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


Tickets are available via Ticket Tailor

  • Normal ticket: £30
  • Student ticket: £20
  • Group ticket: £120 for 5 named attendees
  • Workshops

    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.

    Tidy Data Science

    by Stephanie Locke

    Locke Data

    Cut the lines of code you need to build awesome stuff. Going from getting data to deploying a model in three hours, you’ll get hands-on with the cutting-edge tidyverse packages that can at least halve the code you need to write!

    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!

    Data manipulation with dplyr

    by Katherine Tansey


    The ability to reformat, generate relevant summary information, and merge datasets together are considered routine daily tasks. The R package dplyr has changed the way data manipulation and wrangling occurs within R. It is fast, has a simple syntax, and allows for commands to be chained together to increase efficiency. Learning dplyr is essential for any data analyst and can allow even novice coders to perform advanced manipulations. This workshop will go through the syntax and usage of the main functions to manipulate data using dplyr. We will cover how to filter rows, select columns, create summary statistics, and create new columns using existing information.

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


    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.
    Kathrine Tansey
    Data Scientist
    Kathrine is a data scientist with extensive experience in exploratory data analysis, predictive modelling, multivariate analyses, and longitudinal data. She has worked in R for the past 10 years, and has more recently learned python. She received a PhD in human genetics in 2009 from Trinity College Dublin, and subsequently worked at King’s College London, Cardiff University and the University of Bristol in the area of human genomics. As part of her job with Cardiff University, she taught Beginner’s R workshops, which covered the basics of R, the tidyverse package, plotting with ggplot2, and RMarkdown. Kathrine recently moved out of academia and now works as a data scientist for Admiral in Cardiff.


    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
    Amy McDougall
    "Airtable & R: a marketers heaven"
    Operations Manager
    Locke Data
    Philipp Boersch-Supan
    "Counting and weighing penguins really fast with Rcpp"
    Ecological Statistician
    British Trust for Ornithology
    Ellen Talbot
    "Using R to evaluate Smart Meter Energy Data"
    PhD canditate
    University of Liverpool
    Jonathan Stott
    "Preparing Your Models For Take Off"
    Senior Data Scientist
    MAG-O (Manchester Airport Group - Online)
    Nic Crane
    "A Clean Start with Tidy Eval"
    Jack Guangjie Li
    "Using Rvest to Collect/Archive Past and Present Daily Financial News"
    Lecturer in Economics
    Cardiff University


    Friday 22 June - Pre-conference Social

    satRday 23 June - Conference

    Start End VJ Gallery Room One (1.122) Room Two (1.123)
    8:30 9:00
    9:00 10:30
    Data Manipulation with dplyr - Kathrine Tansey
    Tidy data science 1 - Steph Locke
    10:30 11:00
    Tea / Coffee
    11:00 12:30
    Upgrade Your Workflow with a Custom Package - Heather Turner
    Tidy data science 2 - Steph Locke
    12:30 13:30
    13:30 14:10
    Introduction to Tidytext - Nujcharee (Ped)
    Snakes in a Package: A guide to and example of combining python and R - Adnan Fiaz
    14:20 15:00
    Our packages reviews in review: introducting and analyzing rOpenSci onboarding system - Maëlle Salmon
    Preparing Your Models For Take Off - Jonathan Stott
    15:00 15:30
    Tea / Coffee/ Raffle Draw
    15:30 16:10
    Using Rvest to Collect/Archive Past and Present Daily Financial News - Jack Guangjie Li
    Airtable & R: a marketers heaven - Amy McDougall
    16:20 17:00
    Lightning Talks
    Using R to evaluate Smart Meter Energy Data - Ellen Talbot
    17:00 17:30
    Closing Session


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


    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
    Pre-conference social 2018-06-22
    Conference 2018-06-23


    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.

    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.

    Call for Papers

    Presentation proposals for satRday Cardiff are now closed. Thank you for all your submissions. Start thinking about topics satRday 2019 :)