Normalizing inclusion by embracing difference

16:00-17:30 UTC, Tuesday 22nd March, 2022

Slides: View / download Slides
Video: Watch the recording on YouTube


We’re delighted to welcome Mary Ann Leung, Ph.D. as our inaugural speaker in the DiveRSE talk series.

Following the talk, there will be a chance to join a faciliated discussion in breakout rooms providing an excellent opportunity to chat with Research Software Engineers and researchers from around the world.

This interactive talk is being co-hosted with and supported by the Society of Research Software Engineering. Register for this talk via Zoom.


The Vive la différence - research software engineers workshop aims to explore ways to reframe research software engineering (RSE) placing diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) as a central organizing principle. RSEs work in highly inter and multi-disciplinary environments, where they must be adept at “speaking” multiple languages, e.g., programming and domain languages. RSEs may have been trained in computer science, a domain science, mathematics, or an engineering discipline. Given the technical diversity, one might expect research software communities to welcome social diversity, creating an ideal ecosystem for the placing DEI as a central organizing principle. However, while research indicates that social diversity results in greater innovation, research software itself, as a growing multidisciplinary field spanning the globe and representing a diverse spectrum of technical domains, remains largely homogeneous.

This session explores what it takes to achieve DEI, also known as equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and justice, equity, diversity, inclusion (JEDI) and how reframing DEI within RSE could increase innovation and developer productivity. We will also consider how cultivating respect and embracing difference could help to normalize inclusion.

About the speaker

Mary Ann Leung is the founder and President of Sustainable Horizons Institute, a nonprofit organization dedicated to developing the computational science and engineering workforce and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her research interests span computational quantum mechanics, quantum computing, high performance computing, workforce development, diversity, and inclusion. Leung serves as an Editor for the Computing in Science and Engineering (CiSE) Magazine Diversity and Inclusion department. She performs a variety of community activities including serving on the study committee for the Congressionally mandated National Academies Assessment of the NASA University Leadership Initiative. Dr. Leung holds B.A., M.S. and PhD. degrees in Computational Physical Chemistry.


Register here. This talk will take place via Zoom.

A recording of the talk will also be made available on the Society of Research Software Engineering Youtube Channel following the session.

Slides and Video

The slides for the talk available online: View / Download Slides

The session recording is available on YouTube.

Session Schedule

(times all UTC)

16:00Welcome and introduction to the DiveRSE talk series
16:05Welcome from the Society of Research Software Engineering (session co-hosts)
16:10Normalizing inclusion by embracing difference, Mary Ann Leung
16:55Introduction to breakout groups
17:00Breakout group discussions
17:25Closing comments