Computer Science (Informatics, Computing) has increasingly been developing a significant role in the world making a large contribution towards our understanding of concepts about skills, education and learning. The change of emphasis from digital fluency to deep computational thinking has led to an understanding that being a good computer scientist is more about thinking, exploring the diversity of intelligent devices and oneself, involving external representation of problem solving processes, and reflection on our own thinking – and even thinking about thinking itself.

The international Bebras challenge on Informatics and Computational Thinking ( promotes problem solving skills and Informatics concepts including the ability to break down complex tasks into simpler components, algorithm design, coding, modelling, parallelisation processes, pattern recognition, generalisation and abstraction.

It is a great honour to extend a warm invitation to 17th International Bebras Task Workshop to be held online in Druskininkai, Lithuania on May 17‒21, 2021.

The Bebras Task Workshop brings all Bebras member countries together from around the world to discuss, to create new tasks and to expand professional networks. It is crucial to the success of the Bebras initiative. It is a pity that due to the COVID-19 pandemic the workshop has to be held virtually. The main goal of the Bebras Task Workshop is to bring together Informatics experts from different countries for discussion and development of tasks to be used for the challenge over a year in all 68 Bebras countries. The workshop will also include plenary talks, group leaders’ meetings, general meetings and discussions. We sincerely hope that all participants will use this valuable time for deep and profound discussions on the educational role and future perspectives of Bebras and make long-lasting friendships.

The hosting country of the 17th International Bebras Task Workshop, Lithuania, is the place where Bebras was born in 2004, and launched its first international challenge together with 4 other countries (Estonia, Germany, Poland and The Netherlands) in 2006. We firmly believe that the 17th Bebras Task Workshop in Lithuania, despite its virtual mode, will be a real and memorable experience for all. We hope that your participation will make this workshop a more valuable, successful and enriching event.

All the members of the organizing committee are looking forward to meeting you virtually (or even physically, where the pandemic situation allows) in Druskininkai, Lithuania May 17-21, 2021!

Rimvydas Petrauskas
Vilnius University

Valentina Dagienė
Bebras Chair
Professor, Vilnius University

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