FORCE2020 Call for Proposals

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The program committee for the FORCE2020 meeting in Donostia San Sebastián, Spain (October 19-21, 2020) now invites proposals for presentations, lightning talks, posters, demos, panels, roundtables, and workshops on the theme of “Thinking/Acting: The Global and the Local” The deadline for submissions is April 20, 2020.

The FORCE11 annual conference brings together a wide variety of stakeholders in the scholarly communication ecosystem for open discussions, on an even playing field, about collaboration and cross-training that will move the needle on how scholarly and scientific information is communicated, shared and used. Researchers, publishers, librarians, computer scientists, informaticians, funders, educators, students, citizens, and others attend the FORCE11 meeting with a view to supporting the realisation of promising new ideas and identifying new potential collaborators.

Thinking/Acting: The Global and the Local

The tensions between local ways of knowing and globally-imposed standards, between local academic citizenship and global systems of knowledge production, evaluation, and dissemination is ripe for scholarly investigation. Increasingly, we need to consider the larger implications of operating in our particular contexts (local, consortial, institutional, and national), while reflecting on the interconnection and interdependence of local contexts in global networks. In the interest of learning from each other—whether we are neighbors or far-flung colleagues—the FORCE2020 program committee invites proposals for presentations, talks, panels, posters, activities, and facilitated discussions that reflect on the idea of thinking globally and acting locally (or vice versa) in research communication. Possible topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Translating international efforts into local-scale efforts 
  • Policies and Principles that form the future of scholarly communication
  • Learning from local-scale collaborations
  • (In)equity in the research ecosystem
  • Local needs vs. global interests
  • Local and global systems and infrastructure
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in scholarly communication
  • Local systems of knowing and knowledge-making as levers of global change
  • “Glocalization” - research communication as both increasingly particular and universal
  • Inherent bias in artificial (and human) intelligence systems and their effects on local, minority and marginal populations
  • Roadblocks to bridging the gap between local and global communication in research and scholarship
  • Global actions that affect local thinking and local actions that affect global thinking

FORCE2020 Program 

The program committee will consider proposals for:

  • Rapid-fire presentations (maximum five minutes) or PechaKucha (6m 40 seconds)
  • Individual talks (maximum 20 minutes)
  • Panel discussions and roundtables (up to 90 minutes)
  • Workshops (full or half day) -- workshops will take place on Oct 19 only
  • Hack-a-thon (full or half day) -- organized hackathons will take place on Oct 19 only
  • Posters (will take place during poster and lunch sessions)

We will give preference to interactive sessions that go beyond presentation only. Some formats to consider: World Café, debate, scenario building, landscape mapping, workflow, building, inventorizing/prioritizing, providing a soapbox, stakeholder role play exercises, flipping-the-session, etc. Creativity is encouraged!

The program committee will give strong preference to panel sessions and roundtables that feature a diversity of perspectives and positionalities. 

In the spirit of inclusiveness and to give space to all voices, the programme committee will invite late-breaking short presentations in the summer of 2020 and facilitate an unconference during the event. Dedicated time and space will be given during the meeting to this work. 

FORCE2020 also invites other organisations to collocate their own events with this conference, for more information please contact us at 

Submit your proposals

To submit a proposal, complete this form.  Deadline: Please submit proposals no later than April 20, 2020.


Code of Conduct

Please also review the FORCE11 Code of Conduct



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