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TM13

Research Software Engineers in the Geosciences
Convener: Daniel Nüst  | Co-Conveners: Martin Hammitzsch , Bernadette Fritzsch , David Topping 
Software development is an essential, integral part of research activity. Research software increasingly supports progress in science by aiding acquisition, processing and analysis of data, but also the simulation of complex processes.
Thus, software has a significant influence on the quality of research results. The British Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) has coined the slogan "Better Software - Better Research".

However, the current approaches to research software as well as the recognition of research software engineering do not adequately reflect the importance of this work in and for the research process. The reasons for this are manifold and include for example a lack of recognition of research software development as scientific contribution, insufficient skills in software engineering, missing standards for the development and review of research software, and unclear rules for publication with regard to licenses and intellectual property (IP) at research institutions.

This townhall meeting brings together the people behind research software: research software engineers (RSE). It introduces national RSE chapters and their activities and provides a place to meet fellow researchers, scientists and others developing software in and for research.

We will discuss how the situation of RSEs can be improved with a focus on the geoscientific domains, and particularly the EGU conference and activities in the divisions.
Public information: Software development is an essential, integral part of research activity and has a significant influence on the quality of research results. Research software supports progress in science by aiding acquisition, processing and analysis of data, but also the simulation of complex processes. The British Software Sustainability Institute (SSI) has coined the slogan "Better Software - Better Research".

However, the current approaches to research software as well as the recognition of research software engineering do not adequately reflect the importance of this work in and for the research process. This townhall meeting brings together the people behind research software: research software engineers (RSE) and software developing scientists. After introducing national RSE chapters and their activities we will discuss the situation of RSEs in the geoscientific domains, in EGU's divisions, and at the EGU general assembly in an open town hall forum.