[ecoop-info] Announce / ECSS 2017 - First Call for Participation

Pepa Echanove pepa.echanove at informatics-europe.org
Thu May 18 10:55:45 CEST 2017

*13^th European Computer Science Summit – ECSS 2017* 

*“Informatics Connects!”*

24 – 25 October 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

*Pre-Summit Workshop for Deans and Department Heads* 

*“Teaching informatics for all!”*

23 October 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

The 13^th European Computer Science Summit 
<http://www.informatics-europe.org/ecss/home.html>– ECSS 2017 – is the 
meeting place for anyone interested in issues of research, education and 
policy in Informatics. This is a unique opportunity to meet some of the 
prominent decision makers in the Informatics research and education and 
discuss critical issues for the discipline.

ECSS 2017 will be held in Lisbon, Portugal, October 23- 25, 2017 and 
will be hosted by the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa. The summit is 
co-chaired by Luís Caires 
<http://ctp.di.fct.unl.pt/%7Elcaires/>Department of Informatics, 
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and Lynda Hardman 
<http://homepages.cwi.nl/%7Elynda/>, Informatics Europe President, CWI 
and Utrecht University. The Program Chairs are José Fiadeiro 
<http://www.cs.le.ac.uk/people/jfiadeiro/>,Department of Computer 
Science, Royal Holloway University of London and Markus Püschel 
<https://www.inf.ethz.ch/personal/markusp/>, Department of Computer 
Science, ETH Zurich.

The Summit is devoted to important and timely strategic issues and 
trends regarding all aspects of Informatics, including research, 
education, entrepreneurship, funding, career development, management and 
policies. The ECSS 2017 will bring together:

·Heads (deans, chairs) of academic Informatics / Computer Science / IT 
departments (schools, faculties, institutes);

·Research directors and managers of research centres, institutes and 
laboratories, both in public institutions and in industry;

·Faculty members and researchers from both academia and industry;

·Members of funding and governmental agencies at European, national 
regional and local level;

·Experts, advisors and thinkers of numerous key issues like ethics, the 
relation between Informatics and other sciences, the discipline’s future 
and its influence on the academic world and society.

This main theme of the 2017 Summit is: *Informatics Connects!*

The ongoing digital revolution and globalization is deeply affecting 
education and research in Informatics, as well as the role that the 
domain plays in society.

On the one hand, Informatics is driving this digital revolution, 
creating a huge demand for specialized graduates and professionals. It 
is also contributing to developing innovative, fundamental approaches 
and tools for other disciplines: data-driven science, personalized 
medicine, manufacturing, architecture, finance and the creatives 
industries among others.

On the other hand, Informatics is a global discipline that remains 
largely unaffected by local or country-specific regulations. That is why 
education and talent-search know no boundaries, as we can see from the 
ever-increasing number of joint programmes, online courses (MOOCs) and 
the presence of major IT companies across all the globe.

A key challenge in education and university research for our discipline 
is to properly manage this increased “connectivity”.


*Invited Speakers*

ECSS 2017 will gather a selection of distinguished speakers to address 
the challenges that connectivity represents in its various forms; it 
will feature talks on selected “hot” topics, panel discussions and 
examples of successful stories.

An advanced list of speakers includes:

  * Nuno Correia <http://www-ctp.di.fct.unl.pt/%7Enmc/index.html>,
    Universidade NOVA de Lisboa
  * Pierre Dillenbourg
    <https://people.epfl.ch/pierre.dillenbourg/bio?lang=en>, EPFL
  * Wendy Hall <http://users.ecs.soton.ac.uk/wh/>, University of
  * Michael Kölling
    King’s College
  * Kurt Mehlhorn <https://people.mpi-inf.mpg.de/%7Emehlhorn/>, Max
    Planck Institute for Informatics and University of Saarland

More speakers to be announced soon. Follow the ECSS 2017 website 
<http://www.informatics-europe.org/ecss/home.html>for up to date 


*Pre-Summit Workshop for Deans and Department Heads *

Every year, jointly with the ECSS main Summit, Informatics Europe 
organises a special Workshop for Deans and Heads of Informatics 
Departments to address specific challenges they encounter in their role. 
The workshop is a unique networking forum for leaders of Informatics 
institutions, and focuses on concrete issues and practical solutions.

