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SciPy 2008 Call for Papers

The SciPy 2008 Conference will be held 21-22 August 2008 at the California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California. SciPy is a scientific computing package, written in the Python language. It is widely used in research, the industry and academia.

The program features tutorials, contributed papers, lightning talks, and bird-of-a-feather sessions. We are soliciting talks and accompanying papers (either formal academic or magazine-style articles) that discuss topics which center around scientific computing using Python. These include applications, teaching, future development directions and research. A collection of peer-reviewed articles will be published as part of the proceedings.

Proposals for talks are submitted as extended abstracts. There are two categories of talks:

Lightning talks

These talks are 10 minutes in duration. An abstract of between 300 and 700 words should describe the topic and motivate its relevance to scientific computing. Lightning talks do not require an accompanying article (although, if submitted, these will still be published).

Paper presentations

These talks are 35 minutes in duration (including questions). A one page abstract of no less than 500 words (excluding figures and references) should give an outline of the final paper. Papers are due two weeks before the conference, and may be in a formal academic style, or in a more relaxed magazine-style format.

If you wish to present a talk at the conference, please create an account on the website . You may then submit an abstract by logging in, clicking on your profile and following the " Submit an abstract " link.


  • Friday, June 27: Abstracts Due
  • Thursday, July 3: Announce accepted talks, post schedule
  • Friday, July 11: Early Registration ends
  • Friday, August 8: Papers for proceedings due
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, August 19-20: Tutorials
  • Thursday-Friday, August 21-22: Conference
  • Saturday-Sunday, August 23-24: Sprints

Submission guidelines

  • Submissions should be uploaded via the online form.
  • Submissions whose main purpose is to promote a commercial product or service will be refused.
  • All accepted proposals must be presented at the SciPy conference by at least one author.
  • Authors of an accepted proposal must provide a final paper for publication in the conference proceedings. Final papers are limited to 7 pages, including diagrams, figures, references, and appendices. A committee member will be assigned to guide the author through the writing and submission process.

For further information, please visit the conference homepage.