The term ""Research Software Engineer""(RSE) was proposed by a group of software developers working in academia at a workshop in Oxford, UK, 2012. It was the beginning of a grass-roots movement to establish Research Software Engineering as a profession for people that combined expertise in programming with an intricate understanding of research. Since then, the movement has grown substantially, leading to recognition, reward and career opportunities for RSEs and the creation of national RSE associations in Australia/New Zealand, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, the Nordic region, the UK and the USA.
This incubator will provide an opportunity to discuss the role of the R community in the RSE movement. What can we share with this wider community? How can we help the movement grow? What could the R community gain from this movement? We will identify a range of actions from quick wins to more ambitious projects that could be pursued after useR! 2021.