The term RSE, originally coined by the UK RSE association (, says the following about RSEs: "A growing number of people in academia combine expertise in programming with an intricate understanding of research. Although this combination of skills is extremely valuable, these people lack a formal place in the academic system." Surveys among RSEs in Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and Germany found that majority of the respondents prioritised: (1) Increasing recognition of the RSE role, (2) Building appropriate position descriptions and KPIs for better career opportunities, and (3) Developing a stronger community.

This session is calling for examples and success stories from geoscience community members who contribute to research software but face the above challenges.

We welcome contributions from RSEs across the EGU family. Topics surrounding career growth can include but are not limited to sharing experiences of:
- Creating and/or maintaining an RSE group
- Effective RSE focused events [e.g. career fairs, workshops..]
- Factors that influence RSE career progression
- Effective teaching strategies at all stages of RSE life
- Building sustainable development communities
- The recognition, or lack, of RSEs in academic outputs
- Skills required for RSEs [HPC, FPGAs, cloud, containers, ML, …]
- Thoughts on where "we" need to make improvements in RSE life

The session will start with a short report on a survey initiated after last year’s EGU on RSEs in the geosciences. Your participation in the survey is still welcome:

Convener: Daniel Nüst | Co-conveners: Anusuriya Devaraju, Bernadette Fritzsch, David Topping, Martin Hammitzsch
| Attendance Wed, 10 Apr, 08:30–10:15
Hall X1

Attendance time: Wednesday, 10 April 2019, 08:30–10:15 | Hall X1

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Chris Dearden and Mark Richardson
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Oliver Schmitz, Kor de Jong, and Derek Karssenberg
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Daniel Nüst and David Topping
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Simon Jirka, Matthes Rieke, Albert Remke, and Andreas Wytzisk
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Romulo Goncalves, Jason Maassen, Rob van Nieuwpoort, and Niels Drost