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Call for Participation: SciPy 2023: July 10-16, 2023

The 22nd annual SciPy conference will be held at the AT&T Hotel and Conference Center in Austin, TX July 10-16, 2023. The conference brings together participants from industry, academia, and government to showcase their latest projects, learn from skilled users and developers, and collaborate on code development. The full program will consist of 2 days of tutorials (July 10-11), 3 days of general conference (July 12-14), and 2 days of developer sprints (July 15-16). The committee is currently accepting submissions for Talks, Posters, and Tutorials.

Submissions close on February 22, 2023Learn more on their website.

Registration Open: World Data League: March – May 2023

According to the UN, 68% of the world population is projected to live in urban areas by 2050. With ever-growing cities, new challenges arise, but population growth also opens the door for many fascinating solutions. The World Data League aims to find talented data scientists to solve these social impact challenges. This year, the challenge will focus on working towards more sustainable, safer, and happier communities, facing different challenges, such as mobility and the environment.

Registration ends February 28Learn more on their website.

Carolina Engagement Week 2023: February 27 – March 3, 2023

How are North Carolina community leaders teaming with partners at UNC-Chapel Hill to build better opportunities for public good? You’re invited to attend Carolina Engagement Week 2023 from February 27 – March 3 to explore how state and local community leaders across the state are combining their community-specific knowledge, research expertise and proven methods for change to create a positive social and economic impact for all. During this week-long celebration of public engagement, you can explore and attend multiple sessions and topics that you’re most passionate about. Choose from a mix of virtual sessions and in-person events that allow you to dig deep into North Carolina’s capacity for solving problems and creating new opportunities that matter most to its people. And, along the way, you just might find plenty of opportunities to get engaged yourself.

Learn more on their website.

Call for Participation: PEARC 2023: July 23 – July 27, 2023

The ACM PEARC23 Technical Program Committee invites you to submit technical content proposals for the ACM PEARC23 Conference which will be held from July 23 to July 27, 2023. The conference theme will be “Computing for the Common Good.” Submissions may address any topic related to advanced research computing and data, but topics consistent with one or more of the three technical tracks — Applications and Software, Systems and Systems Software, and Workforce Development, Training, Diversity, and Education — are of particular interest. While not required, authors are encouraged to submit work related to the conference theme that addresses issues with broad societal impact in areas such as health, energy, climate, equity, and education.

The next deadline is March 3. Learn more on their website.

Call for Letters of Inquiry: Historical Research on the Practices and Institutions of Social and Natural Science

The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation supports basic research and public understanding of science, technology, and economic behavior. We believe that historical scholarship is valuable to understand the contemporary context of scientific research and that historical scholarship can be critically important to informing current and future research and policy practices. The Sloan Foundation is currently soliciting Letters of Inquiry for research projects to advance historical scholarship on thematic areas of interest to the Foundation as discussed below. A small number of full proposals will be invited based on submissions received in response to this Call.

Submissions are due March 16. Learn more on their website.

Bio-IT World 2023 Hackathon

Bio-IT World is proud to bring together innovative data scientists and developers from across the industry to solve real-world data challenges using the principles of Open Source & FAIR Data.  Over the years, the Bio-IT World Hackathon has delivered a new level of collaboration to the annual Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston. Back again in 2023, the fifth annual Bio-IT Hackathon will continue in the tradition of uniting life science and IT teams to tackle actual bioinformatics projects with maximum impact potential. Projects at the event will feature either Open Source tools or some or all aspects of making data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. All projects will be broadly applicable to the data science community.

Submissions are due March 21. Learn more on their website.

Call for Proposals: 2023 ADSA Annual Meeting

The ADSA Annual Meeting convenes data science methodologists and domain researchers from all disciplines and career stages to share breakthroughs and state-of-the-art approaches in data science research and education, with a strong emphasis on responsible data science. The team encourages new, untested ideas to promote brainstorming for innovation, collaborative feedback and engaging discussions. One focus of this meeting is building new collaborations, which are facilitated through semi-structured and themed networking sessions.

Proposals are due April 5. Learn more on their website.

Save The Date: iRODS User Group Meeting 2023

The 15th Annual iRODS User Group Meeting is your chance to meet iRODS users, Consortium members, and staff to discuss iRODS-enabled applications and discoveries, technologies powered by iRODS, and the future of iRODS and the iRODS Consortium. The event, taking place from June 13 – 16, will host 25+ presentations from the user community and the core development team, including use case presentations, live demonstrations, and open discussions about requested iRODS features. The Call for Presentations is now open online. Learn more on their website.

PEPI-G: Fellowships with Industry and Government

The Program to Empower Partnerships with Industry and Government (PEPI-G) supports data faculty members, research scientists, postdocs, and graduate and undergraduate students from across the country in working on high level problems for the federal government. Our 2023 partner, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), is seeking cybersecurity areas including general cybersecurity, cyber threat detection, cyber security analytics, next generation cybersecurity, and cybersecurity artificial intelligence / machine learning.

Fellowships will be based on the applicant’s goals and are subject to available funds, seniority and length of time. Fellowships will begin early 2023. Applications will be accepted on a rolling deadline. Learn more on their website.



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