General Information & Guidelines

Abstract MUST be submitted electronically via the online submission system by the abstract submission deadline: 15 January 2020. 

Abstracts received via fax, e-mail or received after the deadline will not be accepted and therefore will not be considered for the programme or publication. Abstract submission will open on 15 october 2019.

Abstract can be submitted to the following ECREA sections, networks and temporary working groups (click on the section, networks or temporary working groups for more information): 

Sections

Audience and reception studies

The Audience and Reception Studies section invites contributions that focus on how people use and make sense of old and new media and with what consequences for individuals, groups, communities and societies. The section welcomes various approaches (theoretical/critical works, empirical studies, methodological discussions) and methods (quantitative or qualitative research, or both), and encourages submissions that cross disciplines (e.g. social sciences, political sciences, education sciences, humanities and arts, psychology) and traditional boundaries (e.g. between old and new media, between mass and group communication, between content/production and audience/ reception/effects).

Children, youth and media

The Children, Youth and Media Section welcomes proposals of papers that link to the overall conference theme and that are meaningful in the context of children, youth and media research. Topics of interest include but are not limited to the following areas: power, commercialization, regulation, sociality, culture, children’s rights, sustainability and digital future. Proposals can be empirical and/or theoretical in nature. The section aims to bring together and encourage critical and interdisciplinary approaches while fostering a dialogue between a broad diversity of methodological and theoretical approaches. All submissions will go through a rigorous peer review process.

Communication and democracy

The Communication and Democracy section invites you to submit abstracts for papers and panel proposals focusing on the relationship between media, communication and democracy. Democracy is defined here in a broad sense. It is therefore not merely limited to institutional politics and practices. Papers and panels on non-institutional democratic practices (including social movements and NGOs) are explicitly encouraged. Equally, democracy does not only refer to (Western) models of liberal democracy, and ‘media and communications’ relates to both more traditional (mass) media as well as to the digital information infrastructures and platforms, such as social media. The theme for the 2020 conference in Braga is “Communication and trust: building safe, sustainable and promising futures”, but the section also invites papers outside of this general theme. Abstracts and panel proposals should ideally address one of the following sub-themes: Social movement/radical/alternative media, media activism, media participation, civic resilience in times of crisis, everyday life and civic culture, media struggles over independence, recognition and social justice, organising (for) political agency, The political economy of participatory media, social movements and political subjectivities, political agency and civic cultures. The section encourages a non-media centric approach and welcomes contributions from young scholars.

Communication history

The Communication History section provides a forum for scholars who approach communication with a historical perspective. The section invites contributions dealing with

a) the history of socially relevant and mass communication (e.g., the history of media production and institutions, history of journalism, public relations and advertising, new media histories, historical audiences); as well as the history of communication in general (e.g., history of interpersonal or group communication);

b) memory studies (e.g., mass media and social memory);

c) the history of ideas related to the field of communication (this includes not only the history of theories concerning public or mediated communication and the history of communication as a scientific field, but also the methodology and theory of communication history).

Communication law and policy

The Communication Law and Policy section provides a forum for the debate and analysis of past and current national and EU legal, regulatory and policy directions in the field of European media and communication. The field is interpreted broadly to include political, social, cultural, anthropological and economic questions. The section invites contributions (proposals for papers, posters or panels) in any area of (broadly understood) European media and communication law, regulation and policy, including historical, comparative and philosophical approaches to this domain. We welcome critical methodologies and analyses, as well as discussions on new ways of thinking about policy and law in the media, communication and cultural industries. We also welcome empirical studies of policy or the policy making process as well as evidence aimed at contributing to debates on current policy issues, especially those that use interdisciplinary approaches and push the boundaries of established work. 

In October 2019 we held a workshop in Helsinki and our members edited and contributed to The Palgrave Handbook of Methods for Media Policy Research.

