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Pytanis includes a Pretalx client and all the tooling you need for conferences using Pretalx, from handling the initial call for papers to creating the final program.

Trivia: The name Pytanis is a reference to Prytanis using the typical py prefix of Python tools. Prytanis was the name given to the leading members of the government of a city (polis) in ancient Greece. Offices that used this title usually had responsibility for presiding over councils of some kind, which met in the Prytaneion. Romani ite domum!


  • simple configuration management with a config folder in your home directory, just like many other tools do
  • easily access Google Sheets, potentially filled by some Google Forms, and download sheets as data frames
  • easy to use Pretalx client that returns proper Python objects thanks to the power of pydantic
  • simple HelpDesk client for batch mails, e.g. to your reviewers
  • awesome documentation with best practices for the program committee of any community-based conference
  • tools to assign proposals to reviewers based on constraints like preferences
  • tools to support the final selection process of proposals
  • tools to support the creation of the final program schedule


Pytanis is distributed under the terms of the MIT license.

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