20th ESICUP Meeting

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.

The 20th ESICUP Meeting is the 2024 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 (The Netherlands), Mexico City (Mexico),2021 – online (ZOOM), Toledo (Spain) and Bologna (Italy) last year.

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).

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

Organising Committee

Elsa Silva, University of Minho
José Manuel Vasconcelos Valério de Carvalho, University of Minho

Program Committee

Tony Wauters (Chair), KU Leuven
François Clautiaux, Université de Bordeaux
Michele Monaci, University of Boulogne
Antonio Martinez, University of Southampton
Elsa Silva, University of Minho
Célia Paquay, University of Liège
Francisco Parreño, Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha
António Galrão Ramos, ISEP
  • 23rd February 2024Extended Deadline for Abstract Submission.
  • 28th February 2024 – Notification of acceptance.
  • 10th March 2024 – Deadline for EARLY registration.
  • 24th March 2024 – Deadline for LATE registration.
  • 17th – 19th April 2024 – 20th ESICUP Meeting.

Early Registration (before 3rd March 2024): 180 €

Late Registration (before 17th March 2024): 210 €

The fee includes the Welcome on Wednesday, breaks, lunches on Thursday and Friday and social dinner.


Accompanying person: 80 €

Accompanying person will have access to the get-together welcome on Wednesday, social dinner and  tour of Guimarães.  Registration of accompanying persons is also done in the same ‘Registration and Payment’ page.

Payment Method: Please make the payment via bank transfer. The account details required for the transaction are available here .

Transfer Description: When making the transfer, ensure the description includes “20th ESICUP.” This will assist us in accurately tracking and processing your payment.

Proof of Transfer: After completing the bank transfer, promptly email the proof of payment to [email protected]. Include all necessary information that should be reflected in the receipt.

In addition to this, please send an email to [email protected] before March 18, 2024. Use the provided template below and include the required information:

Subject: 20th ESICUP Meeting Registration




Accompanying person

For the registration of an accompanying person, in the ‘Affiliation’ field above and in the proof of payment, please use ‘Accompanying person’.

For the rest, instructions are the same.

Abstract submission closed.

Download the conference schedule: schedule.

Download the programme booklet: ESICUP20th_v2-final

Conference Venue

University of Minho, Azurém Campus in Guimarães

How to get to Guimarães from the Porto airport:

Accommodation (some options):

Promotional codes can be requested by sending an email to [email protected]


The Get-together Welcome is scheduled for the 17th of April in Casa Amarela https://casaamarela.pt/ at 8 pm.

The Social dinner will be hosted on the 18th at Restaurante Oriental https://restaurantecafeoriental.com/ at 8 pm.

Lastly,  the Tour of Guimarães is planned for the 19th at 4 pm.