Crisis communication

The Crisis Communication Section invites contributions that focus on communication in the context crises including pre-crisis (i.e., risk and issues management), crisis, and post-crisis stages. We invite submissions addressing a broad range of crisis types such as reputational crisis, natural disasters, terrorism attacks, war, public health crisis, political crisis, etc. The section also invites contributions that analyse and discuss the theoretical, methodological, and practical implications of crises in domestic as well as international contexts. We explicitly invite scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds exploring risk and crisis communication in different fields such as politics, business, media, and civil society from different disciplinary angles (e.g., journalism, public relations, organizational communication, audience research, media psychology, political communication, management, health communication, and international/intercultural communication). All theoretical lenses and methodological approaches are welcome.​

Diaspora, migration and the media

Transnational and diasporic communications have for decades posed a number of theoretical and methodological challenges for European communication and media research, the proliferation of so-called ‘migration crises’ across the world and the proliferation of digital technologies have added further complexity to the field. The section invites and encourages theoretical and empirical explorations from across Europe and beyond. We welcome interdisciplinary approaches, established and innovative studies on diaspora and migration in all areas of media and communication research. Scholarship presented and discussed in the section includes research on transnational media communities and practices including diaspora journalism and migrant film-making; the representation of migrants in mainstream and social media; migrant media policy & media production; the media worlds of people who migrate; borders, border-crossings, border-making; migration management, biometrics, digital identities, human rights and surveillance; media and migration infrastructures; activism and conflict; race, racism and antiracism in media practice; the politics of difference and identity in an era of media participation; the political economy of media, migration and diaspora; media in urban spaces and convivial cultures.

Digital culture and communication

The Digital Culture and Communication section aims at sharing and developing research connected with the European context in the field of digital media, culture transformations, social change and innovation. We welcome work that crosses disciplines and that operates at the boundaries of what might generally be allowed to constitute media/communication systems. The section actively seeks both empirically grounded and theoretical critical work. It therefore welcomes debates, approaches and frameworks that question the general specificity of ‘the digital’ and/or uses ‘the digital’ to rethink existing media and communication theories as well as advances in digital research methods.

Digital games research

The Digital Games Research section invites contributions dealing with digital games as cultural objects, digital gaming as a social practice, digital games as media for communication and related topics. Particular interest goes to understanding the cultural, psychological and sociological implications of digital gaming and of digital games as cultural objects and mass-market products, as well as serious applications of digital games. The section offers an interdisciplinary platform for exploring the impact and meaning of game culture(s). We welcome contributions dealing with topics traditionally associated with specific fields such as communication, but also humanities, media psychology, education science, economics and others. We deliberately aim for both qualitative and quantitative work in the belief that both deserve equal attention and are able to reinforce one another. We employ an inclusive definition of digital games as any game played on any digital device and explicitly do not limit the scope for submissions in this regard. The call is open for works dealing with both more traditional forms of digital gaming, ranging from nostalgia and retro gaming to newer innovations such as virtual reality, augmented reality, or location-based games.

Film studies

Ranging from early cinema experiences in European metropolises to contemporary blockbusters and multiplexes, film has always been at the forefront of European popular culture and also a field of vital artistic creation. The Film Studies section invites contributions that deal with film from a broad variety of perspectives: film as cultural artefact and commercial product, as embodied and social experience, as symbolic field of cultural production, and as a mediating technology. We strive towards methodological and theoretical engagement in studies of both historical and contemporary cinema. Thus, cultural studies perspectives, historical and theoretical approaches, textual as well as institutional analysis, and audience research all find their place within the Film Studies section.

Gender and communication

The Gender and Communication section invites empirical and/or theoretical contributions to the field of communication with a specific interest in gender, sexuality and their intersections. Gender is conceptualised in a broad sense, aiming for inclusivity and multivocality within the field. Contributions can therefore address gender and sexuality or the intersecting of gender-related issues with concepts such as ethnicity, identity politics, age, or queer studies. As with gender and sexuality, the concept of media is equally open. Contributions might therefore adopt an interdisciplinary approach, for example using insights from feminist media studies and popular culture studies — or posing philosophical questions. Aiming to bridge the gap between communication and gender studies, this section welcomes approaches that combine a focus on gender and sexuality with media research, namely media production, media analysis (diverse approaches) and media uses and/or reception studies.

