Research Software Engineers

This is the website of the international research software engineering community.

Research Software Engineers are people who combine professional software expertise with an understanding of research. They go by various job titles but the term Research Software Engineer (RSE) is fast gaining international recognition.

National RSE Associations

Society of Research Software Engineering - UK
DE-RSE - Society for Research Software in Germany
NL-RSE - The community of Research Software Engineers in the Netherlands
NORDIC-RSE - Nordic Research Software Engineers Community
US-RSE - The US Research Software Engineer Association

See the Associations page

About this site

In January, leaders of national RSE associations, groups and related initiatives from around the world came together in London for the first International RSE Leaders Workshop. This website and some initial blog posts (scroll down!) were created by breakout groups and other resources are in the pipeline.

The International Network of RSE Associations (behind this site) was established as a loose grouping of the people leading national associations or in the process of setting them up and can be reached via the contact link.


  • Tools for managing RSE projects

    Managing an RSE team can involve carrying out a broad range of tasks relating to the management of people and projects. The exact nature of these tasks will depend on the size of team, and the how the leadership role is defined within any particular institution, but they typically include scheduling, resource allocation, reporting, communication, task management and record keeping. Our discussion at the RSE Leaders Workshop in January 2018 focused on sharing knowledge about effective tools for managing these processes.

    Authors: Mark Woodbridge (Imperial College London), James Meakin (Radboud University Medical Center), Jim Procter (University of Dundee), Jeffrey Salmond (University of Cambridge), Daniel Smith (The Molecular Sciences Software Institute)

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  • International RSE Leaders Workshop

    By Alys Brett, UK Atomic Energy Authority / UK RSE

    In January 2018, leaders of Research Software Engineering groups, networks and initiatives from around the world gathered in London for the first ever International RSE Leaders workshop, organised by UK RSE. The event generated huge enthusiasm and progress towards the goal of improving access to software expertise in research by pooling knowledge, coordinating efforts and establishing collaboration.

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  • How to set up a national RSE association?

    Authors: James Hetherington Alan Turing Institute, Ben van Werkhoven Netherlands eScience Center, Robert Haines University of Manchester, Stephan Janosch Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Paul Hagan British Oceanographic Data Centre, Samar Elsheikh University of Cape Town, Radek Lonka Norwegian University of Science and Technology

    In this article we explain how to get an RSE network or association started in your country, region, community or institution. It first summarises the argument that has worked in other places, and the tone and style to take in persuading researchers of the value of RSEs. After that we list a number of practical steps that are often taken in starting a network.

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