Nordic Perl Workshop 2006

Call for Papers

Attention Speakers! This year's topic is "Managing Complexity", and we are very interested in hearing about the following topics related to this at the 2006 Nordic Perl Workshop in Oslo, June 15th and 16th.

  • Perl Programming Practices.
  • General Development Practices
  • Testing using Perl
  • Optimisation of Perl
  • ORMs (Object Relationional Mappers) and Templating Systems
  • Web application development environments with Perl
  • Perl in general, including Parrot/Pugs/Ponie/Perl 6
  • Your Favourite Topic? (systems administration / life sciences / web development)

We accept these presentation types:

  • Lightning Talks (5 minutes)
  • Standard Talks (20-60 minutes)
  • Workshops (30-90 minutes)

Birds-of-a-Feather sessions are expected to appear where and when necessary during the workshop. We will try to accommodate these as well. If you want to attend the workshop as a speaker, please send a abstract of your talk - see the submission section below for details.

Lightning Talks

Lightning talks are brief talks that focus on a single example, idea, project, or technique. Lightning talks do not attempt to cover all aspects of their respective topics, but rather to present a facet of the idea clearly and succinctly. Lightning talks are an excellent forum for first-time speakers.

Due to the time-constraint on lightning talks, it is recommended that you either abstain from using slides, or have your slides in HTML-format on a floppy or on a web-site. We will provide an Internet-connected computer attached to the display.

To submit a proposal for a lightning talk, please send your proposed title and an abstract of up to four sentences to: <>. It is also possible to hand in a proposal at the conference registration, but we prefer to know of your talk in advance.

Standard Talks

A standard talk is the preferred format. This gives enough time to introduce a topic, presenting it with some slides, and a coverage of the main points leading up to later, hopefully more in-depth, discussions (possibly at a BOF).


This is a talk where the speaker acts more as a moderator. After giving a quick presentation on a topic the discussion can start. The speaker/moderator should invite domain experts that can contribute to the discussion.

Please note that workshops may require especially engaging and/or rich topics that make it easy for attendees to join the conversation and share their thoughts and experiences. If we are not sure the topic can sustain long periods of engaging discussion, we may ask the speaker to expand on the topic or even ask that a standard talk is held instead, in order to ensure constructive dialogue.

The speaker/moderator should list the names of the special invitees in the submission and is responsible for the invitations personally. We will of course help where and if we can.


To submit a proposal for a talk/presentation, please send your proposed title and an abstract to: <>.

Submissions are due midnight (00:01 UTC) on May 1st 2006 (originally March 1st). Submitters will be notified within a week whether or not their talks have been accepted. If your proposal is accepted, you will be expected to confirm within 48 hours that you in fact will give the talk; otherwise, your slot may be given to someone else.

Please submit abstracts/papers to <> where our program committee will review the submission. If you have something which does not fit the formats listed please feel free to contacts us anyway and we will evaluate it.

Workshop organisers reserve the right to change the length assigned to a talk, if deemed necessary. If you want to speak on multiple topics, please submit separate proposals for each one.

Please include the following with your abstract(s):

  • A little information about yourself (and possibly an link to an image of your choosing - preferably of yourself).
  • An indication of preferred language and possible languages the presentation can be given in.
  • An indication of the length of the presentation.
  • A listing of any requirements you might have for doing your presentation. We will try to accommodate your request. Projectors will be available for all talks.

If possible, please include your slides/paper ready for online publishing, in one of the following file formats:

  • Plain text
  • HTML
  • PDF
  • ODF (OpenDocument)

The files are also accepted just after talk ends, so we can include any last minute modifications.

We take the liberty of filming presentations. If you are not interested in being filmed during your presentation, please let us know in advance.

Fee (does not apply for lightning talk speakers)

We cannot offer much, but what we can offer is:

  • Free admittance
  • A chance to meet a lot of Perl people

If you have any special requests which have to do with fee and payment, please contact us at <>.

Thank you; we hope you will participate either as a speaker or as an attendee.

If you have any general questions, please done hesitate to contact us <>.

Preliminary important dates

  • May 1st - Proposals due
  • May 8th - Notification of acceptance
  • May 10th - Final confirmation for accepted proposals/programme available
  • June 10th - Closing of Registration
  • June 15th and 16th - The 2006 Nordic Perl Workshop

With regards
Program Manager at large
Marcus Ramberg