In 2020 and 2021, the global pandemic has disrupted our beloved technical conferences. Conferences have had to move online to be held on virtual platforms. Thus, while maintaining the same technical rigour, the social aspect of attending conference has been severely impacted. We are all looking forward to going back and meeting colleagues across our field in person and ECC 2022 will allow exactly this. With global vaccination efforts on the way, some countries will be fully vaccinated before the end of 2021. By July 2022 we expect that the pandemic will be something of the past and we will be eager to see you all in London. However, the past two years have taught us also the benefits of virtual conferences. Often our academic or personal commitments are in the way of taking a week to travel to a conference. A virtual conference allows people who are unable to travel not to miss out on the latest technical development. Virtual attendance is also much cheaper than physical attendance. This allows a higher number of students to attend. In other words, virtual conferences are an amazing opportunity to make our conferences more inclusive.
ECC 2022 will be a hybrid conference that will run in-person and virtually. The conference is designed and meant to be a hybrid conference to take advantage of the best that the two modalities can offer.
All authors will be required to record their talk in advance, which will be available on the Virtual Conference Platform (VCP). Authors who wish to attend physically will then join us at Imperial College London. While the entire technical programme will be available on the VCP, the in-person programme will follow a flexible innovative scheme using focused tracks which will run in parallel with the virtual programme. These tracks will allow, whenever possible, authors to present their talk also live. Questions from in-person and virtual attendees will be live at the same time just after the talk. We hope that ECC 2022 will demonstrate that hybrid conferences are an opportunity for the Control community.
More details will be available when the registration opens.