ICER 2022
Sun 7 - Thu 11 August 2022 Lugano, Switzerland

ICER 2022 is a hybrid conference and offers both virtual and physical options to participate in the full main conference program.

I am a DC Participant, How Do I Register?

Accepted Doctoral Consortium participants contact the DC chairs for information on how to register for ICER.

Can I Participate Virtually?

Absolutely! We understand that physical (in-person) participation may not be feasible for everyone, both given pandemic restrictions that might still be in force in some countries, and given the non-trivial cost of traveling to Switzerland. Thus, ICER 2022 offers a way to participate virtually, both for presenters and for all other participants.

We are planning the main conference program so that virtual participants can fully participate. Not only does this include watching all the talks, participating in the roundtable discussions, asking questions, as well as presenting, but it also includes participating in informal interactions and and casual discussions.

What are the Benefits of Physical Participation?

Both virtual and physical participants can participate in the full technical program. Physical participants get to attend the reception on Sunday evening before the conference, the conference banquet, as well as the lunches and coffee breaks that are included in the physical registration. They of course also benefit from face-to-face interaction with other physical participants beyond the scheduled program (e.g., while going for an evening stroll along the beautiful lake). Finally, participating in person avoids “Zoom fatigue” and has the benefit that participants are not torn between participating in the conference and other commitments at their home location.

What Virtual Platform will we use?

At ICER 2021 we used the Clowdr platform to provide the virtual conference experience. Based on on the positive experience we were looking forward to using Clowdr (renamed to Midspace) again this year. Unfortunatly and unexpectedly Midspace shut down its operations. For ICER 2022 we are thus preparing a virtual experience based on Zoom and Discord in a way that virtual and physical participants can be part of one whole ICER community.

What will be the Approximate Schedule?

We plan for ICER 2022 to be a synchronous hybrid experience; that is, each activity (e.g., a paper talk) will take place at one given point in time, and physical and virtual participants can join in and interact at that time. Those times will be aligned with the local times at the conference venue.

We currently foresee three main conference days that might start around 8:30am Lugano time, and go until about 6pm Lugano time. We plan to schedule the keynote around 3pm Lugano time (which should make it watchable live in the time zones of many of the virtual participants). However, we plan to also make recordings of all talks available to virtual participants, so they can catch up with sessions that were inconveniently scheduled with respect to their own time zone. Finally, when scheduling the paper presentations, we will do our best to accommodate presenters who participate virtually so they can present at a reasonable time in their time zone.

What are the Registration Options and Fees

Register before Sunday, June 19, 2022 to benefit from the early registration rates.

Registration closes July 29, 2022.

Mode Level Membership    Early (USD)    Normal (USD)
Virtual Student Member 90 135
Virtual Student Non-Member + SIGCSE Membership 125 195
Virtual Student Non-Member 135 205
Virtual Professional    Member 160 240
Virtual Professional Non-Member + SIGCSE Membership 230 350
Virtual Professional Non-Member 240 360
Physical    Student Member 325 490
Physical Student Non-Member + SIGCSE Membership 480 725
Physical Student Non-Member 490 735
Physical Professional Member 570 855
Physical Professional Non-Member + SIGCSE Membership 845 1270
Physical Professional Non-Member 855 1280

 

Should you register for physical participation, you can optionally purchase additional banquet and reception tickets if you would like to bring along a guest to the Sunday reception or the conference banquet.

Can I Cancel or Modify my Registration?

Given that ICER 2022 is a hybrid conference, you will need to decide whether you want to participate virtually or physically. Given the budgetary implications and the constraints we are operating under, you have to decide this at the time you register.

However, you can cancel or modify the registration (using your registration confirmation number) until the modification/cancellation deadline (June 26, 2022 at 23:59 CEST). Regrettably, cancellations received after that date cannot be honored. The conference committee recognizes that sometimes last-minute cancellations can’t be avoided due to weather, travel disruptions, and/or health issues. However, the conference incurs expenses for which it is liable based on registration counts. In-person registrants are strongly advised to purchase travel insurance to cover their non-refundable expenses. Note that modifications (e.g., switching from physical to hybrid or vice versa) and cancellations are subject to modification/cancellation fees, because any modification or cancellation generates costs we cannot recover. Also, switching after the early registration deadline causes the new fee to be computed based on the normal category.

Why are the Registration Fees so high?

We are doing our best to keep fees low while providing the unique experience expected of an ICER conference. We are locating the conference at a university to avoid the high cost for renting event space, and we are avoiding the most famous go-to venues for the reception and banquet to avoid costly, binding up-front commitments before we have a reasonable estimate of the number of physical participants. That said, all registration fees are “at cost”.

The costs of virtual participation in a hybrid conference are higher than the costs of virtual participation in a purely virtual conference. And the costs of physical participation in a hybrid conference are higher than the costs of physical participation in a purely physical conference. This is because the fees for virtual and physical participants need to cover the extra cost of bridging the physical and virtual participation experience.

The fees for physical participants at ICER 2022 also include the Sunday evening reception, the banquet, lunches, and coffee breaks, which are non-negligible costs in a country like Switzerland. We are organizing the lunches at the university to limit costs; in comparision to previous conferences, the resulting lunch costs are comparable, if not lower.

How about Accommodation?

It is important that you book your accommodation as soon as possible. Lugano is a tourist destination, and August is high season. Check out our accommodation information.

Do I need a Visa?

You may need a visa to enter Switzerland.

Where can I Register?

You can register on the CVENT ICER 2022 registration site.