A first for research software and systems development in Africa

On 19 May 2023, leaders and funders in the research software and systems space will gather in person for the first time in Cape Town, South Africa to explore opportunities for local organisations and research communities.

The Research Software Indaba, organised by Talarify in partnership with ReSA and RSSE Africa, will offer attendees an opportunity to meet with members from the global Research Software community as well as local representatives from astronomy, bioinformatics, earth observation, public health, high-performance computing, language technology and eResearch amongst others.

We'll be sharing feedback from the meeting in the next RSSE Africa newsletter!

Community News

Deep Learning Indaba coming to Ghana in September                           

The Deep Learning Indaba 2023 will be held in Accra, Ghana from the 3rd to the 9th September 2023 with the theme of Yɛbɛtumi, an Akan (Twi) word meaning “we can”.

This 6 day event promises ample opportunities for networking, learning, collaborating and sharing your work.

Attendance is free for students (350 USD for industry and 150 USD for academic faculty.)

Follow them on Twitter to stay up to date with deadlines and opportunities!


International conference focused on various branches of AI and deep learning held in Rwanda

The 11th International Conference on Learning Representations took place in Kigali from 1 - 5 May this year. The event was offered in a hybrid format and attracted 1,606 in-person and 1,694 remote attendees!

See the highlights on Twitter...

Submit your proposal and attend UbuntuNet-Connect in Uganda

UbuntuNet-Connect is the annual conference of the UbuntuNet Alliance, the regional research and education network for Eastern and Southern Africa. The conference theme this year is: “Fostering creative and innovative research and education communities”. 

Funding is available through the AfricaConnect3 project co-funded by the European Commission to sponsor travel, accommodation, and meals for speakers and panellists according to the terms and conditions outlined on the website.

Read more and submit your proposal today!

Malawi will soon have an HPC facility!


Read more about the first high-performance computing facility that will be managed by Malawi Research and Education Network (MAREN).

Read more…


Important dates

New events page on RSSE Africa website!

The RSSE Africa website now features events from around the globe that may be of interest to folks in the research software and systems space. Advertise your event here or sign up for any of these amazing opportunities!
View all events now!

Join us this month to discuss our participation in UbuntuNet-Connect, hear about the upcoming Research Software Indaba, and meet peers from around the continent. We look forward to seeing you there!

     Register  now!     
African Carpentries Community Meetups

25 May 2023
12 - 13 pm SAST/10 - 11 am UTC

The Carpentries teaches foundational coding and data science skills to researchers worldwide. They develop lessons for Python, R, Github, Shell, and more and train instructors to teach these lessons.

They meet monthly on the 4th Thursday to discuss workshops, resources, opportunities, and events. Read more about
The Carpentries in Africa.  

  Click here to sign up!   

Community member spotlight 

Every month, we will spotlight one African community member in this newsletter. This is an opportunity to showcase important work and build your online presence.

Each showcase will be shared as an interview — we will share a list of questions about your career, day-to-day work, aspirations, and more.

Nominate yourself or someone to be featured

March Spotlight: Kushatha Ntwaetsile

Software and Data Processing Engineer at Botswana International University of Science and Technology - SKA/AVN Department

“Do what you are here for, and when you look back, you will see the mark you have left.”

Read more about Kushatha Ntwaetsile

Nominations for presentations

This year's meetups will intensely focus on showcasing African research software developers and their work to encourage networking and discussion.

We'd like to invite you to do a short informal presentation about your work. Tell us about your projects, the infrastructure you use, the languages you code in, or the challenges and successes you've experienced.

Sign-up to present here

Interesting open access publications

Documenting research software in engineering science

Sibylle Hermann & Jörg Fehr (2022)
Scientific Reports12(1), 1-11. 
Read the article online

The Leeds Africa Climate Hackathon – experiences of running a hackathon and highlights of results

Julia Crook et al. (2022)
Weather, 78: 36-42. 10.1002/wea.4246
Read the article online

Exciting open educational resources

Opensciency - A core open science curriculum by and for the research community

Opensciency is core open science curriculum material, drafted to introduce those beginning their open science journey to important definitions, tools, and resources; and provide recommended practices for participants at all levels. These materials are structured into following five modules:
  • Ethos of Open Science
  • Open Data
  • Open Software
  • Open Results
  • Open Tools and Resources
Shared under the CC-BY 4.0 International License, all materials remain open for anyone to build open science curriculums or reuse for other purposes.

Access Opensciency for free and reuse in your own training!

News from ReSA

For Funders and Policy Makers


The next draft of the Amsterdam Declaration on Funding Research Software Sustainability is now open for feedback. Stakeholders who will potentially be affected by the Declaration, including anyone in the research software community, are particularly invited to provide responses by 25 May. Funders wishing to be involved in the consultation can also complete the Expression of Interest in signing the Declaration, and any stakeholder can also sign up to receive updates on the progress of the Declaration.

Looking for funding for research software?

ReSA maintains an open database of funding opportunities related to research software and those developing it. Explore the database here

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