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Research in software evolution and evolvability has been thriving in the past years, with a constant stream of new formalisms, tools, techniques, and development methodologies trying, on the one hand, to facilitate the way long-lived successful software systems can be changed in order to cope with demands from users and the increasing complexity and volatility of the contexts in which such systems operate, and, on the other hand, to understand and if possible control the processes by which demand for these changes come about.

This workshop is the merger of the annual ERCIM Workshop on Software Evolution (EVOL) and the International Workshop on Principles of Software Evolution (IWPSE). The rationale for a common event is to capitalize on the synergies to be found when theorists and practitioners meet.

In 2011, IWPSE-EVOL will be co-located with ESEC/FSE, in early september in Szeged, Hungary. Proceedings of the workshop will be published in the ACM digital library; a special issue of the best papers will be published in the Journal of Software Maintenance and Evolution: Research and Practice.

IWPSE-EVOL will feature a special event dedicated to the memory of Prof. Manny Lehman, known as the “Father of Software Evolution”, who recently passed away on Wednesday, 29th of december, 2010.