Forwards works to promote diversity and inclusion at R community conferences, especially useR!, the main R conference organized by the R Foundation.

In 2016 we made a series of recommendations, which have led to many improvements

  • increased representation of women in invited roles (speakers, program committee, session chairs)
  • increased representation of women in contributed program and attendees
  • newcomer-focused sessions since 2017 (excluding 2020 due switching to a virtual event)
  • diversity scholarships since 2016
  • childcare since 2017
  • code of conduct from 2016, with standard code of conduct adopted in 2020

More recently, we have been focusing on global representation and accessibility for people with disabilities.