Call for particpation for Networks 2021: A Joint Sunbelt and NetSci Conference is now open! Click on each of the sections below to learn more about each call.

CALL FOR PARTICIPATION & CONFERENCE FORMAT INFO

Networks 2021: A Joint Sunbelt and NetSci Conference
July 6-11, 2021 in Washington, DC (Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill)
Currently planned for hybrid (in-person and remote) participation
http://networks2021.net

In light of the concerns about COVID-19 and travel, Networks 2021 is currently being planned in a hybrid format with participation for all activities possible both in-person and remotely. In the event meeting in-person is not safe or feasible, we will convert to an online meeting. The steering committee would strongly prefer offering an in-person option if it is possible, but recognized that health, economic, logistic and other considerations may make this difficult.

DEADLINES:
Nov. 15: Special/organized sessions due. Decision issued early Dec.
Dec. 15: Easy chair abstract submission opens for contributed talks, lightning talks, and posters
Jan 11: Satellites (NetSci tradition) and workshop proposals (Sunbelt tradition) due. Decisions issued late Jan.
Jan. 24: Easy Chair abstract submissions abstract submission closes. Decision issued early March.

A listing of major dates can be found here.


SPECIAL/ORGANIZED SESSIONS

In the Sunbelt tradition, an organized session is a set of paper presentations centered on a specific theme. Once session themes are set, participants can submit abstracts during the regular abstract submission period. Organized sessions consist of at least one 2-hour time slot accommodating 4-6 paper presentations. Please submit any organized session proposal before November 15, 2020.

Please include the following required information in your proposal:

  • A short descriptive title for your session (80 characters or less)
  • A brief description of your session (max. 2,500 characters, about 300 words, to be used in call for abstracts and program)
  • Contact information for a session organizer (name, institution, email)
  • You will also be asked whether organizers plan to attend in person if the option is open or only remotely.

Please note, special sessions will be limited in number, and preference will be given to sessions that can attract participants from both NetSci and Sunbelt traditions.

Decisions on sessions will be made with Program Co-chairs and the joint steering committee. Senior program committee members will work with organizers to assign papers to each session that represent work from different traditions.

Please submit your session proposal here: Special/Organized Session Form


SATELLITE PROPOSALS

Following the NetSci tradition, Networks 2021 will host several Satellite Symposia on July 5 and 6 as precursors to the main Conference. These satellite events are half-day or full-day meetings with a focus on a specific topic of network science and its applications. The due date will be January 11 and decisions will be provided in late January.

Find the application form here: https://forms.gle/LCpfvAmzLJXwfbwj8

Please note that there will be a nominal fee (in the order of $10 per half-day session) for registration per satellite, a divergence from previous NetSci tradition. This is in part to allow us to plan for seating needs for the conference as space will be tight. Fees will be waived for satellite speakers and organizers.

You will also be asked whether you plan to hold a hybrid or entirely remote format. Either is acceptable, but we need to know for planning purposes.

Decisions for the slate of satellites will be made by representatives of the Network Science Society, though applications are welcome from anyone. Satellite slots will be limited.


CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

To submit an abstract for an oral presentation (15 mins), lightning talk (5 mins), or poster, please prepare a one-page abstract including one optional descriptive figure and caption. You will also be asked to supply keywords for your submission - this will be critical in the review process. The deadline for submission is January 24, with decisions issued by early March.

The EasyChair abstract submission portal will be live December 15, and will be available on the Networks 2021 website.

While space will be limited for talks, we are maximizing all possible options to accommodate speakers. If you are submitting an abstract for a talk, you will be asked if you are willing to consider a poster session. You will also be asked if you plan to attend in person, or remotely (though we recognize this may change).

Decisions will be made by program committee members from both Sunbelt and NetSci communities, with an aim to have a representation of both communities and to create sessions that, whenever possible, bring together scholars from different traditions who are engaging in work on similar themes or methods. You will be asked to share in the submission process whether the primary author has attended a Sunbelt or NetSci meeting before. Decisions will not be made on this basis, but it may inform session creation.


CALL FOR WORKSHOPS

Following the Sunbelt traditions, we will hold half-day (3 hours) and full day (2 sessions of three hours) workshops focused on teaching attendees specific methods, software, or theories. The deadline for submission is December 15. Workshops will be held on July 5 and 6, before the start of the main conference.

Please include the following required information in your proposal:

  • A short descriptive title for your workshop
  • A brief description of your workshop (max. 200 words)
  • Names and contact information of all organizers
  • Length of the workshop (3 or 6 hours)
  • Maximum number of attendees
  • Whether you plan a hybrid or entirely remote format.

Please note participants will have to pay an additional fee for the workshops, and workshop organizers will receive a portion of proceeds in a similar fashion to previous Sunbelts.

Decisions for Workshops will be made by reviewers from INSNA/Sunbelt, though proposals are welcome from anyone.

Please submit your session proposal here: Workshop Form


MORE ABOUT NETWORKS 2021

The leadership of the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) and the Network Science Society (NSS) are excited to announce their first joint conference in 2021. This meeting will provide an opportunity for interdisciplinary students, scholars, and practitioners to come together to share their ideas and work on the science of networks. It will feature innovative plenary talks and parallel and poster presentation opportunities. In addition, there will be preconference workshops and satellite meetings.

Networks 2021 is hosted by the Indiana University Network Science Institute with help from the Network Science Institute at Northeastern University and Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University. Networks 2021 is led by the following Steering Committee Members:

Representing the International Network for Social Network Analysis

  • Ulrik Brandes, ETH Zürich
  • Kayla de la Haye, University of Southern California
  • David Lazer, Northeastern University

Representing the Network Science Society

  • Vittoria Colizza, Inserm
  • Raissa D’Souza, University of California, Davis
  • Yamir Moreno, University of Zaragoza, ISI Foundation

Hosting Committee

  • Noshir Contractor, Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Group at Northwestern University (previously on INSNA and NSS boards)
  • Kate Coronges, Network Science Institute at Northeastern University
  • Santo Fortunato, Indiana University Network Science Institute
  • Ann McCranie, Indiana University Network Science Institute (On NSS board)
  • Bernice Pescosolido, Indiana University Network Science Institute (On INSNA board)
  • Alessandro Vespignani, Network Science Institute at Northeastern University (previously on NSS board)

For more information and to sign up for periodic announcements about opportunities to participate, please visit our website and follow us on social media (@networks2021 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter).