Research Software Engineers, EPSRC, funding awardEPSRC has awarded £100K to the Software Sustainability Institute and the Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre (EPCC) to build links and network with the USA HPC communities, announced today at the Tier-2 launch in Birmingham. As part of this funding, a sum of £35,000 has been made available to support collaboration, share knowledge and build stronger partnerships between UK and US Research Software Engineers (RSEs). The Software Sustainability Institute will administer this initiative and make grants available to support objectives such as sharing specific expertise or projects, or promoting and sharing RSE experiences with international centres.

This funding aims to encourage greater collaboration around the following topics:

  • investigating emerging hardware and the impact on software;

  • building collaboration around a particular science area;

  • developing common community codes;

  • building links between computational /computer science and maths.

An initial round of funding will target applications from EPSRC RSE Fellows, the UK Research Software…

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CDT mapThe Software Sustainability Institute has gathered information on the Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) in a map, as some of them may require training in basic software development skills to help scientists improve or speed up their research, ensure that their results are more reliable and verifiable, encourage sharing code and collaboration with others and aid reproducibility overall. As the Institute already has multi-year training agreements with some CDTs relating to running and coordinating Software Carpentry (SWC) and Data Carpentry (DC) workshops, we were also interested to identify other centres, which may be interested in either helping with setting up regional training centres or setting up their own software training.

Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs), also called Doctoral Training Centres (DTCs), are one of the several ways by which research councils in the UK provide support for advanced, high-level and increasingly interdisciplinary scientific training following undergraduate studies.

Go to the interactive map and find out more.


RSE Conference 2017Following the success of the First Conference of Research Software Engineers, the Second Conference will be held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester on the 7th-8th September 2017. We are expecting a lively, international mix of over 200 attendees and are now announcing the opening of the calls for talks, posters, workshops and tutorials.

RSE17 is not a standard academic conference! It’s a community conference: get involved and help us build the RSE Community.

The deadline is Friday 28th April, with an early deadline of Friday April 7th for those who want to apply for £250 travel bursaries.

For more information, please visit the RSE website.

Registration for the conference will open on May 31st. If you want to be notified, please sign up for notifications using this form

Most of us recognise that diverse teams are good for productivity and output. But do you know how to improve diversity and build a more inclusive environment? Have you ever heard of unconscious bias, stereotype threat or imposter syndrome? Do you ever feel like you aren’t good enough to be in the community or feel like a ‘fraud’? This WHPC event will discuss the real effects of these three topics on the workplace, providing the audience with an introduction to each theme, how they may affect you and how they impact employers, employees, advisors, managers or your peers.

This event will take place on Wednesday 5th April 10am-3pm (Coffee & Registration from 9.30am) and will encourage audience participation with the use of audience focused discussions based on case studies. This session aims generate lively discussion, generate new and novel approaches to solving some of the challenges we face and we encourage the audience to discuss challenges they have faced both as hirers/managers and as women working with HPC across all research disciplines.

The session welcomes participation from everyone that is interested in discussing improving diversity in the HPC community across all discipline.

This event is organised by Women in HPC as part of the ARCHER Outreach project.

Registration is free at EventbritePlaces are limited, so register early to avoid disappointment.

Focus groups: Alongside this event we will be running 1 hour focus groups that…

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Collaborations Workshop 2017, IoT, Open Data, research softwareAre you a PhD student based in the UK and want to attend our Collaborations Workshop 2017? 

We are pleased to announce that Jisc, CW17 sponsor, have kindly offered a PhD student bursary to attend our Collaborations Workshop 2017, which topic is Internet of Things (IoT) and Open Data: implications for research.

To apply for this bursary, fill in this form by Tuesday 21 March 2017. We will assess your application and let you know if you have been successful by 5pm on Wednesday 22 March 2017. Note the bursary is only available to UK based PhD students.

CW17 will take place from 27th to 29th March 2017 in Leeds, UK.JISC funds PhD bursary

Docker Containers, Reproducible ResearchSubmit your abstract by 31st March 2017 at midnight.

Presenters are invited to submit abstracts for 15-minute talks (plus 5 minutes for questions) and lightning talks on the following subjects:

  • Examples of use—positive or otherwise and lessons learned
  • Position papers
  • Applications for Reproducible Research
  • Other use cases
  • Building other tools around container ecosystem
  • Comparing different types of containers
  • The future and challenges for adoption, or lack thereof, in specific communities

The Software Sustainability Institute’s Docker Containers for Reproducible Research Workshop (C4RR) will take place on from 27th to 28th June 2017 in Cambridge. C4RR aims to gain insight into the topics of containers technologies and how these impact and will impact on research. It is…

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Supercomputing free online course, FutureLearnToday’s supercomputers are the most powerful calculating machines ever invented, capable of performing more than a thousand million million calculations every second. This gives scientists and engineers a powerful new tool to study the natural world: computer simulation. This free 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 now for the first run on 6th March 2017.

The course is designed for anyone interested in leading-edge computing technology, supercomputers or the role that computer simulation takes in modern science and engineering.

All of the technical aspects will be covered at a conceptual level and there is no requirement to be able to write computer programs. However, anyone with existing programming experience will learn how programming modern supercomputers differs from programming a home PC.

Over five weeks, the course will look at:

  • Supercomputers: introducing supercomputing terminology and some of the largest machines in the world.
  • Parallel computers: how they are built from hundreds of thousands of CPUs, each similar to those in a desktop PC.
  • Parallel computing: using parallel processing to…
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Do-a-thon, Open Data Day 2017SPARC and the NIH invite everyone, whether new or old to Open Research Data, scholar or citizen, to join them in a two-day do-a-thon all around open research data in London and online on March 4th-5th, as part of the celebrations for Open Data Day 2017.

Each day will run 9am - 6pm. The organisers will provide breakfast, lunch, and snacks (including coffee) with informal dinner & drinks each evening. The program is designed to be lightweight and flexible to allow the maximum time for doing.

Virtual participants are encouraged to peak in on our activities any time, but it is recommended defaulting to something like 9am - 6pm in their respective time zones.

For further information, visit their GitHub repo.

Register at their event page.

Docathon - BIDSUC Berkeley is hosting a "Docathon" at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science (BIDS) from 6th to 10th March. A Docathon is an event and week-long mini-sprint to encourage and help people improve documentation in the open science community.

There are a few docathons being held simultaneously, each with their own schedule. At Berkeley there will be a physical presence at BIDS over the week. However, participants can also join remotely; BIDS will coordinate people via email and GitHub.

Who’s this for?

Anyone who is interested in improving the understandability, accessibility, and clarity of software! This might mean developers with a particular project, or individuals who would like to contribute to a project. You don’t need to use a specific language (though there will be many Python and R developers) and you don’t need to be a core developer in order to help out.


To sign up, visit the Docathon website. You can sign up as a participant, suggest a project to work on, or sign up to host your own remote Docathon wherever you like. 

For further information on this event, please visit the…

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BBSRC Workshop - Developing Software Licensing GuidanceThe Software Sustainability Institute in conjunction with ELIXIR-UK and the BBSRC are organising a workshop entitled “Developing Software Licensing Guidance for BBSRC” in Manchester on 24 April 2017. The aim of this workshop is to develop community advice to BBSRC on:

  • The areas within the life sciences where software is being used, and
  • Appropriate written guidance for applicants and reviewers on how to make software reusable

Workshop attendees are drawn from a wide range of stakeholders representing life sciences researchers, research software engineers, funders, infrastructure providers, industry, legal experts, and related fields.

The workshop format will consist of scene-setting introductions, followed by two sets of discussions to agree and formulate specific guidance for BBSRC reviewers, applicants and users describing how to make software (re)usable that can be made available on the BBSRC website. Additionally, it is hoped that the workshop will provide a greater insight into the areas within the life sciences where software is being used and the current barriers to reuse.

For further information and registration, please visit the…

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