rOpenSci | Champions Program

Champions Program

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Research software should serve everyone in our communities, which means it needs to be sustainable, open, and built by and for all groups. Currently, however, there is a dismaying lack of diversity in open source communities in general and the R / research software community in particular. Developers in the R community are overwhelmingly white, male, and from a handful of countries. That disappointing lack of diversity is potentially detrimental to the sustainability, utility and productivity of projects.

The rOpenSci Champions Program is for people from historically and systematically excluded groups who are interested in contributing to rOpenSci and the broader open source and open science communities.

The rOpenSci Champion Program is part of a series of activities and projects we are carrying out to ensure our research software serves everyone in our communities and is supported through a grant from the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative.

🔗 Program 2023-2024 timeline

Our second cohort started this January! This is the tentative timeline for 2024.

January 2024Kick-off eventLearn about the program, review the program expectations, and address questions. Meet mentors.1.5 h
February - April 2024TrainingKnowledge of various channels through which new members can engage in and contribute to rOpenSci and R projects (by rOpenSci).1 h
February - April 2024TrainingTechnical skills in software development (by rOpenSci).2 h
February - April 2024TrainingTechnical skills in software review (by rOpenSci).2 h
March-July 2024Develop project; Meet with mentorGo through the review process as an author, or as a reviewer, or build a package.
May 2024Cohort meeting: Project PresentationsChampions give 5 min presentations of their projects (package review or development) and receive feedback.1.5 h
July 2024Cohort meeting: Project ReflectionsChampions will be invited to share takeaways from their projects with the cohort.1.5 h
August - September 2024TrainingHow to plan and facilitate engaging and inclusive workshops to support participants’ success (by CSCCE).2 h
August - October 2024Champions outreach: Host events, deliver talks, write about their experiences.Champions host a workshop on good practices to build packages or good practices in software peer review; or deliver a talk at a conference/event and at one community event to gather feedback to improve rOpenSci’s projects.1 to 3 h
September 2024Cohort meeting: Reflections on eventsChampions will be invited to share takeaways from their events with the cohort.1.5 h
October 2024Cohort meeting: Reflections on programChampions will be invited to share takeaways from the program with the cohort and start to define future roles for Champions.1.5 h
November 2024End of termClose cohort and define new roles for Champions and Mentors.1 h

🔗 How to Apply ?

2023-2024 applications are closed. We will announce when we open a new call for champions and mentors. In the meanwhile, follow the progress of this cohort and the last through rOpenSci Blog posts.

🔗 Do you have any questions?

Please, check our frequentely asked question for champions and for mentors. You can also contact our Community Manager by email and check our resources about the program in English and Spanish.


Andrea Gomez Vargas
INDEC Argentina, R-Ladies Global, Latin-R
champion 2023-2024
Binod Jung Bogati
R User Group Nepal, Numeric Mind
champion 2023-2024
Erika Siregar
BPS-Statistics Indonesia
champion 2023-2024
Ezekiel Adebayo Ogundepo
GBG Analytics Limited
champion 2023-2024
Francesca Belem Lopes Palmeira
RLadies Ribeirão Preto
champion 2023-2024
Jacqui Levy
Environment and Climate Change Canada, rOpenSci
champion 2023-2024
Liz Hare
Dog Genetics LLC, ManyDogs Project, The Turing Way
champion 2023-2024
Mirna Vazquez Rosas Landa
UNAM, Instituto de Ciencias del Mar y Limnología
champion 2023-2024
Sehrish Kanwal
The University of Melbourne
champion 2023-2024
Yi-Chin Sunny Tseng
University of Northern British Columbia
champion 2023-2024
Paola Corrales
Centro de Investigaciones del Mar y la Atmósfera - UBA - CONICET
champion 2022-2023
Victor Ordu
DevSolutions Ltd
champion 2022-2023
Marcos Miguel Prunello
School of Statistics at the National University of Rosario, Argentina.
champion 2022-2023
Bilikisu Wunmi Olatunji
Business Data Laboratory Limited, Data Scientist Network(Nigeria)
champion 2022-2023
Cesar Luis Aybar Camacho
Research, Trillium Europe. Image Processing Laboratory, University of Valencia. High Mountain Ecosystem Research Group, National University of San Marcos, Peru.
champion 2022-2023
Ghozayel Elotteebi
Open Science Community Saudi Arabia (OSCSA). Jubail Industrial College. Royal Commission in Jubail and Yanbu, Saudi Arabi. University of Nottingham, UK
champion 2022-2023
Haydee Svab
champion 2022-2023
Alican Cagri Gokcek
University of Nevada, Reno
champion 2022-2023
Carolina Pradier
Center for population, employment and development Studies (CEPED) - Institute for Economic Research (IIE) - Faculty of Economic Sciences. Faculty of Social Sciences. University of Buenos Aires
champion 2022-2023


Bruna Wundervald
ABI Inbev, Maynooth University
mentor 2023-2024
Apoorv Anand
mentor 2023-2024
Emi Tanaka
Australian National University
mentor 2023-2024
Erle Holgersen
Deep Genomics
mentor 2023-2024
Eunseop Kim
Eli Lilly and Company
mentor 2023-2024
Francisco Cardozo
University of Miami
mentor 2023-2024
Luis D. Verde Arregoitia
Instituto de Ecología AC (INECOL)
mentor 2023-2024
Marie Vendettuoli
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center (2019 - 2023) and Bonneville Power Administration (2023-present)
mentor 2023-2024
François Michonneau
Voltron Data
mentor 2023-2024
Jonathan Keane
mentor 2023-2024
Laura DeCicco
United States Geological Survey
mentor 2022-2023
Adam Sparks
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development of Western Australia, Centre for Crop Health, University of Southern Queensland
mentor 2022-2023
Beatriz Milz
University of Sao Paulo - Curso-R
mentor 2022-2023
Elio Campitelli
Universidad de Buenos Aires Centro de Investigaciones del Mar y la Atmósfera
mentor 2022-2023
Christina Maimone
Northwestern University
mentor 2022-2023
Mauro Lepore
mentor 2022-2023
Athanasia Mo Mowinckel
Center for Lifespan Changes in Brain and Cognition, University of Oslo, Norway
mentor 2022-2023
Zebulun Arendsee
Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
mentor 2022-2023
Lukas Wallrich
Lecturer in Organisational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London
mentor 2022-2023
Marc Choisy
Centre for Tropical Medicine and Global Health, Nuffield Department of Medicine, University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom. Oxford University Clinical Research Unit, Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam. School of Public Health, University of Hong Kong
mentor 2022-2023


Campeonas del software libre para ciencia
August 08, 2023 • Yanina Bellini Saibene 🌐 online
Building the rOpenSci Community of Practice
August 02, 2023 • Yanina Bellini Saibene 🌐 online
How to contribute to base R (champions training)
May 18, 2023 • Heather Turner 🌐 online
How rOpenSci performs peer-review
April 04, 2023 • Mauro Lepore 🌐 online
Package Development: Not Rocket Science (champions training)
March 23, 2023 • Maëlle Salmon 🌐 online
Package Development: the Mechanics (champions training)
March 14, 2023 • Maëlle Salmon 🌐 online
rOpenSci Champions Program. Mentorship Training and Orientation
February 21, 2023 • Yanina Bellini Saibene 🌐 online
rOpenSci. Open Source Software Community
October 18, 2022 • Yanina Bellini Saibene 🌐 online
rOpenSci. Convertite en una campeona del desarrollo de paquetes de R
October 06, 2022 • Yanina Bellini Saibene 🌐 online

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