28-31 October 2021

Waterloo, Ontario, Canada (virtual event)

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April 12: Special Session Proposal deadline

April 28: Tutorial/Workshop Proposal deadline

July 13: Extended Paper Proposal deadline (for all full-length, short-length, and abstract-only submissions)

September 15: Early Conference Registration deadline

October 5: Final Camera-Ready Paper deadline

October 28-31: ISTAS21 Conference

ISTAS21 Hosts


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Welcome to ISTAS21

The IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS) is the flagship conference of the IEEE’s Society on Social Implications of Technology (SSIT).

ISTAS is a multi/inter/trans‐disciplinary forum for engineers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, philosophers, researchers, social scientists, technologists, and polymaths to collaborate, exchange experiences, and discuss the social implications of technology.

Hosted by the University of Waterloo and University of Guelph (Ontario, Canada), ISTAS21 runs from 28-31 October, and will be conducted virtually.

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ISTAS21: Technological Stewardship & Responsible Innovation

The ISTAS21 theme invites participation from academics and practitioners who are engaged in current debates about the status, future, and significance of technology in today’s society, and who are interested in topics related to ethics, sustainability, equity, and social values within the tech industry.

The conference seeks to foster trans-disciplinary and cross-sector  conversations about how technological innovation can embrace and build from principles related to “stewardship” and “responsibility,” broadly conceived. Through partnerships with Waterloo/Guelph-based organizations, ISTAS21 features programming related to several subthemes:

  • Health Systems 
  • Privacy & Security 
  • Technology Policy & Governance
  • Sustainable Cities & Communities
  • Artificial Intelligence & Automation 
  • Ethical and Human Values in Emerging Technology

ETHICS-2021 will be included in ISTAS21

The IEEE International Symposium on Ethics in Engineering, Science, and Technology (originally launched in 2014) will be convened as a theme track of ISTAS21. The theme for ETHICS-2021 will be “Engineering and Corporate Social Responsibility.” For more information about  topics and submission guidelines, see the ISTAS21 CFP, or visit the ETHICS-2021 website.

ISTAS21 Submissions

We invite submissions of original work not previously or simultaneously submitted to another journal or conference. Several paper and presentation formats are available: full-length (6-8 page) or short (2-4 page) papers for peer review; abstracts for presentation-only (200-300 words); and proposals for special sessions, workshops, or tutorials. Authors will be prompted to identify an appropriate category and relevant conference subtheme(s) for their work during the EasyChair submission process.

Visit the ISTAS21 Call for Papers page for complete submission guidelines, including details about uploading materials to the ISTAS21 EasyChair Submission Portal.


  • The deadline for submissions to the 2021 IEEE International Symposium on Technology and Society (ISTAS21) had been extended to July 13th! Full papers, short papers, and abstracts are invited; click here for details about thematic areas, submission details, and the paper template. ISTAS21 is the flagship ...

  • It’s time to start thinking about how you can contribute to this year’s International Symposium on Technology and Society. The submission portals are officially open! If you’d like to run a special session, you’re in luck: the deadline has been moved from March 29th to ...

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  • PIT UN – Public Interest Technology University Network
  • 4S – Society for Social Studies of Science
  • HASTAC – Humanities, Arts, Science, and Technology Alliance and Collaboratory
  • fPET – Forum on Philosophy, Engineering and Technology
  • SPT – The Society for Philosophy and Technology
  • SHOT – Society for the History of Technology
  • Other IEEE Societies

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