Informatics Europe

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Informatics Europe
Logo Informatics Europe.png
Formation 2006
Type Learned Society
Headquarters Zurich, Switzerland
+ 95 institutions (25 countries)
Lynda Hardman, CWI

Informatics Europe is the European association of academic and industrial research institutes in the field of information and computer sciences. Founded in 2006,[1][2] it has grown to represent over 90 members from 25 countries, including industrial research labs such as Google and Intel.

Members are institutes rather than individuals and include PhD-granting university departments of Informatics, computer science, computing etc. as well as public and industrial research institutes in information and software technology in Europe and neighbouring countries.

Informatics Europe liaises with scientific organisations such as the European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics (ERCIM), the ACM Europe Council of the Association for Computing Machinery and the Computing Research Association in North America.


The charter of Informatics Europe is to "foster the development of quality research and education" in Information and Computer Sciences, also known as Informatics.

Informatics is an international and distinct academic discipline of research and high-level education, characterised by its own concepts, methods and body of knowledge. Acting as the voice of the academic and research community in Informatics, Informatics Europe aims to:

  • Strengthen the development of high-quality research
  • Improve the quality of Informatics teaching
  • Promote understanding of the contributions that Informatics makes to economic development and of the unique scientific challenges of the discipline
  • Foster the cooperation between education, research and industry
  • Establish effective relations between the Informatics academic community and governmental authorities
  • Connect and cooperate with (inter)national organisations with complementary aims.


Activities include:

  • Organizing the annual European Computer Science Summit.
  • Fostering the share of best practices and common issues in the managing of(academic) research and education institutions e.g. through an annual workshop for heads of Informatics departments and directors of research and/or education of Informatics programs.
  • Publishing Reports that provide data, insights and authoritative opinion on topics of interest to the Informatics community.
  • Granting the Best Practices in Education Award to recognise outstanding European educational initiatives that improve both the quality of informatics teaching and the attractiveness of the discipline, and can be applied beyond their institutions of origin.
  • Supporting initiatives at the European level aimed at quality assurance for university research and education programs in Informatics such as EQANIE, the European Quality Assurance Network for Informatics Education.
  • Liaising with industries, companies, and organizations (like the European Union) in the ICT domain, to foster the development and importance of the scientific discipline for progress in information technology.
  • Providing online resources such as the European Research & Education Directory, and the Informatics Jobs platform.
  • Providing a service for the Assessment of Research Quality in Informatics, Computer Science and IT Departments and Schools.


Reports and other publications by expert working groups covering topics related to research, education and civersity:

  • Research Evaluation in Computer Sciences[3]
  • The Role and Relevance of Experimentation in Informatics[4]
  • Informatics Education in Europe: Institutions, Degrees, Students, Positions, Salaries[5]
  • Joint Informatics Europe and ACM Europe Report on Informatics Education in Europe[6]
  • Informatics Doctorates in Europe - Some Facts & Figures[7]
  • Image of the Informatics discipline[8]
  • Women in Informatics Research and Education[9]

European Computer Science Summits[edit]

Through annual European Computer Science Summits (ECSS), the association brings relevant themes and trends in Informatics to the foreground, from a scientific, educational, strategic, professional or policy viewpoint. The Summits held since 2005 include:

  • Switzerland 1st ECSS, 2005, October 20–21, Zurich, Switzerland (ECSS 2005)
  • Switzerland 2nd ECSS, 2006, October 16–17, Zurich, Switzerland (ECSS 2006)
  • Germany 3rd ECSS, 2007, October 8–9, Berlin, Germany (ECSS 2007)
  • Switzerland 4th ECSS, 2008, October 9–10, Zurich, Switzerland (ECSS 2008)
  • France 5th ECSS, 2009, October 8–9, Paris, France (ECSS 2009)
  • Czech Republic 6th ECSS, 2010, October 12–13, Prague, Czech Republic (ECSS 2010)
  • Italy 7th ECSS, 2011, November 7–9, Milan, Italy (ECSS 2011)
  • Spain 8th ECSS, 2012, November 20–21, Barcelona, Spain (ECSS 2012)
  • Netherlands 9th ECSS, 2013, October 8–09, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (ECSS 2013)
  • Poland 10th ECSS, 2014, October 13–15, Wroclaw, Poland (ECSS 2014)
  • Austria 11th ECSS, 2015, October 12–14, Vienna, Austria (ECSS 2015)


  1. ^ Bertrand Meyer and Willy Zwaenepoel, European Computer Science Takes Its Fate in Its Own hands, in Communications of the ACM, vol. 49, no. 3, pp. 21-24, March 2006; draft copy available here.
  2. ^ Bertrand Meyer, "Showcasing European Computer Science". 
  3. ^ Research evaluation for computer science, Informatics Europe report. Shorter journal version: Bertrand Meyer, Christine Choppy, Jan van Leeuwen and Jorgen Staunstrup, Research evaluation for computer science, in Communications of the ACM, vol. 52, no. 4, pp. 31-34, April 2009.
  4. ^ The Role and Relevance of Experimentation in Informatics Informatics Europe report, Carlos Andujar, Viola Schiaffonati, Fabio A. Schreiber, Letizia Tanca, Matti Tedre, Kees van Hee and Jan van Leeuwen.
  5. ^ Informatics Education in Europe: Institutions, Degrees, Students, Positions, Salaries;Informatics Europe report, Cristina Pereira, Bertrand Meyer, Enrico Nardelli and Hannes Werthner.
  6. ^ Joint Informatics Europe and ACM Europe Report on Informatics Education in Europe
  7. ^ Informatics Doctorates in Europe - Some Facts & Figures, Informatics Europe report, Manfred Nagl
  8. ^ Student Enrollment and Image of the Informatics Discipline, Informatics Europe report, Jan van Leeuwen, Letizia Tanca (Eds.)
  9. ^ Women in Informatics Research and Education Informatics Europe booklet, Cristina Pereira, Lynda Hardman (Eds.)

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