EuSpRIG Annual Conference

EuSpRIG: The World’s Leading Spreadsheet Risk Management Conference

2024 Conference theme: Spreadsheet Productivity & Risks

Thursday & Friday, July 4&5, 2024, (1.5 days) at the Clubhouse, St. James’s Square, London

2024 Keynotes confirmed

25th Anniversary Conference
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Climate, Risk, and Spreadsheets

What are the real risks of climate change, and what have they got to do with spreadsheets? Dr Louise Pryor will examine recent developments and discuss what they are telling us about future possibilities, why many commonly used climate scenarios are of no use, and what we should use instead, focusing on what spreadsheet practitioners need to know and how they should respond.

Spreadsheets, Risk and the Legal Presumption of Correctness

The science has been certain for over four decades that complex information presented in spreadsheets is subject to material error. English law however presumes that software artefacts, including spreadsheets, are presumed to be correct. Barrister Stephen Mason examines this contradiction including its likely permanence and outlines the implications for users of present and future levels of software technology.

Generative AI’s Critical Risks to Spreadsheets

Dr Advait Sarkar suggests that Generative AI, with its tendency to “hallucinate” incorrect results, may exacerbate existing spreadsheet risks. On the other hand, it may also provide unprecedented opportunities for users, particularly non-experts, to learn and apply advanced spreadsheet features and greatly increase the scope and complexity of tasks they can successfully achieve.

Expressing Spreadsheet Uncertainty with Confidence

People deal with uncertainty every day – durations, demands, prices, rates – but it is almost impossible for most users to work with uncertain quantities in spreadsheets. Professor Andy Gordon will explain recent advances that allow people to perform Bayesian reasoning by building upon their existing spreadsheet skills.

Our Speakers

Dr Louise Pryor

Dr Louise Pryor is an actuary specialising in climate change and sustainability. She is currently Chair of the Ecology Building Society and an Honorary Professor at UCL’s Bartlett School of Sustainable Construction.

Professor Andy Gordon

Professor Andy Gordon, University of Edinburgh, is Chief Science Officer at software synthesis company Cogna. He was formerly a Partner Research Manager at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, UK where he led a diverse team of researchers and engineers to evolve Microsoft Excel.

Dr Advait Sarkar

Dr Advait Sarkar, University of Cambridge, studies human-computer interaction, with a focus on end-user programming, intelligent systems, and the future of work. This includes research on improving the design of spreadsheets, tools for visualisation, the analysis of data and tools for communication and collaboration in the workplace.

Mr Stephen Mason

Stephen is a barrister with an interest in electronic signatures, authentication, security, electronic evidence, email and internet use and the interception and monitoring of communications. He is an Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies in London.

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2023 conference proceedings  (download PDF)

Bringing generative AI to the Excel grid: from research to practice (Keynote)
Andrew D. Gordon and Jack Williams, Calc Intelligence Microsoft Research
Reducing Errors in Excel Models with Component-Based Software Engineering
Craig Hatmaker
A Use Case-Engineering Resources Taxonomy for Analytical Spreadsheet Models
Tom Grossman, Vijay Mehrotra, University of San Francisco
How Beaufort, Neumann, and Gates met? Subject integration with spreadsheeting
Maria Csernoch, Julia Csernoch, University of Debrecen, Faculty of Informatics
Excel as a Turing-complete Functional Programming Environment
Peter Bartholomew, MDAO Technologies Ltd
ChatGPT and Excel – trust, but verify
Patrick O’Beirne, Systems Modelling Ltd
Experimenting with ChatGPT3 for Spreadsheet Formulae Generation: The Risks of AI Generated Spreadsheets
Simon Thorne, Cardiff Metropolitan University


What are the Benefits of Attending the EuSpRIG Conference?

  • EuSpRIG is the only accessible source of relevant information on the subject
  • EuSpRIG attracts international expert speakers on the subject
  • EuSpRIG mixes academic and commercial interests, making us both forward looking & practical
  • EuSpRIG information is valuable ammunition in the battle to get the spreadsheet risks issue taken seriously within your organisation
  • EuSpRIG’s ideas are practical and implementable
  • EuSpRIG can demonstrate a track record of success
  • EuSpRIG is the only conference in its field that that you need to attend
  • EuSpRIG offers an opportunity to meet the regulator
  • EuSpRIG is an excellent forum for social & business networking
  • EuSpRIG provides a useful forum for earning CPD credits

We guarantee you’ll learn something useful if you come

Why Do People Attend The EuSpRIG Conference?

Comments from delegates attending the EuSpRIG 2011 conference were asked the question “Why are we here?”. All responses are reproduced below, unmodified and in order of receipt. Delegates could see each previous response on the questionnaire that was passed around. Dots represent unreadable.

  • I ask this question every day
  • To understand the almost impossible
  • To live and love with spreadsheets
  • Information, …, learning in -> commercial connections out
  • Find users of new risk-free technology
  • To understand the core issues of Spreadsheet Risk
  • To publish research
  • Paper has been accepted
  • To understand more about the dangers and how to minimise them
  • Update
  • To solve life’s great question:
    B2 or not B2
    =OR(B2, NOT(B2))
  • To get some feedback and see what the others are doing
  • To expand my understanding of the range of problems associated with modelling and model construction
  • To discover evil practices
  • Ideas with commercial potential, networking
  • Engaged in many consultancy projects involving spreadsheet systems. Would like to see what methodologies are used to aid these problems
  • 1) To show that we have a (possibly) unique take on spreadsheet layout/good practice & to share that knowledge 2) To network and gain contacts 3) To listen to what else is going on
  • To motivate the Spreadsheet Risk community to participate in the creation of a fully functional spreadsheet corpus for research and […]
  • Because its fun! Also because the world needs us…
  • To present my research, get some feedback and to know about real problems companies have.
  • To present research work, get feedback, share & collaborate. Network & build business partnerships
  • To learn more about the gaps between academic spreadsheet research and professional reality
  • To hear the above stories & to look for another job ?
  • Because I want to talk to people who understand why I get excited when I get my spreadsheets to work. Beats being in the office!
  • I got on the wrong train at London Bridge. I was meant to be in New York

How Can I Sponsor the Conference?

You can contact Patrick O’Beirne here