Call for Panels

The purpose of panels in ECIS 2021 is to provide the opportunity to present ground-breaking and perhaps controversial topics and ideas to the IS community.

Panels are expected to engage the panelists and the audience in a discussion that will stimulate interaction and enhance the learning experience with a goal of moving the topic forward to greater understanding and application. Panel topics can vary, but generally, they pertain to new and controversial research questions, innovative research challenges, changes to the status quo of the discipline, and technology-led transformations that give rise to problems that are worth building new research agendas around. We encourage panel proposals that challenge the traditional panel format by including innovative and inspirational elements. Such panels are likely to prompt the sharing of potentially important new ideas, surprising and spirited reactions, and new conclusions about how IS researchers should be targeting new areas.

Panels pertaining to any topic relevant to information systems research are invited. Particularly welcome will be panel proposals that will be related to the conference theme of: Human Values Crisis in a Digitizing World

ECIS 2021 Required Elements of Panel Proposals

A panel proposal should include the following seven sections:

  • Introduction: A general description of the panel or issues to be discussed or debated stating the motivation for the panel.
  • Issues: The issues or dilemma that will be discussed.
  • Panelists: The names and positions of those who will take varied viewpoints. For debates, identification of proponents and opponents is necessary.
  • Panel Structure: A description of timing of the session and the format of interaction among participants and with the audience. Panels should be designed to result in a “meeting of the minds,” and not as a few short linear presentations that are disconnected. Assume 90 minutes in total.
  • Participation Statement: A statement that all participants have made a commitment to attend the conference and serve on the panel if the panel is accepted.
  • Biographies: A brief description of each participant’s background, including expertise related to the topic and views of the issues. About 120 words per person.
  • References: As appropriate.

Review Criteria

  • Panel Topic: The topic must be novel, invite debate and discussion, and showcase leading- edge issues that IS research should revisit or undertake.
  • Panel Format: The panel focuses on discussion and not the presentation of research results; the format is innovative, engages the audience, and is not just “a set of talking heads.”
  • Panelists: Panelists include thought leaders and well-published experts, and represent a diversity of opinions, backgrounds and geographic regions.
  • Implications: The outcome of the panel has likely implications for practice or conduct of research in IS.
  • Panel Interest: The panel seems likely to draw a wide audience.


Panel Proposal Format and Page Limit Requirements

The panel proposal must not exceed five (5) pages and must conform to the ECIS 2021 Required Elements of Panel Proposals. The 5-page count must include all text, figures, tables, and appendices. The abstract, keywords, and references are excluded from this page count. Submissions may include a video clip or similar to illustrate the intended format.

Please submit your panel proposals no later than 23.59 Central European Time on March 15, 2021 to the Panel Chairs using the email: suzanne.rivard@hec.ca
Notification will be sent on April 15, 2021.

ECIS 2021 Panel Chairs

  • Michael D. Myers, The University of Auckland
  • Suzanne Rivard, HEC Montreal