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Formatting Information — An introduction to typesetting with LATEX

Appendix D: User Groups

Section 1: Conferences and meetings

TUG and many other user groups hold annual meetings where members, newcomers, and visitors can hear about new features, discuss developments, and learn about TEX, typography, and related topics. Full details of TUG-sponsored meetings are on the TUG web site.

This list is maintained by the author, based on public announcements in mailing lists, web forums, and newsgroups. If you have details of a meeting which is not shown here, please contact me.


The Balisage markup conference is the principal technical meeting specifically about markup, including both XML and TEX: it will be in Bethesda MD on August 1–4, 2017, with a pre-conference Symposium on July 31.

TEI Conference

The 2017 TEI Conference will be held in Victoria, BC (details yet to be advised).

ConTEXt 2017: ConTEXt Gardening

The 11th annual ConTEXt meeting will be held in Butzbach-Maibach, Germany, from 11–17 September 2017. This meeting will give ConTEXt and LuaTEX developers as well as users the chance to present results, experiences, and ideas on future development. The talks will be followed by tutorials on ConTEXt and LuaTEX techniques.

XML Summer School

Although this isn’t a TEX event as such, many LATEX users also use XML, and many XML users also use LATEX, so the annual XML Summer School in St Edmund Hall, Oxford, England (18–22 September, with an afternoon Intro to XML on Sunday 17th) may be of interest.

GuIT Annual Conference

The XIII Italian TEX User Group Conference will be held at the Catholic University of Brescia (date to be announced)

PracTEX 18

There are plans to hold a Practical TEX Workshop and Conference in North America (exact dates and location to be determined).

TUG 2018

The TEX Users Group 2018 conference will take place as a satellite conference of the International Congress of Mathematicians in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

JabCon 2016: for JabRef users

The JabRef conference for users and developers took place in Vienna, Austria from 25–26 January.

BachoTEX 2016: Convergence: TEX, get out of the closet!

The 24th yearly GUST BachoTEX conference in 2016 was held from April 29th to May 3rd, at the usual place of Bachotek near Brodnica, in the north-east of Poland.

TUG 2016: covering the TEX world

The main annual conference was in Toronto, Canada, from 25–27 July, co-sponsored by DANTE e.V., the German-speaking TEX users group.


The Balisage markup conference was in Bethesda MD on August 2–5.

TEI Conference

The 2016 TEI Conference took place at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna, hosted by the Austrian Centre of Digital Humanities from 26–30 September 2016.

TUG 2017

The TEX Users Group 2017 conference was a joint meeting with GUST to celebrate the 25th anniversary of BachoTEX, and took place in Bachotek, Poland, on April 29–May 3, 2017.