Call for Workshops

ESWC is a premier venue for discussing the latest scientific results and innovations in the field of semantic technologies on the Web and Linked Data, attracting a high number of participants from academia and industry alike. 

Co-located workshops at the ESWC conferences are essential meeting points for discussing on-going work and current results, as well as shaping new ideas and research fields. We particularly invite workshop proposals looking at Semantic Web related topics from an interdisciplinary standpoint, proposals focusing on novel aspects of the Semantic Web and Web of Data, and proposals aiming at gathering existing and forming new sub-communities. We encourage the submission of workshop proposals on:

  • Fundamental technical and theoretical problems of the Semantic Web / Linked Data and Knowledge Graphs
  • Applications of Semantic Web technologies in domains such as Mobility and Smart Cities, Life Sciences, Industry 4.0, Earth Science, Digital Humanities, Law, Media, etc.
  • Key enabling technologies and their adaptation to the needs of the Semantic Web
  • Aspects of Semantic Web research that have been neglected or underrepresented so far
  • Techniques and methods from other research fields that are of relevance for Semantic Web research (e.g., artificial intelligence, databases, NLP, big data analytics, machine learning, human computer interaction, information retrieval, web science, etc.)
  • Making the Semantic Web & Linked Data more accessible to end-users and developers alike
  • New emerging topics and areas

In particular, we also encourage the submission of workshops that do not follow the typical workshop format of a mini-conference: 

  • A Speed Dating Workshop
  • Brainstorms and discussion formats
  • Present someone else’s paper
  • VR and AR presence
  • (reach out for invitation)
  • Etc.

General Information and Criteria

Each proposal will be reviewed by the members of the workshop programme committee, and ranked based on the overall quality of the proposal and the workshop’s fit to the conference as detailed below. The review criteria are as follows:

  • Workshops cover topics falling in the general scope of the ESWC conference.
  • Clear demonstration that the workshop will be able to attract participants.
  • Workshops should have a clear focus on a specific technology, problem, or application.
  • There is a community interested in the workshop’s topic.
  • Workshops are intended to be genuine interactive events and not mini-conferences.
  • Workshops with creative structures and organizations that attract various types of contributions and ensure rich interactions are welcomed.
  • Workshop duration is normally expected to be half a day or a full day.  Please note that the duration of a workshop might need to be adjusted based on the overall number of workshop submissions received.
  • We strongly advise having more than one organizer and no more than four, preferably from different institutions, bringing different perspectives to the workshop. We privilege diversity in the organizing team as well as the presence of young researchers and phd students in the Program Committee.
  • Due to the renovated reviewing process of ESWC, we encourage the workshop organizers to adopt an open-review policy and welcome negative results.

Workshops need to clearly describe how they are planning to attract a sufficient number of participants. Workshops that have less than 10 people registered at the early registration deadline might be canceled.

The organizers of accepted workshops will be responsible for their own (open) reviewing process, publicity (e.g., website, timelines, and call for papers), and proceedings production. Workshop organizers will be required to publish their program schedule as RDF (the conference has a Semantic Technologies Coordinator who will be your contact in this matter). 

The organizers will also be required to closely cooperate with the Workshop Chairs and the ESWC 2021 Local Chairs to finalize all organizational details. Workshop attendees must register for the workshop as well as for the main conference days.

Important Dates

    Workshop proposals due: November 28th, 2020

    Notification of acceptance: December 4th,  2020

    Workshop website due: December 19th, 2020

    Workshop days: June 6th or 7th, 2021 

All deadlines are 23:59 anywhere on earth (UTC-12).

Suggested Timeline for Workshop Papers:

        Submission deadline: March 1st, 2021

        Notifications: March 31st, 2021

        Camera-ready version: April 9th, 2021

Submission Guidelines

Workshop proposals have to be submitted via EasyChair at

The proposal consists of a PDF document and a video teaser.

The workshop organizers should provide a video teaser of about 3 minutes that can be put on the ESWC 2021 website. It will serve to attract participants to the workshop, or to scare them away. As an example, the organizers can take a look at the ESWC 2021 Introduction video on the website  

Each proposal must consist of a single PDF document written in English, no longer than four pages, which contains the following information:

  • The title and abstract, 300 words maximum, for inclusion on the ESWC 2021 Website.
  • A brief discussion of why the topic is of particular interest at this time.
  • A brief description of why and to whom the workshop is of interest, the workshop audience, as well as the expected number of participants.
  • A brief description (draft outline) of the proposed workshop format, discussing the mix of events and activities such as paper presentations, invited talks, panels, hacking sessions, moonlight dances, breakout sessions, or general discussion slots, and an approximate timeline.
  • A paragraph explaining how you will make the workshop memorable. 
  • How you will organize interaction in case of a virtual event.
  • A list of members of the program committee. We privilege diversity in the organizing team as well as the presence of young researchers and phd students in the Program Committee.
  • An indication of whether the workshop should be considered for a half-day or full-day event.  Please note that the duration of a workshop might need to be adjusted based on the overall number of workshop submissions received.
  • Related workshops and conferences, i.e., specifying if this is a continuation of a workshop series or is a new workshop to address an emerging issue. Please provide information about past versions of this workshop and other related workshops (including URLs and submission / acceptance counts, if available).
  • Names and contact information of the workshop organizers/chair(s) (name, affiliation, email address, homepage and short (one paragraph) biography of each chair, explaining the chair’s expertise for the workshop including past experience in organizing / facilitating workshops). Preferably provide a single contact person per submission.

The best papers from each workshop may be included in the supplementary proceedings of ESWC 2021, which will appear in the Springer LNCS series.

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