RSLondonSouthEast2019 is the first of what is planned to be an annual workshop run by Research Software London, a new regional research software community for London and the South East of England. The workshop will take place on Thursday 7th February 2019 at the Royal Society in Central London.

We are inviting submission of abstracts for regular talks (15 minutes, including questions), lightning talks (5 minutes) and posters.


Important Dates

  • Abstract submission deadline: 31st December 2018 6th January 2019
  • Notification of acceptance: 14th January 2019


The workshop will bring together people with a range of profiles including researchers, Research Software Engineers (RSEs), academics and research systems/infrastructure professionals. The workshop is aimed at anyone who builds, maintains or works with research software, as well as anyone interested to grow their knowledge of the field.

Software has become a key element of research undertaken across almost all domains. Indeed, the Software Sustainability Institute’s (SSI) 2014 survey of researchers found that 92% of the randomly selected researchers who participated in the survey use research software1. The huge increase in the use and importance of software in research and the corresponding roles of individuals who build, maintain and work with research software has led to the emergence of “Research Software Engineering” and the “Research Software Engineer” (RSE) role.

As the annual workshop for the RSLondon regional research software community supporting people based at institutions in London and the South East of England, the event is primarily focused on promoting knowledge exchange, networking and collaboration between individuals based at institutions in London and the South East. Nonetheless, we are open to participation from individuals at other UK and International institutions where there is an interest in presenting material that will contribute to the interests and aims of the RSLondon community.

1 “S.J. Hettrick et al, UK Research Software Survey 2014”,​ DOI:10.5281/zenodo.1183562


We invite the submission of abstracts covering all aspects of Research Software Engineering including, but not limited to:

  • Innovative research software applications and tools
  • Research software development processes, and methodologies
  • Developing/sustaining research software groups, teams or communities
  • Use of testing, code review, continuous integration and related best practices
  • Lessons from collaborations between research software developers and domain scientists, from either the developer or scientist’s perspective
  • Approaches to training and skills development
  • Research software careers


Workshop submissions will not be formally published but accepted abstracts will be made available on the website.

We also strongly encourage you to submit your presentation slides to a platform such as zenodo in order to obtain a DOI for your presentation. We will then link to this from the workshop agenda.

Abstract submission and review

Abstracts for full presentations can be up to 200 words.

Abstracts for lightning talks and posters can be up to 100 words.

Abstracts must be submitted via the abstract submission form.

Details of the workshop’s organising and programme committees are available here

Important Dates

Abstract submission deadline: 31st December 2018 6th January 2019

Notification of acceptance: 14th January 2019

We are committed to promoting and supporting diversity within the RSE field and strongly encourage submissions by individuals from underrepresented groups in this field.

We are also keen that RSLondonSouthEast2019 provides a forum for people who are new to the RSE field and/or not regular attendees of academic-style conferences. As such, we encourage submissions from people who are new to or inexperienced at presenting. There is support/mentoring available if you are new to presenting your work – please contact

The workshop aims to provide as many opportunities as possible for people to present their work and ideas. However, the review process will be used to ensure that submissions are within scope, and to manage the selection of presentations and posters where there are more submissions than we can accommodate.

The programme committee will select talks and posters to ensure that there is a good representation of different topics and domains at the workshop. Submissions will be anonymised before they are passed to the programme committee for review.