Submitting a Panel

Important Dates

  • Friday, June 11, 2021: Deadline for submissions due 23:59 Anywhere on Earth (AoE) time.
  • Friday, July 23, 2021: Notification of acceptance.
  • Friday, August 6, 2021: Camera-ready submissions due 23:59 AoE
  • Saturday – Wednesday, October 23-27, 2021: CSCW Conference

What is a Panel?

A panel is a collection of people discussing a topic important to our field with energy, insight, and verve. Great panels are an excellent way to generate debate, raise new and interesting issues at CSCW, and hear multiple points of view on a given topic. CSCW panels are a forum for discussing provocative, controversial, innovative, emerging, boundary-spanning, and boundary-breaking issues.

While paper sessions provide detailed discussions of recently completed work, panels provide an opportunity to hear from researchers in the field about what is on the horizon—or what is already here but not yet recognized, acknowledged, or discussed.

Criteria for Successful Panels

The best panels provide opportunities for audience participation. We especially encourage proposals for panels that:

  • Discuss relevant, important, and critical topics
  • Engage the audience and provoke discussion
  • Bring several disciplines, methods, or approaches into productive conversation
  • Represent a diversity of individuals, who can bring multiple perspectives to the topic

We also invite submitters to not only form panels with close colleagues who share similar points of view but also to reach out to prospective panelists from across the CSCW community and beyond. Feel free to contact other CSCW scholars, or use media like the #cscw2021 Twitter hashtag, or CSCW Community, CSCW Meta Facebook groups to try and find panelists who might want to discuss a particular topic from various approaches. We are also interested in panels that include representation from practitioners, activists, and scholars from other fields that may provide additional insight into the topic.

Special Topics for 2021

The panels chairs are especially interested in proposals around the following topics:

  • Structural inequality and CSCW’s role in countering historical injustice
  • Speculative design and data future(s)
  • Social computing and COVID-19
  • Ways that CSCW researchers can impact policy and inform policymaking

Potential Formats for 2021

CSCW 2021 is a virtual conference. We believe that presents both challenges and opportunities for panels and we are open to a range of formats for panels. As a result, we request that anyone proposing a panel describe the proposed format as well as the topic or content. We encourage organizers to be both creative and reasonable in their proposals and to consider the labor and technology requirements they would need for their panel to be successful. Here are a couple of ideas for structuring virtual panels, and we invite organizers to share their own ideas:

  • “Traditional” synchronous panels held virtually using standard video conferencing.
  • Short, asynchronous video presentations from each panelist (5 min max) paired with synchronous component so that participants and panels can interact
  • A virtual conversation between panelists with chat-based audience Q&A using a podcasting platform.

The panel chairs are happy to discuss possibilities with proposers ahead of submission and to stay in touch as details about the conference become clear.

Submitting a Proposal

Panels proposals must be submitted by the submission deadline and each proposal should include an Extended Abstract submitted as a PDF.

The extended abstract should be a maximum of 7 pages (not including references) in the new single columns ACM Master Article Submission Templates. This is the same template used for full papers and not the former landscape template used for extended abstract submissions at CSCW.

Within the 7-page constraint, proposals should include:

  • Overview of the panel’s topic(s) and its relevance to the CSCW community
    Proposed structure and format of the panel, including how panel organizers will:
      • Encourage interaction with the audience
      • Ensure the panel is accessible to all participants (see ACCESS tips for ensuring accessibility)
      • Whether and for how long panelists expect synchronous interaction
  • One-paragraph biographical sketches of the panelists including names, affiliations, and describing their expertise
  • Any technical requirements

Panel submissions should be e-mailed to the Panels Co-Chairs at

All questions should be directed to

Panels Co-Chairs

  • Ingrid Erickson (Syracuse University)
  • Benjamin Mako Hill (University of Washington)