[IPython-dev] ANN: SciPy 2014 Conference, July 6th - 12th, Austin, TX!

Anthony Scopatz scopatz at gmail.com
Sun Feb 16 10:05:32 EST 2014

Hello All!

I am pleased to announce that *SciPy 2014*, the thirteenth annual *Scientific
Computing with Python conference*, will be held this July 6th-12th in
Austin, Texas. SciPy is a community dedicated to the advancement of
scientific computing through open source Python software for mathematics,
science, and engineering. The annual SciPy Conference allows participants
from all types of organizations to showcase their latest projects, learn
from skilled users and developers, and collaborate on code development.

For more information please visit our website:

This year the conference has been extended to include an additional day of
presentations. During the presentation days SciPy is proud to host the
following event and talk types:

   - Keynotes
   - Expert Panels
   - Short Talks
   - Poster Presentations
   - Birds of a Feather Sessions

The full program will consist of two days of tutorials by followed by three
days of presentations, and concludes with two days of developer sprints on
projects of interest to attendees. This year, we are excited to present a
job fair for the first time!


This year we are happy to announce two specialized tracks that run in
parallel to the general conference:

*Scientific Computing in Education*

Thanks to efforts such as Software Carpentry, the Hacker Within and
grassroots Python Bootcamps, teaching scientific computing as a discipline
is becoming more widely accepted and recognized as a crucial task in
developing scientific literacy. This special track will focus on efforts to
promote and develop scientific computing education, as well as related
topics such as reproducibility and best practices for scientific computing.

*Geospatial Data in Science*

Python has become a core component of organiziing, understanding, and
visualizing geospatial data. This track will focus on libraries, tools and
techniques for processing Geospatial data of all types and for all purposes
-- from low-volume to high-volume, local and global.


Introduced in 2012, mini-symposia are held to discuss scientific computing
applied to a specific scientific domain/industry during a half afternoon
after the general conference. Their goal is to promote industry specific
libraries and tools, and gather people with similar interests for

Mini-symposia on the following topics will take place this year:

   - Astronomy and astrophysics
   - Bioinformatics
   - Geophysics
   - Vision, Visualization, and Imaging
   - Computational Social Science and Digital Humanities
   - Engineering


Multiple interactive half-day tutorials will be taught by community
experts. The tutorials provide conceptual and practical coverage of tools
that have broad interest at both an introductory or advanced level. This
year, a third track will be added, which target specifically programmers
with no prior knowledge of scientific python.


A hackathon environment is setup for attendees to work on the core SciPy
packages or their own personal projects. The conference is an opportunity
for developers that are usually physically separated to come together and
engage in highly productive sessions. It is also an occasion for new
community members to introduce themselves and receive tips from community
experts. This year, some of the sprints will be scheduled and announced
ahead of the conference.

(BOF) Sessions

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are self-organized discussions that run
parallel to the main conference. The BOFs sessions cover primary,
tangential, or unrelated topics in an interactive, discussion setting. This
year, some of the BOF sessions will be scheduled and announced ahead of the


   - March 14th: Presentation abstracts, poster, tutorial submission
   deadline. Application for sponsorship deadline.
   - April 17th: Speakers selected
   - April 22nd: Sponsorship acceptance deadline
   - May 1st: Speaker schedule announced
   - May 6th, or 150 registrants: Early-bird registration ends
   - July 6-12th: 2 days of tutorials, 3 days of conference, 2 days of

We look forward to a very exciting conference and hope to see you all in
Austin this summer!

The SciPy2014 Organizers
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