Presentation Types

Papers (In person or Pre-recorded)

Paper presentations last 15 – 20 minutes, including questions. They will be scheduled in 45 or 90 minute sessions which will normally include 2 or 4 papers on similar theme. * A paper is submitted by one author plus up to 5 co-authors; 2 of the 6 authors can be listed as presenting authors.  

The submission consists of a title (up to 15 words), proposal (up to 250 words) and summary (up to 50 words) for inclusion in the programme if accepted.

*If you are working with colleagues on a series of papers that make up a theme, please let us know.

Ignite Talk (20 slides in 5 minutes) – (In person only)

DSC2021 invites presenters to submit Ignite-Talks. Contributions handed in as Ignite-Talks undergo the same peer review process as all other submission formats. Preferably, each session will have 3-5 Ignite Talk presentations with a chairperson prepared to engage participants in discussion. In some cases Ignite-Talks presentations will be programmed together with paper and/or poster presentations from the same network.

General Guidance for Ignite-Talks

Ignite-Talks have a fixed format in which presenters need to prepare 20 slides, which automatically advance every 15 seconds. The result is a fast and fun presentation which lasts just 5 minutes. To keep the time , the presentation software’s timer need be set to display each slide for 15 seconds before the next slide advances. Images are the key to an effective Ignite-Talk. Try to find images that are illustrations or metaphors of your key points and/or use words-as-images. A Ignite Talk is submitted by one author plus up to 5 co-authors; 2 of the 6 authors can be listed as presenting authors.

The submission consists of a title (up to 15 words), proposal (up to 250 words) and summary (up to 50 words) for inclusion in the programme if accepted.

Posters (In person only)

A poster is submitted by one author plus up to 5 co-authors; 2 of the 6 authors can be listed as presenting authors.

The submission consists of a title (up to 15 words), proposal (up to 250 words) and summary (up to 50 words) for inclusion in the programme if accepted.

Posters are graphical presentations which are submitted by one author plus up to 5 co-authors.

Posters must be printed in A1 size (594 x841 mm/ 23.3 x33.1 in) in portrait/upright format.

Symposia (In person only)

Symposia consist of one or two 90-minute conference sessions organised by the submitters. They include a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 4 papers per session plus a Discussant. In order to guarantee a European/international perspective, at least three different countries/national perspectives must be represented within the papers presented in the symposium.

The symposium needs to be handed in as one submission with a description of the symposium and proposals for all papers attached in the same document . 

For the overall symposium: the submission consists of a title (up to 15 words), proposal (up to 250 words) and summary (up to 50 words) for inclusion in the programme if accepted.

For each paper in the symposium: the submission consists of a title (up to 15 words), proposal (up to 250 words) and summary (up to 50 words) for inclusion in the programme if accepted.

For the papers in the symposium and for the symposium descriptor references of up to 200 words each should be given. You will also be asked to state 3 – 5 keywords and list presenting authors and co-authors with email addresses and affiliations.

A Chairperson and a Discussant, who can offer a critique of the symposium, need to be named on the proposal. The proposer is responsible for communicating with all contributors and with the DSC2021 Office about the proposal. Four weeks prior to the conference the proposer also needs to provide the discussant with a full set of abstracts of papers within the symposium.

Scheduling of Symposia

Symposia are scheduled throughout the conference. However please note that the last two conference sessions are used as preferred options for symposium presentations.

Symposia with more than 4 papers

When planning and submitting a symposium, please be aware that the maximum number of papers within a symposium session is 4, the minimum number is 3. If your symposium is bigger than 4 papers, you need to hand in the symposium as two parts and indicate in the title of the single parts that they belong together. The parts will be allocated in non-parallel, subsequent time slots. If after acceptance authors need to withdraw their participation, the organisers may reduce a symposium originally consisting of 2 conference sessions and allocate 1 session only.

Key Dates
  • Earlybird Registration Opens:
  • 24 March 2021
  • Call for Abstracts Opens:
  • 24 March 2021
  • Call for Abstracts Closes:
  • 4 May 2021
  • Earlybird Registration Closes:
  • 10 June 2021
  • Standard Registration Rates Apply:
  • 11 June 2021
  • Conference Dates:
  • 10-12 July 2021