News | 3 minute read

As in 2020, this year’s SciPy Conference will be virtual, offering increased opportunities for attendance. 2020 set an attendance record of over 1,500, almost double the 2019 Austin, Texas conference. The event brings together attendees from industry, academia, national labs and more – showcasing projects, sharing knowledge and collaborating on code development.  

Author: Kristen Leiser, Manager, Global Recruiting and Open Source Community   


The Annual SciPy Conference will take place virtually 12-18 July, with 2 days of tutorials, 3 conference days, and 2 days of developer sprints, gathering the community to collaborate on open-source projects to advance the Scientific Python ecosystem. This year’s program chairs are Matt Haberland, CalPoly and Madicken Munk, University of Illinois. 

The conference organizers have announced two additional specialized tracks that will run alongside the general conference one, appealing to developers, practitioners, and scientists alike:

  1. Data Visualization and Image Processing – a special track to discuss advances in data visualization and image processing, highlighting innovations that have enhanced data sharing within and across disciplines. 
  2. Scientific Applications of Machine Learning and Data Science – a track focussed on how theory, tools and methods in data science and machine learning can be applied to scientific problems. 


Mini Symposia 

As always, domain-specific mini symposia are core to the conference experience. The mini symposia allow attendees to discuss scientific computing as applied to specific domains/industries, with the goal of promoting industry-specific libraries and tools. This year’s symposia topics are: 

  • Physics and Astronomy
  • Biology and Neuroscience
  • Computational Social Science and Digital Humanities
  • Earth, Ocean, Geo, and Atmospheric Science
  • Maintainers Track
  • SciPy Tools


Important Talk & Poster Dates
  • Feb 22, 2021: Talk, Tutorial, & Poster submission deadline
  • April 30, 2021: General conference speakers announced
  • May 28, 2021: Proceedings first draft submissions due
  • Jul 12-18, 2021: SciPy 2021 Virtual Conference
  • Jul 31, 2021: SciPy 2021 final Proceedings published


About the Conference  

The first SciPy conference took place in 2002 at CalTech, co-founded by Enthought CEO Eric Jones, who had recently completed post-doctoral research in electrical engineering at Duke University. 50 Scientists and engineers gathered, with the shared passion for the potential of the Python scientific software stack to solve their toughest challenges while removing drudgery from their work. From that initial gathering, the conference has grown to over 800 attendees in Austin, Texas in 2019, and over 1,500 joining virtually in 2020. Enthought remains the institutional sponsor. 

Visit the SciPy 2021 conference website to learn more and register here: 


About the Author

Kristen Leiser is Manager, Global Recruiting and Open Source Community at Enthought. Prior to joining Enthought, she was a Director at a restaurant group in Austin, Texas where work included supporting the events team on weddings, grand openings, and special functions. This is Kristen’s third year to work on SciPy logistics and first as Logistics Chair.