RSE Asia Australia Unconference 2022

RSE Asia Australia Unconference 2022


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Building the Research Software Engineer Community across Asia and Australia

About this event

We invite you to join us for the first online Research Software Engineer (RSE) Asia Australia Unconference from the 14th to the 16th of September 2022. This is a joint partnership between the newly formed RSE Asia Association and the RSE Australia New Zealand Association. We would also like to thank our key partners ARDC, QCIF, and the Society of Research Software Engineering for supporting us.

What is a Research Software Engineer?

Research Software Engineer is a broad term for people who combine programming and research skills that have trouble defining their role and value within academia. e.g researchers and academics who code, generalists who bring communities together across the research and technical domains, systems administrators who maintain research systems, and software engineers who work in the research domain.

Why participate?

This will be run as a participant-first online unconference to ensure you have a say on how we develop the community and to allow you to share your valuable technical and social knowledge of research software with the community. In line with that, the theme for this year’s unconference is “Building community”.

What is an unconference?

An unconference is where the agenda is created by the attendees at the beginning of the meeting. Anyone who wants to initiate a discussion on a topic can claim a time and a space [1].

Accessibility and Inclusivity

We are committed to creating a safe, accessible, and inclusive environment for all participants.

To this end we are offering 50 scholarships for staff or students to participate for free, as well as a $50 AUD accessibility micro-grant to help with internet, headphones, childcare etc.

Eligibility for the scholarships will be based on prioritising and maximising the inclusion and participation of people who have been impacted due to the cumulative effects of discrimination on factors such as race, gender, disability, gender identity, financial status,and the intersectionality of that discrimination as well as others not mentioned here.

Eligibility for the accessibility micro-grants will be based on a similar approach.


To apply for the scholarship, please email us at rse2022 at with the subject [Scholarship], explaining why you would like to attend for free and how this would benefit you and your organisation (200 words maximum).

To apply for the accessibility micro-grant, please email us at rse2022 at with the subject [Accessibility], explaining why you would like a micro-grant, how would you use it and how attending would benefit you (200 words maximum).

If you are applying for both, please email us separately.

We encourage participants to apply even if they do not think they are eligible as this will allow us to prioritise and maximise diversity and inclusion. All information will be treated in a confidential manner.

If you feel that the unconference is not matching up to the commitment of these ideals, please let us know by contacting the organising committee at rse2022 at

The Code of Conduct will be announced soon.

More details

An overview of what the program will look like will be coming soon on the website [2]. You can sign up for updates by being part of the mailing group [3].

Key dates

  • Monday 27th June 2022: Initial programme published on website; registration opens
  • Monday 1st August 2022: Final programme published on website
  • Monday 15th August 2022: Deadline for accessibility grants
  • Wednesday 31st August 2022: Deadline for applying to scholarships
  • Wednesday 7th September 2022: Registration closes
  • Tuesday 13th September 2022: Optional Local Hub meetups in person
  • Wednesday 14th September 2022: Start of unconference, Junior RSE Keynote
  • Thursday 15th September 2022: Senior RSE Keynote
  • Friday 16th September 2022: End of unconference, RSE Policy Panel

  3. ​​!forum/rse-nz-au/join

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