12th European Conference on Artificial Life

September 2-6 2013, Taormina, Italy

Designing, Programming, Evolving, Simulation and Synthesis of Natural and Artificial Living Systems
"What is Life?", Erwin Schrödinger.
Participants are invited to submit manuscripts, whether full papers or abstracts, to the ECAL 2013 conference in Taormina, for which a list of relevant topics is available in the Themes page.
Since 2011, the ECAL conference series has united with the International Society of Artificial Life (ISAL). ISAL is an international professional society dedicated to promoting scientific research and education relating to artificial life. In particular, ISAL organizes the biannual International Conference on Artificial Life (Alife series) and publishes the preeminent scholarly journal Artificial Life through MIT Press.


Therefore, every accepted full-paper and abstract submitted to the ECAL 2013 conference (not to the satellite workshops, which are independently managed), will be published by MIT Press in a single online open-access proceedings volume.


Moreover, the top 8 accepted publications will have the opportunity to publish a revised and expanded version of their conference paper in the Artificial Life journal.
There are two options for submission: either full paper or abstract. The format is exactly the same for both options (see submission instructions above). The only difference resides in the number of pages and type of contents:
  • Full papers have an 8-page maximum length and are required to report on new unpublished work
  • Abstracts are limited to a 2-page length.
All submissions undergo peer review by the program committee, and all accepted submissions are allocated either an oral presentation slot or a poster slot with no distinction being made between the two submission options (full paper or abstract).



  1. To properly format their contributions, participants have to download the following formatting instructions and template files: Note that color figures are possible, since the proceedings will be published in e-format online.
  2. Papers have then to be uploaded in one single file, in PDF format exclusively, to the EasyChair conference system. No other format was accepted.
Workshop papers are managed separately from the main conference. To submit a paper to a workshop, go to its dedicated website, which is listed in the Workshops page.


All the authors must follow the following instructions carefully:
  • All pages sized consistently at 8.5 x 11
  • No visible crop marks
  • Images at no greater than 300 dpi, scaled at 100%
  • Embedded open type fonts only
  • All layers flattened
  • No attachments
  • All desired links active in the files
MIT Press would also a copy of each abstract in HTML format.
Note that individual articles (PDFs) must not exceed 5 MB if they are to be indexed by Google Scholar.
Additional information about Google Scholar can be found here: http://www.google.com/intl/en/scholar/inclusion.html.