Initial Statements of Interest sought for hosting the 12th or 13th ACM Web Science Conferences (WebSci 2020 and WebSci 2021)

Deadline: 30 April 2019
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The Steering Committee of ACM WebSci is seeking statements of interest from organizations or consortia interested in hosting the 12th or 13th ACM Web Science Conferences (WebSci 2020 and WebSci 2021). The conference series usually moves between the continents.  We will accept bids from all locations, but for the 2020 conference, we will give preference to bids within Europe. For the 2021 conference, we will give preference to bids outside of Europe.  We expect the conference to take place in June each year.

The process consists of two stages. During this first stage, the Steering Committee solicits informal statements of interest through an open call. We will prefer statements that commit to running an event with low registration costs encouraging participants from all disciplines, including ones with lower financial provisions.
Organizations wishing to host the conference should contact Susan Davies (sdd1@soton.ac.uk) with a short paragraph outlining your interest, which should include the main organizer, the proposed venue and potential dates.   Any organization can apply to host the conference, but the local organizing committee must include a representative of a local research group.

Once the first phase is complete, the Steering Committee will shortlist applications who will be invited to submit a full proposal.

The important dates for applying to host the Conferences are:

·         April 30, 2019:  Deadline for receiving statements of interest
·         May 13, 2019:   Notifications to shortlisted bids are sent out
·         June 10, 2019:  Formal applications received from shortlisted bids
·         June 21, 2019:  Notifications to successful bids are sent out

It is anticipated that the venue for ACM WebSci 2020 will be announced at this year’s conference in Boston https://websci19.webscience.org/

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