RSE2017 is not a standard academic conference! We welcome researchers, but we also want to hear from people who may not typically attend conferences. It’s a community conference: get involved with building the RSE Community. We are expecting a lively, international mix of over 200 attendees – help make this year’s conference even better by proposing a talk, poster, workshop or tutorial.

The deadline for proposals is Friday 28th April.

Call for workshops and tutorials

We invite applications to present both discussion workshops and hands-on tutorials on topics which would be of interest to research software engineers. Both types of workshop will last 90 minutes.

We’re looking for tutorials which will educate and inform our attendees. Maybe there’s a particular technology, language or technique that you’ve found useful. Discussion workshops around the theme of reproducible research, software development culture and practices are welcome as well as those discussing research software engineering as a career though we very much welcome any other ideas. We are keen for the tutorials to be used by RSEs to help teach other RSEs. You don’t need to be the inventor or developer behind a piece of software to teach other people how to use it. If you would have been interested in learning something in the past then probably other people would too.

Call for talks and posters

We invite applications to present a 15 minute talk or poster on a topic of interest to research software engineers and academic software developers.

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!

Selections will be made based on their potential to interest the RSE community, to improve research software and to contribute to a diverse programme covering the breadth of RSE roles, backgrounds and domains. The material/perspective needs to be new to the majority of the audience rather than strictly novel in the academic sense. We welcome (and offer support for) first-time conference speakers.

Other ways to get involved


Registration is expected to open in June and you can sign up for notifications here.


There are opportunities to sponsor the conference and be part of making it a success.


We need your help to make sure all sections of the research software community are included. There are several things you can do:

  • Mention this call on appropriate mailing lists and discussion channels
  • Print and display this A4 poster
  • Tweet with the hashtag #rse17
  • Approach people who would have an interesting perspective but might not think to put forward a proposal