I would like to ask for help in compiling a list of as many TCS-related conferences and workshops as possible. My main motivation for doing this is to plan possible blog coverage of more theory venues -- finding correspondents attending these events who would be willing to write either brief or in-depth blog entries about events they are attending. Beyond that, I hope a list like this would give everyone a better sense of the lay of the theory land.

I'll seed the question with an answer containing a few "obvious" conferences. Please feel free to edit my answer and/or post additional answers of your own.

Standard abbreviation of conference, name of conference, subject matter, any additional notes.

Intended as community wiki.

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    +1 - I've wanted to ask this for a long time but didn't for the reason that Kaveh mentioned. Now that you have, I vote strongly in favor of keeping it. – Huck Bennett Aug 21 '11 at 18:40
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    I think it could be a useful resource. The only problem might be if people try to rank the conferences or if we get debate over if a certain conference is in-scope or not. – Artem Kaznatcheev Aug 21 '11 at 18:41
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    My suggestion is that this should be structured like the P vs NPC post. In that there's one master "accepted" answer that maintains the union of all other answers posted in other comments. – Suresh Venkat Aug 22 '11 at 15:45
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    @Marcos: One possibility is that we could create a page on the community blog once the list stabilizes here. I've started a meta thread to discuss static blog pages here: meta.cstheory.stackexchange.com/questions/1297/… – Aaron Sterling Aug 24 '11 at 15:51
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    Microsoft Research actually did this listing of conference here: academic.research.microsoft.com/…. – Gopi Oct 1 '11 at 12:12
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GENERAL:

CC: COMPLEXITY

CG: COMPUTATIONAL GEOMETRY

CR: CRYPTOGRAPHY AND SECURITY

DB: DATABASE THEORY

DC: DISTRIBUTED, PARALLEL, AND CLUSTER COMPUTING

DM: DISCRETE MATHEMATICS AND COMBINATORICS

DS: DATA STRUCTURES AND ALGORITHMS

FL: AUTOMATA THEORY AND FORMAL LANGUAGES

GT: ALGORITHMIC GAME THEORY

LG: LEARNING THEORY

LO: LOGIC IN COMPUTER SCIENCE

PL: PROGRAMMING LANGUAGES

SC: SYMBOLIC COMPUTATION

THEOREM PROVING

QUANTUM

RO: Robotics

COMPUTATIONAL BIOLOGY

OTHER

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    I am worried now that I see ICML and NIPS listed under learning theory, as they don't even claim to be theory conferences. Makes me wonder whether the rest of the list has similar problems... – Lev Reyzin Aug 24 '11 at 13:20
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    Are RECOMB and ISMB relevant conferences for theory? My impression is that RECOMB is more geared towards tools and applications, while ISMB kind of expects biological results. In general, theoretical work in computational biology looks more like applications than theory for a theory person. – Jouni Sirén Aug 24 '11 at 15:24
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    @Lev: My two cents: take the conferences out if you think it is that clear. If someone else wants to edit them back in, that person can provide reasons they should be included. – Aaron Sterling Aug 24 '11 at 18:28
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    Could editors please give justification for their edits? Someone just removed AfricaCrypt from the list, without giving a reason. Is it (a) not a conference, or (b) not a TCS conference? – Aaron Sterling Aug 28 '11 at 20:54
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    @Kaveh: Sure, I would like a list of all TCS conferences. I would enjoy it if someone blogged from AfricaCrypt. Let's not turn this into an argument about noteworthiness. The list has almost stabilized. – Aaron Sterling Aug 29 '11 at 13:01

Conference calendar by confsearch.org (missing: AMW, MFPS, FPSAC, ITCS, QCRYPT, DCM).

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    The list of conferences is copied from the other answer; whenever you add conferences, please edit the URL, too. – Jukka Suomela Aug 21 '11 at 19:01
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    And please keep in mind that confsearch.org is a wiki; you can add missing information there... – Jukka Suomela Aug 24 '11 at 21:31
  • confsearch.org also has a category "Theory" where you can view all Theory conferences and add those that are missing confsearch.org/confsearch/faces/pages/… – Serge Gaspers Jan 8 '13 at 12:34

This list of conferences by Tom Friedetzky and Daniel Paulusma is another nice resource.

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