International and intercultural communication

The International and Intercultural Communication section welcomes contributions that explore different forms of cross-border dialogue, exchange and flows between and/or within nations, regions, cultures, communities and individuals. We explicitly define our section’s field of interest very broadly by referring to all types of cross-border, transnational or global communication as we focus on mediated and (inter)personal forms of communication and do so from the perspective of production, distribution, content and reception. The section also invites papers on the social, economic, political and cultural characteristics and consequences of globalization, power imbalances and international and intercultural communication processes. Also welcomed are papers reflecting upon the design and methodology of international and intercultural analyses.

Interpersonal communication and social interaction

The Interpersonal Communication and Social Interaction section welcomes contributions that focus on the study of human interaction and communicative behaviour. The core is constituted of contacts and relationships between people, whether in private or public contexts, whether face-to-face or through various communication technologies. The research fields and theory development areas of interpersonal communication and social interaction are wide-ranging. They include interpersonal relationships; relationship formation, development and termination; group and team communication; verbal and nonverbal communication; public speaking, rhetoric, argumentation; persuasion and mutual influence; communicative competence and interpersonal skills; ethnography of speaking; interaction with conversational human agents, personal assistants and chatbots; modality switching; and other related approaches to human social interaction. All kinds of contexts are welcome (e.g., family, work, instructional, political, health), as are all methodologies (qualitative, quantitative, mixed).

Journalism studies

The Journalism Studies section is concerned with cultural, political, economic, social and professional aspects of journalism and news work. The section accordingly invites for consideration papers as well as panel submissions of high quality across the range of journalism studies, focussing on occupational, participatory, regulatory, ethical, social, technological, political, commercial, cultural, educational, historical and other dimensions, with particular reference to the European and/or global context.

Media, cities and space

The Media, Cities and Space section provides an interdisciplinary platform for European research and education around the manifold relationship between media in all their diversity, urban and other locations, in the context of increasingly pervasive algorithmic mediation of space and social life. 

The section aims at establishing a strong international network, and welcomes scientific production of theoretical, methodological and empirical nature, with a strong emphasis on contributions that cross disciplinary boundaries. Scholarship within Media, Cities and Space focuses on the multiple ways media and communications interrelate with and contribute to lived experience and social (inter)action in cities (and other spatial contexts).

We invite contributions from scholars from different disciplinary backgrounds exploring media, space and place from different angles and in different fields such as communication and media studies; science and technology studies; geography and environmental studies; political communication studies; critical media and technology studies, locative and mobile media studies, etc. We welcome all theoretical and methodological approaches.


Media industries and cultural production

The media industries and cultural production section welcomes panels and papers on all aspects of research on media and cultural production from anyone with an interest in these areas, regardless of rank or experience. The definition of cultural production we adopt includes ‘industrial’ forms, but also amateur and informal ones too.  Panels and papers can be contemporary and/or historical, theoretical and/or empirical. We welcome contributions dealing with any medium or set of media, including web design, social media, and internet content production; film, music, television and various popular broadcasting genres, and ‘informational’ areas such as journalism, documentary and current affairs. We also welcome submissions about ‘non-media’ forms of cultural production such as theatre, dance, music and fine art. Media and cultural labour are key topics within the domain of the section, as are studies of how industries and producers seek to ‘know’ their audiences. We also welcome pre-constituted panels that include presentations from industry practitioners alongside academic papers. Papers and panels in line with the overall conference theme are, of course, welcome – but other submissions are very welcome too.

