RSE Leaders Meetings

June 2024: Help us shape the future of the RSE community and enhance access to expertise by completing a brief survey:

Community Survey: Evolving the RSE Leaders Network – Society of Research Software Engineering (

A Leaders meeting is an all day meeting where leaders of Research Software groups can come together to discuss confidentially the challenges and wins in their group and institution relating to RSEs and Research Software. The meetings are held twice a year.

Meetings can take different formats. Some meetings focus on one issue with the goal of producing a draft document for the community to refer to or there can be short presentations and then a series of breakout sessions for discussion. Best practice is often discussed along with ways to collaborate. The agenda gives plenty of time to network with other leaders during the breaks.

If you have questions that you want to ask other Leaders who may be experiencing or have experienced the same challenges, this is the meeting to attend.

RSE Leaders can volunteer to host a meeting and then gain the opportunity to create the agenda and chair the meeting. The host would need to provide a room large enough for 20-25 leaders with some breakout rooms, as well as provide a way for people to join remotely. They would need to organise catering (arrival refreshments, lunch, afternoon refreshments). Hosts are encouraged to find some funding for these meetings internally but funds can be sought from the Society and are awarded on a case by case basis.

To volunteer to host a Leaders meeting, contact Lyndsey Ballantyne (L.Ballantyne at RSE Community Manager. Lyndsey will help a leader host the meeting by letting the community know via Slack, Twitter and email about the possible dates, organise doodle polls and online registration forms.

Upcoming meeting:
2 September 2024 – in person, hybrid at RSECon24 – Newcastle – Host: Dave Horsfall

Past Meetings:

April 2024 – in person, hybrid – Cambridge – Host: Chris Edsall
September 2023 – in person, hybrid at RSECon23 – Swansea, Host: Simon Hettrick
May 2023 – in person, hybrid – Imperial, London – Host: Jeremy Cohen, Martin O’Reilly, Diego Alonso Álvarez
September 2022 – in person at RSECon22 – Newcastle – Host: Mark Turner
July 2022 – In person – Birmingham – Host: Ed(Andrew) Edmondson
December 2021 – Virtual – Host: Martin O’Reilly, Alan Turing Institute
June 2020 – Virtual – Host: James Grant, Bath
December 2019 – Edinburgh – Host: Andy Turner
March 2019 – Newcastle
November 2018 – Cardiff
July 2018 – Birmingham
July 2017 – Sheffield
January 2017 – Oxford
July 2016 – Bristol
January 2016 – UCL
August 2015 – Southampton

RSE Leaders also have a dedicated Slack channel in the ukrse slack which is open to all leaders from any country and used for discussions on a wide range of challenges. We also have a mailing list which is used to publicise events and arrange meeting dates.

If you have any questions about this event, Leaders meetings in general, would like to join the mailing list and/or slack channel, contact Lyndsey Ballantyne, RSE Community Manager, L.Ballantyne at