Toronto Workshop on Reproducibility

A two-day workshop focusing on reproducibility in data-centric analysis. Thursday and Friday 25-26 February 2021. Free and hosted via Zoom. All welcome! Register here.


We gratefully acknowledge the support of the Faculty of Information and the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto, and CANSSI Ontario; in particular Dean Wendy Duff, Chair Radu Craiu, and Professor Lisa Strug for their support.


The Faculty of Information and the Department of Statistical Sciences at the University of Toronto are excited to host a two-day conference bringing together academic and industry participants on the critical issue of reproducibility in applied statistics and related areas. The conference is free and will be hosted online on Thursday and Friday 25-26 February 2021. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need to be affiliated with a university, and you can register here.

The conference has three broad areas of focus:

We intend to record the presentations and will add links here after the conference. Again, the conference is free and online via Zoom, everyone is welcome - you don’t need to be affiliated with a university. If you would like to attend, then please sign up here.


Thursday, 25 February, 2021

Time Speaker Focus Recording
9:00-9:10am Rohan Alexander, University of Toronto Welcome -
9:10-9:20am Radu Craiu, University of Toronto Opening remarks
9:20-9:30am Wendy Duff, University of Toronto Opening remarks
9:30-10:25am Mine Çetinkaya-Rundel, University of Edinburgh Keynote - Teaching
10:30-11:30am Riana Minocher, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology Keynote - Evaluating
11:30-11:55am Tiffany Timbers, University of British Columbia Teaching
Noon-12:25pm Tyler Girard, University of Western Ontario Teaching
12:30-12:55pm Shiro Kuriwaki, Harvard University Practices
1:00-1:25pm Meghan Hoyer, Washington Post & Larry Fenn AP Practices
1:30-1:55pm Tom Barton, Royal Holloway, University of London Evaluating
2:00-2:25pm Break - -
2:30-2:55pm Mauricio Vargas, Catholic University of Chile & Nicolas Didier Arizona State University Evaluating
3:00-3:25pm Jake Bowers, University of Illinois & The Policy Lab Practices
3:30-3:55pm Amber Simpson, Queens University Practices
4:00-4:25pm Garret Christensen, US FDIC Evaluating
4:30-4:55pm Yanbo Tang, University of Toronto Practices
5:00-5:25pm Lauren Kennedy, Monash University Practices
5:30-6:00pm Lisa Strug, University of Toronto & CANSSI Ontario Closing remarks

Friday, 26 February, 2021

Time Speaker Focus Recording
8:00-8:30am Nick Radcliffe and Pei Shan Yu, Global Open Finance Centre of Excellence & University of Edinburgh Practices
8:30-9:00am Julia Schulte-Cloos, LMU Munich Practices -
9:00-9:25am Simeon Carstens, Tweag/IO Practices
9:30-9:55am Break - -
10:00-10:55am Eva Vivalt, University of Toronto Keynote - Practices
11:00-11:25am Andrés Cruz, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile Practices
11:30-11:55am Emily Riederer, Capital One Practices
Noon-12:25pm Florencia D’Andrea, National Institute of Agricultural Technology Practices
12:30-12:55pm John Blischak, Freelance scientific software developer Practices
1:00-1:25pm Shemra Rizzo, Genentech Practices
1:30-2:25pm Break - -
2:30-2:55pm Wijdan Tariq, University of Toronto Evaluating -
3:00-3:25pm Sharla Gelfand, Freelance R Developer Practices
3:30-3:55pm Ryan Briggs, University of Guelph Practices
4:00-4:25pm Monica Alexander, University of Toronto Practices
4:30-4:55pm Annie Collins, University of Toronto Practices
5:00-5:25pm Nancy Reid, University of Toronto Practices
5:30-6:00pm Rohan Alexander, University of Toronto Closing remarks

All times are Toronto / US east coast. 9am in Toronto 🇨🇦 is:
- 7:30pm in Bangalore 🇮🇳;
- 3pm in Berlin 🥨;
- 2pm in London 💂;
- 11am in Santiago 🇨🇱;
- 6am in Vancouver 🎿; and
- 1am in Melbourne 🦘.

Presenter biographies and abstracts


Invited presentations:

Code of conduct


The organizers of the Toronto Workshop on Reproducibility are dedicated to providing a harassment-free experience for everyone regardless of age, gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, race, or religion (or lack thereof).

All participants (including attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers) at the Toronto Workshop on Reproducibility are required to agree to the following code of conduct.

The code of conduct applies to all conference activities including talks, panels, workshops, and social events. It extends to conference-specific exchanges on social media, for instance posts tagged with the identifier of the conference (e.g. #TOrepro on Twitter), and replies to such posts.

Organizers will enforce this code throughout and expect cooperation in ensuring a safe environment for all.

Expected Behaviour

All conference participants agree to:

Unacceptable Behaviour

Behaviour that is unacceptable includes, but is not limited to:

If you are asked to stop harassing behaviour you should stop immediately, even if your behaviour was meant to be friendly or a joke, it was clearly not taken that way and for the comfort of all conference attendees you should stop.

Attendees who behave in a manner deemed inappropriate are subject to actions listed under ‘Procedure for Code of Conduct Violations’.

Additional Requirements for Conference Contributions

Presentation slides and posters should not contain offensive or sexualised material. If this material is impossible to avoid given the topic (for example text mining of material from hate sites) the existence of this material should be noted in the abstract and, in the case of oral contributions, at the start of the talk or session.

Procedure for Code of Conduct Violations

The organizing committee reserves the right to determine the appropriate response for all code of conduct violations. Potential responses include:

What To Do If You Witness or Are Subject To Unacceptable Behaviour

If you are being harassed, notice that someone else is being harassed, or have any other concerns relating to harassment, please contact Rohan Alexander - , or Kelly Lyons - .

We will take all good-faith reports of harassment by Toronto Workshop on Reproducibility participants seriously.

We reserve the right to reject any report we believe to have been made in bad faith. This includes reports intended to silence legitimate criticism.

We will respect confidentiality requests for the purpose of protecting victims of abuse. We will not name harassment victims without their affirmative consent.

Questions or concerns about the Code of Conduct can be addressed to .


Parts of the above text are licensed CC BY-SA 4.0. Credit to SRCCON. This code of conduct was based on that developed for useR! 2018 which was a revision of the code of conduct used at previous useR!s and also drew from rOpenSci’s code of conduct.