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Euroscipy 2012: early bird registration ending soon!

2012/07/10 by Emmanuelle Gouillart

Early bird registration for Euroscipy 2012 is soon coming to an end, with the deadline on July 22nd. Don't forget to register soon! Reduced fees are available for academics, students and speakers. Registration takes place online on Euroscipy 2012 is the annual European conference for scientists using the Python language. It will be held August 23-27 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

Our program has been online for a few weeks now: we're very excited to have a great selection of tutorials, as well as talks and poster presentations. During the two days of tutorials (August 23 and 24), it will possible to attend either the introduction track, or the advanced track, or to combine both tracks (see and As for the highlights of the two days of conference (August 25 and 26), we are very happy to have David Beazley ( and Eric Jones ( as our keynote speakers. The list of talks is available on, with subjects ranging from extension programming to machine learning, or cellular biology. We're looking forward to exciting discussions during the talk sessions or around the posters, as happened during the previous editions of Euroscipy! Sprints may be organized at the conference venue during the days following the conference, from Monday 27th on. Since there is a limited number of rooms booked for the sprints, please contact the organizers by July 22 if you intend to organize one. Two sprints are already planned by the scikit-learn and the scikits-image teams.

The EuroSciPy 2012 conference will feature a best talk, a best poster and a jury award. All conference participants will be given the opportunity to cast a vote for the best talk and best poster awards while the jury award is selected by the members of the program committee. Each prize consists of a Commercial Use license for Wing IDE Professional, an integrated development environment designed specifically for Python programmers. The licenses are generously donated by Wingware.

Financial support may be granted by Numfocus to a small number of eligible students. See for more details on how to apply.

For information that cannot be found on the conference website, please contact the organizing team at org-team at lists dot euroscipy dot org .

Deadline extension -- May 7th

2012/04/30 by Emmanuelle Gouillart

The committee of the Euroscipy 2012 conference has extended the deadline for abstract submission to Monday May 7th, midnight (Brussels time). Up to then, new abstracts may be submitted on, and already-submitted abstracts can be modified.

We are very much looking forward to your submissions to the conference.

Euroscipy 2012 is the annual European conference for scientists using Python. It will be held August 23-27 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.

It is also still possible to propose sprints that will take place after the conference, please write to Berkin Malkoc (malkocb at for practical organization (rooms, ...).


Abstract deadline approaching, and sprints

2012/04/22 by Emmanuelle Gouillart

Just a quick reminder of the approaching deadline for abstract submission at the Euroscipy 2012 conference: the deadline is April 30, in one week.

Euroscipy 2012 will be held in Brussels, August 23-27, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Solbosch Campus).

The EuroSciPy meeting is a cross-disciplinary gathering focused on the use and development of the Python language in scientific research and industry. This event strives to bring together both users and developers of scientific tools, as well as academic research and state of the art industry.

More information about the conference, including practical information, are found on the conference website

We are soliciting talks and posters that discuss topics related to scientific computing using Python. These include applications, teaching, future development directions, and research. We welcome contributions from the industry as well as the academic world.

Submission guidelines are found on

Also, rooms are available at the ULB for sprints on Tuesday August 28th and Wednesday 29th. If you wish to organize a sprint at Euroscipy, please get in touch with Berkin Malkoc (malkocb AT itu dot edu dot tr).

Euroscipy 2012: Brussels, August 23-27!

2012/02/20 by Emmanuelle Gouillart

It is our pleasure to announce this year's Euroscipy conference, that will be held in Brussels, August 23-27, at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB, Solbosch Campus).

This Euroscipy meeting will be the 5th edition of this cross-disciplinary gathering, focused on the use and development of the Python language in scientific research and industry. Previous conferences took place in Leipzig and Paris, and gathered a very nice crowd of researchers, engineers, programmers, students, hackers, etc. Many thanks to the two new conferences chairs, Pierre de Buyl and Didrik Pinte, and to the local organizing committee, who took over the organization after two years in Paris!

As for the last editions, Euroscipy 2012 will consist in two days of tutorials and two days of conference. Thanks to the last Euroscipys, we have been able to gather a lot of tutorial materials that are available on (CC-by license). These lecture notes can be used either in html or in pdf format; they cover introductory and more advanced topics related to Scientific Python, and each section can be used as a basis for a two- or three-hour tutorial. We hope to take advantage of this new conference to improve and extend!

As for the conference, we are very excited to welcome David Beazley ( as our keynote speaker. David Beazley created SWIG, a software development tool that connects programs written in C and C++ with a variety of high-level programming languages such as Python. He has also authored the acclaimed Python Essential Reference. The call for abstracts is now open; abstracts will be selected by our program committee for oral presentations and posters. We look forward to hearing about your recent breakthroughs using Python! More details on the submission of abstracts can be found here. The deadline for abstract submission is Monday April 30. More details about the organization are found on the webpage of the conference:

An innovation of last year was the organization of satellite meetings following Euroscipy, one on Python for neuro-sciences and the other on Python for Physics. If you are interested in organizing a satellite meeting in Brussels (and preferably have some local contacts who can help for the practical organization), you should contact the organizing team at

We look forward to meeting you in Brussels next summer!


Euroscipy 2011 (ENS Paris)

PyPhy - Python in Physics 2011 - Euroscipy satellite

2011/05/26 by Emmanuelle Gouillart

We are pleased to announce a workshop on Python in Physics (PyPhy) in Paris, on August 29th, 2011. This meeting will be a satellite of Euroscipy 2011.

Date: August 29, 2011 (full day)

Venue: Department of Physics, Ecole normale supérieure, Paris

In physics, Python is widely used as a scripting and programming language for data processing, but also for numerical computing where it is a viable alternative to compiled languages, with the advantage of being easy to learn, to write, to read and to modify. For this reason, Python, which is entirely free, is an ideal tool for teaching algorithmic contents in physics. A number of initiatives integrating Python into curricula have been developed in the last few years, largely independently in Physics departments all over the world. At the same time, Python libraries for numerical analysis, combinatorics, graphics, interfacing other languages, etc have either reached maturity, or are developing very rapidly. This makes Python an exciting option for research application. A growing number of research programs now write code directly in Python.

This informal workshop on teaching and research in Physics will be a forum for coordinating these initiatives, for sharing different experiences, and for exchanging with the key developers of the scientific Python modules present at the EuroSciPy 2011 conference. Beginners and Students are welcome to attend. People interested in presenting a contribution should contact the organizers and send a short abstract before June 30, 2011. We welcome contributions on your experience in teaching Python to physicists and engineers, developing a Python module for applications in physics, or using Python for your everyday research work. Participation in this workshop will be free of charge but participants should also make themselves known by email before August 28, 2011.

Main topics

  • Python for teaching physics
  • Python for research in physics
  • developing Python modules for applications in physics

Important dates

  • June 30: deadline for contributions
  • August 28: deadline for (free) registration


Download the program here !

Invited Speakers


Euroscipy 2010 is over: please fill in the feedback form!

2010/07/24 by Emmanuelle Gouillart

If you attended Euroscipy 2010 (tutorials and/or conference), we're very interested in getting your feedback on the event. We have set up an anonymous feedback survey. It will take you only a couple of minutes to answer a dozen of questions on the tutorials, the talks, the practical organization, your wishlist for Euroscipy 2011, etc.

Up to now, 35 people have filled in the form (many thanks to them!). If you have not yet filled in the feedback survey (there were 170+ participants to Euroscipy 2010!), make your voice heard now!

Euroscipy tutorials: practical information

2010/07/04 by Emmanuelle Gouillart

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