Research Software Group, University of Southampton

Research Software Group

Research Software Community

Building a software community in Southampton

The Research Software Group's training and consultancy work has helped us to meet hundreds of Southampton staff and students who have one thing in common: they are researchers who write software, and depend on it for their research.

We're building a community which brings these researchers together to share skills and ideas. This community allows everyone - from beginner to expert - to benefit from the experience of their peers. The University of Southampton Research Software Community.

We want to make this relevant anyone who writes software (Python, R, Java, C, MatLab, etc), whether it's all, or just part of what they do at the University.  Regardless of programming experience or academic discipline, the Research Software Community will help you meet colleagues who will help you to write better software and conduct better research.

Fri 26th January 2018

SOLD OUT - Due to overwhelming demand, we reached maximum capacity for this event.

B67 (Nightingale) Lecture Theatre - 1027

12:30 Welcome - Simon Hettrick (Software Sustainability Institute / Research Software Group)

12:35 Introducing IRIDIS 5 - Elena Vataga (iSolutions), introduced by Ian Hawke (Computational Modelling Group)

12:50 GitLab - Version control system for researchers  - Chris Yorke (iSolutions)

13:00 Lunch - Pizza supplied

13:15 Lightning talks - Outline the software issues holding back your research, or share a useful piece of code, tool or technique

14:00 Group discussions of software issues affecting research

15:00 End

Please sign up here if you'd like to come along.

Lightning talk topics (to date):


  • How can users of my app / website login with their University credentials?
  • Efficiently calculating "outer product" type problems in numpy

Useful ideas:

  • PyLint: how to use a linter to improve your Python code!
  • Why you should be using version control
  • DApps as a solution for on-campus code troubleshooting!

Launch Event - Tue 7th November 2018

The inagural lunch meeting was attended by more than 70 researchers.

You can read our report

Become a Community Champion

We're looking for Community Champions, one or two per Academic Unit, to spread the word to researchers who develop software across the University. If you're passionate about software and keen to represent your academic unit, get in touch and become a champion.

Our current community champions are:

Biological Sciences: Mariana Vargas-Caballero

Chemistry: Christopher Cave-Ayland

Electronics and Computer Science: Don Cruickshank

Engineering: Ryan Pepper, Richard Boardman

Geography: Laura Graham

Health Sciences: Alex Recio-Saucedo

iSolutions: Patrick McSweeney

IT Innovation: Alexander May

Maths: Ian Hawke, Alice Harpole

Medicine: Alistair Bailey

Optoelectronics Research Centre: Ed Rogers

Physics: Sam Manghan, James Richings, Ashley Setter

Social Sciences: Arshad Emmambux

Transportation Research Group, FEE: Craig Rafter

Join us now

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