SSI Fellows Loïc Lannelongue and Lincoln Colling are among the organisers of the first Environmental Impacts of Computing in Health & Life Sciences Research Workshop, a free hybrid event which will take place on Tuesday 7 November online and in London at the Wellcome Trust.
At the end of March, members of the University of Manchester Research Software Engineering (RSE) team ran a Carpentries-style training course for researchers in the environmental sciences. The training took place over five days and introduced the researchers to intermediate-level software development skills and practices.

By Mike Jackson, Software Architect.

Clever theory about how to estimate the density or abundance of wildlife is of limited value unless this theory can be readily exploited and applied by biologists and conservationists. Distance sampling is a widely-used methodology for estimating animal density or abundance and the Distance project provides software, Distance, for the design and analysis of distance sampling surveys of wildlife populations. Distance is used by biologists, students, and decision makers to better understand animal populations without the need for these…

Reducing the time between developing good theory, and published papers, and delivering usable code into the hands of investigators.
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