These are traditional talks (e.g. using slides or something similar), presented live to an on-line audience. Talks will last 20 minutes with an additional 5 minutes for questions, and will be grouped with talks on similar themes where this is possible. They should be engaging, and will often include videos or short demonstrations. Their aim is to inform the audience about something that would interest and educate them in the field of Research Software Engineering.

Resources and accessibility needs

If you require particular resources for your talk then please indicate this in the submission. Similarly please let us know any accessibility needs in the submission too.

Wider dissemination after the conference

We are committed to an open conference, with all materials available publicly before, during and after the event. All slides and related information about your talk must be uploaded to the conference system by the stated dates. During the conference they will be archived and made available permanently via the conference website. Please do not submit proposals for talks which cannot be openly published in this manner.

Planning your submission

When submitting your proposal for a talk you will need to specify the following details:

Title and abstract

The abstract should be relatively brief and attention-grabbing rather than an exhaustive explanation of the material you wish to cover. Both the title and the abstract will be published on the conference website as soon as your proposal has been accepted.


Would your target audience be required to have any prerequisite skills/background knowledge e.g. knowledge of a particular language or software package?


How will your attendees benefit from your session? What do you expect them to gain/learn?


Have you thought about how accessible your session will be to the entire diverse audience of the conference? How will you ensure that all text is sized so that it is fully legible to everyone, or how will you ensure that colours are chosen so that all graphics are easily understandable? Will someone who views a recording of your event be able to contact you in future? Please have a look at the accessibility guidelines for the conference.

Note we will review uploaded material before the conference to provide advice, and it should be possible to run a test to check you are happy with how you will present via the video-conferencing software ahead of time.


How will you attract a broad and diverse audience for your session? We will provide help by providing easily-tweetable and shareable links to your session (including all uploaded material), as well as a live view of how many people have indicated they will attend. Who would you share these links with? Who are the communities that would be interested in what you will present?


We are happy to provide mentors who can help you put together your session. Mentors can help by reviewing draft slides, listening to a rehearsal, providing advice on making material engaging etc. If you would like help from a mentor then please indicate this in the Presenter Details and Diversity Form that accompanies your submission.

Technological Requirements

Does your talk have any specific technological requirements beyond the streaming platform and hosting of supporting materials provided by the conference system? Please let us know if you would like assistance with setting up and using any conference systems (e.g. for streaming, file upload etc.) or if you would like help regarding additional technological needs for the panel session.


All materials uploaded and generated for talks will be published on the conference system and website will be shared under a CCBY license. Recordings of talks will be made publicly available as soon as possible after their presentation.

Making a submission

To submit a talk, click the button below. Note that you will need to complete both this form and the Presenter Details and Diversity Form, using the same email address for both forms. You only need to fill in the Presenter Details and Diversity form once, regardless of the number of submissions you make to SeptembRSE. All submissions will be reviewed anonymously, and all data will be managed according to our privacy policy.

To help you participate in the conference, we have written an example talk submission, that you can adapt for your submission.