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By Neil Chue Hong, founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Software Sustainability Institute Why do open source research software projects appear to have a low rate of success? Is it because we lack appropriate models for sustaining research software development or is it because the community isn’t seeing the results?
By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute In the weeks running up to the RSE Conference, some colleagues and I will be providing our thoughts on the questions people have submitted for our panel discussion with senior university management about how RSEs are being supported within academia.
In preparation for its formal launch, the Society of Researching Software Engineering has launched a new website. There, you can find all the information about the Society and its mission, including how to join, links to RSE groups around the world, future and past events, and job vacancies.  
By Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director of the Software Sustainability Institute. In the weeks running up to the RSE Conference, myself and some colleagues will be providing our thoughts on the questions people have submitted for our panel discussion with senior university management about how RSEs are being supported within academia. (You can submit more questions and vote on the current questions on Sli.do.)
Last call for papers - deadline 16 August! The Software Sustainability Institute is co-organising a workshop on Software Engineering for HPC-Enabled Research at Supercomputing 2019 in Denver.
By Louise Chisholm, Jeremy Cohen, Jonathan Cooper, and Simon Hettrick. Most people who are looking to forge a career in research software engineering will come across barriers that are the result of outdated university policies put in place before software was such a critical element of research.
On 13 June 2019, Simon Hettrick, deputy director of the Software Sustainability Institute, presented the work done so far in the United Kingdom and elsewhere to promote, recognise and reward the work of research software engineers. The recording from the webinar is now available on YouTube.
The Lisbon Council for Economic Competitiveness and Social Renewal asbl will run the webinar “Why Recognising Scientific Software Experts is Key to Open Science” on Thursday 13th June 2019 from 10:00 to 11:00 AM BST. Simon Hettrick, deputy director of the Software Sustainability Institute and co-director of Southampton Research Software Group, will present the work carried out in the United Kingdom and elsewhere to promote, recognise and reward Research Software Engineers (RSEs), a collective term created to bring together software experts with an understanding of both research and software…
The 2019 RSE Conference Committee is looking for volunteers to help run the RSEConUK 2019 taking place at the University of Birmingham, 17th - 19th September 2019.
In the third episode of the Nature careers podcast series on workplace technologies, Simon Hettrick, Software Sustainability Institute Deputy Director, tells Julie Gould about the role of research software engineers (RSEs). Simon also talks about the history of the research software engineer as a career path, including the birth of RSE groups and the annual RSE Conference, what they do, how their skills can support researchers with limited coding skills, and how you can become one.
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