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SSA joint event: Discussion panel on Research Software Engineers and the rise of Statistical Software

  • 20 Apr 2022 8:04 AM
    Message # 12714779
    Francis Hui (Administrator)
    The SSA Canberra and Victoria Branches, SSA Statistical Computing and Visualisation Section and Australian Research Data Commons are proud to host the joint panel discussion event on Tuesday 26th April!

    Research software engineers: how will they shape statistics?

    A growing number of people in academia combine their (perhaps informally trained) programming skills with their research expertise. This led to the establishment of the UK Research Software Engineering Association in 2013, which coined the term “Research Software Engineer” (RSE)  to represent this community. RSEs do not have to have a formal training in software engineering and are often embedded across different disciplines, without perhaps being named as RSEs.

    Research software are key pillars that underpin the modern landscape of statistics and data analysis, yet those who develop these tools often lack formal recognition or reward in the academic system. Does the academic system need to be modified to retain these talents? If so, how should the research and education system be modified to accommodate the growth of RSEs? How will RSEs contribute to shaping the field of statistics?

    The Panel

    We are pleased to have a diverse panel of experts to discuss about the RSEs and their possible impact on the field of statistics. This event will be discussion-driven with no talks, so do bring any questions you were curious about!

    • Maëlle Salmon (R OpenSci)
    • Paula Andrea (Australian Research Data Commons).
    • Thomas Lumley (University of Auckland)
    • Nick Golding (Telethon Kids Institute, Curtin University)

    Chaired by Kim-Anh Lê Cao (University of Melbourne).


    More details, including how to RSVP can be found at

    Last modified: 20 Apr 2022 8:05 AM | Francis Hui (Administrator)
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