ICALP2003 is surrounded by a substantial program of scientific and social events. Ordered by date, these are:June 23-27: Co-located conferences
In the week preceding ICALP2003, two international conferences in computer science are hosted by the TU/e:
In the weekend preceeding ICALP2003, a number of satellite workshops of interest to the EATCS community will be held. See the Workshops section of the website for the program.
Education Matters - The Challenge of Teaching Theoretical Computer Science is a column in the Bulletin of the European Association for Theoretical Computer Science (EATCS) that offers a forum to discuss educational matters with the emphasis on higher education in computer science (see www.informatik.uni-bremen.de/theorie/EducationMatters). ICALP 2003 provides the opportunity for an Education Matters panel discussion on Sunday, 29 June, 16.00 - 17.30, to which everybody who is interested is invited.
Around the world, courses on theoretical issues and on formal methods in general are often not very popular among the computer science students. Many of them do not see the significance of formal concepts and theoretical results and have difficulties to understand and to use the underlying machinery. This is the challenge of teaching theoretical computer science. On one hand, the topic is important, but not easy to explain. On the other hand, a good part of the audience may be hesitant, sceptic, reserved, or ignorant.
Four panelists will consider what can be done about this. In their initial statements they will address the questions along the following lines, after which there will be an open plenary discussion
Panelists: Jozef Gruska (Brno), Markus Roggenbach (Swansea), Jetty Klein (Leiden), and Jan Friso Groote (Eindhoven)
Presenter: Hans-Joerg Kreowski
On Monday evening, the EATCS award and the NVTI Life Time Achievement Award will be presented to the winners at a festive occasion hosted by the city of Eindhoven. The program features lectures by the winners and a reception.
After end of program on Tuesday, Philips Research invites participants of ICALP2003 for on excursion to the new High Tech Campus that Philips is building in the southwest of Eindhoven. The program includes a tour of the facility, presentations on work done at Philips Research, and drinks.
For ICALP2003, the conference dinner and the social event are combined into one unique experience: A Midsummernight's Dream themed party at the Efteling.
Efteling is one of the leading family attraction parks in Europe. Each year, some three million people visit the World of Wonders in Kaatsheuvel, in the Dutch province of Noord-Brabant. Efteling presents fairytales, attractions, entertainment and events in a relaxing green park covering 72 hectares. Efteling has been attracting visitors of all ages from at home and abroad since 1952. The wide range of activities, and the way they are presented by Efteling, have led to major international awards (for more information see http://www.efteling.nl/docs.en/)A Midsummernight's Dream is a party telling the well-known story with actors, musicians, and one of the most beautiful rides of the Efteling. It will start at the House of the Five Senses, where you will be welcomed by Puck who took you to the kingdom of Oberon. Inside the Dream Flight palace, King Oberon will salute you with a toast and invite you on a dream flight high among the stars, past the elves in the Eternal Woods, through the Troll Marshes, the Realm of Castles and the Wood of Wonders. With your feet safely back on the ground Oberon will treat you to a buffet, and introduce you to Queen Titania who will dance for you with her elves. After a spectacular dessert the King, Queen and all the other creatures of the forest will say goodbye and leave you in the hands of the musicians of Boyze & Joyze, who will cater for those who want to dance. All good things must come to an end, and in this case the end will come at midnight, but the memories of this Midsummernight's Dream will surely last.
In the Friday afternoon and Saturday following ICALP2003, a number of satellite workshops of interest to the EATCS community will be held. See the Workshops section of the website for the program.