rOpenSci | Champions Program

Champions Program

🔗 Open Call for rOpenSci Champions Program 2023 Applications!

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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.

🔗 How to apply

🔗 Champions

If you want to be one of our champions here you can find goals, elegibility, benefits, and expectations for our program

Please, fill out the application form before Monday, Sep 4, 2023.

The application forms have to be filled in English. This template shows the information we require.

🔗 Mentors

Mentors support our cohort of rOpenSci Champions. Could you offer insight and advice to our selected Champions? Learn the details and express your interest by filling out the application form before Monday, Sep 4, 2023.

The application forms have to be filled in English. This template shows the information we require.

🔗 Application 2023 and Program 2023-2024 timeline

Jul 14, 2023Call for Champions and Mentor Applications opens
Jul 25, 2023[OPTIONAL] Community Call - Learn from other mentors and champions and get tips for submitting your application
Aug 17 & 23[OPTIONAL] Coworking Champions Application Clinics in different timezones (Aug 17 and Aug 23): receive help with your application to the Champions Program
Sep 4, 2023Call for applications closed
Sep 29, 2023Communication with selected Mentors
Oct 27, 2023Communication with selected Champions
Nov, 2023Kick-off event
Jan-Apr, 2024Training session, mentoring meetings, develop project
May-Oct, 2024Outreach activities, mentoring and cohort meetings, develop project
Nov, 2024End of term

Please refer to the program timeline document for a more detailed program schedule for champions.

If you are interested in more details of the mentoring agenda, please refer to the mentoring details document.

🔗 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.


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


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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