Call for Participation: European Computer Science Summit – ECSS 2017 “Informatics Connects!” 24 – 25 October 2017, Lisbon, Portugal

by Pepa_Echanove, May 16, 2017

The 13th European Computer Science Summit – 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  Department of Informatics, Universidade NOVA de Lisboa and Lynda Hardman, Informatics Europe President, CWI and Utrecht University. The Program Chairs are José Fiadeiro, Department of Computer Science, Royal Holloway University of London and Markus Püschel, 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:

More speakers to be announced soon. Follow the ECSS 2017 website for up to date information.

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, Faculty of Informatics, University of Lugano and Prof. Hannes Werthner, Faculty of Informatics, Vienna University of Technology.

Confirmed Speakers:

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.

Venue/Travel

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, located at Campolide Campus, Lisbon 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), associated with the Department of Informatics at 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 central zone.

  • By public transportation

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

The closest subway station 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 - 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 Euro.

Accommodation

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, 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@informatics-europe.org.

Registration to ECSS 2017 will open by end of June.

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