NL-RSE is organizing the NL-RSE19 conference on November 20 at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam.

When: 20 November 2019

Where: Johan Cruijff ArenA in Amsterdam

Registration: Closed

At NL-RSE19, we will bring together the Research Software Engineers (RSE) community to talk about, building the community, best practices for creating research software, and other RSE related topics. The conference will take place on the 20th of November, at the Johan Cruijff ArenA, Amsterdam.

NL-RSE19 is co-located with the National eScience Symposium 2019 taking place the following day, and we greatly appreciate the Netherlands eScience Center for sponsoring the venue.

The increasing use of data and digital technology in academia has gone hand in hand with a strong growth in people who write and contribute to research software. Positions like data steward, information manager, research data officer, research software engineer, research supporter and other titles are increasingly recognized as intrinsic positions in the academic system.

Following the great initiatives in the UK and Germany, we plan to bring together the community of people writing and contributing to research software from Dutch universities, knowledge institutes, companies and other organizations to share knowledge, to organize meetings, and raise awareness for the scientific recognition of research software.

Who should attend?

  • Researchers who develop software for research purposes
  • Software developers working in a research context
  • People from any organisation providing services to facilitate research software: tools makers, infrastructure providers, computing services, data centers, etc.
  • Anyone with a stake in research software (funders, publishers, decision makers, etc).


(links to slides)

Time Madrid 69 Belgrado 73
9:00 - 9:45 - Welcome with coffee
9:45 - 10:00 - NL-RSE19 Opening
10:00 - 10:30 - Keynote talk: IMPLICIT NONE: intentional inclusion and diversity in the RSE movement – Tania Allard
10:30 - 11:10 For We Are Many: The DHTech White Paper on Research Software Engineering for Digital Humanities - Albert Meroño-Peñuela Functional package management using Guix – I, Arun
  Strength in Numbers: Growing RSE Capacity at Imperial College London - Mark Woodbridge and Jeremy Cohen The ASTRON Science Data Centre – Yan Grange
11:10 - 11:30 Coffee break (Plein van 100)  
11:30 - 12:30 Collecting historical tweets - Martine de Vos Workflow automation using Docker Swarm and GitLab CI at Flanders Institute for Biomechanical Experimentation – Johan Philips
  Creating a community of contributors for scientific open-source projects: The preCICE case - Gerasimos Chourdakis Literate programming, why it matters and how to make it easy – Johan Hidding
  Highlights from the Workshop on Sustainable Software Sustainability - Shoaib Sufi Xenon introduction & highly portable parallel [genomics] workflows based on Snakemake/Xenon – Jason Maassen
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch break (Tokio 95)  
13:30 - 14:30 Raising the Profile of Research Software: community feedback session - Nicolas Renaud Introduction to Research Cloud – Martin Brandt
14:30 - 15:00 Coffee break (Tokio 95)  
15:00 - 16:00 Five recommendations for FAIR software - Jurriaan Spaaks CI/CD for reproducible research – Tania Allard
16:00 - 17:30 Drinks and Posters (Tokio 95)  


Please click here for the registration pages. The registration fee for NL-RSE19 will be EUR 25. Requests for a waiver of this fee are possible, please contact

Call for Contributions

The call for contributions is open until September 20 extended until September 27! We hope to provide an inspiring program, and welcome talks, posters, and workshops on both technical and other topics related to Research Software Engineers. We very much welcome first time presenters. Read more.


If you have any questions, please contact us at

eScience Symposium

NL-RSE19 is co-located with the National eScience Symposium 2019 taking place the following day, and we greatly appreciate the Netherlands eScience Center for sponsoring the venue.