The origins of Informatics Europe date back to the first European Computer Science Summit (ECSS) held at ETH Zurich in 2005.
On 21 October 2005, the “1st European Computer Science Summit” brought together, for the first time, heads of Informatics and Computer Science departments throughout Europe. This landmark event was a joint undertaking of the Computer Science departments of the two branches of the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology: EPFL (Lausanne) and ETHZ (Zurich). The initiative attracted immediate and widespread interest far beyond its original scope.
Besides the keynotes, talks, panels and workshops, the most important result of the Summit was the unanimous view that European Computer Scientists urgently needed an organisation with aims and scope similar to those of the CRA in the US, extended — in light of the situation in Europe — to cover education as well as research. As a result, the 'European University and Research Organization for the Technologies of Informatics and Computer Science (EuroTICS)' was created with the aim to become the recognized voice of the European computer science community, including both universities and research centres. The organisation's name was later changed to "Informatics Europe"
The initial bylaws of the organisation were approved at the first General Assembly during the 2nd European Computer Science Summit (ECSS 2006) on October 16, 2006 at the ETH Zurich. Informatics Europe was hosted and managed by ETH Zurich untill 2011 when it became a fully independent non-profit organisation, based in Zurich.
Bertrand Meyer, ETH Zurich, one of the founding members of the organisation, has served as its first President from 2006 to 2011. Carlo Ghezzi, Politecnico di Milano, was the second President from 2012 to 2015. Lynda Hardman, the current President, has taken office in 2016.