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Collaborations Workshop 2023 (CW23)

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Rachael Ainsworth

Rachael Ainsworth

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Location:  University of Manchester

2 May 2023

Collaborations Workshop 2023 (CW23)

The Software Sustainability Institute’s Collaborations Workshop series brings together researchers, developers, innovators, managers, funders, publishers, policy makers, leaders and educators to explore best practices and the future of research software. Collaborations Workshop 2023 (CW23) took place as a hybrid event at the University of Manchester, from Tuesday 2 May - Thursday 4 May 2023.

The Collaboration Workshop 2023 was generously supported by a number of organisations. For their support, we would like to extend a special thanks to our Platinum sponsor The Alan Turing Institute. For more information, please see the complete list of our sponsors.


Collaboration Workshop 2023 (CW23) took place from Tuesday 2 May - Thursday 4 May at the University of Manchester. In order to prepare for your visit, you can find out more information about the practical side of things such as travel and accommodation.


Registration is now closed.


CW23 brought together a diverse group of people, creating a dynamic space for various activities. Here are some highlights from the event:

For a comprehensive overview, explore the complete agenda.

CW23 Themes

The theme of CW23 was Sustainable Career Development for those in the research software community: looking after your software, your career, and yourself. The theme encompasses 

  • Technical development: including software sustainability, software products and digital tools, infrastructure and documentation, software development skills, and training.
  • Career development: including career pathways related to research software, how to get credit for your work, mentorship, and inclusive leadership to support team work.
  • Personal development: including sustaining your mental health, wellbeing and finding community.

Material Submissions

If you have outputs or materials such as presentation slides relating to your session, please submit them to the CW23 Figshare conference portal here.

Financial Assistance

The Software Sustainability Institute is committed to fostering and supporting a diverse, equitable and inclusive research software community. We are proud to offer financial assistance to members of underrepresented groups, students/early career stages, and others who may not be able to attend or fully participate in the event otherwise. 

Applications for financial support to participate in CW23 are open, please find more information and submit your application here

The call for applications for financial assistance is now closed (the deadline was 23:59 GMT on Friday, 24 February 2023). Applicants were notified of the outcomes by 10 March 2023.

More about Collaborations Workshop 2023

The Software Sustainability Institute invites all members of the research software community to explore and discuss the themes described above and other related issues at CW23.

CW23 participants will gain insight into topics around Sustainable Career Development and how these impact on research software. It is also an ideal opportunity to form collaborations (on average, CW participants start two new collaborations by attending) and to discuss topics proposed by attendees. CW23 is a great place to network and participants will meet many of the new and existing Software Sustainability Institute Fellows – key ambassadors in varied research domains.

Take a look at the Highlights from Collaborations Workshop 2022 and the videos on better and sustainable research software to better understand what happens at a Collaborations Workshop. Also please read the various blog posts listed above from previous Collaborations Workshops to better understand why you should attend and what you will gain.

Steering Committee

View the members of the CW23 Steering Committee here.

Participation Guidelines

By registering for CW23, you agree to abide by our Participation Guidelines, which include policies related to Code of Conduct, Privacy, Social Media, Intellectual Property, and COVID-19.

Additional information

Previous events in the series.

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