Everything you need to know about the Call for Participation: Join in!

What is the Call for Participation

The CfP is a multi-stage process that gives you, our community, a strong voice in the re:publica programme. This is how it works: we call on you to submit proposals for the programme planning of our conference stages. The re:publica programme team undertakes a pre-selection of the submissions. The proposals are then assessed in collaboration with the programme committee. Finally, we curate the selected proposals for our stages at the re:publica.

Why have a CfP

We introduced the Call for Participation (CfP) for the re:publica a few years ago. The concept of including the community and integrating your input into the programme didn’t just prove to be very popular – we find extremely important in helping ensure the right balance.

You can submit proposals for these topics

You can submit something for all of our Tracks and topic areas during the CfP. Have a look at what Tracks there are in the registration form and categorize your proposal. We look forward to receiving your submissions on a whole range of topic areas. The CfP allows us to see which ideas are currently bubbling up where, and if there are possible intersections. It also helps us, the programme team, in planning the Tracks themselves, as well as allocating when and where they should take place.

The registration process

During the CfP phase until 7 January 2018, we encourage you all to submit your proposals for individual talks, panel discussions, readings, workshops or anything else you might have in mind. Just register using a simple form that takes you through the process, step-by-step.

On the selection of the submissions

The re:publica programme team and the programme committee read and assess each submission on a scale, adding written comments and suggestions. This comes together in a ranking for each Track and topic focus. The final selection is then made by the programme team. Besides the assessment, gender balance, the level of difficulty and the German/English language balance on the stages also play a role.

The share of the CfP in the overall programme

40 percent of the programme is put together by the programme team and co-curators, for example, in Law Lab, re:health, re:learn and others. You, as the community provide a solid 35 percent of the re:publica programme. An additional 10 percent are made up of the invited keynote speakers for the big stages. The contributions from our partners then make up around 15 percent. All of these programme components adhere to our Code of Conduct and integrate themselves into the idea of the re:publica: everyone is treated the same way – it doesn’t matter if they are a keynote speaker, a speaker from the CfP or a partner.

So many amazing submissions from you!

Last year, we received 1,050 submissions. We’re really happy and excited to see how much our concept resonates with you! This year, however, we’re going to have a bit of a stricter approach to be able to regulate the number of submissions: well-thought-out, precisely focused and forward-looking ideas, that are built on creativity and imagination have the best chances of being well received by the team, the committee and the curators.

The FAQs!!

You can get started right away. But first: please make sure to read through the FAQs and the session guidelines (both below) beforehand! You won’t just find the rules for participation there, but also tips on how you can write a great proposal that will knock us off our feet.

This way for your proposals!

Register yourself for a speaker profile on this page. If you were a participant at the re:publica 14 or later, you already have a profile and can use your login details to register here. You can then add a session proposal in your account. From mid-February onward, you’ll be receiving a notification from us letting you know if you proposal has been accepted.