eRum 2018

May 14-16
Budapest, Hungary

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The European R Users Meeting, eRum, is an international conference that aims at integrating users of the R language living in Europe. Although the useR! conference series also serve similar goals, but as it's alternating between Europe and USA (and more recently Australia in 2018), we decided to start another conference series in the years when the useR! is outside of Europe.

The first eRum conference was held in 2016 in Poznan, Poland with around 250 attendees and 20 sessions spanning over 3 days, including more than 80 speakers. Around that time, we also held another, although shorter conference in Budapest: the first satRday event happened with 25 speakers and almost 200 attendees from 19 countries. The eRum 2018 conference brings together the heritage of these two successful events: planning for 400-500 attendees from all around Europe at this 1+2 days international R conference.

The local Organizing Committee is lead by Gergely Daroczi, who chaired the Budapest satRday event as well. Just like the satRday series, eRum is also a nonprofit conference and driven by enthusiasm for open-source, R and the related community, so we make no financial gains and we do not get paid at all for working on this event. If you want to get in touch, please feel free to e-mail us.

The Program Committee (including members from the local R User Group, eRum 2016, R Forwards, R Ladies and other European R User Groups) guarantees to bring you a fantastic lineup of speakers and a quality program:

  • Adolfo Alvarez, Poland
  • Ágnes Salánki, Hungary
  • Andrew Lowe, Hungary
  • Bence Arató, Hungary
  • Branko Kovač, Serbia
  • Eszter Windhager-Pokol, Hungary
  • Gergely Daróczi, Hungary
  • Heather Turner, UK
  • Kevin O'Brien, Ireland
  • Imre Kocsis, Hungary
  • László Gönczy, Hungary
  • Maciej Beresewicz, Poland
  • Mariachiara Fortuna, Italy
  • Przemyslaw Biecek, Poland
  • Szilárd Pafka, USA

Please find below the most important milestones of the conference based on the prelimenary schedule:

Workshop Ideas Submission DeadlineJan 14, 2018
Abstract Submissions DeadlineFeb 25, 2018
Notification of AcceptanceMarch 25, 2018
Early-Bird Registration DeadlineMarch 31, 2018
Registration DeadlineApril 29, 2018
WorkshopsMay 14, 2018
ConferenceMay 15-16, 2018

To minimize the financial barriers of attending to this nonprofit conference, we decided to keep the registration fees as low as possible and supposed to be affordable to even students and other interested parties paying for the registration on their own. Please look back later to find the actual ticket prices and registration start date announced in a few weeks!

Please stay tuned! We are in the process of reaching out and chatting with potential keynote and invited speakers, and will share more details in the coming weeks. Make sure to follow us to get notified as soon as possible!

Please note that this is still a prelimenary program that might change at any time:

Workshop day (May 14, 2018 -- Monday)

8:00 9:00
9:00 10:30
Morning Tutorials part 1
10:30 11:00
11:00 12:30
Morning Tutorials part 2
12:30 13:30
13:30 15:00
Afternoon Tutorials part 1
15:30 16:00
16:00 17:30
Afternoon Tutorials part 2
18:00 22:00
🎉 Welcome Reception & Poster Session

Conference day 1 (May 15, 2018 -- Tuesday)

8:00 9:00
9:00 11:00
11:00 11:30
11:30 13:00
Session 2 & 3
13:00 14:00
14:00 15:30
Session 4 & 5
15:30 16:00
16:00 17:30
Session 6 & 7
19:00 22:00
Conference Dinner

Conference day 2 (May 16, 2018 -- Wednesday)

8:00 9:00
9:00 11:00
11:00 11:30
11:30 13:00
Session 8 & 9
13:00 14:00
14:00 15:30
Session 10 & 11
15:30 15:45
Closing Remarks

Work in Progress, but in short: we'll have a welcome reception and poster session on the workshop day, and a conference dinner on Tuesday, which will offer not only a good selection of food and drinks, but a brief city guiding as well. Might happen on a boat.

The workshop day will take place at the Central European University. This new building offers plenty of rooms for the tutorials -- ranging from small seminar rooms with 25 seats up to the big auditorium with up to 400 participants.

