Research Software Community – July 2019

11.00 – 13.00, Weds 17th July 2019, Nightingale Lecture Theatre (67/1037).

All are welcome. Please register to join us.


11.00 Welcome: John Robinson, (Co-director Research Software Group)

We welcome all researchers who write software to the relaunch of the Southampton Research Software Community. We will begin with a brief introduction to the aims and structure of the community for those who are joining us for the first time.

11.05 Software survey: Simon Hettrick (Co-director Research Software Group)

More than 600 University researchers responded to our recent survey. We sought to understand the needs of the researcher who writes software, and the degree to which those needs are currently met. Simon will give an overview of the results and share initial ideas for how the Research Software Community can best support these needs. Your suggestions and feedback will help shape the future activities of the community.

11.20 iSolutions update: Chris Yorke, (Assistant Director, Operations, iSolutions)

Chris will introduce the process that will be used to gather requirements for the specification of IRIDIS 6 – the next generation of Southampton’s High Performance Computing facility – and outline updates to the Research Filestore service.

11.30 RSG – Supporting the Community: Steve Crouch (Software Architect, Research Software Group)

In response to the survey, the RSG will facilitate a range of sessions to support the needs of different groups of researchers. In addition to the existing Software and Data Carpentry workshops, the RSG will be supporting the running of Special Interest Groups, Software Surgeries and Software Peer Review.

11.40 Lightning talks

Lighting Talks are an opportunity for you to present your own software, or raise a question or problem you have encountered. The format is two minutes, one slide per talk. Giving a Lightning Talk is a great way to prompt discussion topics over lunch. Register your talk here.

12.00 Lunch and Community Building

A light lunch is provided courtesy of iSolutions. This is your opportunity to talk other researchers who write code from all across the University. What are the common challenges? How can we help each other?

12.30 Commercialising Research Software – Case Study : Joshua Steer

Joshua is the founder of Radii Devices, a newly formed Southampton spin-out company creating a considerable buzz. He talks us through his experience of commercialising the code developed during his PhD and shares lessons learned.

12:40 Commercialising Research Software – Panel Discussion

Our panel share their expertise in helping researchers on the road to from lab to marketplace.

13.00 End

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