Nordic-RSE in person conference 2024 #NordicRSEconf

May 30-31, Aalto University, Espoo, Finland

Abstract call and registrations are now open!

Registrations are open! Please register by May 5th to ensure a place inclusive of lunches and extra-activities!

Register to Nordic RSE 2024 Conference See the accepted abstracts

What is it?

Do you enjoy talking software? Learning tricks about your favorite programming languages? Solving interesting coding problems? Sharing your experiences with other likeminded people? Welcome to the first ever Nordic RSE in person conference! We believe you might really like it here.

We are an association of professionals developing and using software for the needs of research. As such we aim to create a community of researchers, engineers, developers, digital experts and more, to talk about topics that are often overlooked in classical academic conferences. The focus of our conference is not on results of research, but rather on the tools that underlie those results. Additionally, we hope to foster a rich network of exchanges and conversations surrounding the practices of software development in research.

Most research is already built on a foundation of sofware tools and the quality and reliability of those tools is key to producing reliable results. And the importance of software keeps growing. In this conference we want to talk about what pipelines you develop and use for your research, and how you use it, the software you develop, and how you got about developing it.


On the campus of Aalto University in Otaniemi, Espoo, Finland (note: the address is Konemiehentie 1, Espoo, but Google doesn't direct you to the right building if you enter this address. See practical info).

How you can help

  • Encourage your colleagues to submit a contribution and/or join our association. Since the term RSE is still fairly new, they might not know about it yet and be hesitant to submit something.
  • Share the announcement with others.
  • Do you want to volunteer and help us run our first in person conference? Join us or get in touch with us!

Contributions and themes

The call for contributions is now closed, and the program will be published soon, check this space! For now, you can take a look at the book of accepted abstracts.

We will have a plenary program including talks about some technical demonstrations of computational techologies, the future of research software engineers, breaking (programming) language barriers, and more! In particular, don't miss our invited speaker Martin O'Reilly, from the Software Sustainability Institute, who will talk about the growth of Research Software Engineering and its vital role in research!

We will also make sure to get enough time to network and enjoy our time as a community: our social times will include coffee breaks, a dinner and a sauna on the evening of Day 1.

And of course we will all follow a Code of Conduct.


See the schedule including talks. For directions see the map below.

Day 1: 2024-5-30

All times are EET (convert to local time)

  • 9:00 - 11:00 : Arrival of participants, registration, mingling (Update: U121a of first floor of the building)
  • 11:00 - 12:45 : Informal get-together on campus, group activities (Update: U121a of first floor of the building)
  • 13:00 - 14:00 : Lunch (Arvo)
  • 14:15 - 17:35 : Opening and conference sessions (Main rooms)
    • 15:25 - 15:55 : Break (with coffee)
    • 16:15 - 17:00 : Break (no coffee)
  • 18:30 - 20:30 : Dinner (Fat Lizard)
  • 20:30 - xx:xx : Sauna

Day 2: 2024-5-31

All times are EET (convert to local time)

  • 9:00 - 11:40 : Conference sessions (Main rooms)
    • 10:15 - 10:40 : Break (with coffee)
  • 12:00 - 13:00 : Lunch (Mau-Kas) (Paid by Nordic-RSE. Buffet style.)
  • 13.15 - 16:30 : Conference sessions (Main rooms)
    • 14:15- 14:30 : Break (no coffee)
    • 15:5 - 15:35 : Break (with coffee)
  • 16:30 - 17:00 : Closing


We thank the Software Sustainability Institute for funding our conference.

Software Sustainability Institute logo

We thank Aalto Scientific Computing for providing the venue and local support.

Aalto Scientific Computing logo

Practical information


Registration includes dinner both lunches, snacks, and coffee, and all activities.

There is an evening sauna, but space is limaited to ~25 people. The first registrants get priority and spots will be allocated later.

The registration fee is 50€. You can register at this link.

Financial support

Nordic-RSE strives to be an inclusive and supportive community. If you would like to attend the event, but find yourself unable for economical reasons, contact us at to ask about financial support. While we cannot offer travel grants, we might be able to offer small financial aid, e.g. in the form of a ticket waiver.

To apply for financial support, include in the email the following information:

  • why you would like to attend the event
  • how attending would benefit you and your career
  • what you would need to be able to attend

Note that decisions will be made individually on a per-case basis.

Arrival time

If you arrive before or during Thursday morning, we have a informal session until 12:45 noon, which may include demonstrations, social activities, hack time, getting to know each other, or more. If you arrive before 13:00, you can join us for lunch. Main talks begin at 14:00.

If you arrive Wednesday evening, some organizers will be around and we'll try to arrange some activity together.

You can see all locations on this map.


Main venue: Aalto University, Konemiehentie 1, Espoo, Finland.

Thursday morning, before noon: Update: room U121a on the first floor, Otakaari 1, Espoo, Finland (building name: Undergraduate Center).

Lunches are in the campus area, a short walk to other buildings. All areas have step-free access.

For details, see this map (and click on labels for details):

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Finding our buildings/rooms

Click on the respective marker on the map for arrival instructions/map app links. Check your email for a contact phone number if you need help.

Other activities

Our plan includes lunches, conference dinner, sauna.

Wikivoyage Helsinki is usually pretty accurate and has information about the area and other sights to see.


There are various hotels within easy walking distance. We don't have any particular discounts. "Radison Blu Otaniemi" is the default location for university visitors. Other hotels in Helsinki downtown are fine also, the metro trip is 11 minutes (and costs ~3 euros).


tldr: Aalto University is at the "Aalto University" metro stop. An "ABC" ticket manages the train from airport AND metro (and trams, busses, etc).

Air: Helsinki Airport. Between the airport and Aalto University, plan for max 1.5 hours (less than one hour is possible if you are efficient). From the airport, follow signs to the train station. Buy a ticket for zones ABC, this will get you all the way to the university (see public transport). Take the first train that comes (either way gets to downtown in about the same time). Walk to the main station and down to the metro station. Take a metro to the stop Aalto University (direction Tapiola or Kivenlahti), then continue in section "public transport"

Ferry: From Tallinn or Stockholm, there are ferries. Expect well under an hour to get from the ferry harbors to Aalto University. Take trams to the metro, but from each harbor walking to the metro is reasonable (not too far and nice walks). (Some attendees are also attending the Nordic e-infrastructure Conference in Tallinn on 27-29 May, they will be taking ferries from Tallinn the evening of 29 May. More info to be announced)

Bus, Train, etc. within Finland: You probably know how to get to the center of Helsinki. Follow public transit below.

Private vehicle: There isn't free parking, but there are paid lots around.

Public transport: The public transport system is good and easy to use. The metro stop name is "Aalto University", and the A entrance may be slightly easier to use. Tickets can be bought at ticket machines, or via the "HSL App". Aalto University is in the zone B, downtown is in the zone A, the airport in zone C, and tickets last a bit more than an hour and work on any public bus, train, metro, or tram (and as many transfers as you need). AB zone tickets cost 2.95€.

If coming from airport: use single tickets, day tickets not worth it even with one extra trip to/from downtown.