EOSC Symposium 2024: Call for Unconference Sessions

This year’s EOSC Symposium is steadily approaching, and the work to prepare an interesting, engaging and thought-provoking event programme for you has started! This edition is hosted in Berlin at the H4 Hotel Alexanderplatz, Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 32.

To ensure that the Symposium programme reflects the voices of the EOSC community, we’d like to invite you to join us in planning the programme through a Call for Unconference Sessions. This gives you an exciting opportunity to draw attention to topics that you believe are important to EOSC.

Submit a proposal and contribute to shaping the biggest EOSC event of the year by filling in the form below!

GUIDELINES AND CONDITIONS

To help you prepare an engaging and successful proposal, please follow the guidelines below:

Who can submit a session?

  • Submission is open to EC-funded projects and global, European, national and local initiatives, organisations and individuals contributing to EOSC.

Topic of the session

  • Sessions should focus on relevant EOSC results, impact or advancing key topics within EOSC.
  • Sessions focusing only on an individual project will be rejected. You should liaise with other EOSC-related projects or relevant stakeholders and initiatives to prepare your proposal.

Format of the session

  • Each session will have a duration of 1 hour. The session will run in parallel with two other Unconference sessions.
  • Plan your session to be as interactive as possible – use the unique opportunity to work on a topic together with the whole community!
  • The speakers and/or panelists of the sessions must participate in person.
  • The sessions will be livestreamed but no live online interaction will be possible
  • All the rooms are in theatre style, and it is not possible to change to a different layout. Each room has a capacity of around 100 participants. The room will have the following basic equipment: projector, laptop, clicker, cameras for live streaming, and maximum five chairs for panelists. Please take this into consideration in your planning.

How the sessions will be selected

Altogether six Unconference sessions will be selected, each with a 1-hour slot.

After the call period has ended, the EOSC Symposium’s Programme Committee will conduct a first evaluation of the submitted topics. If your proposal overlaps with one of the sessions prepared by the Programme Committee, it might become part of the main programme. The macro-level topics currently considered by the Programme Committee include for example:

  • EOSC Tripartite collaboration and future EOSC governance
  • EOSC Federation
  • Sustainability factor and impact of FAIR data
  • EOSC in the countries
  • EOSC relations with ESFRIs & ERICs
  • EOSC engagement with industry
  • Data Spaces and EOSC 
  • Skills, training and careers

The remaining eligible sessions will be subjected to an open vote, where the community may choose the topics that interest them the most to be featured at the Unconference!

Timeline

  • Call for Unconference sessions, 6 February – 18 March 2024 (17:00 CET)
  • Programme Committee evaluation, 19 – 31 March 2024
  • Notification to applicants (rejected applications, applications that will become part of the main programme, accepted sessions for Unconference), 2 April 2024
  • Unconference sessions open for voting, 8 – 26 April 2024
  • Communication of the 6 successful Unconference sessions, 3 May 2024
  • The six successful Unconference applicants will have to provide a draft agenda of the session to the Programme Committee by the end of May. The semi-final programme of the session has to be ready by early June in order to be published online as part of the main programme.

If you have any questions about the call, please contact symposium2024@eosc.eu

The call is open 6 February – 18 March 2024 (17:00 CET).


Proposal for Unconference Session

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Unconference Session proposal

To be used also on the official programme
Please list the projects, organisations or stakeholders that will be part of the organisation of the session
Please list the main target stakeholders that the session will engage
This text will also be used to represent your session to voters
Please shortly describe the purpose of the session, the topics addressed, and the main results expected. This text will also be used to represent your session to voters
Please briefly describe your plan for the session (the names of the speakers and/or panellists are not necessary at this stage)
Basic equipment includes a projector, laptop, clicker, cameras for live streaming, and maximum five chairs for panelists. Please note that extra requests will have to be discussed with the Symposium organisers.