ECOOP / About Uppsala

European Conference on Object-Oriented Programming

Yes, it is pronounced “oopsla”. (Basically)


Uppsala's profile as a city of learning, with close proximity to Stockholm and Arlanda Airport and a wide variety of modern and historical experiences lays the foundation for a winning concept for both national and international meetings.

Uppsala is the fourth largest city in Sweden, with a steadily increasing population of around 200,000 inhabitants. The city retains the charm of a small town while offering major urban opportunities and attractions. Here are two universities, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Uppsala University, and Uppsala is considered to be the religious and historic centre of Sweden. The city has a solid base of knowledge and tradition from which to progress. At the same time, the atmosphere is youthful, and more than 40,000 university students are a significant factor to this vivacity.

Here is also Sweden's oldest botanical gardens, the Garden of Linnaeus, founded by the great natural scientist himself. Carl von Linné's (Carolus Linnaeus's) professorial residence is situated in the garden. Just outside of the city you can visit his summer residence, Linnaeus' Hammarby.

Uppsala also boasts the largest cathedral in Scandinavia, one of Sweden's most famous locations of prehistoric artifacts (Old Uppsala), the unique anatomical theatre built in 1600's by Olof Rudbeck the Elder, the great university library (Carolina Rediviva) with the Silver Bible, Uppsala Castle dating back from the mid-1500's with the Hall of State, and many more marvelous sites and attractions.

The city's geographical location with only 20 minutes to Stockholm-Arlanda international airport and 45 minutes to Stockholm, the capital, has made Uppsala an attractive place for meetings and to establish new companies. Together with the two universities, Campus Uppsala with more than 300 companies specializing in biomedicine, IT, environmental studies, energy research, materials science, food provision and management, offers a modern and expansive environment for development and enterprise. The city is surrounded by forests and natural resorts and is located next to the lake Mälaren. This offers plenty of opportunities for short term recreation and sports during an exciting and challenging week of Congress.

In July/August, the weather is pleasant and the temperature is 15–25 °C with a little rain to be expected at some point during the week. Days are very long and the sun rises at 4:30 am and sets at 9 pm.

Travel to Uppsala

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General information

Official Language

The language of the conference is English.

Climate and Clothing

It is summer in Uppsala in July and the temperatures can vary from 15 to 25 °C. Please note there may be occasional rain. The organisers suggest that you bring a jacket or pullover and an umbrella or raincoat.

  • Weather information and forecasts: (Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute)

Passport and Visas

Delegates are advised to contact the nearest embassy, consulate or travel agency for information about the passport and visa requirements from their country for entry to Sweden.

Local Currency

The Swedish monetary unit is the Swedish krona (SEK), divided into 100 öre. Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere. There are several currency exchange offices and cash dispensers at Stockholm Arlanda International Airport and in Uppsala. Exchange rates may vary. To see current exchange rates, please visit or

Electricity In Sweden

The electrical voltage used is 220/230V.

Force Majeure

The organisers are not liable for any claims for damages and/or losses if the entire conference has to be cancelled due to a force majeure incident.


The organisers are not liable for damages and/or losses of any kind which may be incurred by the conference delegates or by any other individuals accompanying them, both during the official activities as well as going to/from the conference. Delegates are responsible for their own safety and belongings.

Insurance and Vaccinations

The registration fee does not cover insurance for the delegates. The organisers recommend that delegates take out insurance in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellation for personal reasons and necessary insurance to cover accidents, medical expenses and loss of personal belongings during the visit. No vaccinations are needed when visiting Sweden.

Uppsala University and the IT Department

Uppsala University is Scandinavia's oldest university with over 40,000 students, 600 full professors, and an additional 2,800 teaching and research personnel. Eight Nobel laureates have been connected with the University. Most of these prizes have gone to scientists in the fields of physics and chemistry.

The Department of Information Technology, who is populating the local organisation chairs, hosts a broad range of research activities in computer science, scientific computing, automated control, signal processing, and other related areas. The department has about 250 employees, of which about 100 are PhD students and about 100 faculty, including 30 full professors. The department awarded 138 PhD and 104 Licentiate degrees between 1999 and 2011, and 3,000 undergraduate students take courses at the department annually. Five research centers are associated with the department. The recently established UPMARC research centre (Uppsala Programming for Multicore Architectures Research Center), awarded by the Swedish Research Council, is the only Linnaeus center in computer science. The department is hosting an Vinn Excellence Center WISENET, conducting multidisciplinary research in wireless networks. The department has also coordinated ARTES (a Swedish National Network on Real-Time Research and Education) during 1997-2007 and ASTEC (Competence Center on Advanced Software Technology) during 1995-2005.


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