Data Management Skills for Open Science: Cancer Research UK & UKRN Workshop

28 November 2019, 9am – 5:30pm

University of Bristol



We are offering a one-day short course on data management skills for Open Research at the University of Bristol on 28th November, 2019. It is open to researchers at all career stages, and across all quantitative disciplines in the biomedical sciences (broadly defined). The workshop is free and lunch is provided. As the workshop is supported by Cancer Research UK, we especially encourage researchers funded by CRUK to apply.

The course aims to teach researchers how to make their work more reproducible, open and robust through the use of data management tools such as R and Git. Attendees will come away with an overview of how open/reproducible data pipelines work, and why they are important, as well as hands-on experience delving into specific tools.


The workshop will include five main components:

Core concepts in reproducibility.

Selfish reasons to do reproducible science.

Getting to grips with R Markdown.

Using GitHub for reproducible research.

Putting it together: Creating reproducible workflows.


Course Prerequisites

The course will require some previous knowledge of basic programming in R, which participants can easily access through a multitude of existing courses offered through institutions (e.g., University of Bristol) and/or through online platforms such as SwirlStats or Data Carpentry.

Participants are expected to bring a laptop computer to the workshop.


How to apply

Please send a brief (1 page) CV and a covering letter outlining why you would like to attend the workshop (400 words or less) to the UKRN administrator ( by 26th October, 2019. We will aim to respond to applicants within a week of the deadline. Note that as this workshop is sponsored by Cancer Research UK, we will give priority to applicants who are CRUK-funded.


If you have any questions about the course (e.g. about your eligibility or course content), please email the organiser, Jackie Thompson (


Travel Bursaries

We encourage those who have access to travel funding (e.g., through their institution or funder) to use this for attending the workshop. However, we have a small number of travel bursaries available. Please indicate in your cover letter if you would like to be considered for travel funding (up to £150; only for applicants coming from outside of Bristol). We will allocate places on the course irrespective of need for travel funding.


The draft programme can be found here Draft Programme Data Management Skills (PDF, 79kB)


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