Call for participation 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.


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

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.

Nov. 15: Special/organized sessions call is now closed.
Dec. 15: Open Conf abstract submission open for contributed talks, lightning talks, and posters
Jan 11: Satellites (NetSci tradition) and workshop proposals (Sunbelt tradition) deadline has now passed. Decisions issued in early Feb.
Jan. 24: Easy Chair abstract submissions abstract submission closes. Decision issued early March.

A listing of major dates can be found here.


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. Submission to chair an organized session is now closed. Find the list of organized sessions here.


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 was January 11 and decisions will be issued in early February.

Several satellites will be held entirely virtual at organizers request, but even satellites being held in-person will have a livestream available and the ability to broadcast remote speakers.


To submit an abstract for an oral presentation (15 mins), lightning talk (5 mins), or poster, please prepare a one-page abstract (no more than 500 words) including one optional descriptive figure and caption. You will also be asked to supply broad topics and keywords for your submission - this will be critical in the review process. The deadline for submission is January 24, with decisions issued by late February or early March. While space will be limited for talks, we are maximizing all possible options to accommodate speakers.

The OpenConf abstract submission portal is available at If you save a password with your submission, it will be editable until the deadline closing. The Networks 2021 Organized Session list is available here.

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 anticipate your submission will be given in person or remotely (though we recognize this may change). Finally, you will be asked if you wish to submit to an organized session (this only applies to oral presentations). You can find the complete listing of Organized Sessions for Networks 2021 here.

Answers to any these questions will not affect your chances for acceptance and are not visible to reviewers, but help organizer plan efficiently.

Decisions will be made by program committee members drawn 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. Again, reviewers will not see this information and it will not affect acceptance decisions, but it may inform session creation to encourage mixing across communites. .


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 was January 11 and is now closed. Decisions will be issued by early February. Workshops will be held on July 5 and 6, before the start of the main conference.

There is a per-workshop fee associated with registration, and most workshops will be available in a hybrid or virtual-only format.


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).