 12:30
Workshop Session - Part 2
12:30 13:30
13:30 15:00
Third Session
15:00 15:30
Tea / Coffee
15:30 17:00
Fourth Session

Code of Conduct

satRday is dedicated to providing a harassment-free and inclusive conference experience for all in attendance regardless of, but not limited to, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities, physical attributes, age, ethnicity, social standing, religion or political affiliation.

We do not tolerate harassment of participants (including organisers and vendors) in any form. Sexual innuendos and imagery are not appropriate for any conference venue, including presentations.

Anyone violating these rules may be given warning or expelled from the conference (without a refund) at the discretion of the conference organisers.

Our code of conduct/anti-harassment policy can be found here.


Close to the city center, and location of learning (and filming TV!), the Main Building of Cardiff University will host the conference.



Tickets are available via Ticket Tailor

  • Normal ticket: £30
  • Student ticket: £20
  • Important Dates

    Event Date
    Early-Bird Registration Deadline 2018-05-01
    Talk Submission Deadline 2018-05-28 11:00am (BST)
    Latest Notification of Accepted Talk 2018-06-01
    Conference 2018-06-23

    Call for Papers

    Presentation proposals for satRday Cardiff are now open.

    What are the benefits of giving a presentation?

    • Speakers will have their registration fees refunded.
    • Financial support may be possible for speakers.

    Feel free to submit one or more proposal(s). We will be considering the following presentation formats:

    • Workshop [3 hours]
    • Standard Talk [30~45 min]
    • Lightning Talk [5~10 min]

    When filling out the abstracts consider which of the following four sections would best suit your content.

    • Business - Use Case (e.g. “We at [good biz] did [great data project]”)
    • Business - Experience (e.g. “At [good biz] we believe in doing [technology/structure/process])
    • Code - Introduction (e.g. “How I learned to stop worrying and love git”, “A hitchhikers guide to the tidyverse”, “IDE another day”)
    • Code - Project (e.g. “I got some data on [something fun] and did a [cool thing]”)

    If you are unsure about where your talk fits, please get in touch with us through email.


    We are looking for sponsors for Cardiff satRday right now. Your financial help and commitment to the R community are greatly appreciated and essential to making this event possible! Please get in touch with us through email if your business is interested in discussing sponsorship.