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  1. ACM Europe Report Andrew McGettrick San Francisco, November 2013

  2. Education Initiatives • Two such initiatives were planned: • The production of a report to advance education in schools throughout Europe • The creation of a high level computing education research conference in Europe – following on from the earlier Informatics Education Europe conferences

  3. Schools Report • This has been completed • It advocates education in digital literacy and informatics; the latter is heavy on programming • Both are seen as compulsory for all students, up to university / college entrance level

  4. Conference Initiative • This was to involve collaboration between Informatics Europe and SIGCSE, with ACM Europe having a watching brief, to consider creating a highly prestigious computing education conference in Europe for Europeans • A meeting was due to take place at the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), the national research institute for mathematics and computer science, in Amsterdam • This would be adjacent to the (ninth) annual European Computer Science Summit (ECSS) organized by Informatics Europe and taking place on 7-9th October 2013 • SIGCSE will be present as well as Informatics Europe (IE) but also others who hold conferences on computing education in Europe • Possible annual conference co-sponsored by SIGCSE and IE

  5. Joint Advisory Committee SIGCSE / ACM Europe Michael Caspersen, Denmark Guido Rossling, Germany SerdarTasiran, Turkey Informatics Europe Barbara Demo, University of Turin Antoine Petit, Jan Vahrenhold, University of Munster Other Important Addresses Susan Rodger, Chair of SIGCSE FabrizioGagliardi, Chair of ACM Carlo Ghezzi, Chair of Informatics Europe

  6. Outcome of Meeting • The meeting that took place in Amsterdam was less formal than anticipated. These notes are based on informal feedback • Michael Caspersen and Fabio Gagliardi (chair of ACM Europe) represented ACM interests • Antoine Petit, Barbara Demo and Jan Vahrenhold as well as Carlo Ghezzi attended on behalf of IE. • Explored remits, road map for next 2 years, etc • Observatory: work to be done on identifying thestate of Informatics education in each European country (similar to earlier CSTA activity)? To be ongoing. • Agreed to review major computing education conferences in Europe and explore need for a new major conference

  7. Informatics Europe Report • • This was published on 30th September 2013 and provides data about informatics education at university level in Europe. • Statistics (to be interpreted with some caution): • Roughly 500,000 students enrolled on bachelors degrees in Informatics, and • Roughly 200,000 enrolled in Masters degrees in Informatics