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The annual SciPy Conference allows participants from academic, commercial, and governmental organizations to showcase their latest Scientific Python projects, learn from skilled users and developers, and collaborate on code development.

The conference consists of two days of tutorials followed by two days of presentations, and concludes with two days of developer sprints on projects of interest to the attendees.

We look forward to a very exciting conference and hope to see you all at the conference.

Be Inspired

We are excited to feature these keynote presentations.

Fernando Perez

IPython: from the shell to a book with a single tool; the method behind the madness - Fernando Perez

William Schroeder

The New Scientific Publishers
- William Schroeder

William Schroeder

Trends in Machine Learning and the SciPy community - Olivier Grisel

View their bios on the Keynotes page and descriptions of their talks on the Presentations page.



This year we are expanding the tutorial session to include three parallel tracks:

  • introductory
  • intermediate
  • advanced

Go to the tutorials page to see the schedule and links to descriptions.



The conference is an opportunity for developers that are usually physically separated to come together and engage in highly productive sessions.

Lightning Talks - Two 45min sessions of short presentations submitted the same day.

Sprint - a hackathon environment is setup for attendees to work on the core SciPy packages or their own personal projects.



There are many opportunities to gather and discuss topics outside the scheduled conference.

Birds-of-a-Feather, or BoFs, - self-organized interactive discussions around a topic or package.

Breakout Rooms - available to continue discussions, hold meetings, etc.


Mini Symposia

Introduced in 2012, mini-symposia are held to discuss scientific computing applied to a specific scientific domain/ industry during a half afternoon after the general conference. Their goal is to promote industry specific libraries and tools, and gather people with similar interests for discussions.

Mini-symposia on the following topics will take place this year:

Plotting Contest

plot contest

In memory of John Hunter, we are pleased to announce the first

SciPy John Hunter Excellence in Plotting Competition.

This open competition aims to highlight the importance of quality plotting to scientific progress and showcase the capabilities of the current generation of plotting software.

Winners will be announced during the conference days.



This year we have two specialized tracks that run in parallel in the general conference:

  • Machine Learning - Python makes machine learning algorithms more accessible. Learn about machine learning libraries and how they have been used as effective tools. View the Machine Learning topics.
  • Reproducible Science - The Open Science movement has stoked renewed interest in reproducible research. Hear how python is used to achieve reproducible scientific computing. View the Reproducible Science topics.


Check out the scheduled list of talks, mini-symposia and posters selected for this year.

Sprints & BoFs


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What's it like?

Watch the video highlighting last years conference.

video highlights