Do not miss our Lecture Series on Scheduling

On 26th January we meet at Albert-Einsteinstrasse 9, Berlin (Adlershof), Großer Seminarraum (Room 219/220).

We are happy to have Vojtech Cima (IT4Innovations – National Supercomputing Center) and Carl Witt (KNIME AG) as speakers.

The time plan is the following:

  • 10:00 Introduction to FONDA (Ulf Leser)
  • 10:10 Workflow execution at large-scale distributed environments (Vojtech Cima)
  • 11:05 Break
  • 11:25 Predictive Resource Management for Scientific Workflows (Carl Witt)
  • 12:20 Scheduling in Fonda (Fabian Lehmann, Jonathan Bader, Svetlana Kulagina)
  • 13:00 Lunch together

You are all cordially invited!

(The next Lecture Series is on 15th February on “Software Engineering for Science and Science for Software Engineering”)

FONDA Lecture Series on January the 5th

In the first week of the new year we will start with the first session
of our FONDA Lecture Series:

January the 5th
10:00 – 13:00

Albert-Einstein-Strasse 9, Berlin (Adlershof)

Workflows in materials science

Time Plan
10:00 Introduction to FONDA (Claudia Draxl)
10:10 Presentation (Hampus Naesstroem) 45+10
11:05 Fonda 30+5 (TBA)
11:40 Meet the speakers
12:00 Lunch together

Hampus Naesstroem (Helmholtz-Zentrum Berlin)
Gian-Marco Rignanese (Louvain School of Engineering)

Claudia Draxl

You are all cordially invited!

Retreat 12 22

FONDA is currently meeting for the December Retreat at Ringhotel Schorfheide.

Thank you very much to Rafael Ferreira Da Silva (Oak Ridge National Laboratory) and Anna-Lena Lamprecht (University of Potsdam) for their interesting Keynotes.

Invited Talks, November 28

We thank today’s guests for the invited talks:

Jonathan Donges, Whole Earth System Analysis, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research:

Challenges in multi-level network analysis for World-Earth system analysis of the Anthropocene

Susanne Schreiber, Computational Neurophysiology at HUB:

title tba

Matthias Böhm, Large-scale Data Engineering at TUB:

DSLs for Linear Algebra Programs and ML Pipelines

Lecture Series: Software Engineering for Science and Science for Software Engineering (date TBA)

The next Lecture Series starts on December 7th (15:00 – 18:00) at Humboldt-Kabinett, Rudower Chausee 25, Berlin (Adlershof). TBA. You are welcome!

This semester we have two invited speakers for each lecture and fewer lectures. Lars Grunske organized the first lecture, the topic is:

Software Engineering for Science and Science for Software Engineering

We are happy to have Norman Peitek (Saarland University) and Andreas Zeller (CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security) as our guests.

The presentations are:

Effective Notebooks: Making Notebooks Reusable, Extensible, and Well-Tested (Andreas Zeller)

Notebooks combine code, documentation, tests, visualizations, and interactive tutorials in an elegant and reusable fashion, and have quickly become the tool of choice for any researcher exploring, evaluating, and managing large amounts of data. Yet, notebooks are not as reusable and replicable as they could be – and as they should be. In this talk, I highlight some of the problems researchers face when they want to reuse, extend, or replicate notebook code and results, and I introduce several best practices from Software Engineering that improve modularity, quality assurance, documentation, and configuration management – and thus vastly facilitate reuse and extensibility of notebooks.

Neuroscience & Software Engineering: A New Wave of Research on Programmers (Norman Peitek)

Software engineering has traditionally focused on technical aspects such as paradigms, processes, and practices. But, a major component to success—programmers and their minds—has eluded our comprehensive understanding despite decades of research. In the last few years, neuroscientific methods have opened a new perspective for software engineering. In this talk, we provide an overview of the insights and challenges of measuring programmers’ brains.

In addition, we have time for discussion and questions to our guests. So, do not miss our Lecture Series.

We have planned two additional lectures. January 5th to the topic “Workflows in materials science” and on January 26th to “Scheduling”. Some more information is on our Wiki ( and will be announced as news (

The Challenges of Theory-Software Translation

Caroline Jay (University of Manchester) is part of our Mercator Fellowship and gives a presentation on November the first, 15:00. You are invited.

Title: The Challenges of Theory-Software Translation

Caroline Jay is a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Manchester. She has a background in psychology, and uses this to perform research at the human-technology interface, with particular interests in explainable AI and Research Software Engineering.


Software is now ubiquitous within research. In addition to the general challenges common to all software development projects,research software must also represent, manipulate, and provide data for complex theoretical constructs. Ensuring this process of theory-software translation is robust is essential to maintaining the integrity of the science resulting from it, and yet there has been little formal recognition or exploration of the issues associated with it.

This talk explores the process of translating between scientific theory and software, and presents a framework illustrating the challenges it entails, constructed through facilitated discussions with computational scientists and research software engineers. It also presents a use case of the benefits that can be gained by using psychological theory to change the representation of signal data, to create an automated, explainable ECG interpretation algorithm.


Albert-Einsteinstrasse 9, Berlin (Adlershof)

Großer Seminarraum (Room 219/220)