From 29 to 31 May 2018, PRACE will organise the fifth edition of its Scientific and Industrial Conference—PRACEdays18—under the motto "HPC for Innovation: when Science meets Industry" in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

At this occasion, the third PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC will be presented to an outstanding female scientist. Please read the announcement for more information on this award, the nomination process, and the selection criteria.

The deadline to send nominations to is Thursday 1 March 2018.


carpentrycon2018Registrations are now open for CarpentryCon 2018 in Dublin. The event will take place from 30th May to 1st June 2018. 

CarpentryCon 2018 is the key networking and community building event in the Software and Data Carpentries' (now The Carpentries') annual calendar. This three-day event will help develop the next generation of research leaders by providing practical skill-ups, networking, workshops and all kinds of discussions.

Vitae has been involved in the career and professional development of researchers for many years, gaining reputation as experts in this field. Vitae is currently exploring the feasibility of providing professional recognition for researcher development professionals including associate trainers and other university staff/professionals who have a role in developing researchers.

Researcher Developers at any stage of their career would be eligible to apply for recognition under three different categories: Associate, Fellow or Senior Fellow, and would use elements from the Vitae Career Framework for Researcher Developers (CFRD), established with sector consultation in 2012, to demonstrate the required competencies to achieve recognition.

Join in and help shape the future of Researcher Developer professional recognition by taking part in the survey before 16 February 2018.

More information can be found on Vitae’s website.

2018-01-26%2018.25.49.jpgProfessor Carole Goble was presented with an honorary doctorate last weekend at Maastricht University as part of the University’s 42nd birthday celebration.

Joining Carole as a Doctor of the University was Professor Lucy Suchman of Lancaster University. Carole received this honorary doctorate for her exceptional contributions to establishing digital platforms for collaborative Data Science. She was introduced to the audience with this video, produced by Maastricht University, and gave a talk at the symposium taking place the preceding day.

The Software Sustainability Institute has been collaborating on an NSF proposal with a US consortium (led by Dr Karthik Ram from the University of California, Berkeley, and Daniel S. Katz, Jeffrey Carver, Sandra Gesing and Nicholas Weber as co-PIs) to prototype an organisation similar to the Software Sustainability Institute in the United States.

The proposal has resulted in a successful award of $500,000 from the US National Science Foundation to conceptualise a US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI). The work will take place throughout 2018. URSSI will build on the pioneering work done by the UK Software Sustainability Institute and its partners over the last seven years, to develop and deliver similar services to US research software engineers, researchers and universities who are developing scientific codes and software used by thousands of researchers.  To access their holding website and subscribe to their newsletter, please visit

Neil Chue Hong, Director of the Software Sustainability Institute, will be a member of the Advisory Committee for the new Institute. Institute staff will also be involved in workshops run as part of the conceptualisation process throughout the year.

Congratulations to the URSSI team, and we look forward to working with them to expand software sustainability in the United States of America.


Regular Institute collaborator Dr. Jeffrey Carver of the University of Alabama is conducting a couple of studies relating to the way that people develop research software. These will help provide the community with a better understanding of how different practices, including code review and software metrics are being used in the development of research software.

If you'd like to provide input into these studies, please participate in the following web surveys (each of which will take approximately 15 minutes to complete): 

Code review survey (in conjunction with Nasir Eisty of the University of Alabama) :

Software metrics survey (in conjunction with Dr. George Thiruvathukal from Loyola University-Chicago):


Your participation is completely anonymous and voluntary.  You are free not to participate or stop participating any time before you submit your answers. Both research studies have been approved by the University of Alabama Institutional Review Board.

By Simon Hettrick 

Next week, we will be hearing from the successful applicants to last year’s RSE Fellowship, funded by the EPSRC. The Fellows are exceptional individuals in the software field who demonstrate leadership and have combined expertise in programming and a solid knowledge of the research environment.

We’ll first hear from Jeremy Cohen who believes that “research software ought to be easier to use” and will describe his plans to help build communities of RSEs. We’ll hear why Phil Hasnip believes that most physics problems end up being materials problems. Joanna Leng will describe her desire to bring research computing techniques into the imaging community. Finally, we’ll hear from Leila Mureşan who will focus on the field of microscopy imaging.

The EPSRC has recognised the importance of investing in software development and the development of skills and career development for those engaged in software engineering. It is these aspects that this RSE Fellowship addresses. The Software Sustainability Institute and the RSE community campaigned for the development of this Fellowship so, and we are very happy to welcome the new RSE Fellows!

Supercomputer-promo.jpgToday’s supercomputers are the most powerful calculating machines ever invented, capable of performing more than a thousand million calculations every second. This gives scientists and engineers a powerful new tool to study the natural world—computer simulation.

This free 5-week online course will introduce you to what supercomputers are, how they are used and how we can exploit their full computational potential to make scientific breakthroughs. Register for the upcoming run on 15th January at Future Learn

This course was developed by EPCC at the University of Edinburgh and by SURFsara as part of the EC-funded PRACE project.

The Software Sustainability Institute are pleased to announce figshare as Platinum Sponsor of the Collaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18).

figshare is a repository to share and get credit for all of your research outputs including papers, data, media and code. They were a launch partner with Mozilla and Github in the ‘code as a research object’ project which promotes researchers getting credit for their code. figshare has an integration with Github that allows you to snapshot, archive, get a citable DOI for your code and track the online attention through Altmetric. Recent analysis of the figshare corpus shows that code is 8 of the top 10 cited items. figshare also supports preview of IPython Notebook/Jupyter Notebooks in browser!

Attendees of CW18 will have the opportunity to interact with figshare experts and learn new ways to be more productive when getting credit for their work. Register today for the Collaborations Workshop 2018, which will take place from Monday 26th to Wednesday 28th March 2018 at The School of Mathematics, Cardiff University.

cardforfellows(hols2018).jpgEveryone at the Software Sustainability Institute wishes our friends and colleagues all the best for the holiday season.

In a nutshell, this year has seen the announcement of a wonderful new set of Fellows, a second edition of the RSE conference, even more events, Software and Data Carpentry workshops, and Open Call projects.

After a busy year, we need a little break to get ready for everything we plan to do in  2018, like our Collaborations Workshop 2018. So please excuse us while we switch off our email and social media from the 23rd December to the 3rd January.  

Enjoy the festivities!