Date: 16-17 June 2020 to be announced (potentially postponed due to COVID-19)
Location: Northern Europe (tba)

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 will bring together established and aspiring activists and influencers from the international Research Software Engineering community for a two-day event of networking, knowledge exchange, and hands-on collaboration towards our common goal to establish research software as a first-class citizen in research all over the world, and support the creation of academic careers for Research Software Engineers on an international level.

We invite people with a vision to start, establish, consolidate, or advance a Research Software Engineering community in their own national, regional or domain-specific ecosystem to apply for participation.

In 2018, the first International RSE Leaders Workshop, organized by the UK RSE Association, took place at the Alan Turing Institute in London, UK. It aimed at improving access to software expertise in research, by pooling knowledge, coordinating efforts and establishing collaboration. You can read more about the workshop here:

This year’s two-day event is a continuation of that collaboration. It features one day of presentations, discussions, networking and knowledge exchange with leaders of established RSE initiatives, to learn from each other about strategies and options to set up an RSE association or group, as well as how to build communities, collaborate, lobby and drive progress in Research Software Engineering. On the second day of the event, we will collaborate hands-on to devise solutions for international organization and collaboration, and work together to strengthen the role of RSEs in the academic environment.

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 will open in mid-March 2020.


  • 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 / Germany)