deRSE20 and Corona

Dear RSE community!

Due to the current SARS-CoV-2 virus/COVID-19 pandemic, we have decided to cancel deRSE20 - 2nd International Conference for Research Software Engineers in Germany, planned to take place from 25-27 August in Jena, Germany. We have made this decision with a heavy heart, but - given the current situation - did not see any other way to eliminate any risks for attendees and organizers.

But there is a silver lining! We know that many of you have started working on contributions to deRSE20 - the deRSE20 Topic Bazaar bears witness to this. To at least partially compensate all of us for a missed chance to learn, present, inspire and be inspired, network, and meet friends old and new, we are working with other national RSE initiatives to create an alternative mode for facilitating exchange about Research Software Engineering, and push for better environments for research software and the people invested in it.

🎉 We are very happy to announce SORSE - International Series of Online Research Software Events! This series of online events is a truly international effort created by volunteers, including many members of the deRSE20 committees. Please consider submitting your contributions to SORSE!

If you have any questions, please get in touch with us at

We would like to thank all organizers for the work that has already gone into the preparation of deRSE20!

On behalf of the whole organizing team,
Stephan Janosch (General Chair) & Stephan Druskat (Programme Chair)