Call for Workshops and Tutorials

The 12th Annual Web Science conference (WebSci20) in Southampton, UK is soliciting proposals for workshops and tutorials addressing the way Web Science research can illuminate key contemporary issues and global challenges.

Workshops should reflect the multidisciplinary nature of Web Science.

The tutorials could cover a wide variety of Web Science approaches and methods, including but not limited to techniques for data collection, processing, and analysis, as well as substantive interpretation, best practices, and ethics.

Examples of potential WebSci workshop areas include but are not limited to:

  • The interplay between AI and the Web
  • Using Web Science for social good
  • Collective intelligence, crowdsourcing
  • Bias on the Web
  • Data ethics and algorithmic accountability
  • Digital inequalities: access, quality, and participation
  • Information privacy and cybersecurity
  • Learning and education on the Web
  • Misinformation and propaganda on the Web
  • Social connections and social influence on the Web
  • Internet politics and political participation
  • The evolution of social media services
  • Online health and wellness
  • The future of the Web
  • Cybercrime and safety
  • Digital Humanitarianism, Peacetech, and ICT4D (ICT for development)
  • Climate Change and digital carbon footprints
  • Paid & Unpaid work, the gig economy
  • Ageing & Generations (different practices and attitudes towards web)
  • Global South & Globalization
  • Gender & Sexualities (web as safe/unsafe space, space for mobilization)

Important dates

February 28, 2020
Workshop/Tutorial proposal submission deadline

March 5, 2020
Workshop/Tutorial proposal submission deadline (extended)

March 7, 2020
Acceptance notification

March 21, 2020
Websites for workshops/tutorials online

May 15, 2020
Workshop proceedings due

May 29, 2020
Workshop proceedings due (extended)


Organizers are responsible for advertising accepted workshops and tutorials, recruiting participants, and managing the review process if paper submissions are invited. Successful proposals should also put together a web page describing the event and distributing any preliminary materials.

Unfortunately, we are not able to offer complimentary registrations for the conference or workshops/tutorials to Workshop/Tutorial organizers.

Proposal format

Proposals should be up to 3 pages long and should  include the following information:

• Workshop/tutorial title

• Workshop/tutorial summary (1-2 paragraphs)

• Workshop/tutorial description, including the motivation and goals of the proposal, as well as its relevance to the field of Web Science.

• Workshop/tutorial schedule and activities, including the format, proposed activities (panels, sessions, interactive exercises, etc.), as well as invited speakers or panelists.

• Workshop/tutorial organizer info, including names, affiliations, emails, and personal websites. Please indicate who would be the main contact person for the submission and if the workshop has been run in the past.

• Target audience and audience size: the expected number and type of attendees, along with any information about the required skills or tools with which participants need to be familiar.

• Special requirements or equipment, if any.

Proposal submissions

Proposals must be submitted to EasyChair by February 28, 2020 March 5, 2020.

Acceptance criteria

Criteria to evaluate workshop and tutorial proposals include academic rigor, timeliness, originality, potential to address important questions and attract large multidisciplinary audiences. We encourage workshop organizers to invite a diverse group of speakers (including junior scholars, underrepresented groups, geographical variation). Relevance to the field of Web Science is also a prerequisite for all submissions.

Workshop and tutorial notifications will be sent by March 7, 2020.


Workshop organisers are free to publish workshop proceedings. WebSci20 offers the possibility to include workshop papers as a companion collection of the ACM WebSci20 proceedings. In this case, it is crucial that workshop schedules are aligned with the schedule for the overall proceedings publication, i.e. camera-ready papers need to be submitted to us by May 15, 2020 May 29, 2020 (extended).

Workshop and Tutorials Chairs

  • Silke Roth (University of Southampton, UK)
  • Oshani Seneviratne (Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, USA)