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Informatics as a subject discipline in universities has seen considerable turbulence within the last ten years and indeed it is unlikely that any other subject discipline has been subjected to such extremes in demand over such a short period.

Many would argue that it is still an emerging discipline, which has not reached a ‘steady state'. The reasons for the fluctuations are thought to be related to a number of issues, particularly related to the year 2000 issue, the development of the Internet and the concurrent rapid expansion of the information technology industry.

Although this created a significant demand for Informatics courses across Europe the situation started to changed around 2001 and there has been a steady decline in applications to universities since then. Many reasons have been postulated for this, including the image of the discipline, job prospects and the experience of the subject at high or secondary school level.

Informatics can therefore be viewed as a discipline at a crossroads juncture with inherent problems. In the USA , professional bodies such as IEEE-CS and ACM have been proactive in identifying these global problems and providing guidance in the form of curriculum recommendations;  apart from isolated efforts by few Computer Societies in European countries no such common body exists within Europe.

Following the course of the first very successful Informatics Education Europe conference in Montpellier last year, the IEEII conference in 2007 will take place in Thessaloniki. IEEII aims to bring together Informatics Educators across Europe and to provide a forum for sharing experience, innovative ideas and identifying common issues to be addressed within Europe.

IEEII will include all the thematic areas of the previous conference but it will also focus on “Developments in South-East and East Europe” as its main theme. During the last 10 years there have been significant developments in East and South-East European countries through the changes of their technological infrastructure and the creation of competitive software companies. However, it is evident that academia did not respond efficiently to the changes of the socio-political map and the East and South-East European Universities have not yet formed a solid framework for industrial liaison. The conference will investigate the reasons for the above, and propose ways, using experiences of America and Europe as well as best practice examples in this region, in which the academia will improve their curricula and services in such a way to facilitate professionalism of graduates as well as to increase their employability. The role of local Informatics Societies will be investigated and how these could benefit from collaboration with European or American Computer Societies in order to play a significant role for the students, professional and Universities in this region.

We believe the conference will be of interest to all involved in Informatics education in Europe, from the lecturer teaching daily and whose interest may be in the pedagogy to the Heads of Department and Deans who shape policy and curriculum within their Universities.


This is a preliminary list of topics that may be considered for paper submission and presentation:

  • Undergraduate & postgraduate Curriculum Design & Development

  • Academic Staff Development

  • Standards in Teaching & Learning

  • Blended Education

  • Accreditation and Evaluation of undergradute and postgraduate programmes

  • Skills Development

  • Student recruitement and retention

  • Distance Learning: Methods, Technologies and Assessment

  • Collaborations: with Industry, Academic Institutions, International,

  • Research Informed Teaching & Learning

  • Undergraduate Professional Experiences

  • Teaching & Learning informed by Industrial Needs

  • Innovative Methods in Teaching & Learning: use of technology, tools, blended learning, industrial projects etc.

  • Gender Issues in Informatics Education

  • The entrepreneurial way to higher education - entrepreneurial spirit among students

  • Internationalisation of programmes

  • Diversification of international students body  

  • Adaptation of Bologna Process


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Informatics Education Europe II
South-East European Research Center SEERC (www.seerc.org)
City College, Affiliated Institution of the University of Sheffield (www.city.academic.gr
Thessaloniki, 29-30 November 2007
Contact: ieeii@seerc.org




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