Who should attend?

  • Developers of research software (regardless of job title)
  • Computational researchers
  • Students with an interest in computational research
  • Developers of open source software to support research
  • Researchers with an interest in software development

Why should you attend?

  • To learn, collaborate, exchange ideas, and discuss common issues affecting software development for academic research
  • To further build a cohesive Canadian community of academic research software developers
  • To strengthen the impact of public funds for research

Highlights from the last Canadian Research Software Conference…


Please check back often for an updated list of speakers.

joanne atlee

Dr. Joanne Atlee

Professor and Director of Women in Computer Science | University of Waterloo

Dr. Joanne Atlee (P.Eng) is a Professor in the David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science at the University of Waterloo, where she is the Director of Women in Computer Science and the founding Director for the Software Engineering program. She has 25+ years experience in software requirements modelling and analysis, with an emphasis on detecting and resolving feature interactions. Much of her research is with industrial partners who work on safety-critical software, such as telecommunications and automotive software. She is a co-author with Shari Lawrence Pfleeger on their textbook “Software Engineering: Theory and Practice,” is an ACM Distinguished Scientist, and is the 2020 recipient of the IEEE CS TCSE Distinguished Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Leadership Award.

sheelagh carpendale

Dr. Sheelagh Carpendale

Professor, School of Computing Science | Simon Fraser University

Sheelagh Carpendale is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in Information Visualization in the School of Computing Science at Simon Fraser University. She leads the Innovations in Visualization (InnoVis) Research Group and has newly established the Interactive Experiences Lab (ixLab). Her research on information visualization, interaction design and qualitative empirical research draws on her dual background in Computer Science (BSc. and Ph.D.) and Visual Arts (Sheridan College, School of Design and Emily Carr, College of Art). By studying how people interact with information in both work and social settings, she works towards designing more inclusive, accessible and understandable interactive visual representations of data. She combines information visualization and human-computer interaction with innovative new interaction techniques to better support the everyday practices of people who are viewing, representing, and interacting with data. She has been inducted into both the IEEE Visualization Academy and the ACM CHI Academy and has received many awards including the IEEE Visualization Career Award, an NSERC STEACIE (a top science award in Canada); a BAFTA (the British equivalent to an Oscar); an ASTech Award Innovations in Technology; two Best Supervision Awards; and the Canadian CHCCS Achievement Award.

neil ernst

Dr. Neil Ernst

Assistant Professor, Computer Science | University of Victoria

Dr. Neil Ernst is Assistant Professor of Computer Science at the University of Victoria. Prof. Ernst and his students work at the intersection of software requirements and software design. His research leverages past experiences consulting with large government stakeholders. Current projects include analyzing software design discussions, technical debt in software, and engineering challenges in data science systems. Previously he was a senior researcher at the Software Engineering Institute, Carnegie Mellon University, and holds a PhD from the University of Toronto.

eoin woods

Eoin Woods

Chief Technology Officer | Endava

Eoin Woods is the CTO of Endava, the NYSE listed software engineering services company, where he is responsible for technical strategy, capability development and emerging technologies.  Prior to joining Endava, Eoin has worked in the software engineering industry for 20 years developing system software products and complex applications for capital markets.  His main technical interests are software architecture, software security, DevOps and software energy efficiency. He has regularly spoken and written about these areas in both practitioner and research communities.  He is the co-author of two books on software architecture and was the recipient of the 2018 Linda Northrup Award for Software Architecture, from the Software Engineering Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.


Please check back often for Program updates. Please note that simultaneous French interpretation will be offered for keynote presentations.

Tuesday, July 6

Wednesday, July 7

Thursday, July 8


All fees are in CAD and are subject to HST.

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How can you contribute?

Call for Presentations

The Call for Presentations is now closed.

Research software developers, computational researchers, and students are invited to submit proposals for presentations at the Canadian Research Software Conference. Topics may include discussions of your current project, a challenge you are facing in your current project, or topics related to the development of software for academic research that you wish to discuss with conference attendees.

Proposals for both Short Talks and Lightning Talks are welcome from both individuals and groups. All those selected to speak at the conference will receive complimentary registration. Slides must be in PowerPoint or PDF format.

Submission Guidelines

All submissions must include:

Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used to select presentation proposals:

Key Dates

Submission Deadline – at 5 p.m. ET

June 16, 2021

Notification of successful submissions

June 18, 2021

Pre-recording of selected presentations. Live presentations during the event will also be possible. Week of:

June 28, 2021

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Call for Posters

The Call for Posters is now closed.

If you are a student or a research software developer early in your career, you are encouraged to participate in the Poster Competition. Topics for posters may include discussions of your current project or other topics related to the development of software for academic research that you wish to discuss with conference attendees. Posters will be on display during both days of the conference, with poster sessions during coffee and lunch breaks.

All conference attendees will vote on the posters, with prizes awarded during the closing remarks at the end of day 3, on July 8, 2021.


Submission Guidelines

Submissions must include:

Please note: For those selected, posters should be a high-resolution PDF in landscape mode. Posters must be legible to conference attendees using a variety of devices.

Evaluation Criteria

The following criteria will be used to select posters proposals:

Key Dates

Submission Deadline – at 5 p.m. ET

June 16, 2021

Notification of successful submissions

June 18, 2021

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