The iSchools organization and 2021 host Renmin University are pleased to announce that next year’s iConference will feature both in-person and virtual participation options. This means authors and applicants can make submissions secure in the knowledge that they will be able to present accepted work and participate in the conference, regardless of any future travel or budget uncertainty. iConference 2021 will begin accepting submissions in late June, and more detail can be found in the updated Call for Participation.
The live, in-person portion of iConference 2021 will take place March 28-31 in Beijing, China. Hosted by Renmin University, the 2021 conference theme is Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue. The virtual portion of iConference 2021 will take place in the weeks leading up to the Beijing event. The live and virtual participation options and rates will be fully explained in November 2020, when submission decisions are announced and conference registration opens.
iConference 2021 opens for submissions in late June. During the submission upload process, papers and posters authors will indicate a preference for face-to-face or virtual presentation. Similarly, applicants for our Doctoral Colloquium, Early Career Colloquium and Student Symposium will express their preference for face-to-face or remote meetings. Please note that these choices are not binding; the information is being gathered purely to help the organizers prepare suitable options for everyone.
In addition, iConference 2021 has introduced a new track called Virtual Interactive Sessions. This track is for sessions that will be conducted entirely online. The organizers invite creative submissions that take full advantage of remote presentation and participation technologies.
The iSchools organization is pleased to make this combined in-person and virtual format available for its 16th annual iConference. In a time of travel and budget uncertainty, the iSchools and Renmin hosts believe the new hybrid format is the best way to facilitate the broadest participation by information scholars worldwide.
Full details on iConference tracks and submissions can be found on the iConference 2021 website.