As you might expect, we take the implications of COVID-19 very seriously. We are in daily contact with authorities and partners in our ongoing efforts to assess the situation and provide a safe environment for conference attendees. Our decision making is being done in the context of evolving global and local conditions.

Conference Updates

While the place-based component may be postponed, virtual participation will continue as planned. Our working principle is that research and professional work must continue. In parallel to the concerns for the well-being of our Research Network members, we want to offer a sense of hope as well as a way to connect.

Last Updated: 17 April 2020***

March 2020

16th International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society (26-27 March)

April 2020

12th International Conference on Climate Change: Impacts and Responses (16-17 April)

13th International Conference on e-Learning & Innovative Pedagogies (23-24 April)

10th International Conference on Religion & Spirituality in Society (30 April - 1 May)

  • Placed Based Status -- University of Córdoba, Córdoba, Spain (3-4 June 2021)
  • Virtual Conference -- 30 April 2020
May 2020

10th International Conference on the Constructed Environment (13-14 May 2020)

20th International Conference on Knowledge, Culture & Change in Organizations (27-28 May 2020)

June 2020

Thirteenth Global Studies Conference (4-5 June 2020)

Twentieth International Conference on Diversity in Organizations, Communities and Nations

Fifteenth International Conference on the Arts in Society

Eleventh International Conference on Sport & Society

  • Placed Based Status -- Postponed (24-25 June 2021)
  • Virtual Conference -- 18 June 2020

Fifth International Conference on Tourism & Leisure Studies

  • Placed Based Status -- Postponed (27-28 May 2021)
  • Virtual Conference -- 18 June 2020
July 2020

Eighteenth International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Information, Medium & Society: Eighteenth International Conference on Publishing Studies

Twenty-seventh International Conference on Learning

Fifteenth International Conference on Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

September 2020

Aging & Social Change: Tenth Interdisciplinary Conference

  • Placed Based Status -- UBC Robson Square, Vancouver, Canada (23-24 September 2021)
  • Virtual Conference -- 24-25 September 2020
October 2020

Fifth International Conference on Communication & Media Studies

  • Placed Based Status -- University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada (7-8 October 2021)
  • Virtual Conference -- 1-2 October 2020


***All other 2020 conferences will proceed as planned, though decision making is being done in the context of evolving global and local conditions.

Ways of Speaking - Virtual Presentations

When we cannot meet in person there are ways to connect virtually.

Virtual Posters and Virtual Lightning Talk Sessions

In order to support more inclusive participation, virtual sessions enable participants to present work to a body of peers and to engage with colleagues from afar, bringing global ideas to the local. We offer two virtual presentation formats:

Virtual Lightning Talk

Lightning talks are 5-minute "flash" video presentations. Authors present summaries or overviews of their work, describing the essential features (related to purpose, procedures, outcomes, or product). Like Paper Presentations, Lightning Talks are grouped according to topic or perspective into themed sessions. Authors are welcome to submit traditional "lecture style" videos or videos that use visual supports like PowerPoint. Final videos must be submitted at least one month prior to the conference start date. After the conference, videos are then presented on the network YouTube channel. Full papers can based in the virtual poster can also be submitted for consideration in the journal.

Virtual Poster

This format is ideal for presenting preliminary results of work in progress or for projects that lend themselves to visual displays and representations. Each poster should include a brief abstract of the purpose and procedures of the work. After acceptance, presenters are provided with a template, and Virtual Posters are submitted as a PDF or in PowerPoint. Final posters must be submitted at least one month prior to the conference start date. Full papers can based in the virtual poster can also be submitted for consideration in the journal.

Benefits of a Virtual Presentation:
  • Virtual sessions are scheduled in the program and listed online and in the formal printed program, parallel and equal to in-person presentations.
  • Presenters receive a participation packet, including a formal letter of participation, a PDF of the program, access to conference content, and special conference discounts on network publications.
  • Flexible presentation options: Virtual Posters and Virtual Lightning Talks.
  • Facilitation of peer-to-peer discussion through our Scholar network.
  • Access to other virtual content from the conference.
  • Opportunity to submit an article for consideration to the journal.
  • Annual Membership to the network, including a one-year digital subscription to the complete journal and book series.

Coming Soon ...

Our development team at the Common Ground Media Lab is also working tirelessly on the roll-out of a more robust Virtual Participation experience. Alongside our longstanding innovative work in digital pedagogy and content delivery in the CGScholar social knowledge platform, we have accelerated ongoing work to extend our virtual conference offerings. Stay tuned!

Mission Statement

As a not-for-profit, we are fundamentally guided by our mission: to support the building of better societies and informed citizenries through rigorous and inclusive social knowledge practices, offering in-person and online scholarly communication spaces.

The power and resilience of these ideas are that they are presented and tested in a shared space where differences can meet and safely connect—differences of perspective, experience, knowledge base, methodology, geographical or cultural origins, and institutional affiliation. These are the kinds of vigorous and sympathetic academic milieus in which the most productive deliberations about the future can be held. We strive to create places of intellectual interaction and imagination that our future deserves.

We look forward to seeing you in person and virtually in 2020.