Inclusion at RecSys 2021

As the organizers of RecSys 2021, we are committed to providing an inclusive, safe, and respectful conference environment for all attendees. Given the impact of our community’s work on society, we appreciate now more than ever the importance of providing an inclusive and accessible conference that brings together a diverse recommender systems community.

We are very grateful to all companies who are supporting our diversity, inclusion and accessibility efforts this year through the +Inclusion sponsoring program.

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There are several new initiatives to lower the barrier of access to the conference

  • This year, RecSys will provide deeply discounted rates for attendees registering in countries designated by ACM as “economically developing” (categorization based on World Bank GNI), acknowledging the impact of exchange rates and international inequities. These will be available directly in the RecSys 2021 registration page
  • Registration grants are designed for community members of all backgrounds and disciplines who are unable to fund their attendance to the conference. Applicants do not need to have a paper accepted to obtain the grant. Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis until September 15th, 2021.
  • Internet access grants are designed to cover extra costs of internet access if attendees’ current internet bandwidth is a barrier to their participation in the conference. Applicants do not need to have a paper accepted to obtain the grant. Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis until September 15th, 2021.
  • Care grants are designed to cover extra costs for caring for dependents if attendees’ caretaker responsibilities are a barrier to their participation in the conference. Applicants do not need to have a paper accepted to obtain the grant. Applications are reviewed on a weekly basis until September 15th, 2021.

RecSys 2021 keeps expanding its inclusion support of our community

  • The traditional Women in RecSys will celebrate its 8th annual breakfast. More details will be announced closer to the conference date.
  • Students with accepted contributions will have the opportunity to attend an online workshop with senior members of the RecSys community to get feedback and practice their RecSys presentations or demos two weeks before the conference. All students will receive an automatic email with details after the notification date.
  • For the first time in RecSys, real-time human captioning for Keynotes and Panels Q&As
  • To accommodate participation across the globe, plenary sessions will be scheduled from 15:00 – 19:00 CEST, which in many time zones will be reasonable waking hours. For those for who can not see the talks live, there will be available on demand shortly after they finish, while Q&A will be possible throughout the duration of the conference.
  • At the physical conference venue, a lactation room will be available. Furthermore, a quiet room will be available for people who would prefer retreating from the main conference activity at times.
  • Q&A for papers will remain open throughout the conference, to support attendees who are unable to attend or cannot follow synchronously due to limited bandwidth.
  • All conference proceedings will be made available in open access following the links from the ACM RecSys website.
  • Additional accommodations might be available upon requests. Please refer to the RecSys 2021 accessibility FAQ (to be announced soon) or contact our Inclusion and Accessibility Co-Chairs.

There are additional sources of funding and grants available for attending the conference depending on specific conditions

  • The ACM-W Scholarship for Attendance of Research Conferences program provides support for women students in Computer Science and related programs who wish to attend research conferences. The student does not have to present a paper at the conference to be eligible for a scholarship. Applications are evaluated six times each year, to distribute awards across a range of conferences.
  • The Gary Marsden Travel Awards aim to support undergraduate and graduate students, as well as early-career researchers (i.e., those who received their Ph.D. ≤5 years ago) in attending HCI conferences, events, and (for early-career researchers) mentorship meetings.
  • NSF funding is available to pay for conference registration and travel funding for some US-based graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty on a first-come first-served basis. For more information visit the Student Grants on ACM

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the chairs at .

Inclusion and Accessibility Co-Chairs
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