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Welcome to uRos2020

The annual conference on the Use of R in Official Statistics will take place on the premises of Statistics Austria May 6-8 2020. The first day will be a tutorial day and we are excited to announce an unconference “Use of R in Official Statistics” on the two days before the uRos2020 conference, so on 4th and 5th of May.

Over the last two decades R has become the lingua franca for statisticians, methodologists and data scientists worldwide. The reasons why the official statistics community is rapidly embracing R are clear: it has an active worldwide community of users, there is wide support from the industry and it combines a vast amount of functionality for data preparation, methodology, visualisation and application building. Moreover, R-based software is exchanged through strictly enforced technical standards:
“R is probably the most thoroughly validated statistics software on Earth.” – Uwe Ligges, CRAN maintainer (useR!2017).

Finally, R is a truly Free (libre) Open Source software product, making it an ideal environment for sharing, collaboration and industrialising official statistics.

The “use of R in Official Statistics” started as a local conference at the Statistical Office of Romania in 2013, with the first international edition being held at that same office in 2014. In 2018 year, Statistics Netherlands hosted the sixth edition of this event, which bringed together official statisticians, scientists, and prominent members of the R community to share ideas on using and developing R tools in the area of official statistics.

The conference consists of one tutorial day (6th of May) and two days of scientific conference (7th and 8th of May).

Call for abstracts - presentations

We are cordially inviting you to submit papers to and attend the International Conference The Use of R in Official Statistics – uRos2020 until 31st December 2019.

The purpose of the conference is to provide a public forum for researchers from academia and institutes of official (government) statistics to present, exchange ideas and discuss developments in state-of-the-art statistical software commonly used in applied economics and statistics. The most focused debates are expected to be the use of R in Official Statistics.
The conference consists of a two-day tutorial session and a one-day scientific conference.
The topics covered by the conference are the following:

  • Sampling and estimation
  • R in organization
  • Data cleaning
  • R in production: data analysis
  • Methods for official statistics
  • Shiny applications
  • Time series
  • Report and GUI programming
  • R in production: automation
  • Big data
  • Dissemination and visualization

The participants are kindly asked to submit the abstract via e-mail to: uRos2020 [at]
Authors with an accepted abstract can submit a paper for journal special issue as described below.

Call for abstracts - tutorials

Tutorials will be 3 hours in length. Tutorials will be presented during the first day, during parallel sessions in the morning and in the afternoon. The scope of the tutorials is the whole statistical production process of official statistics. Deadline for tutorial submission is the 31st of December 2019.

Papers for Special Journal Issues

A maximum of ten selected research papers will be published in a special issue of the Romanian Statistical Review. Publications are subjected to passing the standard peer review process.

Papers should be submitted no later than 15th of June 2020 to the uRos2020 secretariat via email to: uRos2020 [at]

Please make sure to follow the RSR author guidelines.

About the journal

The Romanian Statistical Review is under the coverage of the Web Of Science Core Collection - Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), a Clarivate Analytics database. It aims to provide a favourable space for exchange of ideas and a challenge at the same time. Any paper that can contribute to the understanding of statistics as a science is welcome. It is open-access without any fees.

Important dates

  • 31 December 2019: Deadline for abstracts submission
  • 29 February 2020: Notification of acceptance
  • 31 March 2020: Submission of proposals for unconfUROS projects
  • 4-5 May 2020: unconfUROS
  • 6-8 May 2020: Scientific conference & Tutorial sessions
  • 15 June 2020: Deadline for paper submission

Keynote Speakers


The tutorial topics and trainers will be announced at the end of February.


unconfUROS hackathon

More information can be found at the unconfUROS github page.

What are we building?

Some ideas have been developed, but please submit your own ideas through the github repository until 31st of March 2020:

Ideas are welcome, also if you do not want to participate actively.

Why participate?

  • Work with and learn from a group of excellent R programmers
  • Free lunch :-)
  • A chance to present the work done on the website of the conference
  • FUN!

What do you expect from participants?

We would like participants to have some experience with R programming and the ability to work with git/GitHub.

How to participate

If you are interested in participating, please contact us by email to uRos2020 [at] with a short summary of your motivation and your experience in R.


Registration will open in early 2020. We have limited capacities, so register early.

If you want to be informed, please write an email to Ana Maria CIUHU uRos2020 [at] to be added to the mailing list.