Mediatization

Mediatization has over the past decades become an established area of inquiry within media and communication, focusing the role of the media as organizations, technologies and contents in culture and society. It is concerned with the study of the long-term processes where media change has consequences for social and cultural change and how these changes may provide new conditions for communication and social interaction in contemporary culture and society. As a theoretical framework it tries to develop concepts, models and methods to understand these interrelationships based on a constructive dialogue with existing theories of media and communication. We invite paper, panel and poster proposals on both theoretical and empirical questions.  Proposals may for instance address: historical as well as contemporary aspects of mediatization; methodological challenges to the study of social change in an era of media saturation; critical perspectives on interrelationships between communicative, social and cultural change; and the interplay between mediatization and other general processes such as datafication, individualization and globalization.

Organisational and strategic communication

The section for Organizational and Strategic Communication promotes an active and critical dialogue among scholars with the aim of consolidating an interdisciplinary field which includes public relations, corporate communication, advertising, marketing, political communication, organizational communication and other specialized communication areas. The overall objective of the section is to enhance European research within the field of organizational and strategic communication by mapping out and theorising the conceptual and methodological background of contemporary practice. Therefore, the participation rules of the section allow contributions from researchers, professors, masters and doctoral students, as well as from practitioners in relevant fields.

Philosophy of communication

The Philosophy of Communication section invites papers and panel proposals that deal with fundamental philosophical and theoretical issues in communication inquiry and practice, including questions of theory formation and methodology, old and new paradigms of communication research, key concepts in media and communication studies, new approaches to philosophy of media and technology, the contribution of specific philosophers to the field, epistemological and ethical problems of communication and media, and the role of the media in human existence. The section welcomes contributions from philosophers and communication scholars representing all philosophical and communication-theoretical perspectives and schools.

Political of communication

The Political Communication section invites empirical and/or theoretical contributions on the changing nature of the relationship between citizens, political actors and the media, old and new. We welcome papers that address issues such as: the implications of mediated and mediatized politics on the quality of modern democracy; the European political communication deficit; the link between political communication and media policy, new journalistic practices, but also rising antagonistic civic communicative inputs, practices and processes of the mediation and mediatization of politics. Similarly, we invite papers on communication strategies and news management of political elites; campaign communication; citizenship and public sphere; media effects on political orientations and participation; as well as interpersonal and online political communication. Papers that take a comparative view on political communication in Europe are very welcome. The section aims to bring together, and encourage critical and interdisciplinary approaches while creating dialogue between a broad diversity of methodological and theoretical approaches.

Radio research

While data on radio listening in Europe show a generalised decline (EBU 2019), it is also true that radio is still the most trusted medium in Europe (Eurobarometer 2018).

In order to “Build safe, sustainable and promising futures” there is a need to rethink the way we measure the value of radio in society, and not only its economic value, and take into account its contribution to the construction of a media ecosystem as culturally diverse and pluralistic as possible. 

Are there other ways of assessing the contribution of radio, especially public and community radio, to society? Moreover, given the increasing diffusion of audio content on demand (podcasting), how can it be ensured that the emerging podcasting industry, in Europe and worldwide, is not centralised in the hands of a few digital platforms owned by global corporations? 

The Radio and Sound Section welcomes proposals focused not only on radio productions, but more broadly on sound productions and on the different cultural aural expressions. In tune with the conference theme, the section invites researchers to submit proposals on how sound has contributed and can continue to contribute to the trust of audio media and sound communication in its various forms of expression.

Thus, papers could be situated in the following fields as they relate to radio and sound: audience studies; production studies; sound content and radio/audio genres; audio narratives and acoustic language; podcasting; community radio; social networking and user-generated radio; web and mobile platform content; radio and music streaming platforms; radio and the public sphere(s); radio and broadcasting history; research methodologies; innovation; sound art; aural culture. Whole panel proposals are also welcome, although there will inevitably be pressure on the available timeslots in the programme.

