This year, the Institute fellows David Pérez-Suárez, Brigitta Sipőcz and Yo Yehudi are involved in Google Summer of Code as mentors and organisation administrators for OpenAstronomy, an umbrella organisation for open source, open development astronomy projects, and InterMine, a biological data warehouse based at the University of Cambridge. For three months, students are individually mentored to contribute to open source codebases and are paid a stipend (which amounts to $6,600 USD if you're based in the UK). If you are a post-doc, researcher or lecturer, we suggest you read "Downloading developers: The Google Summer of Code" for examples of how beneficial the program can be for your students.

To learn more about projects ideas for students and instructions to apply, visit Open Astronomy's and Intermine's GSoC 2018 pages.

Deadline for application is the 27th of March, 2018. Applicants are advised to contact the mentor organisations well in advance of the deadline.

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The University of Cambridge is seeking a Co-ordinator for two Synthetic Biology research initiatives at the University of Cambridge. OpenPlant and the SynBio SRI both promote i) interdisciplinary research between engineering, physics, biology and social sciences; ii) development of open and open source technologies for biology including software, hardware and genetic tools; iii) responsible research and innovation. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant field and knowledge of Synthetic Biology research, policy and practice. 

For details, please read the full job description.

eLife is a non-profit organisation inspired by research funders and led by scientists whose mission include help scientists accelerate discovery. Our friends at eLife are organising a two-day challenge on 10th and 11th May 2018 in Cambridge for developers, designers, technologists and researchers to collaboratively prototype new innovations that bring cutting-edge technology to open research communication.

The sprint is limited to 60 seats and applications are open to anyone aged 18 or over until 9am GMT on March 5. Support for travel and accommodation is available for those who would not otherwise be able to participate.

eLife aims to communicate the outcome of each application by March 23.

We are very excited to announce that John Hammersley, CEO & co-founder of Overleaf, will give the keynote speech related to productivity at our Collaborations Workshop 2018 (CW18).

John Hammersley has always been fascinated by science, space, exploration and technology. After completing his PhD in Mathematical Physics at Durham University in 2008, he went on to help launch the world's first driverless taxi system now operating at London's Heathrow Airport. John is now making it easier for scientists to collaborate and publish online as CEO and co-founder of Overleaf, the rapidly growing online collaborative writing and reviewing tool now with over two million users worldwide. He was named as one of The Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2015, is a mentor and alumni of the Bethnal Green Ventures startup accelerator in London, and in his spare time (when not looking after two toddlers) he dances West Coast Swing!

At CW18, John will talk about productivity. If you ever collaborated with someone to write a paper in LaTeX exchanging files over email or Google Drive/DropBox/Nextcloud you know how unproductive it can be because a package is missing on your system, a command is already defined, a file can not be found or any other annoying error. Overleaf has helped LaTeX users from beginners to experts…

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The 2018 International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG 2018) will take place from 13-15 June 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The call for papers related to Science Gateways (here taken to include Virtual Research Environments and Virtual Labs) is now open. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures, frameworks and technologies for science gateways
  • Science gateways sustaining productive collaborative communities 
  • Support for scalability and data-driven methods in science gateways
  • Improving the reproducibility of science in science gateways 
  • Science gateway usability, portals, workflows and tools
  • Aspects of science gateways, such as security and stability

Application scientists and community members, reporting their experiences with science gateways, are particularly encouraged to submit a paper. 

The deadline for paper submissions is 18th March 2018.

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The culmination of two years’ work by the Pistoia Alliance project team, the UXLS Toolkit provides material on UX education, methods and use cases compiled especially for life scientists. It is pitched at busy UX specialists, in silico analysts and bench scientists in an easily, accessible self-help style who all need better software. UX for Life Sciences Toolkit was created to enable businesses to adopt UX principles and methods as they develop scientific software.

UX is a powerful tool for supporting the creation of effective and usable interfaces. Whilst UX is relatively widespread, the full potential of UX is still to be realised in the life sciences. The goal of this project is to empower life science professionals to get the most from these UX resources. The unique selling point of the UXLS toolkit is its focus on issues faced in developing digital products specifically for R&D in the life science and healthcare environments. More generally, it is a useful resource about the often forgotten area of UX, and the toolkit’s core ideas should be transferable to any research area. This new toolkit might be of particular interest to the RSE community who develop software products for a range of research areas.

Additionally, the Pistoia Alliance UXLS Project Team will be holding its inaugural USA conference at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA, on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

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.