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A small group of PhD students from the University of Göttingen is currently initiating a local “R-Ladies” group. R is a programming language & free software environment for statistical computing and graphics, used and developed by data scientists, researchers, and others around the globe.

What is R-Ladies?
RLadies is a worldwide organization whose mission is to promote Gender Diversity in the R community. The R community suffers from an underrepresentation of minority genders (including but not limited to cis/trans women, trans men, non- binary, genderqueer, agender) in every role and area of participation, whether as leaders, package developers, conference speakers, conference participants, educators, or users (see recent stats).
As a diversity initiative, the mission of R-Ladies is to achieve proportionate representaIon by encouraging, inspiring, and empowering people of genders currently underrepresented in the R community. R-Ladies’ primary focus, therefore, is on supporting minority gender R enthusiasts to achieve their programming potential, by building a collaboraIve global network of R leaders, mentors, learners, and developers to facilitate individual and collective progress worldwide.” (from
What are we planning to do?
R-Ladies is a global organization that is organized in local groups in over 138 ciIes / 44 countries worldwide. In Germany, so far there are local groups only in Berlin and Munich, with Frankfurt/M and Freiburg currently in their founding phase. Our plan is to start a local “chapter” in Göttingen. To create a community of R users and learners at any stage of “proficiency” or experience background, developers, mentors and trainers from diverse backgrounds (academics and non-academics). Our broad goal is to:

  • Get involved in RCommunity online: Connect with other groups over Twitter, Slack, Meet-up plagorm, e-mail etc. pp.
  •  Create a community in Göttingen in which we support each other and exchange on our experiences, skills, issues and progress with R (regular meet-ups, shared resources on GitHub etc.)
  •  Organize events such as talks and workshops either online or in person amongst ourselves or with invited speakers
  •  Organize funding and meet-up locaIons (participaIon in any R-Ladies events is always free of charge)

Note that RLadies group Göttingen (just as RLadies Global) is open to all genders, but specifically aims to promote women and minority genders in the R community & adheres to the RLadies Code of Conduct.

How can you get involved?
If you are interested to

  • Be updated on how the local group develops
  •  Potentially participate in a future event organized by the local R-Ladies group Göttingen (participation in any R-Ladies events is always free of charge)
  •  Potentially participate in regular meetups or discussion groups
  •  Share R resources, support other users and R learners
  •  Give a talk or workshop or know someone who might
  •  Give advice or offer help on funding or meet-up locaIons in Göttingen
  •  Become part of the organizing team

please fill out this form

At the moment, the group and its specifics are still in a vague planning stage. Your feedback on the form is thus essential for us to shape the group and its activities according to the participants’ interests and needs.
We are looking forward to your responses and our first meet-up as a RLadies Göttingen (tba)!
Cheers and happy coding,

Lena, Friede, Annika, Lara and Laura



Twitter: R-Ladies Goe