Fellowship Programme 2017

Fellows selection dayBy Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead, Software Sustainability Institute.

It was a mild 2nd of November in the city of Manchester, UK. 29 candidates and nine reviewers congregated in the Atlas rooms of the School of Computer Science at the University of Manchester to present their work, take part in discussions, network and be reviewed to see who would be chosen as an Institute Fellow 2017.

Who, how, what; rapid introductions

Each candidate presented an introduction to their professional persona, what they do and what they would do as a fellow. They each had four minutes to present while the reviewers were speedily writing down notes and scores around the content and style of the presentation and the other candidates listened on attentively.

There was some time for questions after the presentations. The focus on the ensuing discussions was on testing and the lack of recognition for spending time on ‘doing software correctly’ in the race to results and publication. The latter issue is a common theme in the workshops and discussions held at the various events run by the Institute and by the wider research software community. There is not a consistent emphasis on doing the computation properly as the results are what is currently being most valued with not enough importance being placed on…

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Collage fellows By Shoaib Sufi, Community Lead, Software Sustainability Institute

Our Fellowship Programme 2017 offers £3000 funding for conference visits, running workshops, and other domain or institutional events. If you would like your work supported and you are keen on improving and promoting best practice in research software, then the Fellowship Programme is for you. The Programme allows individuals to gain credibility for the promotion of best practice, network with like-minded people, and learn new skills.

Apply to become a Software Sustainability Fellow and join a network of over 70 Fellows that represent the physical sciences, medicine, biological sciences, mathematics, computer science, social science, creative arts and historical studies, research software engineering, and more.

Our Fellows have a standing in the community, a passion for promoting better computational practice and a social personality to make it all happen. If you’re a researcher who understands the value of software in research, an advocate for the adoption of software skills, or someone who codes to help support research, then this is the right programme for you.

As well as attending conferences and workshops, Fellows run training events for their…

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