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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.
The Society of Research Software Engineering is running a free workshop for aspiring RSE leaders. It will provide you with the contacts and expertise to run your own RSE Group or become a leader in the RSE community. At the workshop you will network with established RSE leaders, learn about some of the challenges facing RSEs and RSE Groups, and take part in discussions about the solutions to these challenges.
By Daniel S. Katz, Daina Bouquin and Neil Chue Hong. This blog post was originally published in Daniel S. Katz's blog. Identification of software is essential to a number of important issues, such as citation, provenance, and reproducibility. Here, we are focusing on issues related to citation. Identification can be thought of as a subset of naming. Some important questions are therefore: How do we name things? How do we know how things are named? And who gets to name things?
The results from the 2018 RSE international survey are available to consultation. This year we had a total of 985 participants from 32 different countries.
We need your help filling in the  2018 RSE survey. You are eligible if you're working with research software. Previous RSE surveys have targeted specific countries. This year's RSE survey welcomes people from all over the world to participate. Please note the survey will close on 3rd December 2018. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete (ca. 80 questions). Please note that this research is not compulsory and even if you decide to participate you can withdraw at any moment.
The Software Sustainability Institute invites everyone working on research software to fill in the 2018 RSE survey. Previous RSE surveys have targeted specific countries. This year's RSE survey welcomes people from all over the world to participate. The survey takes about 10-15 minutes to complete.

By Mike Jackson, Software Architect, The Software Sustainability Institute

When I first started thinking about how we could create a career path for Research Software Engineers (RSEs) in academia, I assumed we would have to persuade university management to change their policies and make it possible, or at least much easier, for researchers to retain RSEs within their groups. The actual solution has been somewhat different, and much more effective.
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