Submissions are now closed for NZRSE 2023. 

We welcome submissions for:

  • Lightning talks (5 mins)
  • Presentations (15 mins + 5 mins Q&A)
  • Birds-of-a-Feather (BoFs) (1 hr)
  • Demos (15 mins + 5 mins Q&A)


NZRSE Conference is the prime event where you can network and share ideas with open research and coding enthusiasts from all over Aotearoa New Zealand. Researchers across Crown Research Institutes, universities, and other public sector organizations come together to learn new techniques, connect with colleagues, and share ideas.

Inclusion Statement

In running this event, we are committed to creating a space that is accessible to people of any gender, race, age, religion, sexuality, and disability. If you are considering presenting at this event, please encourage your colleagues to present too, especially if they have a unique perspective that could enrich our community. First time presenters as well as repeat presenters are strongly encouraged to submit. All attendees, speakers, sponsors and volunteers at our conference are required to agree with the conference code of conduct

Theme: Responsible Research in a Shifting World: Balancing Opportunities and Challenges

Responsible research software practices include key themes such as sustainability, reproducibility and ethics. As we navigate through technological, societal, and environmental shifts, it becomes crucial to examine the responsibilities and ethical considerations that accompany research endeavours. This call for submissions welcomes contributions from diverse disciplines and perspectives, encouraging researchers, developers, and practitioners working with research software to share their insights, experiences, and innovative approaches. We seek submissions that delve into the delicate balance between seizing opportunities that come along with new technologies, (such as large language models) and addressing the challenges inherent in conducting responsible research in a changing world.

We invite submissions that address a wide range of topics related to research software and responsible research, including but not limited to:

  • Ethical considerations in research software development and use
  • Open source software and its impact on responsible research
  • Security and integrity of research software applications
  • Reproducibility and transparency in research software tools
  • Collaboration and community engagement in research software projects
  • User-centered design and accessibility in research software development
  • Applied research software solutions to address research questions responsibly
  • Software sustainability and long term maintenance

Types of Contributions

There are many ways to contribute to NZRSE 2023, including lightning talks, presentations, birds of a feather, workshop and demo sessions. All contributions should align to the NZRSE Theme (Responsible Research in a Shifting World: Balancing Opportunities and Challenges ). Further details of each type are outlined below. 

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are a series of short 5-minute talks. The presentations are meant to “ignite” the audience on a subject, i.e. to  generate awareness and to stimulate thought as well as action on the subject presented. 


Presentations should aim to engage the audience, to create interest, seek feedback and  encourage further enquiry. Presentations are approx. 15-minute-long conversation starters,  followed by 5 minutes for further discussion. Therefore, speakers presenting are allocated a total of 20 minutes.

Presentations must reference work currently underway or completed within the last year.

Please note in some cases where 20 mins might not be enough, speakers can request longer slots (i.e. 25 mins to present and 5 mins for Q&A). *Timings subject to change.

Birds of a Feather

Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions are informal sessions on a specific particular topic. Sessions are scheduled in ~1hr blocks, please indicate the length of time required and the topic.

Demonstrations (Demos)

Want to share an innovative technique, tool, or library that research software         engineers  should know about? Demo sessions will be 15 minutes of ‘show and tell’ followed by 5  minutes for questions. Note: you do not have to be an ‘expert’ to submit a demo session.

Submission Details

Each submission is to be completed on the submission template provided and requests a  Title (up to 15 words) and an Abstract. Please compose these carefully as they are likely to be used in the Conference Programme and on the website.

Evaluation of Proposals

All submissions will be reviewed, based on the following criteria:

  • relevance to the theme and aims of NZRSE 2023
  • relevance and applicability to the audience (RSE community)

 All accepted submissions will receive a confirmation email. We reserve the right to  discuss your submission with you as part of the process of assembling the programme, and  may accept your proposal under a different category.

Submissions Timeline

Submissions open –  27th  June, 2023

Submission closes – 27th July, 2023

Author notifications – 18th  August, 2023


Presenters MUST be registered to attend the conference!

Key Dates

  • Submissions open
    27 June 2023
  • Registration opens
    17 July 2023
  • Submissions close
    6 August 2023
  • Author notifications 
    18 August 2023
  • Presenter registration 
    25 August 2023
  • Conference dates
    18-19 September 2023


This event is endorsed by the Research Software Engineers (RSE) Association of Australia and New Zealand (RSE-AUNZ)


For any enquiries, please contact:

Nickylee Anderson

Event Services

The University of Auckland

09 923 7805