[ecoop-info] ECSS 2012 - 1st Call for Participation/Contributions

Cristina Pereira cristina.pereira at informatics-europe.org
Wed May 2 15:40:11 CEST 2012

*8th European Computer Science Summit - ECSS 2012 -*
*What makes a good PhD in Informatics?*

*20--21 November 2012, Barcelona, Spain*

Pre-Summit Workshops on 19 November 2012 

  *Deadline for Submissions: August 15, 2012*
*Notifications of Acceptance: September 15, 2012*
*Deadline for Early Registration: September 20, 2012*

The8th European Computer Science Summit- ECSS 2012 
<http://www.informatics-europe.org/ecss/ecss-2012.html>, with the theme 
"What makes a good PhD in Informatics?", is soliciting contributions on 
topics of interest to the ECSS audience throughout Europe: heads (or 
deans, chairs, etc.) of informatics/computer science/IT departments 
(schools, faculties); research directors and managers of research 
centers and laboratories in industry or in public institutions; as well 
as senior faculty and senior researchers from both academia and industry.

Like its predecessors, the 8th European Computer Science Summit, is a 
unique opportunity to meet some of the leading decision makers in 
informatics research and education, and discuss the critical issues of 
the discipline. The conference will be held in Barcelona, Spain, one of 
the most exciting cities in the world, filled with culture, art, and 

The Summit is devoted to important and timely strategic issues and 
trends regarding all aspects of informatics: education, research, 
funding, entrepreneurship, management, career development, and policies. 
The speakers are an impressive group of world-class researchers who will 
present their latest advances and debate the future of the field. Our 
select list includes:

  *      Danny Dolev, Professor at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
    and  Member of Scientific Council, The European Research Council -
  *      Walter Gander, Emeritus Professor at ETH Zurich and President
    of the Education Committee of ICT-Switzerland - Switzerland
  *      K.M. (Kees) van Hee, Professor and Managing Director of
    Education Institute at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) -
    The Netherlands
  *      Farnam Jahanian, Head of the Computer and Information Science
    and Engineering Directorates at the National Science Foundation - USA
  *      Manfred Nagl, Emeritus Professor at RWTH Aachen University and
    Board Member of Informatics Europe - Germany
  *      Diomidis Spinellis, Professor at Athens University of Economics
    and Business and Director of the Information Systems Technology
    Laboratory (ISTLab) - Greece

This is a partial list as of May 2012, other names will be added.

In addition to the general topics of interest, every Summit has a 
particular theme, and the particular theme of ECSS 2012 is "What makes a 
good PhD in Informatics?" Thus, ECSS 2012 will enable educators, 
researchers, managers and other experts in the field to assess and 
discuss issues such as the best ways of designing and running PhD 
programs in our field, what the focus of such programs should be, what 
both academia and industry expect nowadays from a recent PhD graduate, 
career paths, PhD program evaluation, and any other related issues with 
a focus on how PhD education in Europe can help informatics make its 
best possible contribution to the progress of society.

As for the previous Summits, the program consists of special invited 
talks, workshops, panels and other interactive sessions devoted to 
common issues, problems and proposals in the area of Informatics 
(Computer Science/Computing/ICT). Special features of the 2012 Summit 
are as follows:

  * Special focus on *"What makes a good PhD in Informatics?"*
  * **Pre-Summit*Workshop for Deans, Department Chairs and Research
    Directors* on November 19, 2012
  * Pre-Summit *Workshop on Experimentation in Computer Science: Scope,
    Method and Relevance* on November 19, 2012
  * Invited talks from key players in the field
  * Submitted talks by colleagues from all over Europe and beyond
  * Award Ceremony of the 2012 Informatics Europe Curriculum Award

*Topics for Contributions*

ECSS 2012 is soliciting contributions on all topics of interest to its 
intended audience, including (but not limited to) the following:

  *      Major trends in informatics research and education.
  *      Relationship of informatics researchers and educators with
  *      Research funding: issues, experience reports, policy.
  *      Image of the discipline, student enrollment.
  *      Infrastructure to support informatics research and education.
  *      Issues in research and education policy.
  *      Experience reports on educational techniques for informatics.
  *      Research organization for informatics.
  *      Research careers in informatics, researcher evaluation.
  *      Issues in informatics-related publishing practices.

Contributions in the focus theme of ECSS 2012: "What makes a good PhD in 
Informatics?"are encouraged. In particular, submissions related to 
proposals, experiences, best practices, etc. related to the 
organization, focus, objectives, etc. of PhD programs in the field of 

*Submitting Contributions*

To contribute to the Informatics Europe 2012 Summit program, please 
submit an extended abstract of your position paper by August 15, 2012. 
Submissions will be evaluated and selected by the ECSS 2012 program 
<http://www.informatics-europe.org/ecss/ecss-2012/committees-2012.html>on the 
basis of relevance to (and capacity of) the program. Proposals may aim 
at a 20 minutes presentation or demonstration, and should consist of an 
abstract containing:

  *      A header with the title of your contribution, your name,
    position, and affiliation.
  *      A clear description of your contribution.

The abstract should contain at least, but is not restricted to, one A4 page.

Authors of accepted abstracts will be given the opportunity to submit 
longer position papers.

All contributions should be submitted in PDF format at the Easy Chair 
ECSS 2012 conference submission site: 

  *      Deadline for submissions: August 15, 2012.
  *      Author Notification: September 15, 2012.

All accepted abstracts and position papers will be made available to the 
conference attendees and on the Informatics Europe site 

*Conference Chairs*

The ECSS 2012 is co-chaired by Carlo Ghezzi, Professor at the 
Politecnico di Milano and President of Informatics Europe, and Núria 
Castell Ariño, Dean of the Facultat d'Informàtica de Barcelona and Board 
member of Informatics Europe. The program chair is Manuel Hermenegildo, 
Director of the IMDEA Software Institute and Professor at the Facultad 
de Informática, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid.

*Conference Venue*

ECSS 2012 will be held in Barcelona, Spain, at the Facultat 
d'Informatica de Barcelona, Universitat Politècnica de 
Catalunya-BarcelonaTech (UPC) <http://www.fib.upc.edu/en.html> located 
at the "Campus Nord", Carrer de Jordi Girona, 1, 08034, Barcelona, 
Spain. Barcelona is an exciting city, filled with culture, art, and 
innovation. Capital of Catalonia, a region with its own language, 
character and history, and one of Spain's most cosmopolitan cities, 
Barcelona has been breaking ground in art, architecture and style since 
the late 19th century. The city exhibits marvels of the Arquitectura 
Modernista, defining its distinctive urban style, in which the 
flamboyant creations of Antoni Gaudi stand out uniquely, and hosts some 
of the finest art exhibitions in the world (Picasso, Miro, Tàpies, 
Catalan National Art Museum).

For more details and up-to-date information please check the conference 
website: *http://www.informatics-europe.org/ecss/ecss-2012.html*

Please note that the registration is not yet open.


*Come join this exciting and important event in the field of Informatics 
and participate by submitting your contribution!*

/P.S. Our apologies to those that received multiple messages regarding 
this call./

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