The tutorials are closing in, here are a few practical details!

Venue and schedule

The conference will take place at the Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS), 45 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris. The registration desk will be located in front of the Dussane room where the Advanced tutorials will also be given. All participants should first check in at the registration desk, which will be opened from 8.15 on Thursday 8th. We expect 140 participants to show up, so please arrive well before the the first tutorial at 9.00! The introduction tutorials will be given in a different building (Jules Ferry room, 29 rue d'Ulm, 75005 Paris) but all participants should go first to the registration desk in front of the Dussane room.

To reach the Dussane room, enter the main building of the Ecole Normale Supérieure, and take the corridor on your left.

There will be some wifi access in the Dussane room (although we don't know how it will stand up to dozens of computers connecting at the same time), but not in the Jules Ferry room.

All coffee breaks will take place in front of the Dussane room.


As most tutorials will be hands-on, you need to install all the required software on your computer before next Thursday. For the introduction tutorials, a list of required softwares and Python modules (Python, Ipython, NumPy, SciPy, Matplotlib) is given on, together with links to distributions (Python(x,y) and EPD) that install all these packages at once (and many others). For Windows users, we recommend installing one of these distributions. Would you install Python(x,y), make sure to install the full version. If you are using Linux, all these modules are packaged for most Linux distributions and can be installed in a few clicks with the package manager.

If you have problems installing the software, you may contact us for help, but please try first to get help around you or browsing the Internet, as we expect to be quite overwhelmed as the conference is closing in. Nevertheless, it will a save a lot of time if everybody arrives with a laptop well setup, so don't hesitate to ask questions.

For the advanced track, please check on the tutorials description if other packages or softwares are mentioned (Mayavi, SymPy, PyTables, Cython, etc.), and if so, install them in addition to the base packages listed above (or check if they come with your scientific Python distribution).

Also try to take a computer with a long battery lifetime, as we won't be able to plug more than a fraction of the computers at the same time. (Yes, we do have some extension cables, but the electrical circuits of the rooms are not sized to supply power to 80 laptops at the same time).

For any questions, please write to

We are looking forward to seeing you next Thursday!

photography under CC by Valentin Ottone