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The Software Sustainability Institute is organising the “Workshop: Impact of international collaborations in research software”, taking place on Tuesday 24th April 2018, at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester.

We welcome submissions of posters from researchers based in the UK that demonstrate the impact of computational research / research enabled by software. We’re particularly looking for examples of how collaboration has benefited your work and will give priority to EPSRC researchers, though all research domain areas will be considered. The best examples will also be offered a short presentation slot (5-10 minutes) at the event.

Submissions (of no more than one A4 page) should include a short description of your research and the software used, an example of the impact it has had, and the role that collaboration has played in your work.

Please submit your proposal via this form by 26th March 2018.

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Earlier this year, EPSRC awarded the Software Sustainability Institute and EPCC money to fund UK-US RSE collaboration and to run a “Best Use of Archer competition”. As part of the planned activity funded by this grant, this event will showcase the impact of the awards and provide a space to discuss opportunities to build on international collaboration.…

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The 2018 International Workshop on Science Gateways (IWSG 2018) will take place from 13-15 June 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The call for papers related to Science Gateways (here taken to include Virtual Research Environments and Virtual Labs) is now open. Topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Architectures, frameworks and technologies for science gateways
  • Science gateways sustaining productive collaborative communities 
  • Support for scalability and data-driven methods in science gateways
  • Improving the reproducibility of science in science gateways 
  • Science gateway usability, portals, workflows and tools
  • Aspects of science gateways, such as security and stability

Application scientists and community members, reporting their experiences with science gateways, are particularly encouraged to submit a paper. 

The deadline for paper submissions is 18th March 2018.

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The culmination of two years’ work by the Pistoia Alliance project team, the UXLS Toolkit provides material on UX education, methods and use cases compiled especially for life scientists. It is pitched at busy UX specialists, in silico analysts and bench scientists in an easily, accessible self-help style who all need better software. UX for Life Sciences Toolkit was created to enable businesses to adopt UX principles and methods as they develop scientific software.

UX is a powerful tool for supporting the creation of effective and usable interfaces. Whilst UX is relatively widespread, the full potential of UX is still to be realised in the life sciences. The goal of this project is to empower life science professionals to get the most from these UX resources. The unique selling point of the UXLS toolkit is its focus on issues faced in developing digital products specifically for R&D in the life science and healthcare environments. More generally, it is a useful resource about the often forgotten area of UX, and the toolkit’s core ideas should be transferable to any research area. This new toolkit might be of particular interest to the RSE community who develop software products for a range of research areas.

Additionally, the Pistoia Alliance UXLS Project Team will be holding its inaugural USA conference at Novartis Institute for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA, on Tuesday 15th May 2018.

From 29 to 31 May 2018, PRACE will organise the fifth edition of its Scientific and Industrial Conference—PRACEdays18—under the motto "HPC for Innovation: when Science meets Industry" in Ljubljana, Slovenia.

At this occasion, the third PRACE Ada Lovelace Award for HPC will be presented to an outstanding female scientist. Please read the announcement for more information on this award, the nomination process, and the selection criteria.

The deadline to send nominations to is Thursday 1 March 2018.


Vitae has been involved in the career and professional development of researchers for many years, gaining reputation as experts in this field. Vitae is currently exploring the feasibility of providing professional recognition for researcher development professionals including associate trainers and other university staff/professionals who have a role in developing researchers.

Researcher Developers at any stage of their career would be eligible to apply for recognition under three different categories: Associate, Fellow or Senior Fellow, and would use elements from the Vitae Career Framework for Researcher Developers (CFRD), established with sector consultation in 2012, to demonstrate the required competencies to achieve recognition.

Join in and help shape the future of Researcher Developer professional recognition by taking part in the survey before 16 February 2018.

More information can be found on Vitae’s website.

2018-01-26%2018.25.49.jpgProfessor Carole Goble was presented with an honorary doctorate last weekend at Maastricht University as part of the University’s 42nd birthday celebration.

Joining Carole as a Doctor of the University was Professor Lucy Suchman of Lancaster University. Carole received this honorary doctorate for her exceptional contributions to establishing digital platforms for collaborative Data Science. She was introduced to the audience with this video, produced by Maastricht University, and gave a talk at the symposium taking place the preceding day.

The Software Sustainability Institute has been collaborating on an NSF proposal with a US consortium (led by Dr Karthik Ram from the University of California, Berkeley, and Daniel S. Katz, Jeffrey Carver, Sandra Gesing and Nicholas Weber as co-PIs) to prototype an organisation similar to the Software Sustainability Institute in the United States.

The proposal has resulted in a successful award of $500,000 from the US National Science Foundation to conceptualise a US Research Software Sustainability Institute (URSSI). The work will take place throughout 2018. URSSI will build on the pioneering work done by the UK Software Sustainability Institute and its partners over the last seven years, to develop and deliver similar services to US research software engineers, researchers and universities who are developing scientific codes and software used by thousands of researchers.  To access their holding website and subscribe to their newsletter, please visit

Neil Chue Hong, Director of the Software Sustainability Institute, will be a member of the Advisory Committee for the new Institute. Institute staff will also be involved in workshops run as part of the conceptualisation process throughout the year.

Congratulations to the URSSI team, and we look forward to working with them to expand software sustainability in the United States of America.


cardforfellows(hols2018).jpgEveryone at the Software Sustainability Institute wishes our friends and colleagues all the best for the holiday season.

In a nutshell, this year has seen the announcement of a wonderful new set of Fellows, a second edition of the RSE conference, even more events, Software and Data Carpentry workshops, and Open Call projects.

After a busy year, we need a little break to get ready for everything we plan to do in  2018, like our Collaborations Workshop 2018. So please excuse us while we switch off our email and social media from the 23rd December to the 3rd January.  

Enjoy the festivities!

Synthace logoSynthace is looking for a software engineer to continue developing and scaling their products and infrastructure. 

Apply via the Synthace careers website.

The Project

Named by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s 30 Technology Pioneers 2016, Synthace is re-imagining how we work with biology, exponentially improving the speed and quality of the final results. This is made possible through our high-level language and operating system for labs, Antha, which is already impacting how scientists work with biology in major companies.


You’ll be working within a tight-knit development team on exciting projects with plenty of technical challenge to get your teeth into, you will:

  • Design, build, test, and maintain high-performance and scalable microservices in a global, federated container cluster
  • Integrate and deploy custom and off-the-shelf software components
  • Manage deadlines and priorities in a dynamic environment that blends software and wet-lab development
  • Master our current technology stack which includes: Kubernetes Federation, Go, Google Cloud, Docker, and Ansible

Key requirements:

  • BA/BS degree in computer science or equivalent…
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Synthace logoSynthace is looking to hire a talented and experienced front-end engineer to work on the UI to the Antha platform for life science R&D. Synthace offers a package including 25 days’ annual leave + public holidays, company share options, 10% of salary pension contribution, and income protection, life, and private medical insurances.

To apply, please follow the instructions at the Synthace careers page.

The project

Named by the World Economic Forum as one of the world’s 30 Technology Pioneers 2016, Synthace is re-imagining how we work with biology, exponentially improving the speed and quality of the final results. This is made possible through our high level language and operating system for labs, Antha, which is already impacting how scientists work with biology in major companies like Dow, Merck and GSK.


  • Contribute to the development of new AnthaOS apps aimed at users from a variety of job roles including biological scientists, data scientists and management.
  • Contribute to the refinement and extension of our existing apps for devising and executing experimental workflows.
  • Optimize speed and responsiveness of the apps and framework

Antha uses a web-based front-end in Google Polymer across both…

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