deRSE19 - Call for Contributions

Following the success of the first three international Conferences of Research Software Engineers in the UK, deRSE19, the first conference in Germany addressing research software and the people behind it within the German research landscape will be held at the Albert Einstein Science Park in Potsdam on 4-6 June 2019.

The organising committee welcomes submissions for workshops, talks, and posters for the deRSE19 conference, as well as for splinter meetings and birds-of-a-feather (BoF) events. The aim is to reflect the diverse community of research software engineers by seeking input from all levels of experience and across a variety of domains, geographic locations, genders, and ethnicities.


If your submission is accepted, at least one of the authors is expected to attend the conference to present. Please note that conference fees apply at registration.

Conference sessions, themes and types of contribution

deRSE19 has no pre-defined thematic tracks. Instead, sessions will be inductively created by the programme committee from the submissions. If your submission addresses a topic that you think is of interest to the community of people involved in research software, we would love to see it submitted!

Who should submit?

We welcome submissions from any and all people who have an interesting take on research software development, including:

We’re aiming for a well-balanced programme that includes a wide variety of perspectives to reflect the diversity of the RSE community and its activities. Similar conferences in other countries in the past found that social sciences and humanities were under-represented so we’d particularly like to encourage speakers from those areas to apply. We are not just looking for seasoned presenters or people who are already well known. Thus, speakers from under-represented backgrounds and at early career stages are highly encouraged to submit a proposal.

We will select talks and workshops through a single-blind review process, i.e., reviewers will see authors’ names and affiliations. This supports software-related submissions better than a double-blind process.

First-time presenter?

We want you to present! It’s important that the programme includes people who don’t normally publish papers, or give talks at academic conferences. We want your voice to be heard as part of the RSE community. We accept contributions in English or German.

It’s not intimidating! deRSE19 is about learning from each other in a supportive atmosphere. Your perspective is welcome and needed, and presenting will be a great chance to start a wider discussion of issues you care about.

We can help! We can offer mentoring and other support with preparing your presentation. Please email us if you require advice or clarification before making a submission. We aim to offer one-on-one mentoring to help successful applicants prepare their talk, poster or workshop. If you would like a mentor to help you just tick the respective box when submitting your proposal.


If you have any questions about the conference, or the submission of proposals, please contact the conference organisers at


The focus of deRSE19 is on community. Therefore, instead of asking you to submit an academic abstract following a specific structure, submissions to deRSE19 are a bit more free form.

Simply fill out the submission form. The form includes a field for the description of your submission (“abstract”, 750 characters max!) as well as several others, asking you for details about yourself. We elicit this information because we would like to know a little about your background, your perspective, your experience. This will help us to get to know the RSE community in Germany better.

We will accept contributions in English or German.


Workshops, splinter meetings, BoFs

Workshops are interactive sessions that give attendees the chance to collaborate on a specific topic. They may take different forms, e.g., as hands-on tutorial, discussion and speed-blogging session, hack session, etc., as well as splinter meetings for special interest groups, and birds-of-a-feather (BoF) events.

Workshops run over a length of either 90 or 180 minutes.
Splinter meetings and BoFs run over a length of either 30-90 minutes.


Talks may have a length of 15-30 mins., including time for Q&A and discussion, depending on the number of talks in the respective session. If your talk is accepted, you will be notified about the length of the talk by the session chair.


Posters are used to present an overview of an idea, a project, a collaboration, etc. Posters must be in portrait orientation and maximally up to A0 size (max. height: 1189mm; max. width: 841mm). Please be prepared to give a very short presentation about the contents of your poster in a “lightning talk”. This will help attendees of the poster session identify the posters and people they want to look at and talk to.

The text of this call partly reuses modified text from the website for the Third conference of Research Software Engineers under its Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License. This call is equally licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.