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Talk & Poster Presentations

Specialized Tracks​

This year we are happy to announce two specialized tracks that run in parallel to the general conference track:

  • High Performance Python

Once dominated by C and Fortran, Python is quickly making inroads into the world of high performance computing. In this track we are interested in Python performance optimization, strategies for parallelism and scaling in Python, and methods to enable Python portability on many diverse architectures. We invite participants to share their innovations, best practices, and pain points in this space.

  • Machine Learning and Data Science


This special track is devoted to both the theory and the application of data science and machine learning. That includes new open source tools and techniques for machine learning and data science, as well as novel discoveries in all fields of science made through the application of new or existing tools and techniques.​

Domain-specific Mini-symposia

Introduced in 2012, mini-symposia are held to discuss scientific computing applied to a specific scientific domain/industry during a half afternoon after the general conference. Their goal is to promote industry specific libraries and tools, and gather people with similar interests for discussions.

Mini-symposia on the following topics will take place this year:

  • Astronomy and Astrophysics

  • Biology and Bioinformatics

  • Materials Science

  • Earth, Ocean, Geo and Atmospheric Science

  • SciPy Tools

  • Maintainers Track

Submissions extended to February 15th at 11:59 pm CST

Speakers will be notified on April 21st.

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Program Chairs:


Gil Forsyth, Capital One

Matt Haberland, CalPoly

Nicolas Hug, Columbia University

Paul Ivanov, Bloomberg

Madicken Munk, University of Illinois

Important Talk & Poster Dates:


  • Dec 10, 2019:

    • Talk & Poster call for proposals opens

  • Feb 15,2020:

    • Talk & Poster submission deadline (extended)

  • May 1, 2020

    • General conference speakers announced

  • May 22, 2020:

    • Proceedings first draft submissions due

  • Jul 6-10, 2020:

    • SciPy 2020 General Conference

  • Jul 30, 2020:

    • SciPy 2020 final Proceedings published

Planning for your proposal submission?​




Proposals must be submitted by February 15, 2020. Here's what you'll need for a submission:

The Short Summary

The brief description which will appear in the online program and give attendees a basic sense of your talk. This should be around 100 words or less.

The Abstract

Your placement in the program will be based on reviews of your abstract. This should be a roughly 500 word outline of your presentation. This outline should concisely describe software of interest to the SciPy community, tools or techniques for more effective computing, or how scientific Python was applied to solve a research problem. A traditional background/motivation, methods, results, and conclusion structure is encouraged but not required. Links to project websites, source code repositories, figures, full papers, and evidence of public speaking ability are encouraged.

Tips for Submitting a Proposal

The SciPy Conference is in awe of the work that is being done in the community. We receive many interesting and thought-provoking proposals but we have a limited number of spaces. Please take a look at our tips below to improve your chances of having a talk or poster accepted by the conference. In the unfortunate event that your proposal is not accepted, please keep in mind that you are welcome to give a lightning talk, book a room for a Birds of a Feather discussion, or talk to the Program Committee about displaying your work as a poster in lieu of a talk.

  • Submit your proposal early.

  • In your abstract, be sure to include answers to some basic questions:

    • Who is the intended audience for your talk?

    • What, specifically, will attendees learn from your talk?

  • Ensure that your talk will be relevant to a broad range of people. If your talk is on a particular Python package or piece of software, it should useful to more than a niche group.

  • Include links to source code, articles, blog posts, or other writing that adds context to the presentation.

  • If you've given a talk, tutorial, or other presentation before, include that information as well as a link to slides or a video if they're available.

  • SciPy talks are generally 25 minutes with 2-3 minutes for questions. Please keep the length of time in mind as you structure your outline.

  • Your talk should not be a commercial for your company’s product. However, you are welcome to talk about how your company solved a problem, or notable open-source projects that may benefit attendees.

Many of these tips are adapted from the PyCon Proposal Resources. Thanks PSF!

How proposals are reviewed and selected​


For those of you new to the SciPy community, we wanted to demystify the process we use to select talks and posters. The talks, posters and tutorials go through a similar process consisting of open reviews (i.e., the identities of the submitter and the reviewers are public).  

Submissions are automatically assigned to reviewers with expertise in the domain specific topic. Each submission is reviewed by 3 reviewers and rated in the following categories: 

  • Would you recommend accepting this proposal (yes/no)?

  • Proposal rating? (numerical score 1 to 5)

  • How confident are you in your review? (numerical score 1 to 5)

  • Does this abstract concisely describe software of interest to the SciPy community, tools or techniques for more effective computing, or how scientific Python was applied to solve a research problem? (numerical score 1 to 5)

The submissions and their reviews are provided to the Track or Mini-Symposia Chair. The Program Committee Co-Chairs fill this role for the general track. The Chairs review the abstracts, scores and comments for all the submissions and make recommendations to the Program Committee Co-Chairs. The Program Committee Co-Chairs take the recommendations and build the initial SciPy schedule.


Those that submitted talks or posters that are selected are contacted by the Committee and they are asked to confirm their attendance at the SciPy Conference. The Program Committee works with the Mini-Symposia and Track chairs to identify a second tier of talks that will be added to the schedule in the event that some of the initial selections are not able to attend.


The Tutorial Co-Chairs review the scores and comments for all tutorials and build the schedule. They consider the scores as well as balancing the level of the tutorials (beginner, intermediate, advanced) and striving for a broad mix of topics.


If you have questions about the process, feel free to reach out to the Program Committee Co-Chairs at 



The Proceedings Submission


Once your talk is accepted, presenters have the option to submit up to an 8 page paper by May 22nd for the SciPy2020 Proceedings. The paper should follow the same guidelines as the abstract/description but elaborate on the details to help thoroughly understand the material.


As in previous years, these papers will be reviewed using an open dialog that takes place on github - pull requests over in the proceedings repo

By submitting a paper to the SciPy Proceedings, you are consenting to having your paper published and assigned a DOI.

Even if you aren't going to write a paper, please consider volunteering to help review!


Talk submissions are now closed. Accepted talks will be announced in early April.
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