This main theme of the 2017 Pre-Summit Workshop is: *Teaching 
informatics for all!*

It will be held on Monday, October 23, co-chaired by Prof. Mehdi 
Jazayeri <http://www.inf.usi.ch/faculty/jazayeri/>, Faculty of 
Informatics, University of Lugano and Prof. Hannes Werthner 
<http://www.ec.tuwien.ac.at/%7Ewerthner/>, Faculty of Informatics, 
Vienna University of Technology.

Confirmed Speakers:

  * Shriram Krishnamurthi <https://cs.brown.edu/%7Esk/>, Brown University
  * Markus Püschel <https://www.inf.ethz.ch/personal/markusp/>, ETH
  * Jim Larus <https://people.epfl.ch/james.larus>, EPFL
  * Luís Caires <http://ctp.di.fct.unl.pt/%7Elcaires/>, Universidade
    NOVA de Lisboa

With the expansion of Informatics and its growing pervasiveness in other 
disciplines and society in general, Informatics Deans and Department 
Chairs face ever-increasing challenges. The workshop is a unique 
networking forum for leaders in Informatics research and education, both 
experienced and new, to exchange best practices, new approaches and 
practical strategies around common challenges they face. The focus for 
this year’s workshop will be on how to introduce Informatics across all 
university departments. As Informatics has become pervasive, there is 
growing recognition that its knowledge is important for any educated 
person. This is manifested by national efforts to introduce Informatics 
earlier and earlier in schools, even at the elementary school level.

·How does this issue affect university education?

·What kind of introductory Informatics courses are appropriate for 
different disciplines at the university level?

·Should Informatics departments teach these courses? What should the 
contents of these courses be?

·What are the essential ideas of Informatics that any educated person 
should know?

·What are ideal solutions and what are the barriers to implementing them?

The workshop will be a mixture of discussions/knowledge sharing/exchange 
of practical guidelines in smaller groups.

A detailed program and more speakers will be announced soon. Follow the 
Pre Summit Workshop 
<http://www.informatics-europe.org/ecss/workshop.html> websitefor up to 
date information.



*ECSS 2017 Venue Location*

ECSS 2017 and the Pre-Summit Workshop for Deans and Department Heads 
will be held at the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa.

The conference venue is the Rectorate building of Universidade NOVA de 
Lisboa <http://www.unl.pt/en>, located at Campolide Campus 
Lisbon <https://www.visitlisboa.com/>central zone.

The Rectorate Building was awarded the “Prémio Valmor de Arquitectura 
2002”, a top prize in distinguishing landmarks of Lisbon´s architectural 
landscape, established in 1902.

The Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, founded in 1973, is a reference 
university in Portugal, belonging to the group of “new universities”, 
offering research and higher education in Humanities, Science and 
Technology, Medicine, Business and Economics, among others.

The NOVA Laboratory for Computer Science and Informatics (NOVA LINCS 
<http://nova-lincs.di.fct.unl.pt>), associated with the Department 
<http://www.di.fct.unl.pt/>of Informaticsat the NOVA School of Science 
and Technology, is a leading research institute in Portugal.

*How to reach ECSS 2017 Venue*

Lisbon Airport is around 10 km away from the conference venue - 
Universidade NOVA de Lisboa - located at Campolide Campus 
Lisbon <https://www.visitlisboa.com/>central zone.

·/By public transportation/

The easiest way to reach Campolide by public transportation is the 
Line, directly connected to the Airport.

The closest subway 
to the ECSS 2017 venue is *S. Sebastião* on the Red Line. Subway station 
S. Sebastião is 10 minutes walking distance from the conference venue.

There is also available an Airport Bus Transport service - Aerobus 
<https://www.aerobus.pt/en-GB/Home-2.aspx>- that ensures regular links 
between the Lisbon Airport and several areas in the city.

·/By taxi/

A taxi ride from the Airport to the conference venue costs around 10-15 



You can check some walking-distance hotels from the venue in the 
following map 

*Special Offer for Prospective Members *

If your organisation is planning to join Informatics Europe 
<http://www.informatics-europe.org>, we have a special offer in 
combination with ECSS 2017: your conference registration fee(s) will be 
discounted from the annual membership fee of your institution when 
joining Informatics Europe.

The offer includes the discount of one individual registration fee per 
institution (ECSS main Summit and/or Pre-Summit Workshop) up to the 
value of maximum one annual membership.

For details about membership, please visit our Membership page 

For further information about his offer, please contact 
administration at informatics-europe.org 
<mailto:administration at informatics-europe.org>.

*Registration to ECSS 2017 will open by end of June.*

*Join us in Lisbon and connect to the community!/Informatics Connects!/*

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