Imperial College Research Software Community Newsletter - January 2020

Hello! We’re back with a slightly shorter (slimmer?) version of the newsletter for the start of 2020. A belated Happy New Year to everyone in the RS Community. The last couple of months may have been quiet but there’s plenty to look forward to in the world of research software…

Dates for your diary

Some (very) imminent deadlines:

And a few upcoming events:

RSE Bytes


Blog posts

We have a bumper series of recent blog posts to highlight this month. Three from Imperial:

And three from the broader RSE community:

Tools and resources

Some reminders…

The Research Software Community is run by a committee of 8 volunteers. We’re always looking for new committee members to help bring new ideas, organise events, edit our newsletters and generally help in making the community work for its members. If you’d like to get involved, or you have any questions, contact Jeremy Cohen.

A new Slack workspace is available for members of the RS Community and RSEs based at nearby institutions. It was set up following discussions at December’s Winter Seminars event and you can join via this link.

The Research Computing Service continues to run a weekly clinic for all matters related to research computing. Bring along your HPC or programming problem or just come to talk to the RSE team about your (or their!) work. See the schedule for dates and locations of upcoming clinics.

Did you know that you can record software as a research output in Symplectic? The RSE team have prepared a how-to guide.

The RSE team are also running two new Research Computing courses for the Graduate School: Essential Software Engineering for Researchers and Using Git to Code, Collaborate and Share. Places are available now.

If you’re developing open source research software at Imperial then please consider submitting it to the Research Software Directory by either opening a pull request or dropping a line to Mark Woodbridge (

Get in Touch, Get Involved!

That’s all for this month. Thanks to everyone who suggested links for this edition.

Drop us a line with anything you’d like included in the newsletter, ideas about how it could be improved… or even offer to guest-edit a future edition!

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This issue of the Research Software Community Newsletter was edited by Mark Woodbridge. All previous newsletters are available in our online archive.