Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, ICSA 2021 made an early, and as it turned out, wise decision to move to a full virtual conference. Therefore, ICSA 2021 has all advantages (cheap registration, easy to attend, no travel and corresponding climate footprint, …) and disadvantages (less interaction, harder socializing, …) of being a virtual event. On this page we provide some information on the conference’s organization as virtual event.
Note: Please visit the page on a regular basis to learn about the latest updates!
ICSA 2021 will not use live talks for most of the main event. Authors will be asked to provide pre-recorded, 10-minute videos of their talks. We will share the talks over YouTube and link them in the virtual conference management system. Discussion sessions during the conference will then provide summaries of submitted papers (<= 5min) and we will have Questions and Answers (Q&A) session. Discussions will be prepared upfront in the virtual conference management system.
Virtual Conference Management System
The conference will be managed and operated under the hood of the Whova conference management system. Whova will be linked to YouTube for the pre-recorded videos and Zoom for all live sessions. Channels per session and for all types of socializing or networking activities will be provided by Whova. All registered participants will be invited to Whova. We recommend that you become familiar with the system as soon as you receive your invitation.
All discussion sessions of ICSA 2021 will be scheduled to take place twice with the objective that in each of the three major time zones (Europe, Asia, America) people can attend their preferred sessions during mostly business hours. The few live sessions, like the keynote presentations, conference opening, etc. will be played back or shared via video recording. Q&As will be done in this case in an asynchronous fashion via Whova.
Socializing during a virtual conference is a difficult task. We will nevertheless try to compensate for lack of personal interaction as much as possible. We aim for a pre-recorded Stuttgart city tour hosted by the general chairs and their teams. During the conference we offer social interaction in breaks and dedicated sessions with some fun games to get connected. In Whova there will be private meeting rooms to connect and collaborate while the conference is running. For those interested, we will host a bring your own drink event close to the city tour.