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Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

SciPy has plenty of opportunities to get together and discuss primary, tangential, or even unrelated topics in an interactive, discussion setting.

2020 BoF Chairs:

Matthias Bussonnier

Julie Hollek

2020 BoF Dates:​

March 18, 2020: 

BoF call for submissions opens

May 31, 2020: 

BoF submissions due (to appear in printed program)

June 20, 2020:

BoF leaders notified of placement in the schedule

Jul 8-10, 2020: 

SciPy 2020 General Conference

Suggest a BoF Session​




In an effort to increase the opportunities for community building, SciPy emphasizes birds of a feather (BoFs) sessions. These sessions usually include short presentations by a panel and a moderator with the bulk of the time spent opening up the discussion to everyone in attendance. BoF topics can be of general interest, such as state-of-the-project BoFs, or based on the themes of the conference and the mini-symposia topics.

Some examples from the past BoFs include Reproducibility, Jupyter Notebooks, Distributed Computing, Geospatial Packages in Python, Teaching Scientific Computing with Python, Python and Finance, Python in Astronomy, Collaborating and Contributing in Open Science, and a Matplotlib Enhancement Proposal Discussion. BoFs are usually scheduled during the main conference on Thursday and Friday (July 9 and 10), between 1pm and 2pm or 6pm and 7pm.

We would like to solicit the community for ideas and organizers for BoF topics. Please include a small description of the BoF, possible panelists, and whether you would be willing to moderate.

Please submit your topic before May 31, 2020 to appear in the printed program.  We are looking forward to your submission!