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2017 International Bebras Tasks Workshop

Brescia, Italy, May 29th - June 2nd

With the patronage of Municipality of Brescia and the support of Messagenet and Fondazione Atlante.

The 2017 International Bebras Tasks Workshop will be hosted by the Department of Computer Science, Università degli Studi di Milano, and will be held in Brescia, Italy, from Monday May 29th to Friday June 2nd 2017.

The main purpose of the workshop is to prepare the international task base for the national Bebras contests, which will take place in 2017/18 in more than 50 countries.

Bebras Tasks Workshop participants

Working groups

A large part of the work will be improving and finalizing the task proposals. We distributed both task proposals and participants of the workshop over eleven working groups. Each group will have a chair and a deputy. In the SVN there is a folder 2017/Working Groups with a file with tasks per group and the participants for every group. Taks proposals will be available into the folders of the working groups. During the workshop, these folders will contain the results which we are working on.

Please prepare yourself for the workshop. Take some time to read the task proposals your group will be covering, otherwise groups will lose a lot of time!

Tasks preparation and review

You are asked to create and finalize the tasks you want to be worked on in the workshop, and submit them to Bebras SVN repository. Also, you are asked to say whether you are willing to help as a reviewer. Please read and follow this call for tasks and reviewers and use the HTML task template or the odt task template. We strongly advise to use the HTML template this year; many systems we use in our competitions require the HTML anyway and interactivity can be shown easier in HTML.

Important dates


The venue address is:
Centro Paolo VI (Google maps)
Via Calini Gezio, 30 - 25121 Brescia (BS) ITALY
Phone +39 030 3773511 - Fax +39 030 48229

How to reach

Brescia is about:

From the airports of Milano Malpensa, Milano Linate and Bergamo Orio al Serio, you can reach Brescia by train or bus.

Bergamo-Orio al Serio Airport is a common destination for several low cost companies. If you plan to arrive there, take a bus shuttle (navetta) to Brescia or go to the Bergamo City Railway Station by bus or taxi and take a train to Brescia (one train per hour, 1 hour travel time).

Both Milano-Linate and Milano-Malpensa airports are well linked with Milano Centrale (by train or buses) and once there you can take a train to Brescia (40/70 minutes travel time, depending on the chosen train, local train ticket is 7,30 euro, fast train ticket is from 19,90 euro, see are bus shuttles too from Milan airports to Brescia. Please take a look to the airport websites. Note that from Milano Malpensa there are also several trains directed to Milano Cadorna, which should be avoided since trains to Brescia leave from Milano Centrale instead.

Once in Brescia (railway station or bus terminal), you can reach Centro Paolo VI by bus (line 2 or 18, 15 min), on foot (20 min), or taxi (max 10 min). In the website of Centro Paolo VI you will find detailed directions.

Fee and payment

Centro Paolo VI offers workshop packages for delegates and accompanying persons. The packages include all conference facilities (including internet wifi), coffee breaks, meals (including special diet if requested), social program, and possibly accommodation with breakfast, from Monday dinner to Friday morning, at the following prices:

  • Single room fee 340€
  • Double room fee 273€
  • Fee without accommodation 150€
Further services will be charged as follows:
  • Extra meal (lunch and dinner) 15€
  • Extra night in single room 60€
  • Extra night in double room 40€ (per person).

Confirmation of room reservations

Room reservations are confirmed only if you pay the fee in advance with bank transfer, or (most preferably) send a valid credit card number to the hotel reception before April 25, together with the data needed for the receipt (see below). Note: please specify "BEBRAS PER SARA" in the subject of your message.

In case you chose credit card, it will be used for guarantee only, but effective payment in cash or credit card will be done when checking out (a night will be charged in case of no-show).


Payments can be done in cash (euros), credit card, or bank transfer. If you want to pay with bank transfer, you have to do that in advance. Please contact the hotel reception at and they will send you all needed information. Note: please specify "BEBRAS PER SARA" in the subject of your message.


Receipts will be issued by Centro Paolo VI during the workshop and will mention conference fee, meals and (whenever applicable) accommodation. Receipts will also indicate the name of delegate and the dates of the workshop (May 29 - June 2, 2017). Extra nights and meals will be mentioned separately.

If order to reduce bureaucracy upon arrival, you are kindly invited to send in advance an email to with the following data:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Postal code
  • City
  • Country
  • Email

If you have any special requirement about receipts, or need a formal letter with the confirmation of your registration and indication of costs, please ask them to the hotel reception when sending the above data.

Note: please specify "BEBRAS PER SARA" in the subject of your messages.

Preliminary schedule

Monday May 29: Arrivals and Bebras conference

Arrival and accomodation at Centro Paolo VI and hotels
Welcome and Bebras country reports
Valentina Dagienė: Bebras in Lithuania: activities and challenges
Hans-Werner Hein: BWINF update
Laura Brīvība: A good experience in Latvia
Nicolette Venn: Delivery of Bebras in Australia
Khairul Anwar Mohamad Zaki: Bebras & Computational Thinking in Malaysia
The Deputy Mayor of Brescia, Laura Castelletti, welcomes the delegates
Short break
Technical and operational aspects of the Bebras community
Christian Datzko: Some dos and some don'ts on SVGs
Troy Vasiga: Why HTML is useful and ODT is painful but salvageable for data extraction; Unconscious gender imbalance in Bebras tasks
Peter Tomcsányi: Are we improving, overdoing or spoiling the tasks during the meetings?
Chris Roffey: Bebras task classification
Anna Morpurgo: Characterizing Bebras tasks using the operational definition of computational thinking
19.30–20.39 - Dinner
20.30–21.30 - Group leaders meeting and arrangement of work
21.30–22.30 - Bebras board meeting

Tuesday May 30

7.30–8.30 - Breakfast
9:00–9:30 - Plenary (Introducing the Working Groups and working structure)
9:30–12:30 - Working in groups on tasks*
12.30–13.00 - Group leaders meeting
12:45–14.15 - Lunch
14.30–17:00 - Working in groups on tasks*
17:00–17:15 - Coffee Break
17:15–18.30 - Working in groups on tasks*
19:00–20:30 - Dinner
20:30–22:00 - Plenary and International Bebras Committee meeting

Wednesday May 31

7.30–8.30 Breakfast
9:00–9:15 - Plenary
9.15–12.30 - Working in groups on tasks*
12.30–13.00 - Group leaders meeting
12:45–14.15 - Lunch
14.30–16.30 - Plenary and International Bebras Committee meeting
16.30–18.30 - Brescia tour
19.00–20.30 - Dinner
20.30–22.00 - Plenary and International Bebras Committee meeting

Thursday June 1

7.30–8.30 - Breakfast
9:00–9:15 - Plenary
9.15–12.30 - Working in groups finalizing tasks*
12.30–13.00 - Group leaders meeting
12:45–14.15 - Lunch
14.30–15.30 - Pre-selection of favorite tasks within groups and printing
15.30–16.30 - Working in groups finalizing tasks*
16.30–17.30 - Coffee break, billposting of favorite tasks, voting (board members & tasks)
18.00–18.30 - Awards and certificates (Sala Morstabilini)
18.30–19.00 - Concert by "Quartetto Asfar" (Sala Morstabilini)
19.00-19.30 - Aperitif
19.30-20.30 - Dinner buffet

Friday June 2 - Departures

7.30–8.30 - Breakfast


The Workshop is organized by ALaDDIn, Department of Computer Science, University of Milan.

For general info
Violetta Lonati
For invitation letters
Anna Morpurgo