iConference 2021 took place March 17-31, 2021. The annual gathering of information scholars and researchers was presented by the iSchools and hosted by Renmin University of China. It was the 16th event in the iConference series. A total of 520 participants took part, placing the conference among the better-attended events in the series; the relatively high attendance figure was particularly noteworthy given the all-virtual format.
iConference 2021 included 104 research paper presentations in the categories of Full Research Papers, Short Research Papers and Chinese Research Paper. Research was also the focus of 48 poster presentations. There were also 15 Workshops and similar interactive sessions, and 6 special Archival Education presentations. As always, the conference provided a foundation for future thought leaders with its Doctoral Colloquium, Student Symposium, and Early Career Colloquium.
Visit the iConference 2021 Archive page for complete details, including links to the proceedings, details on our keynote speakers, and other conference artifacts.
A follow-up survey will be issued shortly, and urge all conference participants to watch for the invitation and take part in the survey. The iSchools organization has learned much about virtual conferencing over the past two years, and participant feedback is vital for making even more improvements next year.
iConference 2022 will take place in March 2022. A Call for Participation will be issued in the coming weeks. The iConference 2022 co-hosts are the University of Texas at Austin (USA), University College Dublin (Ireland), and Kyushu University (Japan).