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ECIS 2022 - New Horizons in Digitally United Societies

Call for Panels


December 19, 2021

The purpose of panels in ECIS 2022 is to provide the opportunity to present topics and ideas that are state-of-the-art, breaks new ground, and perhaps are controversial for 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 community and the topic forward to greater understanding. 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 worthwhile to build new research agenda around. We have provided four examples below.

We also encourage proposals that challenge the traditional panel format, and include innovative and inspirational elements that are likely to prompt the sharing of potentially important new ideas, surprising and spirited reactions, and new conclusions important for IS researchers.

Possible topics for the panels include – but are not limited to:

  • New Horizons in Digitally United Societies
    • Big Data, IoT, AI, Machine Learning, Blockchain
    • Democracy in the digital era
    • Online human rights
    • Technology for a sustainable and united society
  • Impact of Information Systems
    • Information Systems: What is our impact?
    • How can we increase impact?
    • Engaging with practice
  • Research Methods in Information Systems
    • The Battle of Methods
    • Artificial Lab Experiments vs. Naturalistic Field Experiments
    • Classic Social Science vs. New Design Science Research
  • Ethics and Privacy
    • Open Science, Open Data, Open Everything: Are we ready?
    • GDPR: How are we coping?
    • Ethical approval for projects: Do we need the rigorous North-American approach?

ECIS 2022 Required Elements of Panel Proposals

A panel proposal should include the following seven sections:

  • Introduction: General description of the panel or issues to be discussed or debated stating the motivation for the panel.
  • Issues: Issues or dilemma that will be discussed.
  • Panelists: Names and positions of those who will take varied viewpoints. For debates, identification of proponents and opponents is necessary.
  • Panel Structure: 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: Topic must be novel, invite debate and discussion, and showcase leading- edge issues that IS research should revisit or undertake.
  • Panel Format: Panel focuses on discussion and not the presentation of research results; 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 2022 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 March 1, 2022 to Panel Chairs using the email:

Notification will be sent on April 8, 2022.

ECIS 2022 Panel Chairs

  • Isabel Ramos, University of Minho, Portugal
  • Jan Pries-Heje, Roskilde University, Denmark

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