Science and environment communication

The 21st century faces unprecedented challenges in the environment and science fields. There is therefore a timely and necessary need for research that engages critically and constructively with the role of media and communication processes in relation to science and environment problems as they are presented and contested in public spheres, in organizations and in other arenas. The Science and Environment Communication section seeks to foster a strong, reflexive and dynamic research network and welcomes empirical and theoretical work that crosses a range of disciplinary and methodological boundaries. Examples of topic areas include – but are far from restricted to: media and journalistic representations of science and the environment; political and commercial discourse on the environment, health and climate change; the changes in science and environment communication brought on by digital media;  dialogic, participatory approaches to the communication of research-based knowledge; communication, democracy and research governance; public engagement with science and the environment; the discussion and contestation of facts and knowledge in public debate.

Television studies

The Television Studies section aims to facilitate strong cooperation for European research and education in the field of television studies. In the face of technological and cultural changes to television ‘as we know it’, the section provides a network for TV researchers from a wide range of disciplines focusing on all aspects of television, both addressing the ‘post-broadcast era’ and television’s history and its multiple futures. This section invites papers and panel proposals  about the phenomenon of television in its broadest sense: TV as medium, TV as aesthetic form, TV as lived experience, TV as cultural and economic institution, TV as part of legal and political actions, TV as symbolic field of cultural production, TV as popular entertainment, TV as media technology, TV as commodity, TV as part of convergence culture, etc. The section welcomes various approaches (theoretical, analytical, historical, empirical, critical, methodological) and encourages inter- and transdisciplinary work on television. We welcome contributions on television as a medium of transition and related to new trends in creation, production, distribution and consumption, especially focused on youngest audiences. We also invite submissions dealing with continuities and disruptions in television history.

Visual cultures

The aim of the Visual Cultures Section is to provide a forum for discussing and developing work on visual cultures and material practices in a context of broadly understood media and communication scholarship. The objectives are simple: deepen theoretical and empirical understanding of ways in which visual cultures and material practices intertwine, and provide a platform for scholars at various stages in their academic career for constructive dialogue.

The rationale for the Section follows an observation that our understanding of images is partially based on the material practices in which they are intertwined, while these practices alone do not suffice to explain questions regarding the visual. Instead of focusing only on images made with particular technologies (such as photography, computer-generated imagery, or the like), this section is interested in a variety of practice-based approaches to visual culture, trying to understand the similarities and differences between uses of pictures.

We invite papers from various theoretical and methodological vantage points, including those from visual communication, visual culture, visual studies, Bildwissenschaft and visual anthropology.

Network descriptions and calls 

Central and East-European network

The Central and East-European Network invites scholars to send in abstracts proposals focusing on contemporary trends of media and communication in the CEE region or between the CEE region and other regions. The trends here are defined in a broad sense. Therefore the topics are not limited solely to industrial, to political or to research trends, for instance, but to the proposals that focus on institutional (media institutions, political institutions, ect.), and/or non-institutional (NGOs, communities, movements) developments, and/or quality of interplay between different actors. Both empirical and theoretical contributions are encouraged. The theme of ECC 2020 conference in Braga is ‘Communication and Trust: building safe, sustainable and promising futures’. However, the Network welcomes proposals that are outside of this central topic, such as communication practices by different actors, activism and media, mediatization and mediatized societies, use of media by political elites, the backlash of liberal media model.

Women's network

The Women’s Network aims to address gender inequalities in research and higher education and to give voice to female and LGBTQ+ scholars. The initial objective is to create a platform for scholars to speak up about the problems they encounter within academia such as gender bias, and to stimulate the exchange of research, experiences, insights and practices around gender inequality. By identifying differences, strengths and weaknesses in Europe, the network aims to contribute to equality in all dimensions. The network invites contributions that provide critical perspectives on gender bias and inequalities, labor conditions, and organizational and cultural systems in higher education. Next to historical, contemporary, theoretical and empirical scholarly studies, the network welcomes insights and recommendations from organizational policies, equality plans or personal experiences, submitted individually or as a panel proposal.

YECREA (Young Scholars Network)

YECREA, the Young Scholars Network of the European Communication Research and Education Association (ECREA) represents the young scholars within ECREA. YECREA’s main objectives are to give a voice to the young generation within ECREA, and to provide young scholars with an international network. This includes (but is not limited to) doctoral students and postdoctoral researchers.