The second and third days of the conference will take place in the Akvarium Klub, a few minutes walk from the workshops, located only a few hundred meters from the riverside of Danube, and right in the middle of the city center. This venue features a large concert hall with nearly 1300-capacity, a smaller hall, a bar, and a restaurant with unique atmosphere under a pool. In short, we'll have the perfect place for 2 or up to 3 parallel sessions and networking!

Weather forecast

May is a very beautiful month in Hungary, when the daily temperature rises above 20°C, but stays below the summer heat-wave. Late nights can be a bit chilly (make sure to bring a sweater!), but the temperature stays above 10°C. Rain is also not unexpected in this time of the year, but it should be fine. For the most recent forecast, click here.


There's paid parking garage right under the conference venue, for around 2 EUR per hour. Street parking is a bit cheaper: around 1.5 EUR per hour between 8am and 6pm, but there is a 3 hour restriction, so you have to move your car (?) and get a new ticket pretty frequently. On the other hand, Budapest has a dense network of public transport lines (even at night), so you might consider leaving your car behind (maybe at a free P+R spot) and taking the metro/underground instead. Sporty visitors may choose the BUBI, the public bike-sharing system.

Smoking policy

Smoking is banned in all enclosed public places, on public transport, and in all worplaces in Hungary. Regarding the conference venues, there will be a dedicated smoking area outside the building.

Alcohol policy

Entering the conference venue with any open or visible alcohol container is strictly prohibited. The consumption of alcoholic beverages is forbidden in the conference building except for beverages served as part of the official catering.

Harassment policy

This conference is dedicated to providing a harassment-free conference experience for everyone, regardless of gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, age or religion. We do not tolerate harassment of conference participants in any form. Harassment includes offensive verbal comments related to gender, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, sexual images in public spaces, deliberate intimidation, stalking, following, harassing photography or recording, sustained disruption of talks or other events, inappropriate physical contact, and unwelcome sexual attention. Sexual language or imagery is not appropriate for talks, exhibitors’ displays, or social and dining events. Violators may be sanctioned, including being expelled from the conference without a refund, at the complete discretion of the Conference Organizing Committee.

We are negotiating with the nearby hotels and hostels to provide discounted prices for the conference attendees -- on the other hand, Budapest offers many different accommodation options for backpackers, business travellers, tourists etc, please feel free to browser hotels, youth hostels, guesthouses and so on eg on, or Airbnb.

You can reach Budapest and the city center in a variety of different ways:

Please click on the above references to see the alternative routes and actual timetables provided by Google.

Unfortunately, Uber is not available any more in Hungary, but we have cabs -- called "taxi" in Hungary and have a standard fare of:

  • base fee (450 HUF)
  • distance charge (280 HUF/km)
  • waiting fee (70 HUF/min)

Public transportation is also pretty good and much more affordable -- eg you can take bus E200 from the Airport to Kőbánya-Kispest, then the Metro (underground) to Deák tér in ~20-45 minutes for around 3 EUR overall.

Why should you consider giving a talk?

  • there's a fantastic R community in Hungary and an expected 400-500 R users from all around Europe looking forward to attending your talk or poster,
  • get quick feedback on your proposal -- send an e-mail to the Program Committee with your questions and we are happy to help you improve your abstract(s) and will also notify everyone before the end of March so that you can plan ahead,
  • we might provide financial support to reimburse registration and/or travel & accomodation expenses,
  • and most importantly: this is pretty unique opportunity to give a talk focusing on R to a larger crowd in Europe in 2018 -- especially in a club under a pool :)

Please feel free to submit one ore more proposal(s) in English on the below URL with the following presentation formats:

  • Workshop (3-6 hours): Tutorial for 10-50 (or more) persons on a beginner or advanced R topic
  • Regular talk: Abstracts accepted for talks will take place during oral sessions. Each talk is allowed 20 minutes for the presentation including questions and answers.
  • Lightning talk (5min): A variation of the pecha kucha and ignite formats that we love at the useR! confereces: 15 slides shown for 20-20 seconds.
  • Poster: Abstracts accepted for posters will take place during an afternoon poster session, which is a social event. There are no parallel talks or events happening, so everyone can talk and stop by posters they are interested in. The dimensions of each poster should not exceed 4' x 4' or 120cm x 120cm.
Abstract Submission Form