ESSLLI97 - Call for Proposals
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CALL FOR COURSE, WORKSHOP AND SYMPOSIUM PROPOSALS
European Summer School in Logic, Language and Information
- Aix-en-Provence, August 11-22, 1997 -
The ESSLLI'97 Programme Committee invites proposals for courses,
workshops and symposia for the 9th annual Summer School, to be held in
Aix-en-Provence, from August 11th to 22nd, 1997. ESSLLI'97 is organised
under the auspices of the European Association for Logic, Language and
Information (FoLLI). Previous summer schools have been highly
successful, attracting around 500 students from Europe and elsewhere.
The school has developed into an important meeting place and forum for
discussion for researchers and students interested in the
interdisciplinary study of Logic, Language and Information.
Proposals are sought for courses, workshops and symposia on a wide range of
topics in the following fields:
Language Language & Logic
Logic Logic & Computation
Computation Language & Computation.
The Programme Committee for ESSLLI'97 comprises:
Language & Computation: Bill Keller, CHAIR (Sussex)
Language: Daniele Godard (Paris)
Language & Logic: Dag Westerstahl (Stockholm)
Logic: Sergei Artemov (Moscow)
Logic & Computation: Georg Gottlob (Vienna)
Computation: Gert Smolka (Saarbrueken)
If you are interested in lecturing, or organising a workshop or symposium
at the summer school, please read the following information carefully.
Courses at the ESSLLI schools are offered at either introductory or
Introductory courses are central to the activities of the Summer School.
They are intended to provide students and young researchers with a solid
grounding in a field's key concepts and techniques, and to foster
interdisciplinary links by allowing more experienced researchers to acquire
competence in neighbouring disciplines. In the three core fields (i.e.
Language, Logic and Computation) introductory courses should be aimed at
non-specialists. For example, an introductory course on logic should
address linguists and computer scientists, not logicians. Introductory
courses in the interdisciplinary fields (i.e. Language & Logic, Logic &
Computation and Language & Computation) on the other hand, may build on
knowledge of the relevant sub-fields. Thus, an introductory course in
computational linguistics may assume familiarity with the basics of both
linguistics and computation.
In view of the importance placed on introductory courses, the number of
such courses that will be offered at ESSLLI'97 has been increased. For this
reason, the Programme Committee is particularly keen to attract proposals
for introductory courses.
Advanced courses assume a higher level of background knowledge than
introductory courses. Indeed they may well be of a highly specialised
nature, especially within the three core fields. As a rough guide,
prospective lecturers should assume that advanced courses address PhD
students actively working towards mastery of the field in question.
Courses are taught by 1 or (maximally) 2 lecturers. They consist of five
sessions (a one-week course) or ten sessions (a two-week course). A session
lasts either 45 or 90 minutes. The most common formats are ten 45-minute
sessions or five 90-minute sessions; the two other combinations are less
usual, but not impossible.
The aim of the workshops is to provide a forum for PhD students and
other young researchers to present and discuss their work, both with
colleagues and with senior researchers. Typically, over 75% of the
workshop speakers should be Ph.D students or other your researchers. A
workshop has a theme and one organiser. The organiser should be a
specialist in the theme of the workshop and give a general introduction
in the first session. The organizer is also responsible for the
programme of the workshop (i.e. for finding speakers).
A workshop consists of five sessions (a one-week workshop) or ten sessions
(a two-week workshop) where each session lasts 45 or 90 minutes.
Symposia should provide specialists in a given field with a forum for
in-depth discussion. A symposium has one organiser, who should be a senior
researcher in the relevant field, and who is responsible for the programme.
Symposia have a maximum of 5 sessions (no two-week symposia!) and each
session lasts 45 or 90 minutes.
Please note that in order to keep down costs, the organisers of symposia
are kindly requested to recruit speakers, as far as possible, from the
ESSLLI teaching staff, or to provide a supplementary budget from sources
other than ESSLLI. This means that symposium organisers will have to work
closely with both the program committee and the organising committee.
FORMAT FOR PROPOSALS
Please submit your proposal in the following format:
Name: --- Name(s) of proposed lecturer(s)/organiser.
Address: --- Contact addresses of proposed lecturer(s)/organiser.
Where possible, please include phone and fax numbers.
Title: --- Title of proposed course/workshop/symposium.
Type: --- State whether this is a workshop, a symposium,
an introductory course, or an advanced course.
Section: --- Which of the six sections (Language, Logic,
Computation, Logic & Computation, Language
& Computation or Language & Logic) does the
proposal belong to? While it may be difficult
in some cases to decide which section is the most
appropriate, please just name one.
Description: --- A description of the proposed contents.
Not more than 150 words.
SUBMISSION OF PROPOSALS
Please email your proposal to the Programme Chair and the member of the
Committee responsible for the section named in your proposal, by May 13th
1996. Notification of acceptance of submitted proposals will be given by
September 1st 1996.
When you email your proposal, please use the following subject line:
Prospective lecturers and workshop/symposium organisers should be aware
that all teaching and organising at the summer schools is done on a
voluntary basis in order to keep the participants' fees as low as
possible. Lecturers and organisers are not paid for their contribution,
but are reimbursed for travel and accommodation. (However please note
that the organisers appreciate it if, whenever possible, lecturers and
organisers find alternative funding to cover travel and accommodation
Workshop organisers get a maximum amount of money to be used for the
expenses of the speakers in their workshops (typically about 500 ECU).
Please note that workshop speakers do not get free registration at the
School, but will be entitled to a discount on the registration fee. As
most workshop speakers are expected to be Ph.D students or other young
researchers, they have a lot to gain from attending. The organiser of a
workshop provides the Summer School organiser with a budget (before the
Summer School) and with a statement of accounts afterwards.
Symposia should as far as possible be self-financing (for instance through
sponsorship by projects or research groups). The organiser is responsible
for coming up with a budget, in collaboration with the Organising
Finally, it should be stressed that while proposals from all over the world
are welcomed, the Summer School can only afford the travel costs for a
small number of lecturers/organisers from outside Europe.
Lecturers and organizers of workshops and symposia are encouraged to
think about publications arising from their lectures or events. Workshop
and symposium organizers are especially encouraged to do so, as this may
help in raising funds for their speakers. FoLLi has its own book series,
Studies in Logic, Language and Information, which is published by CSLI
Publications, Stanford. Lecturers and orgainizers are invited to contact
the editorial board if they have publication plans. (See the FoLLI Home
Page at http://www.fwi.uva.nl/research/folli/ for addresses).
FURTHER BACKGROUND INFORMATION
Prospective lecturers unfamiliar with the ESSLLI schools should consider
consulting the program of the 8th Summer School, which is being held in
Prague from August 12th to 23rd, 1996. Information about the Prague school
can be obtained from the ESSLLI'96 Website (http://ufal.ms.mff.cuni.cz) or
UFAL MFF UK,
Malostranske' na'm. 25,
118 00 Praha 1,