First ever conference of Research Software Engineers - call for participation

Posted by s.hettrick on 9 May 2016 - 2:04pm

The RSE Conference (15-16 September 2016, Manchester) is the first conference to focus exclusively on the issues that affect people who write and use software in research. We're looking for submissions to our workshops and talks programmes that will investigate and communicate ideas and expertise from the RSE community.

It is not a standard academic conference! We welcome researchers, but we also want to hear from people who may not typically attend conferences. It’s a community conference: get involved and help us build the RSE Community.

From running a workshop, sharing your ideas or simply attending, there are many ways in which you can participate. We want to hear from you about the new technologies and techniques that help you in your work. We want your opinions on what will make the conference even more useful. And, of course, we want you to attend!

We’ve described the many different ways you can participate below. Take a look, and get in touch if you’d like more information.

Call for workshops

If you want to help others learn about a new tool, technology or methodology, then please submit a workshop.

For more details about submitting a workshop, read the workshop page.

Call for talks

We’re looking for talks that discuss and expand on issues that affect RSEs.

For more details about submitting a talk, read the talk page.

What’s an RSE?

Research Software Engineers are the people who work in research, but write code not papers. Most people who conduct the work of an RSE are not formally called a Research Software Engineer.

Are you an RSE? Read this page for more information.

Who should take part?

We’re looking for participation from anyone with an interest in software in research: people who develop software (regardless of your job title), researchers, people who provide tools. It doesn’t matter if you’ve never attended a conference before, if you have an interest in software, we want to hear from you!

We’re actively encouraging first-time speakers and workshop leaders to take part, and we’re offering support and mentoring to those people who would like it.

Tell us what to do!

To make the conference a success, we want to hear from the community about what they would like to see at the conference. Got a good idea (or even a criticism)? Please get in touch.


We will also be holding the UKRSE Annual General Meeting during the conference. This is your chance to influence the community through discussions, voting or by standing for an official role.


Attendees will learn about the cutting edge techniques being used in research, pick up new skills, and hear from a broad range of speakers.

Registration will open in June and will cost £75. We’re limited to 150 attendees at this first conference. If you provide your contact details using this form, we’ll send you a reminder once registration is open.

Other participation

There are many ways to support this first community conference for RSEs, from volunteering to sponsorship.

For more information, visit the conference website.


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