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iConference 2021

Dates: March 28 – 31, 2021

Location: Beijing, China and virtual

Host: Renmin University School of Information Resource Management 


Hybrid Format: What this means for authors

iConference 2021 will have a “hybrid” participation format, which means there will be a virtual program and also an in-person program. Participants will register for one, the other or both, as they prefer. Rates will be announced in November, and the virtual rate will be lower than the in-person rate because virtual rates do not have to cover food and venue costs. 

The iConference in-person program will take place March 28-31 in Beijing and is hosted by Renmin University. The virtual program will take place online in the two weeks leading up to the conference. A detailed schedule will be published in January.

Authors of Full Papers, Short Papers, Chinese Papers and Posters will express their preference for virtual or in-person presentation when they make their submissions. This information will be used to plan the two programs and is non-binding. Accepted authors will be given the opportunity to change their preference later, after registration has opened. A final cut-off date for changing preferences will be announced in the future.

Similarly, we will offer separate virtual and in-person meetings for our Doctoral Colloquium, Early Career Colloquium and Student Symposium. Applicants will be asked to express their preferred meeting format (live or virtual) when they submit their application. Again, this selection is non-binding at this time and can be changed later.

Our popular Workshops and Sessions for Interaction and Engagement are in-person events that will take place in Beijing. However, to augment our virtual program, the organizers are also seeking proposals for Virtual Interactive Sessions. These sessions are expected to range from basic Zoom group sessions to more sophisticated methods of remote collaboration. We expect this new track to help shape the future of virtual conferences, and encourage everyone to think broadly in crafting their proposals. Prospective applicants can contact the track chairs if they wish to discuss ideas; visit the Virtual Interactive Sessions webpage for contact information.

The iConference is currently accepting submissions for all tracks on our secure ConfTool submissions website.

For all authors and applicants, the hybrid format of iConference 2021 helps ensure that all accepted submitters can participate in some meaningful way, regardless of future travel or budget restrictions. The iSchools organization believes this hybrid format represents the future of the iConference. Even after global health and travel have returned to “normal,” this format will provide the capacity for broader participation and collaboration among our global membership in the future. 

As with everything these days, all iConference planning is subject to future circumstances. As planning evolves, we will keep everyone informed. We thank everyone for their patience and understanding, and look forward to meeting with you either in-person or virtually in March of 2021. 

Now accepting submissions

We are now accepting submissions for iConference 2021 on our secure ConfTool submissions site. Next year’s iConference will feature both in-person and virtual participation options, which 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.

The in-person portion of iConference 2021 will take place March 28-31 in Beijing, China, a world-famous city with a rich cultural history extending back more than 3,000 years. The virtual portion of iConference 2021 will take place in the weeks leading up to the Beijing event. The 2021 conference theme is Diversity, Divergence, Dialogue. 

When making submissions, authors and applicants will be asked their preference for in-person or virtual participation. These non-binding selections will be used to create various participation options and rates for registered participants to choose from. These options will be fully explained in the decision announcements. 

We invite everyone to visit the track pages listed below for more details, and start planning your submissions.

We encourage everyone to share the  2021 Call for Participation with friends and colleagues throughout the information field. All information scholars, researchers, and practitioners are encouraged to make submissions, and affiliation with a member iSchool is not required in order to take part; all are welcome.

Click here to create your ConfTool user account and begin the submission process.

iConference 2021 Full Research Papers and Short Research Papers will be published in Springer’s Lecture Notes in Computer Science series and will therefore be indexed by major services such as Web of Science and Scopus. Posters will be published in the open access Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS).

General questions about iConference 2021 should be directed to

About the iConference Series

Since 2005, the iConference series has provided forums in which information scholars, researchers and professionals share their insights on critical information issues in contemporary society. An openness to new ideas and research fields in information science is a primary characteristics of the event. Attendance has grown every year; participants appreciate the inspiring sense of community, high quality research presentations, and myriad opportunities for engagement.

The iConference series is presented by the iSchools, a worldwide association of Information Schools dedicated to advancing the information field, and preparing students to meet the information challenges of the 21st Century. Affiliation with the iSchools is not required—all information scholars, researchers and practitioners are welcome at the iConference.

The following is a list of sample topics from past conferences:

  • 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

Learn More

To access the offical proceedings of past iConferences, vist our Past Proceedings page.To learn more about the conference in general, view our About The iConference page.

General questions about iConference 2021 should be directed to 


Renmin University School of Information Resource Management


Learn how you can become an iConference sponsor.

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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