113 applications, 580+ reviews and three review meetings later, we are happy to announce our 18 new Software Sustainability Institute Fellows for 2017. With so many excellent candidates and over 6 applications per place, our new research software ambassadors represent some of the best people working in - and advocating for - better research software.
We have Fellows representing fields including Medical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Mathematics, Computer Science and, a first for Fellows, Engineering.
Our 2017 Fellows are spread across 15 organisations including, for the first time, four based in Scotland. In addition, we have four Fellows who fit the RSE profile, highlighting the continued representation of those with this role amongst the Fellowship programme.
This cohort of Fellows is drawn from a wide range of career stages: three PhD students, 13 early and mid-career researchers and developers, and a couple of senior Fellows, including the third Professor who has been accepted as a Fellow since the programme began in 2012. Three of our 2017 Fellows are female, taking the total number of female Fellows to 34, and this year’s Fellows draw support from BBSRC, EPSRC, MRC, NERC and STFC.
With such a diverse set of Fellows bubbling with ideas to take the message that better software leads to better research to their own diverse communities, 2017 is set to be an excellent year for research software events and endeavours.
Take a look at their profiles. Many of them have provided twitter handles and other details so you can follow their work and make contact if you sense a common interest.
Fellows 2017 will be attending the Institute’s Collaborations Workshop 2017 in Leeds from the 27-29 March 2017, so if you would like to meet them, find out about the Internet of Things, Open Data and experience the unconference format which includes lightning talks, keynotes, discussion sessions, mini-workshops, speed blogging, collaborative ideas, a social programme and the hackday then please register.