Imperial College Research Software Community Newsletter - September 2023

As the 2023/2024 academic year approaches, the campuses are gearing up for a vibrant atmosphere that only an educational institution can offer. The hustle and bustle of students and faculty returning brings a unique energy to the College.

It’s also a time when new faces join our groups and labs. What better moment than now to introduce them to the Imperial College Research Software Community? They can become part of our community by joining our mailing list and Slack channels, and staying tuned for upcoming events and opportunities related to software development for research.

While the wider Research Software Engineering community may be going through a relatively quiet period following RSECon2023, there are still numerous events and resources worth exploring. These resources will not only help expand awareness about RSE but also foster a sense of belonging within the community, all while enhancing technical skills.

So, read on to find out more!

Dates for your diary

And a few reminders from last month:

Research Software of the Month

This month, our Research Software of the Month feature is taking a break.

Instead of featuring a single project in detail, we’ve decided to provide a selection of Python libraries and tools that can be useful for your research:

Do you have a piece of research software that you’re actively working on and would like to see featured in a future newsletter? Have you used other research software, that has an Imperial link, that you’d like to share with the community? Maybe you are using some open source software as part of your research workflow that doesn’t have a link to Imperial but you believe is something we should all know about!

Get in touch with your suggestions for RSotM at

RSE Bytes


Blog posts, tools & more

Some reminders…

RS Community Slack

The Imperial Research Software Community Slack workspace is a place for general community discussion as well as featuring channels for individuals interested in particular tools or topics. If you’re an OpenFOAM user, why not join the #OpenFOAM channel where regular code review sessions are announced (amongst other CFD-related discussions…). Users of the Nextflow workflow tool can find other Imperial Nextflow users in #nextflow. You can find other R developers in #r-users and there is the #DeepLearners channel for AI/ML-related questions and discussion. Take a look at the other available channels by clicking the “+” next to “Channels” in the Slack app and selecting “Browse channels”.

If you want to start your own group around a tool, programming language or topic not currently represented, feel free to create a new channel and advertise it in #general.

Research Software Engineering support

If you need support with your code, seek no more! The Central RSE Team, within the Research Computing Service is here to help. Have a look at the variety of ways the team can work with you:

HPC documentation and tips

All the documentation, tutorials and howtos for using Imperial’s HPC are available in the HPC Wiki pages. See also the Research Computing Service’s Research Computing Tips series for a variety of helpful tips for using RCS resources and related tools and services.

Research Software Directory

Imperial’s Research Software Directory provides details of a range of research software and tools developed by groups and individuals at the College. If you’d like to see your software included in the directory, you can open a pull request in the GitHub repository or get in touch with the Research Software Community Committee.

Get in Touch, Get Involved!

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 Stefano Galvan. All previous newsletters are available in our online archive.