Summer School


Held in conjunction with ACM GECCO 2020 Conference

The SIGEVO Summer School (S3) goes into round 4 with a renewed format, which fully integrates the student workshop previously held during the workshop days at GECCO. We will be targeting the following areas of knowledge:

  • General skills needed by GECCO researchers, e.g. reviewing, paper writing and presenting, as well as best practices for the empirical evaluation of evolutionary algorithms. Taught through lectures and small practices led by summer school mentors, as well as through learning-by-doing during the "student workshop"-part of the summer school .
  • In-depth knowledge about specific topics within GECCO, mostly through attending tutorials and workshops associated with GECCO (included in price), see last year's tutorials for a good indication of what to expect. Mentor sessions will also be tailored towards specific research topics to allow for more in-depth discussions with an expert in the field.

There will also be ample chances to meet and work with fellow students, as well as senior researchers (our mentors) in a relaxed and smaller setting than during the main conference. Interested? See below how to participate!

Call for Papers / Participation

Due to the new format, we'll have two main ways to participate in the summer school:

  • with paper: Submit a 4-page paper, which will be peer-reviewed. Upon acceptance, you will automatically be accepted for the summer school and your paper will appear in the GECCO companion proceedings. You will have a chance to present your paper during the summer school and get detailed feedback from our mentors, and will also be able to present it as a poster during the main GECCO conference.
  • without paper: Submit a short motivational statement about why you would like to attend the summer school. The organisation committee will be reviewing these statements and distribute the remaining summer school places to the authors of the most convincing statements.

You can of course submit both a statement and a paper. In order for your paper to be included in the proceedings, you will have to attend the whole summer school and present during it. More details regarding how to submit your paper / statement will follow in due course.

Preliminary Schedule

Sunday, July 5th 2020Summer School (start ~9am)
Monday, July 6th 2020Summer School (start ~9am)
Tuesday, July 7th 2020Summer School (start ~9am)
Wednesday, July 8th 2020GECCO Tutorials
Thursday, July 9th 2020GECCO Tutorials + Networking lunch

Important Dates

Paper Submission Deadline03 April 2020
Motivation Statement Submission Deadline03 April 2020
Paper Acceptance Notification17 April 2020
Summer School Acceptance Notification17 April 2020
Summer School and Student Workshop05-07 July 2020
GECCO Tutorials and Workshops08-09 July 2020
GECCO Main Conference10-12 July 2020

Costs and funding opportunities

The prizes for attending the summer school are detailed below. There will be various funding opportunities for students, including scholarships and travel grants. Please see the info for students for more details.

To become member of ACM and/or SIGEVO, follow these instructions. The yearly rate for ACM SIGEVO membership is 10 USD for students, while ACM student membership is 19 USD.

Summer School only (July 5th-9th):

Student ACM/SIG Members200 USD250 USD
Student Non-Members300 USD350 USD

Summer School plus GECCO conference (July 5th-12th):

Student ACM/SIG Members400 USD450 USD
Student Non-Members500 USD550 USD