SOFA Week 2021

The SOFA Week is designed to gather the entire SOFA community, to present technological and scientific advances, while fostering the networking within the community. Already two successful editions in 2018, 2019 and 2020, get ready for 2021!

Save the date: 22-26th November — a 2021 edition 100% online!

Open Registration

22nd Nov 2021:   Training session

To start the SOFA week, a training session will take place to provide new users (and any interested participant) an efficient introduction to SOFA. The training focuses on the SOFA main principles, the community, theoretical backgrounds on physics simulation, hands-on user and developer tutorials.

23rd Nov 2021:   International SOFA Symposium (free)

The symposium focuses on research and scientific achievements based on SOFA. This symposium allows international researchers from the SOFA community to present their scientific work, their plugins and propose live demonstrations. It is also the annual meeting where companies using SOFA can demonstrate their latest products. Finally, it is the opportunity to meet the community and create strong collaborations.

24-26th Nov 2021:   Technical committee (free)

This committee focuses on technical discussions on current and future developments in SOFA. With developers of the community and SOFA Technical Members, the technical roadmap for the next release is jointly designed. It is also a unique opportunity to meet the developer community and code all together.

Day: 22nd November 2021
Location: Online
Level: Beginner – Medium (max 8 participants)

Registration costs

  • early bird: 500€ (before the 15th October 2021)
  • regular fare: 650€ excl. tax.

This training session aims at providing a wide introduction to SOFA and its community while ensuring the mathematical, physical and computer science backgrounds in order to start in the best conditions with SOFA.


9:00 am – 10:00 am Overview of SOFA and its community
10:00 am -10:30 am Coffee – for a good start!
10:30 am – 11 am Examples of applications with SOFA
11:00 am – noon User Tutorial
noon – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:30 pm Understand physics with SOFA:
from the math to the code
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Coffee break
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Developer Tutorial: start your own plugin

Day: 23rd November 2021
Location: Online

Researchers and companies from the SOFA community join the Symposium in order to share ideas, experiences and to present their on-going research or products based on SOFA. Several sessions of presentations will be organized regarding various simulation topics and application fields. Booths will also be made available for technology demonstrations. This international event is an exciting opportunity, fostering discussions and new collaborations!

Call for presentations and demos

To present your work at the SOFA Symposium, only two steps are required:

2019 edition

2018 edition

Day: 24-26th, November 2021
Location: Online
Level: Medium – Advanced

The week will close with the 10th SOFA Technical Committee. This technical committee governs and takes all technical decisions for the roadmap towards upcoming releases. It is open and free to all!


Day 1 Wednesday 24th November
9:00 am Online welcoming
9:15 am – 9:30 am STC#12 opening & Consortium news
9:30 am – 11:30 am

Last 6 months activity

Share your latest activity in SOFA (since June 2021)

Review v21.12 Roadmap

11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Next 6 months activity

Share your future work (until June 2022)

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch
1:30 pm – 5:00 pm Design the v22.06 roadmap (1/2)
Discussion about the topics identified as a possible roadmap
(Share your dev plans when registering to the SOFA Week)

Day 2 Thursday 25th November
9:30 am – noon Design the v22.06 roadmap (2/2)
Discussion about the topics identified as a possible roadmap
(Share your dev plans when registering to the SOFA Week)
noon – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Coding sprint
See tasks on GitHub
5:00 pm End of Day 2

Day 3 Friday 26thh November
9:30 am – noon Coding sprint
See tasks on GitHub
noon – 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Coding sprint
5:00 pm Closing STC#12

This year again, the SOFA consortium has the pleasure to organize the Open-Source SOFA Awards!

All contributions are eligible for application: it can be an open-source plugin, a pull-request on GitHub, a video, a tutorial or documentation pages! Two award categories are open for competition:

Organizers’ Prize
Prize: 600€
Public Prize
Prize: 400€

The call for the SOFA awards is open until the 12th of November 2021. Any contribution – as long it is open – will be rewarded at the SOFA Week 2021. Winners will be announced during the Symposium on 23rd November.

Apply for the SOFA Awards 2021

Previous winners

Organizers’ Prize Public Prize
  • 2020 – Plugin: SofaRHI, by Frédérick R.
  • 2019 – Plugin: SofaPython3, by Damien M. et al.

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