Create book of abstracts from spreadsheet / google forms

Lately a friend of mine complained about interoperability of abstract submissions from numerous applicants. Having the Book of Abstracts is crucial and we faced similar problem organising #NGSchool events.

Note, you’ll need to be somewhat familiar with LaTeX in order to edit the main.tex file to your liking. If you are not afraid of that, the way to proceed is as follows:

  1. Create google form to collect necessary info, such at this one
  2. Create a new spreadsheet to accumulate responses: Responses > Create new spreadsheet
  3. Download responses spreadsheet as Abstracts.xlsx
  4. Clone abstracts repository
  5. git clone
    cd abstracts
    # install dependencies
    sudo apt install texlive-base texlive-latex-recommended texlive-fonts-recommended texlive-latex-extra make
  6. Edit main.tex to your liking
  7. Copy Abstracts.xlsx to the repository
  8. Create pdf
  9. # prepare abstracts.tex
    # create main.pdf
    make all
    # in the case of problems, just run again this point, but first remove the clutter
    rm main.{aux,blg,log,out,toc,pdf}

    You’ll find the abstract book in main.pdf.

Batch convert of .xlsx (Microsoft Office) to .tsv (tab-delimited) files

I had to retrieve data from multiple .xlsx files with multiple sheets. This can be done manually, but it will be rather time-consuming tasks, plus Office quotes text fields, which is not very convenient for downstream analysis…
I have found handy script,, that does the job, but it reports only one sheet at the time. Thus, I have rewritten a little to save all sheets from given .xlsx file into separate folder. In addition, multiple .xlsx files can be process at once. My version can be found on github. *.xlsx