ECSS 2020 - First Call for Participation

by franziska_hauffe, July 3, 2020

*ECSS 2020 - 16th European Computer Science Summit*
*Diversity in Informatics Research and Education*

ECSS 2020 - 16th European Computer Science Summit

“Diversity in Informatics Research and Education”

26 – 28 October 2020, Online Event

Opening speech by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth.

The European Computer Science Summit (ECSS) is the meeting place for anyone interested in issues of research, education and policy in Informatics.

For the first time in its sixteen years of history, ECSS is going to be a fully online event, the result of the Covid-19 health crisis that affected the whole continent and changed our way of living, working, networking and socializing.

While we understand the power of personal contact for effective networking, and ECSS is above all a networking event, we also see a unique opportunity in creating a space of discussion and learning from peers that can be much more pervasive. We hope that bringing ECSS to your offices and home-offices we will be able to reach more members in each member department, creating more interest to our activities and inspiring people to take action and participate in Informatics Europe activities and being more active at the European level.

The 16th edition - ECSS 2020 - will be held via Zoom, October 26-28, 2020. The conference this year will consist of the main summit of three days composed of a number of complementary online events and sessions.

We are proud to announce that the conference will be opened on Monday, October 26, with a speech by Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth. She will be opening the first session, on the topic Informatics Education, of the Workshop for Leaders of Informatics Research and Education. The session will include also presentation and discussion on the Informatics for All initiative and the European Commission Digital Education Action Plan.

The following sessions of the Leaders Workshop will focus on the central theme: “Post-Pandemic Ways for Learning and Researching in Informatics”. It will feature sessions in which speakers will share their expertise with the audience in a webinar-style including virtual breakout rooms for a deeper Q&A.

On the morning of October 27, two high-profile keynote speakers, Ewan Birney, Director from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory - European Bioinformatics Institute and Vivian Lagesen from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology will be addressing two different aspects of “Diversity in Informatics Research and Education”, interdisciplinarity and gender balance. The session will be highly interactive, allowing attendees to pose questions and discuss with the speakers.

The afternoon session on October 27 will include presentations by the winners of the two Informatics Europe Annual Awards, Best Practices in Education and Minerva Informatics Equality. Rounding up Tuesday’s program a Dialogue with Members Session including the Informatics Europe Annual General Assembly will take place, where key topics of relevance to the community and the development of the organisation will be actively discussed.

The ECSS 2020 closes on Wednesday, October 28, with two special workshops. In the morning, the National Associations Workshop on "Interdisciplinarity and Informatics" will address how the increasing emphasis on interdisciplinarity in science affects the Informatics community in different European countries. In the afternoon, the 2020 WIRE Workshop will take place addressing key topics for the Informatics European community working to improve gender diversity in Informatics research and education.

The 2020 Summit program had the intellectual contribution of:

  • Enrico Nardelli, University of Rome "Tor Vergata", Informatics Europe
  • Cristina Pereira, Informatics Europe
  • Erika Ábrahám, RWTH Aachen University
  • Harald Gall, University of Zurich
  • Letizia Jaccheri, NTNU
  • Mehdi Jazayeri, Università della Svizzera italiana
  • Kim Mens, Université catholique de Louvain
  • Pekka Orponen, Aalto University
  • Dana Petcu, West University of Timisoara
  • Jaak Vilo, University of Tartu

Organizational Support:

  • Wieneke Emans, Franziska Hauffe, Svetlana Tikhonenko, Informatics Europe Office

For further information, you can visit the ECSS website or access directly the information concerning each specific session:

A preliminary version of the conference schedule is available on the ECSS 2020 website.


Registrations will open by the end of July. The ECSS 2020 will be held as a 3-day event with different sessions and webinars using the Zoom platform.

Benefit for Informatics Europe Members: We will grasp the opportunity of the online format and offer the possibility of a departmental registration for Informatics Europe members, i.e. one paid registration per member department allowing multiple members of that department to attend the event simultaneously.

About ECSS

ECSS conferences are 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 key audience includes:

  • Heads (deans, chairs) of academic Informatics (Computer Science, Computing, IT, ICT) departments (schools, faculties, institutes);
  • Research directors and managers of research centres, institutes and laboratories, both in public institutions and in the 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.