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Sustainability at The Netherlands eScience Center

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The Netherlands eScience Center is the Dutch national expertise center for research software. We work with researchers from across the Netherlands and beyond, in all fields of research on creating and using research software, as well as building capacity through teaching, fellowships, and other community efforts.

We are passionate about making software sustainable (as in durable) so that it can be used by as many researchers as possible. To facilitate this we created the Research Software Directory (, a service to show the impact of research software.

A re-occurring theme in our projects is that of sustainability (as in climate change). Over the years we have contributed to a number of projects and software related to sustainability, including ESM Valtool (, software supporting the evaluation of Earth system models, and used in the latest IPCC report.

In my presentation I will explain the structure of the eScience Center and how it came to be, introduce the research software directory, and provide some examples of projects in the area of sustainability we contribute to.

Niels Drost is a Research Software Engineer from the Netherlands. He is currently the Programme Manager for Environment and Sustainability at the Netherlands eScience Center. He has a background in Computer Science in the area of High Performance Computing, helped establish the Dutch chapter of the RSE community (NL-RSE,, and has worked on many different research projects over the years, mostly in the fields of Climate Science and Hydrology.

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