Christmas SORSE Event: When Spreadsheets Attack! (and other maths disasters.)

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Are you already looking forward to the festive break for some relaxation? Yes, so are we! But just before you close your computer down for possibly the last time in 2020, join us for a lighthearted look at When Spreadsheets Attack! with the hilarious, well-known standup comedian and mathematician, Matt Parker, followed by some tales from the community. See some of Matt’s hilarious work on YouTube.

What a way to start the holidays with an hour of standup comedy!

So get yourself a well-deserved…

  • (choose as appropriate) glass of vin chaud, mulled wine, Bisschopswijn, Lidl’s finest gluhwein or maybe you fancy a mug of eggnog or a spiced pumpkin latte or a cold cold beer (southern hemisphere looking at you)

    and to go with it…

  • (choose as appropriate) a mince pie, a piece of stollen or a chocolate covered spiced lebkuchen, a few Speculaas, an Oliebollen or a leftover slice of pumpkin pie.

Join us at the SORSE Christmas event, kindly funded by the Society of Research Software Engineering. The SORSE team will be bringing our Christmas drink and snack of choice so you might as well too!

Registration is now open and the Zoom link will be sent out by email at least one hour before the start. The event will last approx. 2 hours.

Get involved! More tales from the community needed! Can you talk to one or more of these questions below?

Have you transitioned a researcher from spreadsheets to something more substantial? Do you have a spreadsheet horror story? Can you tell us your experience of when a researcher crossed that boundary? How did you let them know where that boundary was and how did you help them? How did you choose what to use and how did you persuade the researcher to give it a go? Email Claire to volunteer yourself or nominate a colleague via

Agenda for December, 17th

All times in UTC.

  • 14:45: Welcome to SORSE Event by your host, Claire Wyatt
  • 14:48: Paul Richmond - President of the Society of Research Software Engineering, University of Sheffield - “About the Society”
  • 15:00: Matt Parker - “When Spreadsheets Attack! (and other maths disasters)”
  • 16:00: Community tales from the front line
    • From an RSE perspective: Marion Weinzierl and Chris Cave-Ayland, Stephan Druskat and Thomas Krause, Alexander Struck
    • From a research perspective: Simon Hettrick

This event has been kindly funded by the Society of Research Software Engineering.