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(Copied from http://indico.cern.ch/conferenceProgram.py?confId=44 and now used in the new programme at http://indico.cern.ch/conferenceProgram.py?confId=13919 - if you change this, make a note so that we can update the Indico site!)

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Refereed Papers

Ever since the International Python Conference (IPC) stopped running as a separate event, the Python world has lacked a properly prestigious peer-reviewed forum for presenting technical and scientific papers. This track aims to fill that gap.

You can read more about the process of submitting a paper to this track here.

The track chairs are XX (in 2006 : Armin Rigo and Carl Friedrich Bolz).

Python in Science

Talks with this theme will focus on the use of Python in science and industry, where tasks include modelling complex systems (thermics, fluid dynamics, mechanics, aeronautics, biology, chemistry, etc.), processing very large data sets and performing very CPU-intensive and long calculations efficiently. Speakers will present tool sets, frameworks and examples of successful applications based on Python and integrated with the other usual tools and applications used in the field.

The track chair is XX (in 2006 : Nicolas Chauvat)

Python Language and Libraries

A theme centred on "Python the Language" with all batteries included. Suitable for consideration within this theme are talks about the language, language evolution, patterns and idioms, implementations (CPython, IronPython, Jython, PyPy, CLPython, ShedSkin, and especially any new ones presented for the first time) along with implementation issues and attempts to port Python implementations to new or novel devices. Talks about the standard library or interesting third-party libraries (and frameworks) are also welcome, unless the talks would fit better into one of the other themes.

The track chair is XX (in 2006 : Samuele Pedroni)

Agile Development

Agility in software development is a key issue for more and more software projects, both in the Free (and Open Source) Software domain and in the proprietary software domain. By "agility" we mean both:

Talks with this theme could target the following topics:

The track chairs are XX (in 2006 : Holger Krekel, Beatrice Düring and Aiste Kesminaite)

Web Related Technologies

Python's role in implementing Web applications and solutions continues to evolve, revealing new success stories and a continuous stream of new tools and projects. As with last year's conference, talks traditionally part of the Zope track will take place alongside other Web-related talks as part of a wider Web technologies theme. Join us as we hear about success stories, new ideas about Web programming, and the potential for increased collaboration between projects in the Web domain.

The track chairs are XX (in 2006 : Paul Everitt and Godefroid Chapelle)

Business and Applications

This is where EuroPython thinks outside our Python community - about the applications we have written for ordinary people and businesses, and about how we've sold them to the outside world.

At previous EuroPythons we have heard about applications as diverse as indexing and searching the US patent database, industrial process monitoring, and payroll management. We have had panels on software patents (more work to do yet, I'm afraid) and licensing.

If you have any questions about how you can contribute to this track, please contact the Track Chairs, but most of all, please send us your proposals for talks for the Applications and Business Track.

The track chairs are XX ( in 2006: John Pinner and Harald Armin Massa)

Education and Teaching

The following is a modified version of the description from 2006. -- DavidBoddie

Are you trying to teach Python to somebody, or are you using Python to try to teach something else? Whether you have something to say about the use of Python as a teaching language in its own right, or simply use it to augment an existing curriculum, attendees are interested in hearing about your experiences.

In previous years, talks on this theme have covered a wide range of subjects and situations, from teaching mathematics to elementary school children to the use of Python to teach science to graduate students. Previous talks have also addressed specific Python-based educational tools - these kinds of talks often generate useful feedback for developers of such tools, and often lead to stimulating discussions.

All people who are using Python in a teaching environment are welcome.

The track chair is XX (NicolasPettiaux volunteers for 2007; in 2006 : Laura Creighton)

Games and Entertainment

Games have always provided a compelling motivation for people new to computing and computers to enter the field, often inspiring them to go on and design and implement new games and other forms of entertainment systems. Python provides such people, as well as experienced developers, with a platform to develop anything from simple puzzle games and "retro" arcade games through to three dimensional action games and massive multiplayer online gaming systems.

Python is used commercially for games infrastructure, scripting, and as the main development language of entire games. Meanwhile, there are community events which encourage participants to build a game from scratch in Python in only a week.

However, not all the tools that people use for writing games end up being used that way: many game-related projects are also used for developing entertainment solutions such as personal video recorder (PVR) systems, audio and video players, and presentation tools. Talks with this theme might cover the practicalities of getting started and choosing the right tools, building larger games or gaming platforms, applying game and multimedia libraries in other areas, or even sharing secrets about developing a game in a week and actually getting it finished!

The track chair is XX (in 2006 : Michael Sparks)

Misfits

So you don't think your talk fits into any of the existing tracks? Talk to me, and we will see what we can do. Many of the past years best talks (as evaluated by the attendees) first showed up as misfits, so do not feel shy, just mail me.

The track chair is XX ( in 2006 : Laura Creighton)

Lightning Talks

Lightning Talks are short (5 minutes) talks about any subject you fancy. This year we'll be having a session of Lightning Talks at the end of each day. Some relevance to Python or Zope or maybe just computers would be preferred, but is hardly essential! Many Lightning Talks will be arranged at the conference, but you can sign up for one in advance too.

Please note that giving a Lightning Talk does not qualify you for the reduced entry offered to speakers on other tracks. Also, experience suggests that trying to give a 30 minute talk in 5 minutes doesn't work -- please plan accordingly!

The track chair is XX ( in 2006 : ? )

Social Skills

The following is a suggestion for a missing theme description. -- DavidBoddie

Python plays an important role in the lives of most of the contributors and attendees at EuroPython. Although many newcomers to the language choose it purely on its merits, there are also a number of social factors that influence their decisions to use Python.

Similarly, Python has found its way into a variety of situations and uses where it is used, directly or indirectly, to improve communication and social interaction between people.

This theme recognizes that the influence between people and the tools they use works both ways, and covers an intentionally broad range of material as a result. We expect submissions to involve a diverse range of topics, including Python language advocacy, interesting uses of the language in social settings, presentation tools, communities, and suggestions of ways to improve social and presentation skills to the benefit of the Python community.

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