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SciPy 2009 Call for Papers

SciPy 2009, the 8th Python in Science conference, will be held from August 18-23, 2009 at Caltech in Pasadena, CA, USA.

Each year SciPy attracts leading figures in research and scientific software development with Python from a wide range of scientific and engineering disciplines. The focus of the conference is both on scientific libraries and tools developed with Python and on scientific or engineering achievements using Python.

We welcome contributions from the industry as well as the academic world. Indeed, industrial research and development as well academic research face the challenge of mastering IT tools for exploration, modeling and analysis.

We look forward to hearing your recent breakthroughs using Python!

Submission of Papers

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:

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. Proceeding papers are due two weeks after the conference, and may be in a formal academic style, or in a more relaxed magazine-style format.

Rapid presentations

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.

In addition, there will be an open session for lightning talks during which any attendee willing to do so is invited to do a couple-of-minutes-long presentation.

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.

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 can provide a final paper for publication in the conference proceedings. Final papers are limited to 7 pages, including diagrams, figures, references, and appendices. The papers will be reviewed to help ensure the high-quality of the proceedings.

For further information, please visit the conference homepage:

Important Dates

  • Friday, June 26: Abstracts Due
  • Saturday, July 4: Announce accepted talks, post schedule
  • Friday, July 10: Early Registration ends
  • Tuesday-Wednesday, August 18-19: Tutorials
  • Thursday-Friday, August 20-21: Conference
  • Saturday-Sunday, August 22-23: Sprints
  • Friday, September 4: Papers for proceedings due


Two days of tutorials to the scientific Python tools will precede the conference. There will be two tracks: one for introduction of the basic tools to beginners and one for more advanced tools. Tutorials will be announced later.

Birds of a Feather Sessions

If you wish to organize a birds-of-a-feather session to discuss some specific area of scientific development with Python, please contact the organizing committee.

Executive Committee

  • Jarrod Millman, UC Berkeley, USA (Conference Chair)
  • Gaël Varoquaux, INRIA Saclay, France (Program Co-Chair)
  • Stéfan van der Walt, University of Stellenbosch, South Africa (Program Co-Chair)
  • Fernando Pérez, UC Berkeley, USA (Tutorial Chair)