Dates: Tue 15th-Wed 16th September + Wed 30th September 2020 (3 half days)
Location: online
Application form:
Deadline for applications: 31 July 2020 (23:59 in your timezone)

Edited group photo from the deRSE19 conference.

Photo by Antonia Cozacu, Jan Philipp Dietrich, de-RSE e.V. (CC BY 4.0).

The 2nd International RSE Leaders Meeting brings together established and aspiring leaders (activists and influencers) from the international Research Software Engineering community for a three-half-days event of networking, knowledge exchange, and hands-on collaboration.

It is the perfect opportunity to meet with key representatives from the established RSE communities from around the world. The meeting will provide aspiring leaders with the knowledge and contacts needed to establish research software engineering in their own countries, and will advance our shared goal of software becoming a first-class research output.

Places at the meeting are strictly limited. We are looking for applications from people with a vision to start or advance a Research Software Engineering community in their own region or country, or within a specific domain or discipline. Here, keenness is more important than seniority.

In 2018, the first International RSE Leaders Workshop, organized by the UK RSE Association, took place at the Alan Turing Institute in London, UK. Amongst other successes, it saw the foundation of the Nordic RSE community and helped improve access to software expertise in research.

Days 1 & 2

This year’s three-half-days is a continuation of that collaboration. It features one half day (Tuesday, 15th September 2020) of presentations and discussions with established RSE leaders about strategies used to establish RSE communities and associations. These will focus on the practical steps needed to build communities, collaborate, lobby and drive progress in Research Software Engineering.

The second half day of the event (Wednesday, 16th September 2020) will be dedicated to hands-on collaboration during which attendees will help devise solutions for strengthening international cooperation and organization, and work together to advance the role of RSEs in research.

Day 3

To support asynchronous collaboration beyond the limited time of the second day, the workshop will feature a third half-day session two weeks after the first two, on Wednesday, 30th September 2020. In this third session, collaborative groups present their results, and plan future activities.

Session times

The workshop sessions will be run at a time that allows for the broadest participation possible, based on a poll of participants to determine the schedule.

Apply for participation!

Apply for participation if you want to start, or already lead, an RSE community (beyond a single institution) and want to connect with like-minded people from the international community.

The call for applications is open!

Please apply by 31 July 2020 (23:59 in your timezone) using this form:


  • Alys Brett (Society of Research Software Engineering / UK Atomic Energy Authority / UK)
  • Anne Claire Fouilloux (Nordic RSE / University of Oslo / NO)
  • Ben van Werkhoven (NL-RSE / Netherlands eScience Center / NL)
  • Claire Wyatt (Society of Research Software Engineering / University of Southampton / UK)
  • Daniel S. Katz (US-RSE / University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign / USA)
  • Eugene de Beste (African RSSE / South African National Bioinformatics Institute / ZA)
  • Ian A. Cosden (US-RSE / Princeton University / USA)
  • Peter van Heusden (African RSSE / South African National Bioinformatics Institute / ZA)
  • Radovan Bast (Nordic RSE / UiT The Arctic University of Norway / NO)
  • Simon J. Hettrick (Society of Research Software Engineering / University of Southampton / UK)
  • Stephan Druskat (de-RSE - Society for Research Software / German Aerospace Center (DLR), Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin / DE)