YECREA’s goal is to provide young scholars with relevant information, stimulate PhD initiatives aimed at PhD support, and create forums where young scholars can share ideas, get peer support and peer review. A special emphasis is put on PhD support. YECREA aims to provide a bridge between the young generation and the advanced members of ECREA, to stimulate both communication and collaboration between the two.

The YECREA network communicates through a newsletter, and especially through the YECREA Facebook page that informs the community of young scholars of conferences, scholarships, graduate programmes, jobs, etc. Also, YECREA is present at ECREA workshops and conferences.

YECREA is represented in the ECREA thematic sections through Section Representatives. These Section Representatives ensure communication from young scholars to the section and vice versa, and represent the young scholars within the section.

The current management team of YECREA is Johan Farkas, Malmö University (chair), Corinna Lauerer, LMU Munich (vice-chair) and Norbert Šinković, University in Novi Sad (vice-chair).

TWGs descriptions and calls 

Journalism and communication education

The goal of the Journalism & Communication Education Temporary Working Group is to advance the theoretical, empirical and practical understanding of education for media professions. In light of the rapid changes of both media and educational systems in Europe, it is often hard for higher education programs in journalism, strategic communication, media management or other media professions, to do more than “react” to these changes. Our aim is to support research on issues of higher education, life-long learning, and training, that will help us improve the quality of our programs. At the last ECC 2018 in Lugano, a fruitful discussion in our research workshop showed that the issue of changing competencies is one of the most pressing for most media professions programs. At ECC2020 in Braga, we want to pick up this thread and invite contributions dealing with research on competency and skill changes in media professions and their incorporation in higher education and training.

Ethics of Mediated Suffering

The Ethics of Mediated Suffering Temporary Working group aims at providing an open platform for European research and constructive dialogue around the implications of the mediation of distant suffering. It takes as a starting point the realisation that the reporting of disasters, crises and human vulnerability is an integral part of contemporary mediated experience, making moral demands on its spectators and forming the basis for postnational solidarities. In this light, we welcome theoretical and empirical contributions that engage with the following questions: what are the political and moral implications inherent in the representation of suffering and the spectacularisation of human pain? What is the role of (social) media and journalism in transforming practices of witnessing? How are relationships between spectators and sufferers mediated? How is the concept of the ‘victim’ constructed and employed in both media and public discourses? Who counts as a victim and what are the implications of (self-)victimhood and its omnipresence in politics and culture?  The group aims at bringing together scholars from different subfields and encouraging dialogue between different methodologies and theoretical approaches.

Health communication

The Temporary Working Group Health Communication invites paper and panel proposals that focus on different forms of communication in the context of health. This includes Media issues, such as media coverage of health topics, health literacy, information seeking behaviour, usage and effects of health messages; Strategic issues, focusing on communication strategies and prevention campaigns, narrowcasting health messages, and health public relations; Health technologies issues, such as usage and effects of novel health technologies, communicative challenges related to novel technologies, e-health, telemedicine; Social and community issues, such as health-related interpersonal communication, social influence and support, as well as community health risk management; Patient-provider issues, such as determinants, content, and outcomes of patient-provider interactions, communication skills, or trust and disclosure in interactions; Intercultural issues, such as health communication for ethnic minorities, challenges of intercultural health communication, and cross-cultural differences in health communication issues; Methodological issues, comprising methodological innovations and challenges in current health communication research, both qualitative and quantitative approaches; Academic issues, such as self-observations and introspective studies in the field of health communication. We welcome empirical studies, theoretical contributions, and literature reviews.

