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Theory and Practice of Software
The situation with European spring conferences on theory and practice of
software science is widely regarded as unsatisfactory.
Until now, there has been no single event to compare with big
U.S. conferences such as POPL.
The result has been poor conference attendance and too much
competition by the various small conferences for good papers.
These points were made in
widely-circulated message by Reinhard Wilhelm
in 1992, and by others elsewhere.
In the mid-1990's, partly prompted by plans to end the long-running
CAAP conference, time seemed ripe for reorganization and consolidation.
Following a discussion on this matter during the TAPSOFT'95 programme
committee meeting, a concrete proposal was formulated.
There was then a discussion on the basis of this proposal on 25th May at
TAPSOFT'95 in Aarhus, preceded and followed by e-mail discussion.
A consensus seemed to emerge that a single annual joint conference
on Theory and Practice of Software Science should be established in the slot
that has been occupied by CAAP/ESOP/CC in even years and TAPSOFT in odd years,
comprising a number of existing and new conferences and covering a
spectrum from theory to practice.
A transcript of all the e-mail discussions, which includes summaries of the two
face-to-face discussions, can be found
The title of the new annual joint conference is:
European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software
Its first instance was held on 30th March - 3rd April 1998
in Lisbon, organized by
José Fiadeiro of the
University of Lisbon.
is currently discussing plans for ETAPS'99 and beyond.
Detailed plans for ETAPS and its constituent events are
The call for papers for ETAPS'99 is
ETAPS'98 and ETAPS'99 are supported by a grant from
EU's programme on Training and Mobility of Researchers.
last CAAP/ESOP/CC was held in Linköping in April 1996.
The last TAPSOFT,
which included the final instance of CAAP, was held
in Lille in April 1997.
Don Sannella (email@example.com)