Sunday, December 13, 2009

ESCO 2010 conference

An interesting conference 2nd European Seminar on Coupled Problems (ESCO) will be held on June 28 — July 2, 2010 in Pilsen, Czech Republic.
Among the topics are solving PDEs and applications and using Python for scientific computing. In particular, Gaël Varoquaux is the keynote speaker.

Unfortunately, it was later announced that the SciPy 2010 conference is going to be at the same time, which is really unfortunate. But here are some reasons why you should consider going to ESCO 2010 instead:
  • If you like numerical calculations (finite elements, differences, volumes, ...) and solving partial differential equations and other problems and also programming in Python, together with C/C++ or Fortran, you will have a chance to meet some of the top people in the field. SciPy conference usually has people who solve PDEs (e.g. SciPy 09 had about 6), but ESCO 2010 will have about 60. So ESCO wins.

  • Robert Cimrman, who you probably know from the scipy and numpy mailinglists, also the author of the sfepy FEM package in Python, lives in Pilsen, so he'll gladly show you some good Pilsen pubs. SciPy 2010 is going to be in Austin and while Austin has cool pubs too, I must be fair and I liked that (I was there at the Sage 08 days), but it's just not comparable, the beer is better in Pilsen, it's a historic city and there are more pubs.

  • Pilsen is close to Prague, so you will have the chance to visit it. You should walk in the old town, have couple beers etc. Here you can see some photos that Gaël took when we met in Prauge. Again, this is incomparable with Austin.

  • It is held in the Pilsner Urquell Brewery. When Pavel Šolín announced that at the SciPy 09 conference, Jarrod asked "Ah, in a beer pub?". So let me be clear. The word pilsner (type of the beer) is coming from the Czech city Pilsen (Plzeň in Czech). Pilsner Urquell is not some beer pub (e.g. even Reno where I live now has a beer pub), it's The Brewery. Austin is a cool place (and Texas steaks are really good), but as you can see now, it absolutely cannot compete with Pilsen.

If you have time, I can fully recommend to go to ESCO 2010.