Software for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Workshop 2024

When: May 7 to 9, 2024

Where: Virtual and in-person at NASA HQ in Washington, D.C., USA

The 2024 Software for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Workshop aims to explore the current opportunities and challenges for the various categories and lifecycle stages of software that are relevant for activities funded by the NASA Science Mission Directorate (SMD). This includes increasing the visibility of software being developed and igniting wider collaborations on those challenges between centers, missions, data repositories, and sciences.  

We invite the community to this hybrid workshop to discuss these topics, identify opportunities and challenges in each, and set priorities for paths forward as possible. The workshop will be hosted at NASA HQ in Washington, D.C. from Tuesday, May 7 to Thursday, May 9. There will be no registration fee and the meeting will be virtual with an option for in-person attendance. In-person attendance will be limited by venue capacity. 

Key Objectives

  • Bring together those interested in software for the NASA Science Mission Directorate to facilitate new collaborations across centers and sciences.
  • Identify opportunities and challenges in different stages of the software lifecycle.
  • Identify software being developed, areas of expertise, resources, and best practices for the NASA software community.
  • Provide community feedback to prioritize paths forward.

Who Is This For?

The target audience for this event is primarily NASA employees and contractors working on SMD missions, data repositories, or at centers or partners. The meeting will be held openly and others are welcome to join. In-person attendance will prioritize NASA employees and contractors.   

Future events will be organized with a focus on research software for Earth and space sciences.  


Register here to attend the workshop.

We welcome abstracts for talks, discussions, or posters. As part of the event, we plan for opportunities for people to share their work, so please consider submitting an abstract to share the exciting projects that you are developing!  You can submit your abstracts as part of the registration form. In the spirit of open science, the planning committee would also like to receive your input on the topics to be prioritized at the workshop.

Please register through the form by March 29.  Registration for virtual attendance will remain open until April 30, but in-person attendance and abstract submissions will only be fully considered if submitted prior to this date. 

Please note that registration and abstract submission are performed using the same form. See the form for details. As the target audience for this event, priority for selection of abstracts and in-person attendance will be given to NASA employees and contractors.   

Code of Conduct

This meeting will follow the Transform to Open Science Code of Conduct.

Workshop Agenda

The workshop agenda will be continuously updated before and during the workshop. Please see the General Workshop Information folder for a copy of the agenda, the workshop guidebook, and code of conduct.

Workshop Recordings

Recordings are now available for each session of the 2024 Software for the NASA Science Mission Directorate Workshop. Follow the links below for the unlisted YouTube videos.

Pre-Workshop Activities

More information will be coming soon.   

We encourage all attendees to complete the NASA Transform to Open Science (TOPS)  Open Science 101 course, including the Open Code module.

Organizing Committees

This event is administered by a Program Committee and an Executive Committee.

Program Committee

Chair: Rebecca Ringuette, NASA GSFC

Crystal Gummo, NASA LaRC

Jon Jenkins, NASA ARC 

Maria Kuznetsova, NASA GSFC

Paul Ramirez, Jet Propulsion Laboratory 

Amanda Saravia-Butler, NASA ARC

Leo Singer, NASA GSFC

Josh Steele, Applied Physics Laboratory

Ashish Acharya, University of Alabama, Huntsville/NASA MSFC

Executive Committee

Lead: Rebecca Ringuette, NASA GSFC

Steven Crawford, NASA Office of the Chief Science Data Officer 

Brian Thomas, NASA GSFC

Mark Parsons, University of Alabama, Huntsville/NASA OCSDO

Demitri Muna, Agile Sciences/NASA OCSDO

Iman Nasif, Booz-Allen Hamilton/NASA OCSDO

Attending In Person

For more information on attending in person, please read our guide to visiting NASA HQ.

Points of Contact

If you have any additional questions about this event, please contact:

NCTS Registration Instructions

If you are a NASA employee, you must also register for this conference via the Nasa Conference Tracking System (NCTS). Please follow the instructions in the workshop guidebook.

NASA Official

Steve Crawford (