It's 10 years since the term Research Software Engineer was coined at the Collaborations Workshop 2012 and the RSE movement began!
To celebrate Peter Schmidt has recorded a Code For Thought podcast episode called Happy birthday RSE in which he speaks to seven of the participants who took part in the workshop and hears how it all came about.
The guests are:
Neil Chue Hong MPhys FBCS, Director, Software Sustainability Institute and Senior
Prof. Simon Hettrick, Deputy Director, The Software Sustainability Institute
Robert Haines, Head of Research IT, Uni Manchester
Dirk Gorissen, Product Manager
Rob Baxter, Director of Data Services, EPCC, University of Edinburgh
Ilian Todorov, STFC UKRI
James Hetherington FBCS, Director, Advanced Research Computing Centre, University College London
But it's not just walking down memory lane. Even though, RSEs are now found in a number of research centres and universities across different countries, there is still lots to do. The challenges ahead range from creating attractive and sustainable career paths, securing funding, improving on diversity and others.