Talk Presentations

SciPy is a community dedicated to the advancement of scientific computing through open source Python software for science, mathematics, analytics and engineering.


The SciPy Conference allows participants from academic, commercial, and governmental organizations to showcase their latest projects, learn from skilled users and developers, and collaborate on code development.

This year, we do not have specialized tracks or themes, but welcome submissions on any scientific or analytical topic including (but not limited to): machine learning, data science, computational science, scientific visualization, image processing, and reproducibility.

Speakers will be notified on March 18th.

Important Talk & Poster Dates:


  • January 7, 2019:

    • Talk & Poster call for proposals opens

  • March 1, 2019: 

    • Talk & Poster submission deadline

  • March 18, 2019

    • Accepted conference and tutorials speakers notified

  • March 27, 2019:

    • Schedule Announced

  • April 23-24, 2019:

    • SciPy Japan 2019 General Conference

Program Chairs:

Planning for your proposal submission?​




Proposals must be submitted by March 1, 2019. Here's what you'll need for a submission:

The Short Summary

The brief description which will appear in the online program and give attendees a basic sense of your talk. This should be around 100 words or less.

The Abstract

Your placement in the program will be based on reviews of your abstract. This should be a roughly 500 word outline of your presentation. This outline should concisely describe software of interest to the SciPy community, tools or techniques for more effective computing, or how scientific Python was applied to solve a research problem. A traditional background/motivation, methods, results, and conclusion structure is encouraged but not required. Links to project websites, source code repositories, figures, full papers, and evidence of public speaking ability are encouraged.

Tips for Submitting a Proposal

The SciPy Conference is in awe of the work that is being done in the community. We receive many interesting and thought-provoking proposals but we have a limited number of spaces. Please take a look at our tips below to improve your chances of having a talk or poster accepted by the conference. In the unfortunate event that your proposal is not accepted, please keep in mind that you are welcome to give a lightning talk, book a room for a Birds of a Feather discussion, or talk to the Program Committee about displaying your work as a poster in lieu of a talk.

  • Submit your proposal early.

  • In your abstract, be sure to include answers to some basic questions:

    • Who is the intended audience for your talk?

    • What, specifically, will attendees learn from your talk?

  • Ensure that your talk will be relevant to a broad range of people. If your talk is on a particular Python package or piece of software, it should useful to more than a niche group.

  • Include links to source code, articles, blog posts, or other writing that adds context to the presentation.

  • If you've given a talk, tutorial, or other presentation before, include that information as well as a link to slides or a video if they're available.

  • SciPy talks are generally 25 minutes with 2-3 minutes for questions. Please keep the length of time in mind as you structure your outline.

  • Your talk should not be a commercial for your company’s product. However, you are welcome to talk about how your company solved a problem, or notable open-source projects that may benefit attendees.

Many of these tips are adapted from the PyCon Proposal Resources. Thanks PSF!

Talks may be given in Japanese or English. We ask that you include both languages on the slides if possible.

How proposals are reviewed and selected​


For those of you new to the SciPy community, we wanted to demystify the process we use to select talks and posters. The talks and posters go through a similar process consisting of open reviews (i.e., the identities of the submitter and the reviewers are public).  

Submissions are automatically assigned to reviewers with expertise in the domain specific topic. Each submission is reviewed by 3 reviewers and rated in the following categories: 

  • Would you recommend accepting this proposal (yes/no)?

  • Proposal rating? (numerical score 1 to 5)

  • How confident are you in your review? (numerical score 1 to 5)

  • Does this abstract concisely describe software of interest to the SciPy community, tools or techniques for more effective computing, or how scientific Python was applied to solve a research problem? (numerical score 1 to 5)

The submissions and their reviews are provided to the Program Committee Chairs. The Chairs review the abstracts, scores and comments for all the submissions and make recommendations to the Conference Co-Chairs. The Program Committee Co-Chairs and the Conference Chairs finalize the accepted talks and build the initial SciPy schedule.


Those that submitted talks or posters that are selected are contacted by the Committee and they are asked to confirm their attendance at the SciPy Japan Conference. The Program Committee also identifies a second tier of talks that will be added to the schedule in the event that some of the initial selections are not able to attend.


If you have questions about the process, feel free to reach out to the Program Committee Co-Chairs at