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Leeds city scapeSome suggested places to book accommodation for CW17 in Leeds, note these are just suggestions based on distance closest to the venue of the workshop and reasonable price.

Or you may wish to look at tripadvisor or other such sites for nearby and available hotels.


Leeds CityBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead.

The Collaborations Workshop 2017 (CW17—#CollabW17) will take place at the Leeds University Business School, from 27-29 March 2017. You can book your place here.

So what makes this event so unique and useful? Is it the breadth of people from research software? is it the IoT and Open Data theme? Is it the unconference inspired format? Is it the knowledge sharing? Is it the networking? Is it the mix of collaborations and competition? Is it the social programme? It’s all of these things and more!

To get a feel for how CW17 will unfold, take a look at the agenda (subject to some tweaks as we get nearer to the event). From lightning talks and discussions on the first day to more collaborative events and Q&A session on the second day through to the Hackday, all of our CW17 activities are designed to inform, inspire and empower those who attend.

Previous CW attendees have said:

“Lively event, mix of un-conference and workshop, open minded people, new ideas and tons of impulses to think further, networking opportunities not in a…

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Software box pictureOur friends over at qLegal are running a free evening event tomorrow (Tuesday 13th December 2016) on Software Patents.

If you are interested and located nearby (it's in London) you should check it out. The qLegal team are experts and a friendly bunch.

Please register for the qLegal Software patents event here.

Fellows 2017 candidate pictures113 applications, 580+ reviews and three review meetings later, we are happy to announce our 18 new Software Sustainability Institute Fellows for 2017. With so many excellent candidates and over 6 applications per place, our new research software ambassadors represent some of the best people working in - and advocating for - better research software.

We have Fellows representing fields including Medical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and, a first for Fellows, Engineering.

Our 2017 Fellows are spread across 15 organisations including, for the first time, four based in Scotland. In addition, we have four Fellows who fit the RSE profile, highlighting the continued representation of those with this role amongst the Fellowship programme.

This cohort of Fellows is drawn from a wide range of career stages: three PhD students, 13 early and mid-career researchers and developers, and a couple of senior Fellows, including the third Professor who has been accepted as a Fellow since the programme began in 2012. Three of our 2017 Fellows are female, taking the total number of female Fellows to 34, and this year’s Fellows draw support from BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC.

With such a diverse set of Fellows bubbling with ideas to take the message that better software leads to better research to their own diverse communities,…

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Terms and conditions

On this page, we've provided more information about the Fellowship and how it works.


All questions and suggestions should be sent to the Fellows Management email address.


We will use the word event to refer to all conferences, meetings, workshops and other events.

The word expenses will be used to describe expenses incurred for both travel, subsistence and expenses related to the running of and attending events.

The word Fellow or Fellows will refer to a single Fellow, or all Fellows, in the 2017 Fellowship intake, unless otherwise qualified.

The responsibilities of a Fellow

Fellows have the following areas of responsibility:


  1. Prepare blog posts about events attended where attendance has been supported by the Institute’s funds.

  2. Promote the Software Sustainability Institute and its work where appropriate.

  3. Attend a Fellows inaugural meeting in early 2017.

  4. Attend the annual Software Sustainability Institute's Collaborations Workshop on March 27-28 2017 (with an optional attendance on 29 March for a Hackday).

  5. Deliver  the plans described in your fellowship application (and make the Institute aware of any substantive changes to your plans).

  6. Provide feedback and ideas to help the Institute and the Fellowship programme.

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Fellows selection dayBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead, Software Sustainability Institute.

It was a mild 2nd of November in the city of Manchester, UK. 29 candidates and nine reviewers congregated in the Atlas rooms of the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester to present their work, take part in discussions, network and be reviewed to see who would be chosen as an Institute Fellow 2017.

Who, how, what; rapid introductions

Each candidate presented an introduction to their professional persona, what they do and what they would do as a fellow. They each had four minutes to present while the reviewers were speedily writing down notes and scores around the content and style of the presentation and the other candidates listened on attentively.

There was some time for questions after the presentations. The focus on the ensuing discussions was on testing and the lack of recognition for spending time on ‘doing software correctly’ in the race to results and publication. The latter issue is a common theme in the workshops and discussions held at the various events run by the Institute and by the wider research software community. There is not a consistent emphasis on doing the computation properly as the results are what is currently being most valued with not enough importance being placed on…

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Leeds CityBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead.

The Collaborations Workshop (CW) is the Institute’s premier event series. It brings together key members of the research software community: researchers, developers, managers, legal, admin, publishers, funders and leaders and more. Attendees present, discuss, build, make, network and explore key and current areas of the research software landscape. The Collaborations Workshop 2017 (CW17—#CollabW17) will take place in the green City of Leeds at the plush Leeds University Business School, on 27th–29th March 2017. Leeds University was awarded University of the Year 2017.

Register for CW17 at Eventbrite.

CW17 is focused on the hot topics of The Internet of Things (IoT) and Open Data, both harbour the promise of deep changes to the way we interact with devices and data in the coming years, both also have a clear impact on research and are software driven. To find out more about these key areas, where they overlap, what impact they will have on research and how you might incorporate them into what you’re doing,…

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MIW imageBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead, Software Sustainability Institute

The Measuring the Impact of Workshops (MIW) meeting took place on the 20th September in sunny Oxford at the dashing Oxford e-Research Centre. It was a day of eye-opening presentations, revealing case studies, short informative talks, nuanced discussions and friendly networking all enveloped in a promise of something more enduring. Read on to find out what on earth I am talking about!

MIW brought together people interested in evaluating the impact of their workshops in a better way, to collect data for funders, to improve future events and to show value to potential attendees. Our working definition of workshop was broad; it included those that involve exploring topics (e.g. discussion/consensus-forming oriented meetings), learning new skills (e.g. training workshops) and those with a focus on making things (e.g. hackathons).

After the obligatory welcome and introduction to the Software Sustainability Institute there was an excellent context-setting talk: ‘The Practice of Measuring’ by Beth Duckles, Research Assistant Professor at Portland State University. She covered the art of commensuration—how we turn concepts…

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Collage fellows By Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead, Software Sustainability Institute

Our Fellowship Programme 2017 offers £3000 funding for conference visits, running workshops, and other domain or institutional events. If you would like your work supported and you are keen on improving and promoting best practice in research software, then the Fellowship Programme is for you. The Programme allows individuals to gain credibility for the promotion of best practice, network with like-minded people, and learn new skills.

Apply to become a Software Sustainability Fellow and join a network of over 70 Fellows that represent the physical sciences, medicine, biological sciences, mathematics, computer science, social science, creative arts and historical studies, research software engineering, and more.

Our Fellows have a standing in the community, a passion for promoting better computational practice and a social personality to make it all happen. If you’re a researcher who understands the value of software in research, an advocate for the adoption of software skills, or someone who codes to help support research, then this is the right programme for you.

As well as attending conferences and workshops, Fellows run training events for their…

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eScience Lab graphicThe eScience Lab at the University of Manchester are currently looking for a Senior Research Data Engineer. The focus of the job will be on data integration and interoperability across the partners and their Life Science oriented data holdings in the CORBEL and ELIXIR projects.

Please apply here.

Applications from UK, EU and International candidates are welcome.

Be quick! Applications close 9th September 2016.

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