Fellows 2017 imageApplications for the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme 2017 are now open.

The Institute's Fellowship programme funds researchers in exchange for their expertise and advice.

The main goals of the Programme are gathering intelligence about research and software from all disciplines, encouraging Fellows to develop their interests in the area of software sustainability (especially in their areas of work) and aiding the Fellows as ambassadors of good software practice in their domains. The programme also support capacity building and policy development initiatives. 

Fellows come from a variety of career stages, they demonstrate a passion for their area, the ability to communicate ideas effectively, and a real interest in the role of software in research. Fellows are empowered to talk about software in their research domain to a wider audience, network with others who share a passion for software in research, and learn key skills that benefit them and their collaborators.​

You have to be a UK based researcher when applying for Fellowship, but once you are a Fellow even after your initial funding period you remain a Fellow even if you are then based outside of the UK (terms and conditions do apply). Please see the FAQ for more details about eligibility.

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Sandia National Laboratories are seeking a Postdoctoral Appointee who is interested in an explicit focus on research in software methodologies for research-to-production CSE software, and strong interest in exploring, developing, adapting and adopting modern software engineering to the CSE software domain, including exploration of software productivity and sustainability metrics, development of tools and workflows, especially related to Agile methodologies built upon GitHub, Docker and other new and emerging software technology platforms. Activities will include engaging with Trilinos and IDEAS developers to elicit requirements and collaboratively create methodologies that enhance productivity and sustainability for CSE research software products such as Trilinos. 

Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Research and development of new methodologies, metrics, tools and best practices for CSE research software, using GitHub, Docker and related modern software platforms,
  • Publication, presentation and engagement with the US and international communities on research topics in CSE software,
  • Effective engagement with Trilinos, IDEAS and other software teams, at Sandia and other DOE laboratories.

This post-doctoral position is for motivated and enthusiastic individuals with excellent communication skills who have the ability to work in a collaborative research environment.  The successful applicant will be expected to work closely with CSE software developers as well as have the opportunity to pursue independent research projects.

Please note the successful candidate will be based in…

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picture of imperial college londonEasing the burden of depositing versioned software to meeting organisation data management mandates should be considered a vital part of e-infrastructure for supporting Research. Read on, as Fellow, Torsten Reimer talks about the context and reasons for deploying a centrally supported distributed version control system at Imperial College London.

Read Torsten's blog post.

You are invited to participate in a survey on software licensing designed to investigate how well software developers understand common open-source software licences. Prof. Gail Murphy and graduate student Daniel Almeida are looking for software developers that have built, or are currently building on, open-source software in their projects - and we are particularly interested in hearing from people building open-source software for research.

Participating in the anonymous online survey will take approximately 30 minutes. If you are interested in participating, please visit the survey.

If you have any questions, please contact

NumFOCUS is seeking a full-time Projects Director to develop and run a sustainability incubator program for NumFOCUS fiscally sponsored open-source projects. This is the first program of its kind, with opportunity for enormous impact on the open-source ecosystem. Knowledge gained from this program will be public, meaning it has the potential to change how all open source projects are managed.

For more information, please see the online job advert.

leedscw17.png27th – 29th March, University of Leeds

The Internet of Things (IoT) and Open Data are two of the hottest topics at the moment. Both already have and will continue to have a remarkable influence on our everyday lives. However, what impact do IoT and Open Data have on research, how can researchers benefit from them and work towards making their data into Open Data and where do Open Data and IoT converge? The Software Sustainability Institute invites all members of the research software community to explore and discuss these and other questions at Collaborations Workshop 2017 (CW17) from 27th to 29th March 2017 at the Leeds University Business School, University of Leeds.

The Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshops series bring together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, leaders and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software. CW17 aims to gain insight into the topics of IoT and Open Data and how these impact and will impact on research. It is also an ideal opportunity to form collaborations (on average, attendees start two new collaborations) and to discuss topics proposed by attendees.

For further information and register interest, please visit the Collaborations Workshop 2017 page.

The Research Software Engineer (RSE) Conference is the first conference to focus exclusively on the issues that affect people who write and use software in research. Organised by the UKRSE, conference will take place in Manchester on 15th and 16th September 2016. The event has an excellent agenda lined up, with speakers from industry and academia, and a series of talks and workshops from RSEs that investigate everything from the latest tools and engineering practices, to the way the RSE community works. The RSE Conference has attracted contributions from across the world, which will be showcased during an international networking session.

Registration is now open for the Conference. We encourage you to sign up as soon as possible as there has been a huge level of interest in this event - with more people on the waiting list than places available. There will be further announcements when more tickets become available.

The fee is £120. The fee covers both days of the conference, lunches, refreshments and the conference dinner. You will need to arrange your own travel and accommodation – UKRSE have put together a list of hotels.

This event would not have been possible without the support of the UKRSE sponsors: Microsoft Research, Intel, the Scientific Computing Department at STFC, Research IT at the University of Manchester, the Software Sustainability Institute and CANARIE. They would also like to thank EPSRC for their support to the RSE community.…

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The Software Sustainability Institute is very pleased to announce the 'Measuring the Impact of Workshops' (MIW) workshop.

We plan to bring together the right people to talk about how to effectively measure the impact of running workshops, case studies of measurement and tooling that helps evaluation.

The aim is to produce a best practice report that the whole community of people who run workshops can use and thus improve workshops for those attending and supporting them.

For more information visit the MIW page.

If you are interested in attending please let us know.

We plan to choose a diverse mix of attendees.

The Research Data Visualisation Workshop will take place on July 28th, 2016 at the University of Manchester. If you create data visualisations and plan to visualise new data sets or would like to know about data visualisation toolings and uses then this is the workshop for you. We will bring together a small but focused group of people to show the state of the art in data visualisation practices and tools in different areas and provide help for you to create your own visualisations during the hands-on session.

For more information and to register please see the workshop page.

Mozilla Science Lab has open applications for the Mozilla Fellowships for Science programme in its 2016 edition. Applicants with a passion for open source and data sharing, already working to shift research practice to be more collaborative, iterative and open, should apply before July 16th, 2016, at 5:00 am. Fellows will spend ten months starting September 2016 as community catalysts at their institutions, mentoring the next generation of open data practitioners and researchers and building lasting change in the global open science community.

Mozilla Science Lab is a community of researchers, developers, and librarians making research open and accessible. They empower open science leaders through fellowships, mentorship, and project-based learning.

For further information and how to apply, please visit Mozilla Fellowships for Science.