Communication and sport

The new ECREA Communication and Sport Temporary Working Group invites submissions that bridge the study of mediated sport and the ECC’s main theme “Communication and trust: building safe, sustainable and promising future”. We wish to concentrate on the still growing number of communicators who are now present in the European sports media landscape and represent a range of very diverse interests and agendas in relation to sport and its audience. In the current cluttered environment, characterized by the multiplication of platforms and services, sport journalism’s role as gatekeeper to the public has been bypassed and journalism has been supplemented by communication stemming from other agents within the sports-media complex. Those include: independent bloggers, gaming and betting firms, fans, content aggregators, sports stars and an increasing number of professionalized communication units in sports organizations. So, how is trust, authority and autonomy dealt with under these circumstances? How are communicators acting in search for the attention and trust of an audience in sustainable ways? What does the audience expect from sport-related information and how does it respond to the multitude of communication offerings by highly different actors? What role is sports journalism supposed to have and how are sustainable business models sought for to secure independent sources of information on sport? How do sports organization apply strategic communication efforts in order to build trust with their stakeholders? We encourage submissions from different theoretical and methodological perspectives that stimulate the debate on these pivotal questions for the present and future practice of sports communication in the digital age.

Abstracts can be amended in the online submission system until the deadline. After the deadline, all abstracts will be locked for further editing.

All successfully submitted abstracts will advance to the peer review process. The ECREA 2019 Scientific Committee members will consider its formal aspects and the content during the evaluation procedures. They will decide which abstracts will be accepted and may reconsider the final presentation type.

Accepted abstracts will form part of the final scientific programme and as such will be presented onsite. Abstracts not suitable for display will be rejected. Please have your abstract checked for correct spelling, punctuation, grammar and formal structure. The organisers reserves the right to edit abstracts if necessary prior to the publication.

All presenting authors will receive an acceptance/rejection notification via e-mail by 25 March 2020.

All accepted presenting authors are obliged to confirm their participation in the conference programme until 15 April 2020 and early bird register by 15 July 2020. Those presenting authors who do not confirm their participation, do not register for the Conference or have not paid the registration fee by the deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the final programme.

During the submission a preferred session type must be selected for each submitted abstract. Please note that the ECREA 2020 Scientific Committee holds the right to change the final session type if considered accordingly.

Individual paper submission

Submission for single abstracts will be presented (if accepted and selected) within one session together with different abstracts from different authors. They will be selected and grouped thematically by the Scientific Committee.

Authors submit their abstracts indicating their preference of presenting it as a paper (oral presentation) or a poster. Individual papers must fulfil the abstract formatting requirements mention below.

Panel submission

Panel convenors may directly submit a whole session (panel), which consists of a panel rationale and 5 individual panel paper abstracts.

To submit a panel, the panel rationale must be submitted first (submitted, not just saved as draft). Once the rationale is submitted, 5 slots for individual panel paper abstracts (A,B,C,D,E) will be opened. Panel convenors can then submit and edit each individual panel paper abstract.

The whole panel (rationale as well as the individual panel paper abstracts) must fulfil the abstract formatting requirements mentioned below.

The panel convenors are expected to submit the panel rationale as well as all individual panel paper abstracts and to list all responsible panel paper authors. The panel convenors will be the main contact persons for the panels.

Abstract Formatting Requirements

All abstracts must be written in English;

When submitting your abstract, consider and choose the corresponding ECREA section and Temporary working groups;

The abstract title is limited to 30 words and must be submitted using the Sentence case (e.g. This is the title of my abstract);

Up to 10 authors can be mentioned under one abstract (including the presenting author). The presenting author is selected first; other authors can be added. Up to 10 authors can be mentioned under one abstract (including the presenting author). The presenting author is selected first; other authors can be added only when the presenting author has been inserted. However, the authors order can be changed if needed by swopping the names in the list of co-authors. The first name is considered to be the main author. Please note that participants can be nominated as the first (presenting) author in one accepted submission only. If more than one contribution with the same first (presenting) author is accepted, the participant stated as the first (presenting) author will be asked to decide which paper he/she wants to present. There is no restriction on the number of presentations where a conference participant is listed as co-author and participants can still act as chairs or respondents of a panel;

Maximum abstract length is 500 words;

No pictures/tables/charts are allowed within the abstract text;

No additional files can be uploaded;

Number of submitted abstracts per submitter/author is limited to two proposals.