The second annual conference for Research Software Engineers invites applications to present a talk or poster on a topic of interest to research software engineers and academic software developers. You can put your idea forward to be considered as a talk and/or a poster.

The talks will last 15 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions and will run in parallel sessions with attendees choosing which to attend. You can see last year’s talks programme here:

What we’re looking for

We’re looking for talks and posters that discuss and expand on issues that affect RSEs. You could present new code, discuss the application of a technology in a new context, or describe a technique that could be applied more widely.

We’re also interested in other topics related to software in research and how it is developed – from non-technical skills RSEs need to cultural issues our community must address. Personal experiences are welcome if you can make them relevant to the audience.

These are just a few examples though. We hope to get some suggestions that surprise us!

Selection Criteria:

  1. Interest to the RSE community
  2. Novelty: the majority of the audience won’t find it obvious
  3. Ability to improve research or help the research software community
  4. Contribution to the diversity of the programme (e.g under-represented domain or role)

Who should apply

All sorts of people who have an interesting take on research software development:

  • Researchers at any career stage who develop software for research purposes
  • Software developers working in a research context, whatever their job title or department
  • People from any organisation that provide tools, platforms or services of interest to RSEs

We’re aiming for a well-balanced programme that includes talks from a wide variety of perspectives to reflect the diversity of the community and it’s activities. Last year we did not have many talks from the social sciences and humanities so we’d particularly like to see proposals from those areas. We are not just looking for seasoned speakers or people who are already well known. Thus speakers from under-represented groups and at early career stages are encouraged to submit an application.

No travel funds?

Anyone submitting an application to present at RSE2017 will be eligible to apply for a travel bursary. On the call documents as part of the submission there is a tick box to say whether you wish to apply for a bursary, and then a text box to explain your reasons for applying. Please fill in this box, bearing in mind the selection criteria listed here. Applicants must submit a completed talk, poster, workshop or tutorial application by the early submission deadline (April 7th) and will be notified of the outcome on April 13th. This will give time for you to find alternative travel money or withdraw or modify your submission before the full submission deadline on April 28th. Note that the bursary will be awarded pending the successful award of the talk, poster, workshop or tutorial submission.

First-time speaker?

We want you to talk! It’s important that the program includes people who don’t normally publish papers or attend academic conferences or we’ll be missing whole sections of the RSE community.

It’s not intimidating. The emphasis is on learning from each other in a supportive atmosphere. Your perspective is welcome and this will be a great chance to start a wider discussion of issues you care about.

We can help. We can offer mentoring and other support with preparing your talk – just tick the box when submitting your proposal.

How to submit a proposal

Just a short form

The initial application is via this simple form where you can submit an abstract and answer some brief questions about how your proposed talk meets our selection criteria.

Submit a Talk/Poster


We’re happy to talk through your ideas before you fill in the form. Please email and put “FAO talks chairs” in the subject line.


  • Friday 7th April – Early submission deadline (for people without travel budget to apply for bursaries)
  • Thursday 13 April – Provisional notification about travel bursaries (subject to talk/poster being selected)
    • People without travel budget may withdraw submission
  • Friday 28 April – Deadline for submissions
  • Monday 22nd May – Notification of outcome