Conference format and Delegates statistics

While SRN2020 was originally set to test the new 4-day format for the first time in a SRN Annual Conference (as discussed at the Porto conference in 2019), the postponement to 2021 and subsequent changes (i.e. venue and available dates) means we will have to revert back to our traditional 3-day format.

The 4-day format would have allowed us to still accommodate a high number of presentations without having to pile up too many simultaneous panels which sometimes results in attendance to individual panels stretching way too thin (after all, numbers don’t lie!). Discussion with members and attendees at the last AGM in 2019 in Porto led to a widespread consensus that there should not be more than 4 panels per session. We will stick to that principle, and therefore the switch back to 3 days means that we will be able to accommodate a slightly lower number of papers but still with no more than fours simultaneous panels per session.


Track: “Just Around the World” from “Free Ganymed” by KieLoKaz, licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 License.

A few months ago, we were thrilled to announce that SRN2020 was shaping up as our most diverse and inclusive conference to date, which is also testament to the efforts made by the Executive Council (following the impulse at the latest AGM) to stimulate and widen participation in so far underrepresented regions. Here are some telling figures we’d like to share with you:

  • 118 papers
  • 3 poster presentations
  • 2 keynote speakers
  • 2 special guests (TBC)
  • 132 speakers from 34 different countries (including, for the first time ever, in random order: Paraguay, Uruguay, Georgia, South Africa, Estonia, Malaysia, Mexico, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates)
  • 76 female speakers (57.6%)
  • 36 early career researchers (28%)
  • 40 panels
  • 17 sessions
  • 150+ delegates

The revised format of the conference over 3 days means that we will be able to accommodate a maximum of 108 papers (TBC) as opposed to the 118 shortlisted this year, for a maximum of 36 panels. As a result we might have to revise our original shortlisting decisions and withdraw acceptance of a few papers.

On the other hand we are aware that this might not be necessary after all. Throughout Autumn 2020 we will contact all shorlisted delegates individually to assess everyone’s plans under current circumstances – aware that this process may still take several months to complete and that eventually some colleagues might not be able to attend anymore anyway.

Should the number of delegates who can still make it to SRN2021 drop below 108, we will consider posting a second CfP (Round 2) with a new deadline TBD.

All of this in the hope to be able to finalize numbers by next Spring.

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