The European Joint Conferences on Theory and Practice of Software (ETAPS) is the primary European forum for academic and industrial researchers working on topics relating to Software Science. ETAPS, established in 1998, is a confederation of five main annual conferences, accompanied by satellite workshops and other events. ETAPS 2009 is the twelfth event in the series.
ETAPS 2009 will be hosted by the University of York, UK. The City of York combines evidence of a history going back to Roman times, tourist attractions and a bustling modern city centre. York Minster, on a site that has been the city's focus in Roman, Norman and modern times, is among the finest Gothic cathedrals and dominates the city. The Viking past is represented by preserved archaeological remains and reconstructed settlements in the world-famous Jorvik Centre. Since the nineteenth century, York has been a railway city, and houses the National Railway Museum, with its internationally-important collection of locomotives, carriages, and railway memorabilia. York is the ancient administrative capital of northern England, and is at the heart of the county of Yorkshire, dominating the Vale of York. To the west, the Pennines provide unique scenery and outdoor activities, whilst to the East, the Yorkshire Moors hold many beauty spots. There are local transport connections to East Coast resorts of Scarborough, Whitby and Robin Hoods Bay (among many others).
The University of York's campus mixes iconic 1960s concrete buildings with stylish modern architecture. At the centre is the largest artificial lake in England, which is influential in giving York the highest ratio of ducks to students in the country. York also features prominently in research and teaching leagues in the UK, having established an enviable reputation for excellence.