Organizing committee

  • Alexander Kowarik (Statistics Austria)
  • Bernhard Meindl (Statistics Austria)
  • Markus Fröhlich (Statistics Austria)
  • Ana Maria Ciuhu (Statistics Romania)
  • Bogdan Oancea (Statistics Romania, University of Bucharest)
  • Ciprian Alexandru (Statistics Romania, Ecological University of Bucharest)
  • Nicoleta Caragea (Statistics Romania, Ecological University of Bucharest)
  • Mark van der Loo (Statistics Netherlands)

Scientific Board

  • Tudorel Andrei (President, National Institute of Statistics - Romania)
  • Matthias Templ (ZHAW school of engineering, Switzerland)
  • Adrian Dusa (University of Bucharest, Romania)
  • Elena Druica (University of Bucharest, Romania)
  • Kazumi Wada (National Statistics Center, Japan)
  • Marcello d’Orazio (FAO, Rome, Italy)
  • Valentin Todorov (UNIDO, Vienna Austria)
  • Alina Matei (University of Neuchatel, Switzerland)
  • Bernhard Meindl (Statistics Austria, Austria)
  • Claudiu Herteliu (Bucharest University of Economic Studies, EMOS Board, Romania)
  • Edwin de Jonge (Statistics Netherlands, The Netherlands)
  • Gergely Daróczi (System1, Hungary)
  • Kamarul Ariffin Mansor (MARA University of Technology, Malaysia)
  • Marius Nicolae Jula (University of Bucharest, Romania)
  • Matyas Meszaros (Eurostat, Luxemburg)
  • Mihaela Paun (University of Bucharest)
  • Roxana Adam (University of Bucharest & National Institute of Statistics, Romania)

Venue & Contact

We look forward to welcoming you to Wien for uRos2020! The conference secretariat can be reached via uRos2020 [at]

General information

The conference will take place on Statistics Austria’s premise locate at Guglgasse 13,1110 Vienna, see


Vienna has a wide choice of hotels in all price categories. We do not have special arrangements with any hotels.
The hotel closest to our office is Hotel Roomz ( and a cheaper second option within walking distance is Hotel ibis budget Sankt Marx (

How to reach us

The Underground 3 (orange line) will take you directly to us, station “Gasometer”.
From the airport you can use the “City Airport Train – CAT” or the (slower but cheaper) train S7 to the station “Landstraße – Wien Mitte” and from there the U3 to “Gasometer”.

Info about public transportation in Vienna

Vienna has a well-developed public transport system. Please find details at the transport company’s webpage


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the secretariat uRos2020 [at]

Code of Conduct

Organizers, speakers, registered participants, and sponsors of the uRos conference and/or unconfUROS hackathon, as well as persons or organizations following and discussing the conference through (social) media or internet are required to follow this Code of Conduct. We shall refer to the combined group as ‘participants’ of the uRos conference.

Privacy: participants respect each other’s privacy. In particular it is not allowed to systematically gather information on organizers, speakers and (registered) participants, including but not limited to personal life, professional position, political views, social media outings, open source contributions, or pictures.

Open: participants are open to collaboration, whether it’s on projects, working groups, packages, problems, or otherwise. Participants are receptive to constructive comment and criticism, as the experiences and skill sets of other participants contribute to the whole of our efforts. Participants are accepting of anyone who wishes to take part in their activities, fostering an environment where all can participate and everyone can make a difference.

Respectful: participants are respectful of others, their positions, their skills, their commitments, and their efforts. They are respectful of the volunteer efforts that permeate the R community. In the case of disagreement, participants are courteous in raising their issues. Participants are attentive in communications, whether in person or online, and tactful when approaching differing views. They refrain from demeaning, discriminatory, or harassing behaviour and speech.

Considerate: participants are considerate of their peers — fellow uRos participants. They are thoughtful when addressing the efforts of others, keeping in mind that oftentimes the labour was completed simply for the good of the community.

In case of violation, participants may be removed from the premises or blocked from communication with the organization. Where relevant, the proper authorities or organizations will be informed of inappropriate behaviour.


This code of conduct is based on he R Community Code of Conduct by the R consortium

GDPR terms and conditions

This document sets out the terms and conditions between organisers and you when you register as a participant for this conference and you are agreeing to comply with these terms and conditions.

You should read this document carefully. Organisers reserves the right to change these terms and conditions at any time.


I hereby give my consent for organisers to collect, process and use my personal data for the purposes related to my participation to uRos Conference events and for any other use to which I have consented. The data that can be collected consist of:

  • Name, surname, academic degree, institutional affiliation, e-mail address
  • Photos from the conference that might include my person;
  • Videos from the conference that might include my person.


Organisers will not sell your personal data.
The processing of the respective personal data involves communication with the authors in order to publish the studies, publication of the accepted studies in journals and indexation of the journal in international databases.
I hereby give my consent for organisers to use my personal data for the following purposes:

  • to receive email communication about uRos Conference events;
  • to use my images and videos that I may be photographed or filmed by organisers photographer and cameraman in promotional or event related materials by organisers.

The usage of my personal data must comply with the requirements of the Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons about the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data (“GDPR“).


You can ask organisers at any time to have an unrestricted access to your personal data and exercise your rights to: consult, modify, erase, export your personal information, by sending a message to Ana Maria CIUHU e-mail: uRos2020 [at]
If you’d like to learn more about GDPR and your rights under GDPR, please read the GDPR guide.


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