17th ESICUP Meeting


Due to the impact of corona virus and many travel restrictions the organizing committee have decided to CANCEL the 17h ESICUP meeting, and run it next year in Toledo, Spain, in 2021. Dates will be confirmed on due course and we hope you can attend next year.

If you need a letter specifying that the conference has been cancelled due to the impact of corona virus for claiming back any expenses you may have booked please email [email protected]

We do apologise for any inconvenience caused and hope we can meet again next year.

The ESICUP organising committee

Meeting Aims and Objectives

The 17th ESICUP Meeting is the 2020 regular meeting of ESICUP and follows meetings in Wittenberg (Germany), Southampton (United Kingdom), Porto (Portugal), Tokyo (Japan), L’Aquila (Italy), Valencia (Spain), Buenos Aires (Argentina), Copenhagen (Denmark), La Laguna (Spain), Lille (France), Beijing (China), Portsmouth (UK), Ibiza (Spain), Liège (Belgium),  Zoetermeer Zoetermeer (The Netherlands) and Mexico City (Mexico).

ESICUP gathers practitioners, researchers and Operations Research educators with interests in the area of Cutting and Packing. The purpose of ESICUP is to improve communication among individuals working in this field. Besides the promotion of publications, the activities of the group include the maintenance of a web page and the organization of meetings. Founded in 1988, during the EURO/TIMS Conference in Paris, by Prof. Gerhard Waescher and Prof. Harald Dyckhoff, it has now around 600 members, registered on the web site, from the entire world. ESICUP is since 2003 a Working Group of the Association of European Operational Research Societies (EURO).

Topics of Interest

In this meeting contributions dealing with any aspect of the Cutting and Packing problems formulation, resolution or application are welcomed. This includes theoretical achievements, algorithms development and real-world implementations. Different problems, related with Cutting and Packing, are also welcomed. Typical, but not exclusive topics of interest are:

  • One-Dimensional Problems
  • Two-Dimensional Rectangular Problems
  • Nesting and irregular shapes packing
  • Three-Dimensional Packing
  • Bin-Packing
  • Container Loading
  • Problem generators and benchmarks
  • Additional Objectives and Constraints in C&P
  • Typologies
  • Industrial applications

Local Organising Committee

Ivan Gimenez, University of Castilla-La-Mancha
Maria Teresa Alonso, University of Castilla-La-Mancha
Francisco Parreno, University of Castilla-La-Mancha

Program Committee

Julia Bennell (Chair), University of Leeds
José Fernando Oliveira, University of Porto
Ramón Alvarez-Valdes, University of Valencia
François Clautiaux, Université de Bordeaux
Tony Wauters, University of Leuven
Michele Monaci, University of Boulogne
Antonio Martinez, University of Southampton

  • February 24, 2020 – Deadline for Abstract Submission.
  • March 1, 2020 – Notification of acceptance.
  • March 15, 2020 – Deadline for early registration and authors registration.
  • April 22-24, 2020 – 17th ESICUP Meeting.

Conference Fee

Early registration fee (until April 13, 2020): 130 Euro.
Late registration fee (after April 13, 2020): 160 Euro.

The fee includes:

  • Booklet and materials;
  • Get together on Wednesday(22/04/2020), Buffet-style lunch and Coffee-breaks on Thursday and Friday;
  • Conference dinner;
  • Guided visit on Friday afternoon around Toledo;

The fee does not include accommodation. See the Accommodation section for further information.


We offer the following bursaries. If you want to apply to any of this bursaries please specify this when submitting the abstract to [email protected]

  • Two bursaries for Eastern Europe countries of €250 each.
  • Two bursaries for PhD students of €250 each.
  • One bursary for South American countries of €500.

If you have any further question please contact [email protected]

We would like to let you know that we do not plan to cancel the meeting at this stage, but there is an increasing chance that the meeting might need to be postponed. Therefore, we STRONGLY suggest that either you do not book flights yet or you book them with the possibility of cancellation. It is estimated a peak of coronavirus  infections on mid-April and we cannot guarantee at this stage that the 17th ESICUP meeting will run.

At this stage we decided to postpone the registrations until the 16th of March. By then we expect to have more information from Governments and Universities.

Again, we do not expect to cancel the meeting at this stage, but we need to consider the increasing impact of the virus and the increasing probability of not being allowed to run the conference in April.

Payment link will be available on the 4th of March.

Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
Facultad de Ciencias Jurídicas y Sociales
Cobertizo de San Pedro Mártir, s/n

Salón de Conferencias (denominada “El Teatrillo”)
45071- Toledo

We recommend the following hotels (within 15 minutes walk). Several others can be found nearby. Use hotels.com, booking.com or other search engines to get reduced prices. 

The first option could be a large number of apartments in the city center. You can find most of them in Booking. 

Hotel San Juan de los Reyes 

Address: Calle de los Reyes Católicos, 5, 45002 Toledo

Telephone/Fax: +34 925 28 35 35

Web: https://www.hotelsanjuandelosreyes.com/ 


Hesperia Toledo

Address: Calle Marqués de Mendigorría, 8, 12, 45003 Toledo

Telephone/Fax: +34 925 01 06 00

Web: https://www.hesperia.com/content/hesperiaweb/es/en/hoteles/espana/toledo.html


Hacienda el cardenal (conference dinner)

Address: Paseo Recaredo, 24, 45004 Toledo

Telephone: +34 925 22 08 62

Web: http://www.haciendadelcardenal.com/

Abstract Submission

To submit a communication to the 17th ESICUP Meeting write an abstract (3000 characters maximum, approximately 1 page, and elucidative about the problem tackled, the methodology used and the main conclusions drawn) on a cutting and packing topic and submit it no later than February 24, 2020. The notification of acceptance of your communication will reach you until March 1, 2020. The abstracts of the accepted communications will be included into the 17th ESICUP Meeting proceedings book that will be available to download.

The submission process is done by sending an email to [email protected]. Use the following template and, please, include the required information:

Subject: 17th ESICUP Meeting Submission

Communication Title: