The General Assembly of the International Federation for Information Processing – IFIP (www.ifip.org) was held at Poznan University of Technology between 13-14 September 2013. The history of IFIP federation dates back to 1959 (cold war period), when an International Conference on Information Processing was held in Paris, under the auspices of UNESCO. The immediate result of this conference was the establishment of the IFIP in 1960, also under the auspices of UNESCO. At the beginning, the federation included 14 computing associations. Currently, there are over 40. Each country is represented by only one organization. Poland is being represented by Polish Academy of Sciences and for direct contacts and cooperation turns to the Computer Science Committee PAS headed by Professor Jan Węglarz, a full member of the PAS and the Director of the Institute of Computing Science at Poznan University of Technology.
IFIP General Assembly is the highest authority of the federation that decides about inter alia: the principles of operation of the organization, its strategy, choosing the President of the federation, etc. Polish Academy of Sciences (like other Member organizations) has got one representative in the IFIP General Assembly (Jerzy Nawrocki – a member of the Computer Science Committee PAS and the Dean of the Faculty of Computing at Poznan University of Technology – holds this function since December 2010). Technical committees are responsible for the substantive activities (there are 13 of them). Within the committees operate working groups (there are over 100 working groups bringing together specialists of international repute). The oldest technical committee is TC2 (Software) which has developed inter alia: Algol 60 language (based on this language also Pascal language was developed). The youngest committee, created in 2002, is TC14 (Entertainment Computing) which is focused on different aspects of computer games and the application of computing in entertainment.
IFIP federation concentrates on organizing international science conferences. They are both working meetings of small expert groups of the given field (so called workshops) involving 30-50 people, as well as large conferences attended by more than 1000 participants. The main conference is the IFIP World Computer Congress which is held every two years. The second most important conference is IFIP World Conference on Computers in Education organized by technical committee TC3 (Education). This year the conference was held for the 1st time in Poland (at Nicolas Copernicus University in Toruń) and resulted in a great success.