Sun 22 - Fri 27 October 2023 Cascais, Portugal

SPLASH-E is a symposium, started in 2013, for software and languages (SE/PL) researchers with activities and interests around computing education. Some build pedagogically-oriented languages or tools; some think about pedagogic challenges around SE/PL courses; some bring computing to non-CS communities; some pursue human studies and educational research.

At SPLASH-E, we share our educational ideas and challenges centred in software/languages, as well as our best ideas for advancing such work. SPLASH-E strives to bring together researchers and those with educational interests that arise from software ideas or concerns.

Call for Contributions

Topics of interest: SPLASH-E is a forum for educators to make connections between programming languages research and the ways we educate computer science students. We invite work that could improve or inform computer science educators, especially work that connects with introductory computer science courses, programming languages, compilers, software engineering, and other SPLASH-related topics. Educational tools, experience reports, and new curricula are all welcome. Potential topics of interest include:

  • innovative curriculum, assessment or course formats
  • multidisciplinary learning environments
  • integration of research into teaching and training
  • individual and multidisciplinary team development
  • methods to involve industry as a key stakeholder in the design, delivery, or both of courses
  • new modes of learning and education in the digital era
  • industrial transfer of educational findings
  • ethics instruction
  • equity, diversity, and inclusion, in the classroom
  • methodological aspects of education
  • application of educational research methods in education
  • online learning and its impact on educational settings and curricula

Symposium Theme

2023 is the 10-year anniversary of the first SPLASH-E symposium. In honor of reaching this milestone, the theme for this year’s symposium will be the Past, Present, and Future of PL/SE Education. Contributions to the symposium related to this theme are highly encouraged, although not required.

Towards marking this milestone and thinking about the continued future of PL/SE education, the goal of the symposium this year will be about sharing information with and amongst the community. Stay tuned for more symposium events which reflect this theme.

Accepted Formats

SPLASH-E accepts both archival and non-archival submissions. See below for presentation/participation details.

Archival paper submissions should be between 3 and 10 pages, not including references.

We encourage authors to match the length of the submission to the scale of the contribution. Some potential archival formats are below: *Course experience reports: What was new, or different? What worked, or didn’t? What successes would you like to share, or pitfalls can you warn us about? *Conventional papers on education research results, tools or case studies. *Papers on retrospective discussions over a longer-term course experiment, or larger-scale curricular design.

Non-archival submissions should be presented in an Extended Abstract format, 1 to 4 pages including references.

These submissions should cover projects in progress, ideas, reflections, or educational opportunities that would be of interest to the community. The aim of these submissions to help build community - they can be a way to find collaborators, invite critique on research design, or inspire good conversations. Accepted non-archival submissions will appear on the website only.

If your submission does not conform to one of these formats, please contact the co-chairs to discuss it. There’s a good chance your work can still be considered for SPLASH-E.

Submission instructions

All submissions should be anonymous - review for archival submissions will follow double-blind procedures. Submission will be via HotCRP (link to come). Please use the ACM SIGPLAN Conference acmart Format, with the sigplan and review \documentclass options. This produces two-column, 10pt files. If you use LaTeX or Word, please use the provided ACM SIGPLAN acmart templates provided here. All submissions should be in PDF. Please also ensure that your submission is legible when printed on a black and white printer. In particular, please check that colors remain distinct and font sizes are legible.

Archival Publication Information

Archival papers will appear in the ACM Digital Library. The camera ready deadline for all SPLASH-related publications is 10 September 2023. However, please note that the official publication date is the date the proceedings are made available in the ACM Digital Library. This date may be up to two weeks prior to the first day of the conference. The official publication date affects the deadline for any patent filings related to published work.


Archival submissions will go through a full double-blind procedure review. The deadline for archival paper submissions is 27 July 2023 AOE.

Non-archival submissions will be reviewed by the co-chairs on a rolling basis. The final deadline for a submission will be 6 October 2023 AOE.

Presentation and Participation

We expect SPLASH-E to be a one-day event with active participation from all attendees in lieu of traditional research presentations. Stay tuned for specific symposium events and details for authors of accepted contributions.

Authors of accepted archival contributions to SPLASH-E 2023 will be able to present their work in some format, regardless of their ability to travel to SPLASH 2023 in Cascais, Portugal.

As the goal of non-archival submissions is to spark dialog in the community, there is the expectation that accepted non-archival submissions will be represented in-person at SPLASH-E by at least one in-person author.

Authors of accepted contributions are expected to register for SPLASH 2023.