OctConf 2019

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We are happy to announce the upcoming Octave Conference 2019 to be held at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, from March 12th until March 15th.

The Local Organising Committee is happy and proud that CERN will host this event for at least two reasons:

  • Octave is a fundamental tool of analysis and research for hundreds of CERN scientists
  • Octave and CERN share and promote the same values of openness, cooperation, diversity, quality and commitment.

The two-day plus two-half-day event will be an opportunity for sharing experiences, planning the future of Octave and promoting its use among the scientific community and beyond.

Our scientific committee is working out the details of the programme, which will include: a presentation by Octave's creator and main maintainer John W. Eaton in the CERN Main Auditorium (Monday afternoon), several interesting talks about applications of Octave to various scientific domains, code sprints, and a session to promote the open-source supported by public institutions as a model for free and successful development. The call for contributions and abstract will be open soon.

The key members of the Octave development team will participate in the conference, both from oversea and from Europe. You can find updated information on the programme in this Wiki page and we are filling the [ Indico] timetable.

Key info


The conference will take place on Week 11, from March 12th until March 15th 2018.


Octconf 2019 will take place at CERN (European Center for Nuclear Research).


The conference fee is 20CHF and registration is required. Please use the CERN conference manager Indico to register.


The conference will be based around workshops, unconference, and code sprints, with a plenary speaker on the first three days.


Scientific committee

Duties: Recruit invited speakers, finalize the programme schedule, review and select presentations, review and select posters, chairing during conference.


Use the maintainers mailing list to communicate with these people.

Hosting committtee

Duties: Arrange and reserve rooms, catering, social event, and other logistics for the conference.


  • Andrea Latina
  • John Evans
  • Melissa Gaillard


Time Monday 12.03
Tuesday 13.03
Wednesday 14.03
Thursday 15.03


Hands-on activities: OctConf 2020 planning and Closing


First meeting
and Lunch
Plenary talk
and Lunch
Plenary talk
and Lunch
Farewell lunch


  • Jwe: "What is Octave 2019?"
Hands on Tutorials Visit to CERN


Social event


The conference will take place in the CERN's main site (Meyrin). You can try your luck and search for an accommodation in one of the CERN Hostels.

Should the CERN hostels be full, or should you prefer to stay in Geneva, we advise you to consult your favourite on-line booking portal (www.booking.com, www.tripadvisor.com, www.trivago.com, www.expedia.com etc.) and to contact the hotel directly in order to identify the lowest tariff available for CERN users and collaborators (preferential tariffs may apply in some cases).

Hotels in the vicinity of "Gare Cornavin" (Geneva's main railway station), or along "Route de Meyrin", are particularly recommended. Tram number 18 links Gare Cornavin to CERN in 20' (see timetable on the TPG's webpage).

Notice that, by staying in hotel, youth hostel or at a campsite, you are entitled to receive a personal and non transferable Geneva Transport Card for free, which will allow you to use the whole public transportation system of Geneva for the length of your stay for free. This includes buses, trams, trains, and yellow taxi-boats - Mouettes. Just ask for it upon arrival on the reception.


Please read the information in the CERN instructions.

Previous OctConf

OctConf 2018

Next OctConf

OctConf 2020