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ERCIM opens to Multiple Members per Country

The ERCIM consortium is currently re-organising into a two-tier structure: a non-profit association (AISBL) open to any suitable institution based on criteria of excellence, and the current European Economic Interest Group (EEIG) composed of a few members which will act as the host of W3C Europe and the ERCIM office. The association will be able to drive the ERCIM mission without the current restriction of one member organisation per country.

ERCIM News 86 - Call for Articles

The call for articles for ERCIM News No. 86 (July 2011) has just been published at

The special theme of the July issue is "ICT for Cultural Heritage" Deadline for Contributions: Wednesday 18 May 2011

For details, see

7th ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution

The 12th International Workshop on Principles on Software Evolution and the 7th ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution will be held in Szeged, Hungary,5-6 September 2011.

This workshop is the merger of the annual ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution (EVOL) and the International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution (IWPSE). The rationale for a common event is to capitalize on the synergies to be found when theorists and practitioners meet.

Research in software evolution and evolvability has been thriving in the past years, with a constant stream of new formalisms, tools, techniques, and development methodologies trying, on the one hand, to facilitate the way long-lived successful software systems can be changed in order to cope with demands from users and the increasing complexity and volatility of the contexts in which such systems operate, and, on the other hand, to understand and if possible control the processes by which demand for these changes come about.

This workshop is co-organised by the ERCIM Working Group on Software Evolution

More information and call for papers at

AXES - New ERCIM-managed Project

"Access to Audiovisual Archives" (AXES) is the name of a new large-scale integrating project (IP) that will investigate innovative solutions for audiovisual content exploration. The project was launched by a kick-off meeting on January 13-14, 2011 at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium).

Michel Cosnard elected President of ERCIM

Michel Cosnard, President of INRIA was elected President of ERCIM at the last ERCIM Board of Directors, held in Brno, Czech Republic, 4 November 2010. Michel Cosnard took office as ERCIM president 1st January 2011 for a two-year term. Michel succeeds Keith Jeffery who served as ERCIM President from January 2005.

Call for participation in the ERCIM MUSCLE Working Group

MUSCLE (Multimedia Understanding through Semantics, Computation and Learning) is the ERCIM Working Group dealing with all aspects of multimedia processing, analysis, and management. Several teams from both ERCIM and non-ERCIM institutions participate in this Working Group by sharing their experiences and carrying out common research. The most visible achievement so far has been the MUSCLE Network of Excellence, partially funded by the European commission from 2004 to 2008, which has established collaborations among the 45 partner groups (each active in some specific aspect of multimedia understanding), and has implemented a successful fellowship program to provide the opportunity for a number of postdocs to gain valuable experience in different international laboratories.

Report on the 15th ERCIM Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems Workshop

by Stefan Kowalewski and Marco Roveri

The 15th ERCIM Formal Methods for Industrial Critical Systems (FMICS) workshop was held in Antwerp, Belgium, on 20-21 September 2010. It was co-located with the 25th IEEE/ACM International Conference on Automated Software Engineering (ASE).

New ERCIM WG “Media Technology & Edutainment” to kick-off

The kick-off meeting of a Working Group on Media Technology and Educations is planned on Tuesday, November 30, 10:00 - 15:30 at  Fraunhofer IAIS, Schloss Birlinghoven, 53754 St. Augustin, Germany. Scientists interested in participating in this group should contact Sepideh Chakaveh (see below)

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