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A roundtable group discussion at the Queensland Research Software Developers Forum. (Photo by Dr Paula Martinez, ARDC).

The first Queensland Research Software Developers’ Forum last month was a resounding success with a full house and plans for further events.

QCIF and ARDC co-hosted the in-person forum on 18 May at The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute, with 60 attendees and more on the waitlist. 

The primary objective of the forum was to provide a platform for research software developers, scientific programmers, and research software engineers from across South-East Queensland to connect and collaborate. 

The event also aimed to foster a community in which experts could share their knowledge, exchange best practices and minimise duplication of efforts.  

Dr Mark Crowe, QCIF Skills Development Manager and co-chair of the forum alongside ARDC’s Dr Paula Martinez, said he was delighted with the interest and enthusiasm for the event. 

“So many people wanted to come and connect with their peers and colleagues. Our goal for this forum was to provide a platform for research software developers, who often work independently or in small groups, to connect productively with each other,” said Mark. 

Attendees hailed from UQ, QUT, Griffith University, Bond University, CSIRO, Australian Access Federation, the Queensland Department of Resources, and the Queensland Department of Environment and Science. 

A quarter of the attendees gave presentations about their individual or group’s work. The forum’s speakers and abstracts document includes links to most of the presentations and many of the presenting groups’ websites.

“The tools developed showcased research software developers’ dedication and innovation in this field,” said Mark. “It was fascinating to learn about the variety of research software development work happening around South-East Queensland.”

A general discussion at the forum allowed participants to discuss three topics of interest, namely career progression, software sustainability and programming languages, and explore potential collaboration opportunities. 

“By actively participating in the forum, attendees contributed to the growth of a vibrant community of research software developers in our region,” said Mark.

All research software developers in Australia and New Zealand are invited to continue networking through the RSE Association of Australia and New Zealand

This community is also invited to take advantage of the Research Software Developers’ job board to highlight any positions available or indicate if they are looking for a role.

(Photo by Dr Paula Martinez, ARDC.)