SEA Conference

2023 Improving Scientific Software Conference

Improving Scientific Software

April 17-19, 2023

The 2023 annual SEA’s Improving Scientific Software conference will take place from Monday April 17, 2023 to Wednesday April 19, 2023 in Boulder, Colorado, USA and virtually. 

For last year's conference recordings and proceedings, please visit the 2022 ISS Conference webpage

More information will be added to this page as it becomes available.


Agenda and abstracts can be found here!

Presentation slides are available.


Recordings for each day can be found in the ISS Conference 2023 playlist on YouTube


Registration is now closed. 

Registration Rates
In-Person Registration
Register by Registration type Price (general) Price (student)
April 7th Regular Rate $200.00 $150.00
April 12th Late Registration $300.00 $200.00
Virtual Registration
Register by Registration type Price (general) Price (student)
April 14th Virtual Regular $100.00 $50.00


The conference will focus on the theme of scientific software lifecycle from designing and building the software itself to managing output data and ensuring discoverability and reproducibility. We will highlight successes, opportunities, and challenges from emerging technologies with an eye toward tools and best practices. We welcome any abstracts in the spirit of that theme; specific suggested topics include:

  • Software Design
    • Standardized building of software using tools like CMake, Spack, EasyBuild, and Ansible
    • Program performance and algorithm design, particularly in terms of scalability
    • Co-design of model and analysis scientific workflows involving both scientists and software engineers
    • Designing software for compatibility across diverse platforms
    • Use of machine learning and AI to augment/enhance software systems
  • Software Maintenance
    • Porting existing codes to effectively use accelerators like GPUs
    • Automated Testing, CI/CD
    • Software distribution and continuous integration - maintaining a code repository effectively, updating documentation
    • Bringing research code into production
  • Data Stewardship
    • FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) access to data both on-prem and the cloud
    • Co-location of data, compute, and interfaces like Jupyter
    • Data security and integrity; ensuring reproducibility
    • Using (ethical) AI and machine learning techniques to gain new insight into new and existing scientific data

Who is this conference geared toward?

The conference is for staff and students at research institutions, universities, and industry who are interested in learning and discussing the latest developments and practices in scientific software. Those working in the geosciences will likely find it more relevant. However, anyone who finds the agenda beneficial to them is welcome to attend even if they do not fit the category previously stated.


NCAR's Center Green Campus and Virtual

NCAR's Center Green Campus
3090 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80301


Residence Inn Room Block (directly next to NCAR Center Green campus)
Book by March 31st! ($155/night)
3030 Center Green Drive
Boulder, CO 80301

Hilton Garden Inn Room Block (1.5 miles from NCAR Center Green Campus)
Book by March 28th! ($179/night)
2701 Canyon Blvd
Boulder, CO 80302

Code of Conduct

UCAR and NCAR are committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all participants in any conference, workshop, field project or project hosted or managed by UCAR, no matter what role they play or their background. This includes respectful treatment of everyone regardless of gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, age, body size, race, religion, national origin, ethnicity, level of experience, political affiliation, veteran status, pregnancy, genetic information, as well as any other characteristic protected under state or federal law.
All participants are required to abide by this Code of Conduct.