Talk announcement: How software development shaped the way I write science (National eScience Symposium)

Posted on Sun 17 November 2019 in Blog

A few months ago, I informally presented an earlier version of this talk at the Netherlands eScience Center (NLeSC). Two remarkable things happened after that:

  1. Now I am an eScience Engineer at NLeSC.
  2. They invited me to give the talk again. This time in a less informal setting: the National eScience Symposium, and in a less informal venue: the Ajax stadium


How software development shaped the way I write science


When we say that scientific papers are complex, we tend to think that their contents are complex. While this is true, there is much more: a paper itself is a complex form of communication. In this short talk I'll explain how my years in the industry of software development dramatically changed the way I write scientific publications.


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  • Slides temporarily available here

Key references

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  3. Galileo's instruments of credit. Telescopes, images, secrecy. Mario Biagioli.
  4. Rodríguez-Sánchez P. PabRod/rolldown. 2019. Available from:
  5. Rodríguez-Sánchez P, van Nes EH, Scheffer M. Climbing Escher’s stairs: a simple quasi-potential algorithm for weakly non-gradient systems. 2019 Mar 13. Available from: