High Level Webinar: Eureka 2.0
13 Jun 2019 @ 11:00am @ 12:00pm
"Why Recognising Scientific Software Experts is Key to Open Science"
Recently, scientists released the first photograph of a black hole – the result of an extraordinary worldwide collaboration of astrophysics. But the feat was made possible by an algorithm developed by Katie Bouman, a PhD student in computer science at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Software is becoming increasingly important across all disciplines, but its role is often overlooked in assessing academic careers. There, success is still too often determined by articles, citations and the so-called "impact factor" of publications. This is not just a problem for software developers; it also contributes to the “reproducibility crisis” of science. If there is no official recognition for writing world-leading scientific software, there are no incentives to publish it and research findings can’t be reproduced.
At this high-level webinar, Simon Hettrick, deputy director of the Software Sustainability Institute and co-director of Southampton Research Software Group, will present the work underway in the United Kingdom and elsewhere to promote, recognise and reward the work of software engineers in the pursuit of science. Dr. Hettrick will look at the challenges software engineers face in the scientific field, such as a general lack of recognition of the work they do and a lack of attractive career paths. He will also explore the policy changes needed to deepen Europe’s footprint in this key area, including the creation of the UK Research Software Engineers Association (UKRSE), an association which now has more than 1,400 members and has inspired the creation of similar groups in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, Norway and other countries.
Dr Hettrick will be joined at this registration-only webinar by leading experts from the Open Science Monitor for a discussion of challenges – and solutions, including the need for better career paths and appropriate reward structures. This, in turn, will help to achieve better quality code for better quality research, moving one-step closer towards a transparent end-to-end, open research process.
- Simon Hettrick, deputy director, Software Sustainability Institute; co-director, Southampton research Software Group
- David Osimo, director of research, the Lisbon Council
- Jon Switters, author, RSE case study, Open Science Monitor
Only registered participants will have access to the webinar. Register Here
About the Open Science Monitor
The Open Science Monitor is a project initiated by the European Commission in 2015 to gather insight on the on-going development of open-science practices and to foster open-science policy as a result. Co-managed by the Lisbon Council, ESADE Business and Law School and the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University, the Open Science Monitor provides data and insight to understand the development of open science in Europe. The Open Science Monitor also supports European Commission initiatives such as the Open Science Policy Platform and the Open Science Cloud. For more information, visit the Open Science Monitor.