We are very pleased to announce our Hybrid Workshop “Future Opportunities for Software in Research”, taking place on May 12-13, 2022. We are now welcoming workshop contributions on the topic of “Future Opportunities for Software in Research”. Software literacy has become a key competence for scientists across all disciplines. Scientists use software every day, and software development is becoming an increasingly important component of scientific productivity. However, the software needed for certain research projects can get highly complex and take up resources otherwise needed for core research. In the demanded professionalization of software development in research, specialized Research Software Engineers have emerged in recent years. With their help, researchers tackle the challenges in the areas of software and data, such as reproducibility, correctness, user-friendliness, performance, or maintenance.

Our two-day workshop provides new opportunities to learn about best practices in scientific software development, like:

  • Seeing recent flagship projects in action.
  • Discussing software licensing and intellectual property issues.
  • Discovering new ways to make your software known and recognized.

Themes and types of contribution

We are looking for prime examples where software-enabled research (day 1) and working practices in research software engineering (day 2).

Who should submit?

We welcome submissions from any people who have an interesting take on research software development, especially:

  • Researchers at any career stage who develop software for research purposes
  • Software developers working in a research context, whatever their job title or field, maybe
  • Those interested in advancing the understanding of how best to use and maintain research software, e.g. concerning openness, reproducibility, sustainability, scalability, or performance
  • Organizations providing tools, platforms, or services that foster research software, such as IT infrastructure providers or computing and data centers.

The deadline for CfP submissions is February 28, 2022. Talks may have a length of 15-30 mins. + variable time for Q&A and discussion. If your talk is accepted, you will be notified about the talk length by the session chair.

We would like to cordially invite all interested scientists, research software engineers, IT and computing specialists, and individuals involved in creating, using, or otherwise dealing with research software in the Max Planck Society. We also welcome participants from other research institutions.

The workshop will be held in hybrid form, so you will be able to connect remotely or come to the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology in Plön.


Organization Team


Holger Dinkel (Max Planck Institute for Biological Cybernetics)

Conrad Droste (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology)

Carsten Fortmann-Grote (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology)

Michael Franke (Max Planck Digital Library)

Maximilian Funk (General Headquarter of the Max Planck Society)

Yves Vincent Grossmann (Max Planck Digital Library)

Stephan Janosch (Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics)

Sven Willner (Max Planck Institute for Meteorology)


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CFP Futuresoftware deadline