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Student Symposium

Update: We are now accepting submissions on our 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. The track will have its own organizing team of students. Participants must apply and be accepted in order to take part.

iConference 2021 will take place in Beijing and virtually. At submission, Student Symposium applicants will be asked their preference for meeting in-person or remotely. This input will help us plan and is non-binding.

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

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 (15-20 minutes in total for each presentation).

To apply, students should write an application that includes:

  1. A brief letter of application (500 words maxiumum) 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.
  2. An outline of the presentation of up to 1,000 words. 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).

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

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 in writing to our ConfTool submission site. All applications must be in English.

Important notes: Participants must purchase a conference registration in order to take part in the Student Symposium, and should do so during the Early Bird Registration period. Failure to purchase a registration in a timely fashion may result in your spot being given to someone else. Only accepted participants will be admitted; the Student Symposium is not open to observers.

At this time there is no funding for the Student Symposium, and would-be participants should apply with the understanding that they must cover all their costs associated with participating in iConference 2021.

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


  • Application deadline: Monday, October 19, 2020
  • Decisions announced: Mid-November, 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


    Renmin University School of Information Resource Management


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    Papers Publisher

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


    • For general questions about the iConference, including sponsorships, please contact iSchools Communications Director Clark Heideger.

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