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.
The ECAL 2013 conference is pleased to give artificial life researchers the opportunity to organize satellite workshops and tutorials in two "bookend" sessions, on the first day (Monday 2 September) and last afternoon (Friday 6 September). Workshops are dedicated to the same general topics as the main conference, while allowing for more focused interactions among participants. The internal organization of the satellite workshops and tutorials (website, paper submission, invited talks, proceedings, all deadlines except registration) is entirely left up to their respective organizers. ECAL provides the onsite logistics (seminar rooms, projectors, coffee breaks, and lunch boxes) and links from the main conference website . All other organizational issues - including separate review process and proceedings publication, if any - are taken care of by the workshop chairs. Therefore, any workshop-specific requests from participants should be exclusively addressed to them, not to the ECAL committee. ECAL also offers attendees the possibility of a special reduced registration rate for anyone who wishes to come to these sessions only (Monday 2 and/or Friday 6 afternoon), but not to the main conference.

Workshop paper submission

To submit a paper to a satellite workshop, if it offers this possibility, click on the corresponding workshop link below and follow the instructions displayed on its website. Workshops organize their own deadlines, review process and proceedings publication, if any, independently from the main conference. Workshop contributions (whether reviewed or invited, full papers or abstracts) will not be part of the ECAL 2013 proceedings with MIT Press.


  • Workshop submission: February 25, 2013
  • Workshop acceptance: March 4, 2013
  • Early registration: June 15, 2013
  • Late registration: June 16 - September 6, 2013
  • On-Site registration: September 2-6, 2013
  • Registration as Presenting Author: June 15, 2013
The ECAL 2013 Organising Committee invites proposals for workshops to be held in conjunction with ECAL 2013. The workshops are intended to be forums to present and discuss new approaches, visions, or critical reflections within a subfield. They provide an excellent opportunity to meet people with similar interests, to be exposed to cutting-edge research and to exchange ideas in an informal setting. The organizers of an accepted workshop are responsible for its coordination, for its publicity (e.g., for sending out call for papers/abstracts), for collecting and reviewing the papers/abstracts, and for maintaining a webpage providing a list of accepted talks. The workshops can be half day or a full day long. The format can be decided by the organizers who are encouraged to plan interactive sessions.

Prospective workshop organizers are invited to submit a plain text workshop proposal by email to:


The workshop proposal should include:

  • Title of the workshop;
  • Brief description of the workshop topics;
  • Potential target participants and audience;
  • Roughly approximated number of participants;
  • Rough estimate of the number of talks;
  • Duration: half day or a full day;
  • Contact details and a short CV of the organizer(s).