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International Meeting and Research Center for Computer Science (Dagstuhl)
Hosting Legal Entity
Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Center for Informatics
Oktavie-Allee, Schloss Dagstuhl, Wadern, PO: 66687 (Germany)
Leibniz Association
Oktavie-Allee, Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz-Center for Informatics, Wadern, PO: 66687, Saarland (Germany)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Current Status:
Operational since 1990
Scientific Description
Schloss Dagstuhl - Leibniz Center for Informatics is home to the world's leading meeting and research center for computer science. It hosts the renown Dagstuhl Seminars where world-class scientists meet to present and discuss their research. Dagstuhl also hosts the Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops and the GI-Dagstuhl Seminars, in addition to a variety of other events, such as advanced training workshops and research group meetings.Schloss Dagstuhl fosters world-class computer science research by bringing together internationally renowned researchers, practitioners as well as promising young scientists to exchange their knowledge and to discuss their research findings. The friendly and open climate at the conference center promotes a culture of communication and exchange among the seminar participants. Every year, more than 3,500 scientists from all over the world attend Dagstuhl events.

RI Keywords
Dagstuhl Seminars, GI-Dagstuhl seminars, Computer science center, Research communication, Computer Science, Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops, Advanced training, Computer science research, Informatics
RI Category
Communication Networks
Research Libraries
Scientific Domain
Information Science and Technology
Access to Data
Further Event Types

In addition to Dagstuhl Seminars and Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops, Schloss Dagstuhl hosts a number of further events, including: GI-Dagstuhl seminars, sponsored by the German Informatics Society (GI) in association with Schloss Dagstuhl, that bring young scholars together to discuss and learn about a specific topic; summer schools, continuing education courses sponsored by the German Informatics Society (GI), vocational training for teachers and instructors, and educational and training workshops for young journalists and trainees; departmental conferences of graduate colleges, GI specialist groups and other academic and industrial working groups; a small number of international informatics conferences; research stays. People regularly take advantage of Dagstuhl’s offer to use the center for research stays. In most cases these are individuals who wish to use the center as a retreat for several weeks in order to devote themselves to their studies undisturbed.

Dagstuhl events

The key instruments for promoting research are the Dagstuhl Seminars and the Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops, which bring together internationally renowned leading scientists for the purpose of exploring a cutting-edge informatics topic. Dagstuhl Seminars offer promising young researchers in a specific cutting-edge field of informatics the opportunity to work closely together and share their views and findings with the international elite of their field. The seminars thrive on an open-ended program that allows participants to take advantage of synergies as they come up over several days, creating a dynamic space for discussion and debate that often leads in unexpected directions. By contrast, Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops bring together a group of well-established senior researchers to discuss a topic area and its perspectives. The goal is to analyze the overall state of the field in order to detect strategic trends and develop new perspectives on its continued evolution. The results are collected and published in a Dagstuhl Manifesto, which is made available to policymakers. Dagstuhl Seminars and Perspectives Workshops are proposed by a group of internationally renown researchers. The proposals are reviewed by Dagstuhl's Scientific Directorate twice the year.

Dagstuhl's Web-based Services

Schloss Dagstuhl offers an increasing number of web-based services to seminar organizers and participants. During the preparation phase, the seminar organizers can check how invited participants are responding to the invi- tation and which of them have committed to attending. They can also upload a (preliminary) schedule to the seminar web page. All participants can upload seminar- or presentation-related documents to the page, which are then accessible to everyone else. A MediaWiki and WebDAV-related repository are also offered. The making of the seminar documentation inside our Dagstuhl Reports periodical is also supported by a Web-based service. In keeping with the center’s philosophy, its Internet offerings are not only available to the guests at Dagstuhl but to netizens throughout the world.


Many of the international guests who would otherwise be unable to take part in the events due to a lack of childcare options at home would like to bring their children with them to Dagstuhl. In order to promote family friendliness, Schloss Dagstuhl offers to arrange qualified child care for participants in Dagstuhl Seminars and Dagstuhl Perspectives Workshops who bring young children with them. Children are looked after on-site during the seminar meeting times by a qualified nanny. Parents also have the option to bring along their own “nanny,” usually a spouse or relative, whose room and board costs are gladly absorbed by the center just as they are for children.

Dagstuhl Research Library

The Dagstuhl Informatics Research Library is one of the center’s most impressive offerings. The library collects current research literature on informatics topics for the respective seminars, primarily in English. As of December 31, 2013, the library’s collection totaled 60 394 bibliographic units, all of which are contained in the online catalog. One distinguishing feature is the center’s impressive holdings of journals and periodicals, almost all of which are in electronic form. Apart from subscribed journals, the library also provides access to several thousand other electronic journals and journal archives via the DFG-funded national and alliance licenses. In order to support informatics research in Germany and throughout the world, the center’s entire holdings of period- icals are also made available to other libraries, particularly by way of inter-library loan. The library’s entire holdings of journals and periodicals are additionally listed in the Zeitschriftdatenbank (ZDB), the world’s largest specialized database for serial titles, and in the Electronic Journals Library (EZB). The library is a member of LITexpress, the Virtual Library of Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland and the German-speaking community of Belgium, a media loan service for the citizens of these three areas. The library’s archive items in particular are designed to be made available for loan.

