The ICGSE conference has traditionally had a strong blend of academic and industry participation. But have we fully taken advantage of our joint expertise? The question “Who are we doing Global Software Engineering research for?” was posed in 2013 by Sarah Beecham and colleagues. We note the unequal load sharing between academics, students and industry in teaching GSE-Ed courses. So how can we best learn from each other and contribute to improving practice and impact in GSE research, practice and education?
This open session aims to create a space for such a discussion and provide opportunities for attendeees to contribute and help build an agenda. To kick off the conversation with academia and industry audience, we kindly invited four participants who collectively share experiences in GSE research, practice and education: Sarah Beecham (Lero, Univeristy of Limerick), John Noll (University of East London), Tony Clear (Auckland University of Technology), and V. S. Mani (Siemens Healthcare Ptv. Ltd.). We look forward to catalyzing a productive discussion which generates ideas and models that we can take further within the GSE Community, enabling Academia and Industry to work together to educate each other.