This year's Debconf will probably have for the first time tracks pertaining to certain subjects. One of the proposed tracks will be "Math and Science and Debian" and I was asked to organize it.
We have some talk proposals already, and we will have a panel discussion about Debian science packaging between the major contributors of the various packaging teams, but more talks are welome! Talks could be about science with/on Debian, or Debian development in scientific fields.
Additionally, I would like to encourage contributions on three types of topics:
- Success stories about using Debian for scientific research
- New developments in basic science packages and their packaging policies, like MPI/linear algebra libraries, or Fortran compilers
- Developing/maintaining scientific software with or in Debian as upstream developers/scientists
Full length talks are not required, we could split up each topic among a number of people depending on interest and submissions.
Talks can be officially submitted until the end of tomorrow (Saturday May 1st, 23h59 UTC), but even afterwards, if you plan to go to Debconf and would like to give a talk about Math, Science and Debian, please contact me and we will see what can be done. Especially contributions to the three topics above can be made later as the events will be registered already.