Applications are now open for GOSH 2018, the Gathering for Open Science Hardware, taking place over four consecutive days 10-13 October 2018 in Shenzhen, China. GOSH would like to invite you to apply to join another 100 active users, developers and thinkers in open hardware for science to benefit research, education, and science engagement.

GOSH is an ongoing meeting series designed to support a stronger and more collaborative community in open hardware for science. In 2016, we convened for the first time at CERN in Geneva, Switzerland and then in Santiago, Chile for GOSH 2017. These meetings have led to the creation of the GOSH Manifesto and the Global Open Science Hardware Roadmap, a burgeoning community, and ongoing individual and organisational collaborations. In 2018, we will continue to explore the diversity of existing projects, share best practices, and identify needs with those engaged in making and using open hardware within research institutions and beyond. We’ll listen to user stories and developer journeys, host a series of workshops on topics such as sharing and licensing, design for manufacture and scaling.  

For more information and how to apply, please visit the Gathering for Open Science Hardware website.

Code Ocean, a computational reproducibility platform launched in 2015, is a new service which enables authors to openly publish their code on the platform, thereby making it free for others to access, download and  share. Code Ocean has the goal of saving researchers’ time and advancing science, by making the world's scientific code more reusable, executable and reproducible.

Brigitte Shull of Cambridge University Press comments that this partnership will “make articles we publish richer and more interactive, enabling them to view and execute the code associated with the research while remaining on the Cambridge Core platform”.

For more information, please contact Pierre Montagano, Director of Business Development, Code Ocean.

The deadline for the Gateways 2018 Call for Participation has been extended to 16th May 2018.

Gateways 2018 (25th to 27th September , at the University of Texas at Austin) is accepting submissions of papers, demos, tutorials, and panels (two to four  pages) on the topic of science or engineering gateways (VREs).

Topics may include their design, use, impact, development processes, sustainability, best practices, or any other aspect that you think fellow gateway (VRE) creators or users will find interesting to learn. We also welcome educational topics directed toward the next generation of gateway (VRE) creators.

Submissions of papers, demos, tutorials, and panels are due 16th May 2018. There will be no further extension of this deadline. The poster session deadline (open to all) is 1st August 2018.

Read the full submission details.

Software Sustainability Institute fellow Becky Arnold is arranging a series of talks on good coding practice and related topics. The first session will take place on the 2nd May at Sheffield University. The talk will be in the Hicks building, lecture theatre 6 at 3:30 pm. 

David Hubber (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich) will be giving a talk about how to structure code efficiently. He will also discuss code module design, decoupling strategies and test-driven development.

All are welcome and there's no need to register.

Further information and information on other upcoming sessions is available at the…

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Are you working on a research software project, and would like to develop and scale your work? Would you like to create a business plan, understand cybersecurity, and learn about alternative funding models?

The SGCI are running an intensive workshop for leaders of research software projects, science gateways and virtual research environments (VREs) in Edinburgh on the 11-12 June 2018, immediately before IWSG2018. Participants will engage in hands-on activities to help them articulate the value of their work to key stakeholders and to create a strong development, operations, and sustainability plan. Workshop participants will work closely with one another and, as a result, have the opportunity to network and establish relationships with people who are engaging in similar activities.

Participants will learn:

  • Core business strategy skills as they apply to leading an online digital presence, such as understanding stakeholder and user needs; business, operations, finance, and resource planning; and project management;

  • Technology best practices, including the principles of cybersecurity; software architecture, development practices, and tools that ensure implementation of strong software engineering methods; usability do’s and don’ts; and

  • Long-term sustainability strategies, such as alternative funding models; case studies of successful gateway efforts; licensing choices and their impact on sustainability; planning for and measuring your impact.

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The Alan Turing Institute is delighted to invite you to two separate but related one day workshops that explore new forms of social exclusion in a digital society and the scope to monitor and mitigate these with digital resources. By bringing together social scientists, digital researchers and involved practitioners we hope to build partnerships to unlock new data and develop new tools and to strengthen the work of the Alan Turing Institute in these areas.

The workshops will involve presentations and round table discussions aimed at clarifying research questions, and helping develop research relationships.

For the latest information, check the workshop website.

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Research Associate: Harnessing Emerging Hardware Architectures in Kinetic Monte-Carlo Simulations (Ref: 1712391)

UCL is looking for an experienced and motivated post-doctoral researcher to develop innovative methods and algorithms for kinetic Monte-Carlo (KMC) simulations of reactions on catalytic surfaces. These algorithms will harness modern/emerging hardware architectures such as GPUs and FPGAs. Within the remit of the project is also the implementation of these algorithms in our KMC software application Zacros.

The position is available immediately and is funded for 3 years in the first instance. Closing date for applications: 30th April 2018.


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The Software Sustainability Institute website will be down for scheduled maintenance on Thursday 26th April from 7:30am-8:00am. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

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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collage_fellowsphotos_landingpage.jpgThe Software Sustainability Institute is very pleased to announce that “Raising the status of software in research: A survey-based evaluation of the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme” by Shoaib Sufi and Caroline Jay is now available as a PeerJ Preprint at

We have been running the Software Sustainability Institute Fellowship Programme since 2012. Up to now, we have recruited 112 Fellows.

In 2017, the Institute ran a research survey asking Fellows from the 2012–2016 cohorts  to report the effect that the programme has had on them, their institutions, their research domains and their careers. The results show that the fellowship plays a wide-ranging role in supporting communities of best practice and skills transfer, and that a significant benefit is the way it has raised the profile of software in research, and those people who develop and advocate for it. Highlights from the survey include:

96% of Fellows say they have benefitted from being a Fellow.

72% of Fellows say being a Fellow has helped advance their careers.


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