List of EPS Board Candidates for 2018/2019

At this year’s General Assembly we will vote in a new board of the EuroPython Society for the term 2018/2019.

List of Board Candidates

The EPS bylaws require one chair and 2 - 8 board members. The following candidates have stated their willingness to work on the EPS board. We are presenting them here (in alphabetical order by surname).

Prof. Martin Christen

Teaching Python / using Python for research projects

Martin Christen is a professor of Geoinformatics and Computer Graphics at the Institute of Geomatics at the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland (FHNW). His main research interests are geospatial Virtual- and Augmented Reality, 3D geoinformation, and interactive 3D maps.
Martin is very active in the Python community. He teaches various Python-related courses and uses Python in most research projects. He organizes the PyBasel meetup - the local Python User Group Northwestern Switzerland. He also organizes the yearly GeoPython conference. He is a board member of the Python Software Verband e.V.

I would be glad to help with EuroPython, to be part of a great team that makes the next edition of EuroPython even better, wherever it will hosted.

Dr. Darya Chyzhyk

PhD / Python programming enthusiastic for research and science

Currently, Darya is a Post-Doc at INRIA Saclay research center, France.

She has a degree in applied mathematics and defended her thesis in computer science. Last 7 years Darya has been working on computer aided diagnostic computer systems for brain diseases at the University of the Basque Country, Spain the University of Florida, USA and she is a member of of the Computational Intelligence Group since 2009. Her aim is to develop computational methods for brain MRI processing and analysis, including open sours tools, that help to the medical people in their specific pathologies research studies.

She has experience in International Conference organization and take part in the events for the teenagers and kids such as Week of science. Participant in more than 10 international science conference, trainings and summer courses.

Board member of Python San Sebastian Society (ACPySS), on-site team of EuroPython 2015 and 2016, EPS board member since 2015.

Artur Czepiel

Pythonista / Web Programmer

Artur started writing in Python around 2008. Since then he used it for fun, profit, and automation. Mostly writing web backends and sysadmin scripts. In last few years slowly expanding that list of use cases with help of data analysis tools like pandas.

At EuroPython 2017 he saw a talk about the EuroPython’s codebase and started contributing patches, later joining Web and Support Workgroups. His plan for next year is to write more patches, focusing on how website (and other related software, like helpdesk) can be modified to improve workflows of other WGs.

Anders Hammarquist

Pythonista / Consultant / Software architect

Anders brought Python to Open End (née Strakt), a Python software company
focusing on data organization, when we founded it in 2001. He has used
Python in various capacities since 1995.

He helped organize EuroPython 2004 and 2005, and has attended and given
talks at several EuroPythons since then. He has handled the Swedish financials of the EuroPython Society since 2016 and has served as board member since 2017.

Marc-André Lemburg

Pythonista / CEO / Consultant / Coach

Marc-Andre is the CEO and founder of, a Python-focused project and consulting company based in Germany. He has a degree in mathematics from the University of Düsseldorf. His work with and for Python started in 1994. He became Python Core Developer in 1997, designed and implemented the Unicode support in Python and continued to maintain the Python Unicode implementation for more than a decade. Marc-Andre is a founding member of the Python Software Foundation (PSF) and has served on the PSF Board several times.

In 2002, Marc-Andre was on the executive committee to run the first EuroPython conference in Charleroi, Belgium. He also co-organized the second EuroPython 2003 conference. Since then, he has attended every single EuroPython conference and continued being involved in the workings of the conference organization.

He was elected as board member of the EuroPython Society (EPS) in 2012 and enjoyed the last few years working with the EPS board members on steering the EuroPython conference to the new successful EuroPython Workgroup structures to sustain the continued growth, while maintaining the EuroPython spirit and fun aspect of the conference.

For the EuroPython 2017 and 2018 edition, Marc-Andre was chair of the EuroPython Society and ran lots of activities around the conference organization, e.g. managing the contracts and budget, helping with sponsors,  the website, setting up the conference app, writing blog posts and many other things that were needed to make EuroPython happen.

Going forward, he would like to intensify work on turning the EPS into an organization which aids the Python adoption in Europe not only by running the EuroPython conference, but also by help build organizer networks and provide financial help to other Python conferences in Europe.

Dr. Valeria Pettorino

PhD in physics / Astrophysics / Data Science / Space Missions / Python user

Valeria has more than 12 years experience in research, communication and project management, in Italy/US/Switzerland/Germany/France. Since December 2016 she is permanent research enginner at CEA (Commissariat de l’énergie atomique) in Paris-Saclay. She is part of the international collaborations for the ESA/NASA Planck and Euclid space missions; among other projects, she is leading the forecast Taskforce that predicts Euclid performance. 

She has been using python both in astrophysics (for plotting and data interpretation) and for applications to healthcare IOT. She is alumni of the Science to Data Science (S2DS) program and is passionate about transfer of knowledge between industry and academia. 

She took part to EuroPython 2016 as a speaker and since then helped co-organizing EuroPython 2017 and 2018 in different WGs. She is invited mentor for women in physics for the Supernova Foundation remote worldwide program.

Mario Thiel


Mario has been helping a lot with EuroPython in recent years, mostly working on supporting attendees through the helpdesk, on-site to make sure setup and tear-down run smoothly and more recently also on the sponsors WG.

Mario will unfortunately not be able to attend EuroPython this year, but would still feel honored to be voted in to the board.

Silvia Uberti

Sysadmin / IT Consultant

She is a Sysadmin with a degree in Network Security, really passionate about technology, traveling and her piano.  

She’s an advocate for women in STEM disciplines and supports inclusiveness of underrepresented people in tech communities.

She fell in love with Python and its warm community during PyCon Italia in 2014 and became a member of EuroPython Sponsor Workgroup in 2017.  
She enjoys a lot working in it and wants to help more!

What does the EPS Board do ?

The EPS board runs the day-to-day business of the EuroPython Society, including running the EuroPython conference events. It is allowed to enter contracts for the society and handle any issues that have not been otherwise regulated in the bylaws or by the General Assembly. Most business is handled by email on the board mailing list or the board’s Telegram group, board meetings are usually run as conference calls.

It is important to note that the EPS board is an active board, i.e. the board members are expected to put in a significant amount of time and effort towards the goals of the EPS and for running the EuroPython conference. This usually means at least 100-200h work over a period of one year, with most of this being needed in the last six months before the conference. Many board members put in even more work to make sure that the EuroPython conferences become a success.

Board members are generally expected to take on leadership roles within the EuroPython Workgroups.


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