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Student Symposium

Update: Decisions have been announced. Register now on the ConfTool submission site


Student Symposium Overview

The Student Symposium will be an opportunity for undergraduate and master’s students to present their research in a friendly setting of peers and invited senior researchers. Students will receive feedback on their work and they will have a chance to network with other conference participants and faculty members. Participants must apply and be accepted in order to take part.

Format Update: In a change from our original CFP, iConference 2021 will now be an entirely virtual conference. All Student Symposium applications should be submitted with remote participation in mind. 

Application instructions are posted below, and questions about the process can be sent to the chairs listed at the bottom of this page.

Application Instructions

UPDATE: The following instructions have changed since the release of our intial CFP; please read carefully before submitting your application.

All undergraduate and master’s students are invited to submit applications to this session. Affiliation with a member-iSchool is not required—applications from students of any educational institution will be considered. The session will consist of student presentations followed by discussions. All submission must be in English.

To apply, students should write an application that includes:

  • A brief letter of application (250 words maximum) including name, education level, department, and specifics on your field of study and what excites you about it. In other words, why are you studying what you are studying.
  • An abstract of up to 250 words to describe your planned presentation. In this outline, you will introduce the theme of your talk, contextualize the theme in relevant research and give details on your method, analysis and findings (if relevant). The presentation may be on completed research or research-in-progress.

    Student contributions may be based on undergraduate and master's projects or similar. Students may also join forces and collaborate on a submission.

    A certificate will be issued to the participants to recognise their contribution and encourage their academic communication activities.

    Submissions may address any current critical information issues, including:

    • information behavior
    • social, cultural, health and community informatics
    • human-computer interaction
    • education in Library and Information Science
    • information systems
    • social computing
    • information policy
    • knowledge management
    • information retrieval
    • information services
    • information organization
    • digital curation and preservation
    • bibliometrics and scholarly communication
    • history and philosophy of information
    • participatory cultures
    • digital youth
    • social computing
    • human computer interaction
    • knowledge infrastructures
    • computer-supported cooperative work
    • data, text and knowledge mining
    • computational social science
    • digital humanities
    • network science
    • information and communication technology for development
    • data science
    • information economics
    • information work and workers
    • user experience and design

    We especially welcome contributions that address the main theme of the conference, Diversity | Divergence | Dialogue.

    Applications can now be submitted through our ConfTool submission site

    Visit ConfTool to create a user account and start the submission process.

    Updated Timeline

    • Application deadline: Monday, November 2, 2020
    • Decisions announced: Mid-December, 2020

    Student Symposium Chairs


    Questions about the Student Symposium should be directed to the chairs listed above.

    General questions about iConference 2021 should be directed to




      Papers Publisher

      Accepted papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science


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