LINGUIST List 7.334

Sat Mar 2 1996

Calls: European Summer School in Logic,Lang & Information

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  1. "Bill Keller", ESSLLI'97 Call for Proposals

Message 1: ESSLLI'97 Call for Proposals

Date: Sat, 02 Mar 1996 23:37:33 GMT
From: "Bill Keller" <>
Subject: ESSLLI'97 Call for 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


Courses at the ESSLLI schools are offered at either introductory or
advanced level.

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.


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.


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 expenses.)

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 Committee.

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 for addresses).


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
( or from

Malostranske' na'm. 25,
118 00 Praha 1,
Czech Republic

Fax: +42-2-2191-4-309
Phone: +42-2-2191-4-255

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