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 in Manchester, UK from Tuesday 2 May - Thursday 4 May 2023.
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.
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Hybrid participation will be facilitated using Zoom. All participants - both remote and in-person - will need to install their client, and make sure that it is updated to the latest version.
Transcription and captioning will be provided using Zoom and Otter.ai.
A CW23 Slack workspace will be available for participants to connect, engage in discussion, ask questions, and forge new collaborations. These conversations can persist long after the Zoom room has closed. The invitation link will be emailed to participants via the email they registered with.
We will be using Google Documents for collaborative note-taking and keeping everyone synchronised during CW23. The links to these documents will be shared with participants closer to the event.
We recommend that remote participants join with a good quality headset with microphone, plenty of screen space (either using a large monitor or second screen), a normally reliable WiFi signal or wired connection, and a quiet room where you are less likely to be disturbed (but we understand this might be difficult).
In-person participants should bring a laptop and a good quality headset with microphone. Remember, this is a hybrid event and you will still be interacting with other participants virtually.
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.
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.