Date & Location

July 08-10, 2009

Applied mathematics department
Agrocampus : Higher Education and Research in Agronomy
Agrocampus Rennes
65 rue de Saint-Brieuc - CS 84215 - 35042 RENNES Cedex

Important Dates


  • early registration deadline


  • submission deadline of abstracts:
    online registration


  • notification of acceptance


  • regular registration deadline


  • registration deadline
    (later registration possible on site)


  • tutorials


  • conference start


  • trip to St Malo or Mont Saint-Michel


  • conference end

About the Conference

useR! 2009, the R user conference, takes place at the  Agrocampus Rennes, Rennes Centre for Higher Education and Research in Agronomy, France from 2009-07-08 to 2009-07-10. Pre-conference tutorials will take place on July 7.
The conference is organized by the  Agrocampus Rennes and the It is funded by the R Foundation for Statistical Computing.

Following the successful useR! 2004, useR! 2006, useR! 2007,  and user! 2008 conferences, the conference is focused on

  1. R as the `lingua franca' of data analysis and statistical computing,
  2. providing a platform for R users to discuss and exchange ideas how R can be used to do statistical computations, data analysis, visualization and exciting applications in various fields,
  3. giving an overview of the new features of the rapidly evolving R project.

As for the predecessor conference, the program consists of two parts:

  1. invited lectures discussing new R developments and exciting applications of R,
  2. user-contributed presentations reflecting the wide range of fields in which R is used to analyze data.

A major goal of the useR! conference is to bring users from various fields together and provide a platform for discussion and exchange of ideas: both in the formal framework of presentations as well as in the informal part of the conference in Rennes.

Prior to the conference, on 2009-07-07, there are tutorials offered at the conference site. Each tutorial has a length of 3 hours and takes place either in the morning or afternoon.

Organizing Team:

Program committee:

Speakers will include:

Call for Papers

We invited all R users to submit abstracts (closed now) presenting innovations or exciting applications of R on topics such as:

  • Applied Statistics & Biostatistics
  • Bayesian Statistics
  • Bioinformatics
  • Chemometrics and Computational Physics
  • Data Mining
  • Econometrics & Finance
  • Environmetrics & Ecological Modeling
  • High Performance Computing
  • Machine Learning
  • Marketing & Business Analytics
  • Psychometrics
  • Robust Statistics
  • Sensometrics
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Statistics in the Social and Political Sciences
  • Teaching
  • Visualization & Graphics
  • and many more.

We recommended a length of about one page in pdf format. The program committee decides on the presentation format. There is no proceedings volume, but the abstracts are available in an online collection linked from the conference program and in a single pdf file.

Deadline for submission of abstracts: 2009-02-27.

Timeline of the Conference

The scientific program of the conference will start Wenesday, July 8, morning and end Friday, July 10, in the afternoon.
The social program will consist of a reception in the city hall on Wenesday, July 8, a walk in St Malo or Mt st Michel (near the sea) and a conference dinner on Thursday, July 13.
Prior to the conference, on Monday, August 11, several half-day tutorials will be held.


  • Travel support to attend useR! 2008 for US residents may be available. Submit requests to Di Cook <>. Priority will be given to R core members, speakers and poster presenters, and R package developers. Applications need to be received by April 30, 2008.
  • National Science Foundation support may be available to support travel and accommodation for graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. post-secondary institutions. The allocation will be based on merit and need; women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply. NSF regulations require the use of US carriers when at all possible.

If you wish to apply for this financial support, please send an application to by April 30, 2008. (include a brief CV and a statement that demonstrates your eligibility, your need for support, and an amount of support required - students should include the name of their supervisor).


We prebooked a number of rooms in several hotels near the conference site or in the city center with convenient public transportation to the conference site at special conference rates:

Moreover, you have the choice to book rooms in these or other hotels for the price of the day (no prebooked rooms, some of them not that well located; remove all nethotels cookies before following this link):

Rennes might be busy at the conference time, so we recommend to book as soon as possible.

About Rennes

More information about Rennes can be found here.

How to get to the city and the conference site

How to get to Rennes

Rennes has its own small airport, it is probably the best idea to take a flight with final destination Paris airport and take a train from Paris airport to Rennes.

How to get to the conference site

A site map of the university can be found here. The conference will take place in the highest building (Mathematics, no. 12 on the map) on the campus.