Dear 8th ECREA ECC participants, dear ECREA members,

We are happy to announce that the 8th ECREA ECC conference Communication and Trust, scheduled for 6-9 September 2021, will take place as an online conference.

The ECC conference, initially scheduled for October 2020, was postponed to September 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Given the current state of the pandemic and the rather grim outlook for being able to organise a major international physical event in September, the International Organising Committee has decided to organize the event in a fully virtual format.

Since we strongly believe that ECREA conferences are more than merely occasions for the unidirectional broadcast of research findings, the conference will take place as a live online event. We will not rely on pre-recorded presentations – all panels will be organised as live sessions, with presentations given in real-time. The format of the plenary sessions will also be adjusted to the new digital reality. Only a small number of special sessions, such as poster sessions, will be pre-recorded.

We aim to facilitate as much interaction as possible, mimicking the physical conference format but also embracing the new opportunities of the online format. All sessions will be recorded, so you will be able to catch up on the ones you missed or have overlapped with your schedule. Due to the online format, we are able to dedicate more time for Section, Network and Temporary Working Group business meetings. The participation in elections of the next Executive Board will also be enhanced – you will be able to vote even if you will not be a conference participant. The conference will not be limited to presenting authors – a number of places will also be offered to members and non-members who have not been accepted to the conference to participate as non-presenting “auditors”.

The registration process opens on 13 April, the information on grants for young scholars will be published in mid-April and the deadline for confirmation of participation is 6 May. Plenary sessions will be announced in May.

All accepted and waiting-list participants will receive a separate email with detailed instructions on confirmation and registration.

While we are eagerly looking forward to the next opportunity to welcome you to a physical event, we are also looking forward to seeing you at a live and highly interactive, even if the computer-mediated, conference in September.

Kind regards on behalf of ECREA Executive Board,

Ilija Tomanić Trivundža
ECREA President