The Exascale Applications and Software Conference 2018 (EASC18) will take place on 17th to 19th April 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland, in the John McIntyre Conference Centre (JMCC). The general early-bird registration fee is £325, and early-bird student registration fee: £250. Early-bird registrations are open until the 28th March 2018.

The conference will cover diverse topics associated with applications, tools, software programming models and libraries, and other technologies necessary to exploit future exascale systems, including:

  • enabling and optimising applications for exascale;
  • developing and enhancing algorithms for exascale systems;
  • aiding the exploitation of massively parallel systems through tools, e.g. performance analysis, debugging, development environments;
  • programming models and libraries for exascale;
  • exascale runtimes and system software;
  • evaluating best practice in HPC concerning large-scale facilities and application execution;
  • novel uses of current generation and future exascale systems;
  • new hardware technologies and their exploitation to solve exascale challenges.

For full details and registration, please visit the EASC18 page.

Exascale Applications Workshop

EASC attendees are also invited to register for a free Exascale Applications Workshop on 19 April (p.m.) – 20 April (a.m.) at Pollock Halls, Edinburgh.

This workshop will focus on communication models and their use in applications. The aim is to…

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30625118805_850c6840e2_z.jpgCollaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18) will start next Monday 26th of March at The School of Mathematics, Cardiff University. We are looking forward to meeting everyone in person and have a great time. The final agenda is available at the workshop page.

To make the best of Collaborations Workshop, don't forget to sign up to present a lightning talk and to take part in the social activities.

The Software Sustainability Institute staff will be attending this event. We will aim to answer all emails but might take us while to get back to you. You can also contact us on Twitter @SoftwareSaved.

Following the success of the Second Conference of Research Software Engineers, the RSE conference 2018 will take place at the Bramall Building at the University of Birmingham, on 3rd-4th September 2018. RSE18 is the perfect opportunity to promote your products and services to research software engineering leaders and decision makers (present and future) at the only conference purpose built for RSEs.

The organising committee welcome submissions for workshops and talks for the RSE18 conference. The aim is to reflect the diverse community of research software engineers by seeking input from a variety of domains, geographic locations, gender, ethnicities and experience.

The conference themes for RSE18 are:

  • Good practice for software development

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The Software Sustainability Institute is organising the “Workshop: Impact of international collaborations in research software”, taking place on Tuesday 24th April 2018, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

We welcome submissions of posters from researchers based in the UK that demonstrate the impact of computational research / research enabled by software. We’re particularly looking for examples of how collaboration has benefited your work and will give priority to EPSRC researchers, though all research domain areas will be considered. The best examples will also be offered a short presentation slot (5-10 minutes) at the event.

Submissions (of no more than one A4 page) should include a short description of your research and the software used, an example of the impact it has had, and the role that collaboration has played in your work.

Please submit your proposal via this form by 26th March 2018.

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Further information

Earlier this year, EPSRC awarded the Software Sustainability Institute and EPCC money to fund UK-US RSE collaboration and to run a “Best Use of Archer competition”. As part of the planned activity funded by this grant, this event will showcase the impact of the awards and provide a space to discuss opportunities to build on international collaboration.…

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This year, the Institute fellows David Pérez-Suárez, Brigitta Sipőcz and Yo Yehudi are involved in Google Summer of Code as mentors and organisation administrators for OpenAstronomy, an umbrella organisation for open source, open development astronomy projects, and InterMine, a biological data warehouse based at the University of Cambridge. For three months, students are individually mentored to contribute to open source codebases and are paid a stipend (which amounts to $6,600 USD if you're based in the UK). If you are a post-doc, researcher or lecturer, we suggest you read "Downloading developers: The Google Summer of Code" for examples of how beneficial the program can be for your students.

To learn more about projects ideas for students and instructions to apply, visit Open Astronomy's and Intermine's GSoC 2018 pages.

Deadline for application is the 27th of March, 2018. Applicants are advised to contact the mentor organisations well in advance of the deadline.

Google Summer of Code

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The University of Cambridge is seeking a Co-ordinator for two Synthetic Biology research initiatives at the University of Cambridge. OpenPlant and the SynBio SRI both promote i) interdisciplinary research between engineering, physics, biology and social sciences; ii) development of open and open source technologies for biology including software, hardware and genetic tools; iii) responsible research and innovation. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field and knowledge of Synthetic Biology research, policy and practice. 

For details, please read the full job description.

eLife is a non-profit organisation inspired by research funders and led by scientists whose mission include help scientists accelerate discovery. Our friends at eLife are organising a two-day challenge on 10th and 11th May 2018 in Cambridge for developers, designers, technologists and researchers to collaboratively prototype new innovations that bring cutting-edge technology to open research communication.

The sprint is limited to 60 seats and applications are open to anyone aged 18 or over until 9am GMT on March 5. Support for travel and accommodation is available for those who would not otherwise be able to participate.

eLife aims to communicate the outcome of each application by March 23.

We are very excited to announce that John Hammersley, CEO & co-founder of Overleaf, will give the keynote speech related to productivity at our Collaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18).

John Hammersley has always been fascinated by science, space, exploration and technology. After completing his PhD in Mathematical Physics at Durham University in 2008, he went on to help launch the world's first driverless taxi system now operating at London's Heathrow Airport. John is now making it easier for scientists to collaborate and publish online as CEO and co-founder of Overleaf, the rapidly growing online collaborative writing and reviewing tool now with over two million users worldwide. He was named as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2015, is a mentor and alumni of the Bethnal Green Ventures startup accelerator in London, and in his spare time (when not looking after two toddlers) he dances West Coast Swing!

At CW18, John will talk about productivity. If you ever collaborated with someone to write a paper in LaTeX exchanging files over email or Google Drive/DropBox/Nextcloud you know how unproductive it can be because a package is missing on your system, a command is already defined, a file can not be found or any other annoying error. Overleaf has helped LaTeX users from beginners to experts…

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The 2018 International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG 2018) will take place from 13-15 June 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The call for papers related to Science Gateways (here taken to include Virtual Research Environments and Virtual Labs) is now open. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures, frameworks and technologies for science gateways
  • Science gateways sustaining productive collaborative communities 
  • Support for scalability and data-driven methods in science gateways
  • Improving the reproducibility of science in science gateways 
  • Science gateway usability, portals, workflows and tools
  • Aspects of science gateways, such as security and stability

Application scientists and community members, reporting their experiences with science gateways, are particularly encouraged to submit a paper. 

The deadline for paper submissions is 18th March 2018.

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The culmination of two years’ work by the Pistoia Alliance project team, the UXLS Toolkit provides material on UX education, methods and use cases compiled especially for life scientists. It is pitched at busy UX specialists, in silico analysts and bench scientists in an easily, accessible self-help style who all need better software. UX for Life Sciences Toolkit was created to enable businesses to adopt UX principles and methods as they develop scientific software.

UX is a powerful tool for supporting the creation of effective and usable interfaces. Whilst UX is relatively widespread, the full potential of UX is still to be realised in the life sciences. The goal of this project is to empower life science professionals to get the most from these UX resources. The unique selling point of the UXLS toolkit is its focus on issues faced in developing digital products specifically for R&D in the life science and healthcare environments. More generally, it is a useful resource about the often forgotten area of UX, and the toolkit’s core ideas should be transferable to any research area. This new toolkit might be of particular interest to the RSE community who develop software products for a range of research areas.

Additionally, the Pistoia Alliance UXLS Project Team will be holding its inaugural USA conference at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA, on Tuesday 15th May 2018.