Computers and Networks

Schloss Dagstuhl offers its guests an adequate connection to the Internet. Since 2013 the center is connected to the Internet by the DFN (German Research Network) using two redundant 100 Mbit/s lines. Throughout the grounds guests have Internet access by Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11 b,g,n). Access is either via eduroam or a Dagstuhl-hosted private account. In our largest seminar room, “Saarbrücken,” organizers may choose to disable the main Wi-Fi connection during meeting times. Schloss Dagstuhl offers one computer room including eight workstations. Among them there are two Apple Macs, two dedicated MS Windows workstations and four workstations providing either Linux or MS Windows by a dual boot method. There is also a large display together with an external keyboard and mouse for users with their own laptop. Several Ethernet cables with Internet connection are also provided to bypass the rate-restricted Wi-Fi connection. Two iPads, and upon request a MacBook Pro and a laptop with Windows are also available for use throughout the grounds. Schloss Dagstuhl provides a multifunction color printer with scanner and copier, a color printer, and a black and white printer. The preferable access method is to use a dedicated web front end which allows to upload and print the most used document formats without converting them. Alternatively, guests can use the appropriate printer drivers on their computers to directly access the printers via the network. The center’s IT equipment also includes five worksta- tions in the library for literature research, as well as three fixed computers in the lecture halls.

Conference Facilities

Schloss Dagstuhl has three lecture halls with a seating capacity of 25 to 60 each. All lecture halls are equipped with a projector, an MS Windows workplace, and an audio system including a microphone. These facilities not only enable talks and papers to be presented in an optimal manner but also permit online demonstrations of active and distributed systems to be given to large audiences. A presenter for use of those who wish to go through their presentations without physical access to a computer is also available. In 2013 one of the lecture halls was equipped with an Apple TV. Guests can thus access the beamer wireless and presenting content from their compatible computer without connecting physically. In addition to the lecture halls, the center has six meeting rooms. Two are equipped with up-to-date HDMI projectors and one has a large plasma display at the wall. Five mobile projectors are available for use in all of the rooms. Whereas the two main lecture halls are equipped with several blackboards, whiteboards are provided in the other rooms. One of the conference rooms features a complete “whiteboard wall” painted with a special paint which allows to use this whole wall (over 12m2) as one large whiteboard. The center also offers a spectrum of other spaces where guests can sit and work together in a relaxed atmosphere. In the evening, guests gravitate towards our wine cellar and cafe, two of the coziest places in the house and great places for continuing with a productive discussion.

Leisure Facilities

The participants typically describe the atmosphere at Schloss Dagstuhl as being surprisingly pleasant and instrumental in promoting valuable work and communication between the guests. Former participants frequently mention fond memories of the pleasant evenings spent in the beautiful rooms of the manor house and making music in the baroque music room. The leisure activities offered in the center have been chosen so as to promote communication among the participants. Apart from the music room which features a grand piano and various other instruments as well as sheet music, the center also has a sauna, a pool table, table football facilities, dartboard, and a recreation room with gym equipment and table tennis table. During the summer guests can use the outdoor sports grounds fitted with a net, play boules in the yard, or ride one of our mountain bikes.

Access Type
Access Mode
Excellence Driven
Number of Users
Number Year
3,308 2017
3,353 2016
3,298 2015
3,409 2014
3,503 2013
3,454 2012
2,698 2011
Users Definition
Teams of individual researchers
User Demographics
National Users - 23.0% in 2017
European Users - 42.0% in 2017
Extra-European Users - 35.0% in 2017
National Users - 24.0% in 2016
European Users - 41.0% in 2016
Extra-European Users - 35.0% in 2016
National Users - 27.0% in 2015
European Users - 42.0% in 2015
Extra-European Users - 31.0% in 2015
Extra-European Users - 31.0% in 2014
European Users - 45.0% in 2014
National Users - 24.0% in 2014
National Users - 25.0% in 2013
European Users - 44.0% in 2013
Extra-European Users - 31.0% in 2013
National Users - 28.0% in 2012
Extra-European Users - 30.0% in 2012
European Users - 42.0% in 2012
European Users - 41.0% in 2011
National Users - 27.0% in 2011
Extra-European Users - 32.0% in 2011
Type of Users
Academic - 80.0%
Industry/private companies - 10.0%
Public research organisations - 9.0%
Public services - 1.0%
Date of last update: 01/07/2019
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