5th Annual INFORMATICS-Europe Meeting

8-9 October 2009, Paris

With a pre-summit workshop for Department Chairs and Research Directors on 7 October, 2009

Update: ECSS 2009 was successfully held in Paris. A pictorial highlight is also now available.


Informatics among the Sciences - Scientific principles in Informatics

ECSS 2009 is the 2009 Summit of ALL CURRENT AND PROSPECTIVE members of Informatics Europe, the organization of leading faculties, department and research institutes in Computer Science and Informatics Departments and Research Institutes in Europe. The 2009 Summit will be devoted to the current issues of common interest and urgency for the scientific and strategic positioning of our field.

  • Conference Chair: Christine Choppy, Paris 13 University
  • Program Chair: Antoine Petit, INRIA Rocquencourt, France
  • Department Chair Workshop Organizer: Jørgen Staunstrup, IT U. of Copenhagen, Denmark

Informatics (Computer Science/Computing) is the discipline of the future: the key to many new developments in science, innovations in industry, and novel services in the information society. Yet, the impact and expectation of ICT pose great challenges to all faculties, departments and research institutes in Informatics worldwide.

What should our strategy for the future be? Our Program

As for the previous Summits, the program consists of special Invited Talks, workshops, panels and other interactive sessions devoted to common issues, problems and proposals. Special features of the 2009 Summit are

Invited talks:

  • Pre-summit workshop for Department chairs and Research Directors led by Jørgen Staunstrup on October 7, 2009
  • Special focus on: "Informatics among the Sciences - Scientific principles in Informatics"
  • Submitted talks on "Informatics among the Sciences - Scientific principles in Informatics" by colleagues from all over Europe. (see the Call for Submissions)


The ECSS audience includes anyone with a stake in the future of Information Technology research and education in Europe. Traditionally, many department heads, directors of both industrial and academic labs, and other decision makers make up a substantial share of ECSS participants.

Special ACM Event

As a special feature of ECSS 2009, ACM will for the first time host a special event in conjunction with Informatics Europe in honor of the achievements of European computer science. The reception (on October 8, followed by the ECSS banquet) will recognize European Turing Award winners and ACM fellows. It will be hosted by the ACM President, Professor Dame Wendy Hall from the University of Southampton, and the Chair of the ACM Europe Council, Fabrizio Gagliardi from Microsoft Research Europe, and will be attended by many luminaries of computer science. This is the first time ACM hosts such a high-profile event outside of the US and it promises to be a memorable evening.

What's the purpose of the European Computer Science Summit?

  • To create an international network of deans, heads of departments, and research directors in Informatics.
  • To provide a forum for discussion and the exchange of solutions and best practices on common issues.
  • To examine ways in which deans, department heads, and research directors in Informatics can work together to improve teaching and research, implement the Bologna process, can influence the policies of their universities, governments and the EU, and take joint initiatives on many other issues.
  • To provide a liaison with other groups pursuing relevant interests, such as the CRA in the US.

The successful 2007 Summit (ECSS 2007) and 2008 Summit (ECSS 2008) were held respectively in Berlin and in Zürich.

Featured Speakers

  • Alain Berthoz , College de France, French Academy of Sciences
    New frontiers between Informatics, Robotics and Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Alain Finkel , ENS de Cachan, France
    Mental Imagery in Computer Science
  • Georg Gottlob , University of Oxford, UK
    Computer Science as the Continuation of Logic by other Means
  • Wendy Hall , President of the ACM, Fellow of the Royal Society, University of Southampton
    What is Web Science and why is it important?
  • Mark Harris, Intel
    The role of Informatics in addressing the Big Global Challenges
  • Yrjö Neuvo , European Institut for Innovation and Technology board
    Research, Education and Business - European Institute of Innovation and Technology
  • Khalil Rouhana, European Commission, DG INFSO, Head of Unit, Strategy for ICT research and innovation
    An EU strategy for ICT research and innovation: raising the game
  • Joseph Sifakis, Turing Award 2007, CNRS, France
    Embedded Systems Design – Scientific Challenges and Work Directions
  • Marko Tadic , University of Zagreb, Croatia
    Language Technologies: a Happy Marriage between Linguistics and Informatics