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Conference For Research Software Engineers Hailed a Phenomenal Success

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RSE conference attendees

More than 200 Research Software Engineers from 14 different countries attended the initial conference.

Credit: University of Southampton

The world's first conference for Research Software Engineers (RSEs) in Manchester, U.K., was called a "phenomenal success" by Simon Hettrick, who helped organize the event. Hettrick, from the University of Southampton's Web and Internet Science research group, says RSEs "work with researchers to gain an understanding of the problems they face, and then develop, maintain, and extend software to provide the answers." More than 200 RSEs from 14 different countries attended the conference at the U.K.'s Museum of Science and Industry.

"We wanted to give them the opportunity to share their methods and best practice on a much wider scale than they can at the moment," Hettrick says. He notes 70 percent of RSEs report their work has a fundamental reliance on software.

The RSE conference "created a huge number of new collaborations and brought further attention to the fundamental importance of the RSE role in academia," Hettrick says. Conference attendees learned about the cutting-edge techniques being used in research and listened to a broad range of speakers, including Microsoft Research's Matthew Johnson and University of Southampton professor Susan Halford.

From University of Southampton
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