A conversation about Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) in the RSE community: reflections on successes and challenges

15:00-16:00 BST (UTC+1), Tuesday 31st July 2024
(07:00 US PDT; 08:00 US MDT; 09:00 US CDT; 10:00 US EDT; 15:00 UK/Ireland; 16:00 Europe CEST / Africa SAST; 17:00 Europe EEST / Africa EAT; 18:00 GST (Dubai); 19:30 IST (India); 22:00 CST(China) / AWST (Western Australia))

Registration: online attendance via Zoom

Slides: Available soon
Video: A link to the video will appear here following the talk


In our next event in the DiveRSE series, Ella Kaye (Research Software Engineer, University of Warwick) and Malvika Sharan (Senior Researcher – Open Research at the Alan Turing Institute and co-lead of The Turing Way) will converse about their experiences in/with the RSE community, as well as both the challenges and successes they’ve encountered when working to improve EDIA. They will discuss the importance and difficulties of community-building and why it matters from an EDIA perspective. They will also consider the intersectionality between developing an RSE identity and their identities as members of groups under-represented in the broader RSE community. There will be time for questions and further discussion.

About the speakers

Ella Kaye is a Research Software Engineer in the Department of Statistics at the University of Warwick, working with Dr Heather Turner on her fellowship “Sustainability and EDI (Equality, Diversity and Inclusion) in the R Project”. She is interested in Open Source Software and community-building in the R and RSE communities with a focus on EDIA. In particular, she runs rainbowR, a community that supports, promotes, and connects LGBTQ+ people who code in the R language.

Malvika Sharan is a Senior Researcher for the Tools, Practices and Systems research programme at The Alan Turing Institute, London. With a focus on Open Research, she leads a team of community managers and co-leads The Turing Way project that aims to make data science reproducible, collaborative, ethical and inclusive for researchers around the globe.

Malvika is a co-founder of Open Life Science, a mentoring and training programme that empowers researchers to gain an understanding of open science principles, build collaborations with experts and adopt best practices in the context of their communities. She is also a Software Sustainability Institute fellow, Open Bioinformatics Foundation board member and an active contributor of open source projects.


This is an online talk that will take place via Zoom: Register here

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

Code of Conduct

DiveRSE talks take place under the DiveRSE Code of Conduct.