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AISB event Bulletin Item

Call for Bids to Host ESSLLI 2012


* Call for Bids to Host the 24-th ESSLLI, 2012 *

The Association for Logic, Language and Information (FoLLI) and the ESSLLI Standing Committee invite proposals to host the 24-th European Summer School in Logic, Language, and Information (ESSLLI), to be held in August 2012.

*** The ESSLLI Summer School ***

ESSLLI is a summer school which takes place two weeks in the summer, every year since 1989. The school hosts approximately 50 courses at both introductory and advanced level, and convokes around 500 participants each year from all over the world.

The main focus of the program of the summer schools is the interface between linguistics, logic and computation. Courses, both introductory and advanced, cover a wide variety of topics within the combined areas of interest: Language and Computation, Language and Logic, and Logic and Computation. Workshops are also organized, providing opportunities for in-depth discussion of issues at the forefront of research, as well as a series of invited lectures.

Detailed information about the ESSLLI organization can be found in the ESSLLI general guide, and the organizing and program committee guides. The guides can be obtained via the Standing Committee secretary.

*** Submission Procedure ***

At this time we seek draft proposals from prospective bidders.
Based on an evaluation of the draft proposals, promising bidders
will be asked to provide additional information for the final
selection procedure. The ESSLLI Standing Committee (SC), in
consultation with the management board of FoLLI, will finally
select the site, the organizing committee, and the program
committee, and supervise the subsequent organization.

*** Draft Proposals ***

Draft proposals should identify a target site, date and organizing
team with a chair who will be responsible for the overal
organization. The organization committee is responsible for all
matters having to do with the practical organization. Draft
proposals should at least include information on:

-> Location (accessibility; school venue; accommodation and
-> Proposed dates and organizing team
-> Endorsement by hosting organization
-> Local Language, Logic, and Computation community
-> Meeting and accommodation venues; audiovisual equipment
-> Catering and reception facilities; social program
-> Budget estimates

*** Proposal Assessment ***

Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria

-> Experience of organizing team, involvement in previous ESSLLIs
-> Local endorsement
-> Appropriateness of proposed dates
-> Accessibility and attractiveness of proposed site
-> Adequacy of campus facilities for the anticipated
number of registrants
-> Adequacy of residence accommodations and food services
in an appropriate range of price categories and close
to the conference facilities
-> Adequacy of budget projections -> Geographical and national balance with regard
to meetings in the decade prior to 2012: Trento (2002), Wien (2003),
Nancy (2004), Edinburgh (2005), Malaga (2006), Dublin (2007),
Hamburg (2008), Bordeaux (2009), Copenhagen (2010), Ljubljana (2011).

*** Important Dates ***

-> September 1, 2010, call for bids posted
-> October 1, 2010, draft proposal due
October/November, 2010, SC provides feedback
-> December 31, 2010, final proposal due
-> January 28, 2011, bid selected at ESSLLI SC meeting
-> August 6, 2011, OC and PC progress report
-> August, 2012, 24-th ESSLLI

Information about FoLLI and ESSLLI can be found at: http:// If you want to consult the ESSLLI guidelines,
or have any other queries about drafting your bid, please contact
Sophia Katrenko or Paul Dekker. Draft proposals should be sent to:

Sophia Katrenko                  Paul Dekker
Informatics Institute            ILLC/Department of Philosophy
Faculty of Science               Faculty of Humanities
                University of Amsterdam

Science Park 904                 Oude Turfmarkt 141
NL-1098 XH  Amsterdam            NL-1012 GC Amsterdam
                The Netherlands

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