Panel Chairs

Jannis Kallinikos, Luiss University, Rome, Italy. Email:
Cathy Urquhart, Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, and Lund University, Sweden. Email:

Important Dates

  • Panel Proposal Submission Deadline: 11 March 2024
  • Panel Proposal Acceptance Notification: 25 March 2024

IS scholars are invited to organize panels during ECIS 2024. Panels are important means of communication and the purpose, accordingly, of panels is to provide the opportunity to present topics and ideas that are state-of-the-art, break new ground, raise challenges 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 view to 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 around which it is worthwhile to build new research agendas. In the light of the continued far-reaching and transformational impact of IS in all aspects of society, coupled with the challenge of sustainability, we especially welcome panels that consider social and ethical consequences of new and emerging technologies, and how best as an academic community we should respond to those challenges.

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.

Format of Panel Proposals

Panel proposals must not exceed six (6) single-spaced pages and must conform to the ECIS paper submission template. The page limit is all inclusive, and includes the title, body of the paper, figures and tables, references, and appendices. 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 dilemmas that will be discussed.
  • Panelists: Names and positions of those who will take varied viewpoints.
  • 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, with plenty of engagement expected with the audience.
  • 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.


Submission Procedure

Panel proposals must use the ECIS 2024 template. Please submit your panel proposals via email to the two panel chairs no later than 11 March 2024. You will be notified about acceptance on 25 March 2024.