Welcome to the Blind Science Conference

The Blind Science Conference is organized on July 6 – 7, 2015 in Dieren (the Netherlands). We invite blind (pre-) university students in fields involving statistics and mathematics as well as professionals involved in supporting those students (see audience for details) to learn about great tools which help them succeed in their studies, exchange experiences and expand their network.

Theme of the conference

The main theme of this year’s conference is “carrying out statistics as a blind student”. Our special guest from New Zealand Jonathan Godfrey, a blind lecturer at Massey University and author of the
‘let’s use R now’ book, will give introductory and advanced workshops on the R statistical package, an advanced statistics tool accessible for blind students (in contrast to the SPSS software typically used in Dutch universities). There will be a workshop on XLStat (a tool for carrying out statistics in Excel) as well as workshops on laTeX and Markdown (2 systems which make the authoring of great looking documents including mathematical and programming expressions much easier for blind students). We are still filling the program and hope to host more great workshops, so if you have a great idea on a workshop you could lead please send it to us and we’ll try to fit you in the program. In any case we will offer a program containing both introductory and advanced workshops.


Our program offers great value to all blind science students and professionals supporting such students, ranging from beginners to experts. So don’t wait and register for our event! Under the link venue you can find some practical information about the conference location, travel and lodging; under registration you can read all conditions for registering and register streight away. Please note we are still setting up this conference so details are still being finalized, keep an eye on this website for updates and don’t hecitate to contact us if you have any questions (info@blindscience.eu). If you are interested in participating please let us know as the program we realize partially depends on the number of registrations we get.